Coconut Ice Cream {Easy Recipe with 4 Ingredients}

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This Coconut Ice Cream recipe is easy and delicious with just 4 ingredients! We love ice cream around here. I always have 2 or 3 flavors on hand for “emergencies”.

Coconut Ice cream

In the summer I like to pull out my electric ice cream maker and try different flavors. This coconut ice cream is not too sweet and gets lots of coconut flavor from cream of coconut and coconut flavored liqueur.

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Ingredients in this easy coconut ice cream recipe

  • whole milk
  • cream of coconut
  • shredded coconut
  • coconut flavored liqueur

coconut ice cream ingredients

This is not a traditional custard based ice cream, which means it’s egg-free. Instead of whole milk, heavy cream and eggs, this recipe calls for whole milk, cream of coconut and two tablespoons of coconut flavored rum in addition to finely shredded coconut.

Why add alcohol to ice cream?

Adding a bit of alcohol to ice cream inhibits the freezing process and therefore helps keep it from forming ice crystals. Adding alcohol is, of course optional.

Making the ice cream

If you’re using an electric ice cream maker, make sure to freeze the base the night before. I keep mine in the freezer all the time during the summer. Since the ingredients are not heated, the base can be poured into the ice cream maker and make it in under 30 minutes.

ice cream ingredients

The next key to ice cream making is letting it “cure” overnight. It will come out of the ice cream maker looking like soft-serve yogurt or ice cream. Freezing it overnight will firm it up.

coconut ice cream in maker

Making ice cream without an ice cream maker

An ice cream maker continually stirs ice cream and whips air into it which means it will be less dense. BUT, you can absolutely make ice cream without an ice cream maker. Here’s how:

  • Pour the coconut ice cream mixture into a metal bread pan. The metal will help it freeze more quickly.
  • Let the ice cream freeze for 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Take it out of the freezer and whip with an electric hand mixer or stir vigorously to beat some air into it.
  • Refreeze and repeat the process until the ice cream is creamy, and has the texture of soft-serve ice cream.
  • Chill overnight to harden completely.

Coconut ice cream

Coconut ice cream

Coconut Ice Cream

4 ingredient coconut ice cream uses cream of coconut for an extra coconut flavor.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Freezing time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 354 kcal



  • Whisk the milk into the cream of coconut. Pour into an ice cream freezer*.
  • Make according to your ice cream maker's instruction.
  • When ice cream is done it will still be quite soft. Fold in coconut Freeze until firm.


*if you don't have an ice cream maker, you can still make this. Freeze for several hours. Remove from freezer and stir ice cream every few hours to achieve proper consistency.
Cream of coconut is NOT the same thing as coconut cream or coconut milk. Cream of coconut is sweetened and typically used in tropical cocktails.


Serving: 1personCalories: 354kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 3gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 64mgPotassium: 148mgFiber: 3gSugar: 42gVitamin A: 124IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Loved this, and the addition of the coconut liqueur! So coconutty, it’s wonderful, and the hot fudge sauce takes it to the next level! Thanks!

5 from 5 votes

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