Coconut coffee ice cream

This dairy free coconut coffee ice cream is chock full of coconut flavor with a punch of coffee.

Five years ago, if you told me I’d be a 3 cups a morning minimum coffee drinker, I’d have laughed in your face. I was a steadfast English breakfast or earl grey tea kind of person, swearing that coffee was for addicts and nasty breathed old people with a permanent smell of smoke about them. Then one random morning for absolutely no reason, I decided to make coffee with the coffee maker we got from our wedding for the sole purpose of brewing it for guests.

5 years later: I’m not only addicted, I’m a snob about it.

Non dairy coconut coffee ice cream

I hate Dunkin Donuts coffee, Starbucks always tastes burnt to me, even their blonde roast and if it’s not a fun flavor like hazelnut, gingerbread or pumpkin spice, I want nothing to do with it.

 

Coconut milk coconut coffee ice cream

So when we were leaving at 3am for the long drive to North Carolina a couple of summers ago and pulled into the nearby gas station before getting on the highway for some much needed caffeine and snacks, the last thing I was expecting was to actually enjoy the caramel vanilla cream Green Mountain Coffee sitting in the abandoned coffee station area. But I did and ever since this coffee snob will pick a northeast gas station cup of joe over a convenient drive through DD any day.

Paleo coconut coffee ice cream

Keurig Green Mountain reached out to a few of us to try their new Island Coconut coffee to welcome in the warmer weather (um, welcome! please come any day now!) and I decided to go all out and make some ice cream with it. Too hopeful? Maybe, considering it’s still 37 degrees outside right now but I’m on a plane to Florida to burn my Casper-like skin off in exactly 3 days so I kinda don’t care.

This coffee literally makes your entire house smell like a tropical vacation and the best part is it actually tastes coco-nutty too. It’s not just one of those smells-amazing-but-tastes-just-like-regular-coffee kind of deals. To take things to the absolute coconut max, this ice cream is made with coconut milk, coconut sugar, coconut extract, shredded coconut and this Island Coconut coffee. Coconut to the 5th power. If this doesn’t bring on spring, I’m not sure what will.

Serves 8-10     adjust servings

Coconut coffee ice cream

Prep Time
Preparation 7 hr, 30 Cook Time
Total Time Total Time

This dairy free coconut coffee ice cream is chock full of coconut flavor with a punch of coffee.

Ingredients

  • 2 14 ounce cans full fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup strongly brewed Island Coconut Green Mountain Coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Bring all ingredients except shredded coconut to a simmer in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Stir and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Turn heat off and let cool completely.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, up to overnight.
  5. Pour the chilled mixture into your ice cream maker and churn according to ice cream makerâ??s directions.
  6. Add the shredded coconut during the last minute of churning.
  7. Transfer the ice cream to a container, sprinkle with a handful of shredded coconut and coffee grounds if desired and freeze for 1 hour before serving.

*Keurig Green Mountain provided me with samples of their Island Coconut coffee, but this is not a compensated post. All content and opinions are my own. I just really like good coffee.

225 Comments

  1. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes

    Ice cream? That is indeed optimistic, and I like it! I Beautiful opener shot Gina. I was thinking of your photos last night while I couldn’t sleep. (true story) They have really been more and more beautiful every post. I love that you garnished with the coffee grounds too.

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Haha, well thanks Katie. That means a great deal coming from you, whose pics I always love :)

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  2. Kristina @ Love & Zest

    I’m a total coffee snob too! I’ve been making ice cream for the past month like it’s my job! Gotta get on the coffee boat! I’m totally agreeing with Katie too– you’re pics are getting dreamy, and noticed/loved the coffee garnishes 2! :)

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Yes! I held off forever too but finally caved last year and bought the attachment to my mixer. Money well spent :)

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      1. Katrina

        Wait…there’s an attachment for a mixer?! As in I wouldn’t have to buy an entire machine?? I need to google asap!

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  3. David @ Spiced

    This ice cream is genius!! I’ve been on an ice cream kick lately, so I will totally have to make this! And p.s. I completely agree with your coffee snob comments…Green Mountain wins hands down! Not even close.

