Recipe for dairy-free raw vegan coconut ice cream. A nut-free recipe!

I am finally getting around to sharing the coconut ice cream you saw me enjoy in this video.

Raw vegan nut-free dairy-free coconut ice cream recipe

nut free ice cream


And this recipe came at the right time, as Lori and I received some tweets about people being allergic to avocados so they could not enjoy our avocado ice cream recipes.

Coconut ice cream to the rescue.

A simple 4 ingredient coconut ice cream recipe made from a few ingredients.

No special equipment required.

Okay, well except a nice blender like a Vitamix.

Once blended just freeze for a few hours, can even be kept in the fridge.

And the best part about making this recipe is licking the dirty blender….am I the only one that gets excited about this??

This 4 ingredient coconut ice cream is creamy and delicious, and you would never know it is:

  • dairy free
  • vegan
  • sugar free
  • semi-raw

Lori and I have shared another nut free raw vegan ice cream before made with bananas and coconut, another yummy recipe.

Now this ice cream is for coconut fans for sure! If you are not a lover of coconut, this may not be the recipe for you, but maybe you like avocado ice cream.

4 ingredient Dairy free coconut ice cream (vegan, nut free)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

serves 2-4

4 ingredient Dairy free coconut ice cream (vegan, nut free)

A quick and easy raw vegan dairy-free ice cream made from 4 ingredients. Coconut ice cream. A great alternative to the nut based ice cream recipes.


  • 1 cup coconut creamer (or canned coconut milk just make sure full fat)
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter*
  • 1/2 tsp stevia** adjust taste to your liking
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom


  1. Place all ingredients into blender and blend till creamy.
  2. *If you do not have coconut butter, you can use coconut oil but do around 2-3 tbsp.
  3. **And if you do not like stevia, pick your favorite sweetener and adjust to taste. Start around 1-2 tbsp and go from there. Depends how sweet you like it.
  4. Once coconut ice cream is blended, pour into a shallow dish and place in freezer.
  5. Depending if you use coconut butter or coconut oil, the time in freezer will vary.
  6. Just keep checking on it, should take only a few hours.

Other great flavor options –

add lemon zest
use vanilla or cinnamon instead of cardamom, or add it with it
stir in your favorite chocolate chips

Do you like coconut ice cream?

Do you prefer ice cream or soft served yogurt ice cream?

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42 thoughts on “4 ingredient dairy-free coconut ice cream (vegan, nut free)

  1. Thank you so much for this recipe. This avocado-allergic blogger and ice cream lover can’t wait to try this! My vitamix has an ice cream setting so I’m going to see how it works! Oh boy!

    Posted on August 21, 2012 at 11:08 am
  2. loving these ice cream recipes without an ice cream maker! I make it by freezing the cubes first, but this seems even easier.

    Posted on August 21, 2012 at 11:41 am
  3. Girls, this looks amazing!! I keep passing up coconut manna in the store but I’m going to have to run and get some now… LOVE that it’s so darn easy & no ice cream maker required 🙂

    Posted on August 21, 2012 at 11:46 am
  4. Making coconut ice cream is on my summer bucket list. This recipe may have to happen soon! xoxo

    Posted on August 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm
  5. It’s always a toss up for me between soft serve and ice cream.
    This recipe, though, looks SO GOOD and coconut-y. I appreciate that it’s nut-free too!
    Can’t wait to give this a try!

    Posted on August 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm
  6. Yum I LOVE coconut. I pretty much talk about it all the time on my blog. This recipe looks so simple and delicious! Can’t wait to try it 🙂

    Posted on August 21, 2012 at 1:40 pm
  7. Do you think full fat coconut milk is necessary for the recipe? Or just your preference? I prefer light coconut milk, so that’s all I have at home–do you think it would work? I’m definitely interested in trying it! 🙂

    Posted on August 21, 2012 at 1:50 pm
    1. Michelle, not really sure. It just might not get as creamy, but you can always try it.

      Posted on August 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm
  8. This looks fantastic! You bet I love coconut ice cream– but I ESPECIALLY love the coconut milk ice cream with cookie dough in it 😀

    Posted on August 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm
  9. this looks delicious!!! 🙂 i keep seeing your perfect scoops- i really need a large set of different scoop sizes! 😉

    Posted on August 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm
  10. Yum looks delicious. And I have all of the ingredients! Might try running it through my ice cream maker as well.

    Posted on August 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm
    1. Taylor let us know how it comes out, as our ice cream maker is broken.

      Posted on August 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm
  11. How much does this recipe make? How many will it serve? Yummy!

    Posted on August 21, 2012 at 9:04 pm
    1. Chris just depends per person.

      Posted on August 21, 2012 at 9:18 pm
  12. Mmmm love ice cream. Coconut and cardamom are perfect together! This looks delish!

    Posted on August 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm
  13. I made this last night for a dinner party to serve atop a coconut flour blueberry crisp. Boy it was a HUGE hit. Creamy and delicious. I made it with organic vanilla extract. Great recipe. Thanks.

    Posted on August 24, 2012 at 8:09 am
    1. awesome Meghanne, so happy to hear this!!!

      Posted on August 24, 2012 at 8:11 am
  14. What is coconut creamer? Is it the So Delicious Coffee Creamer or the milk?

    Posted on August 24, 2012 at 8:13 am
    1. Chris the brand we used is in the picture above. You could use full fat canned coconut milk.

      Posted on August 24, 2012 at 9:26 am
  15. I was just wondering, since i dont like coconut or avocado, what other ingredients could i use? I would assume that I would still use the coconut milk, and then is it as easy as just throwing in fruit? It sounds very simple and tempting to try!

    Posted on October 24, 2012 at 6:07 pm
    1. Amanda we have made ice cream out of peaches and mac nut butter You might like instead.

      Posted on October 24, 2012 at 8:15 pm
  16. Hi,
    This recipe looks stunning! My hubby is a huge coconut fan! So I cant wait to try it! But I have a question for you. I have been experimenting with my own Coconut ice-cream. But it is never a success! ;( I use about 100g young coconut flesh, fresh homemade coconut milk (400ml) Stevia, 1 table spoon coconut oil, 1 tea spoon Vanilla essence and add a table spoon of Lecithin, blend this then pour it into my ice-cream maker, it always looks good but then half way through the run time, it separates!! & only the bottom freezes! Most frustrating. Can you possibly tell me what I am doing wrong, and how to fix it?? Thanks.

    Posted on November 9, 2012 at 8:07 am
  17. I just made this and it was so yummy! Just the thing for an Aussie summer. I used a bit of honey instead of stevia and it was divine. Thank you for the recipe 🙂 I’m brand-new to your site – just came across it through Pinterest and love it! Looking forward to trying more of your amazing-looking recipes.

    Posted on November 29, 2012 at 1:44 am
    1. Maya glad you found us and enjoy the recipe!

      Posted on November 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm
  18. Just made it and it is amazing!!!! I calculated it at about 300 calories IF you divide the recipe into four servings. LOL Wow, it’s so good though, but I only allowed myself a few tablespoons. I should not have put it in my ice cream maker and followed your instructions. Some is frozen to the size of the bowl, so I’m waiting for it to defrost a little and hope I can manage to put it in the bowl with the rest of the ice cream without eating it. 🙂

    Just curious if the manna butter (I used that brand too) is supposed to remain chunky or if yours melted into the mix? Mine stayed chunky and it was delicious that way, but I’m curious if it’s supposed to. Thanks!

    Posted on March 9, 2013 at 5:11 pm
  19. Hey there this looks great!! I’m from Australia and I’m not sure what coconut creamer is? Could I use a can of coconut cream? This may be the same thing?! 😛

    Posted on April 22, 2013 at 1:18 am
  20. I’m going home to try this tonight!! I made the banana and spinach fudge last week and it was so good, everyone I gave it to also liked it :)I love that you post healthy desserts for those of us with a sweet tooth.

    Posted on May 27, 2014 at 6:15 pm
    1. 🙂 so happy you are enjoying the recipes!

      Posted on May 27, 2014 at 7:36 pm
  21. I am so confused when you say use “full fat” coconut milk? There should be no dairy in coconut milk.


    Posted on June 11, 2014 at 6:19 am
    1. there is no dairy in full fat coconut milk, when you go to the store there are usually two options – regular (full fat) and lite. We recommend and suggest the regular (full fat).

      Posted on June 11, 2014 at 6:55 am
  22. Wow, thank you very much for posting this! It is gonna help when I get Coconut Milk at the store! Extraordinary!

    Posted on June 29, 2014 at 9:36 am
  23. Two questions:

    (1). If using canned coconut milk, is it the full can that this recipe requires OR just 1 cup?

    (2). Does the canned coconut milk need to be refrigerated and then skimmed before blending with the other ingredients?

    Thank you!

    Posted on September 14, 2014 at 9:32 pm
    1. Jane I would recommend refrigerating the canned milk and using the thick part that comes to the top. Use the whole can.

      Posted on September 15, 2014 at 8:51 am
  24. Oh my goodness! I’ve been on the anti-Candida diet for almost a year, as well as being totally dairy-free and just now came across this recipe a few days ago. I LOVE IT. So thankful for something I can eat that is good for me. Thanks so much, y’all!

    Posted on September 26, 2014 at 3:54 pm
  25. Okay to use coconut cream in place of the milk?

    Posted on January 24, 2015 at 4:03 pm
    1. ya we think so

      Posted on January 24, 2015 at 4:08 pm
  26. Can this be blended too much. Mine started looking like cottage cheese. =/

    Posted on January 24, 2015 at 7:47 pm
    1. Yes, maybe try adding in some more coconut milk to help thin it out. Another thing make sure the ingredients are not chilled or the coconut butter will start to get hard and chunky.

      Posted on January 24, 2015 at 8:08 pm
  27. Hello,

    I made this according to the recipe but the ice cream turned out very hard. It was basically a giant ice cube of coconut milk. Any tips on how to fix this?

    Am I not supposed to over-freeze it, or perhaps the temperature on your freezer is lower than mine?

    I really want to make it properly!! Looks so delicious!



    Posted on October 2, 2015 at 2:48 pm