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  4. Julie @ Table for Two

    The best ice cream flavor, EVER. I’d probably eat the entire batch, seriously. It’s my favorite combination of flavors. And yup, if you had told me 5 years ago that I would have caffeine withdrawal headaches, I would’ve laughed in your face, too. I thought I was immuned to it but alas, coffee is king and I totally bow down to it, lol – I’m a snob about it too, love local coffee shops!

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  5. Natalia

    This ice cream looks insaneeeeely good! My favorite thing about Spring are the flowers :). And seeing people play outside again. Thanks for another great recipe.

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  6. Abby

    My favorite thing about spring? The warmer weather and taking long walks in the morning without freezing my butt off!

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  7. Trang

    Omg speak no more! Coconut anything is amazing!! Thanks for this amazing recipe. Now I just need a nice cream maker…is there a spring Santa?!? Lol

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  8. Janice

    Oh gosh – so happy to know someone else doesn’t fawn and fall over themselves for starbucks coffee!! It’s not just me!! :) Thanks for the opportunity to win !

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  9. Jennie @themessybakerblog

    I recently tried the island coconut at my grandparents over the weekend. It was delicious. Girl, coffee is the only way I survive the busy life I lead. I’m with you on the three cup minimum. I’ll be transitioning over to cold pressed iced coffee once this dang weather warms up. Love this ice cream! Pinned.

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  10. Lesley

    I’ve been dying for an ice cream maker. Maybe I need to finally make the plunge and buy one so I can make this!

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  11. beth

    My husband and I are both coffee snobs and Green Mountain is our favorite brand. My husband loves the Island Coconut.

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  12. Jesselyn A/Jesstinger

    I love everything about Spring: the longer days; the gradual wave of warmth in the air; the fragrance and sense of PROMISE everywhere. It really feels like a time of rebirth, fresh starts and renewed hopes and dreams. The way each day feels new and full of promise. It’s just so very special and inspiring!

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  13. Alaina {Fabtastic Eats}

    Ive been contemplating making Ice Cream all week but wasn’t sure if it was to early! I should have known better..i have been on the BIGGEST coconut kick..this ice cream is speaking to me! I can’t even wait for the weather to warm up so I can eat all the ice cream alll the time!

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  14. susan smoaks

    My favorite thing about spring is the flowers. I love the warm weather and the beautiful flowers blooming. I am tony l smoaks on rafflecopter.

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  15. Brianne

    Thanks for giving me a reason to pull out my ice cream maker – looks delicious! My favorite thing about spring? Sunshine, no coats, and warmer weather!

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  16. Stephen Saunders

    I like walking the local trails when Spring finally rolls around. Great pics btw… you must have an awesome camera.

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  17. Betty

    My favorite thing about spring this year is the melting of the huge piles of ice/snow that are still out there. We have had 60F days and the piles barely drop a few inches. That said the sight of daffodils popping up just makes me smile

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  18. Caitlin

    Oh me, oh my! Coffee + ice cream is my favorite combo, adding coconut might just make it even better *gasp*

    My favorite thing about spring, snow melting – I live in Minnesota & can’t wait to ‘thaw out’

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  19. Jessica R

    Anything coffee flavored is absolutely divine! I love the extra sunshine and flowers that come with Spring. Sooooo nice after the drab winter!

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  20. Ro Jones

    I love Spring because of what it does to the senses. This year as my children and I learn about Dvorak, we are focusing on the sounds of spring as he enjoyed the sounds and was inspired in his music..I have recently began to work towards a plant based menu and this recipe makes a great addition. Thank you!

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  21. Geoff K

    I love being able to spend time outdoors again and being active, especially with jogging and playing tennis.

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  22. elise

    my favorite thing about spring is the sun and warm weather coming back and how it’s not pitch black at 6:00!

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  24. Ronda Patrick

    My favorite thing is the warmer weather, it encourages so much beauty with all those flowers peeking out!

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  25. jamielee kimball

    My favorite thing about Spring is the smell…I know most east coasters will get this. There is a certain smell to winter that is lovely, as long as I am not standing outside freezing, lol. The smell of the dirt, flowers, bark, etc…it is just awesome and truly uplifting.

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  26. Melissa

    my favorite things about spring are: longer days, beautiful flowers (tulips!), and all the yummy fruits and veggies :)

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  27. Shari Z

    My favorite thing about Spring is renewal. I love to watch the world wake up and everything come to life!

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  28. Katie

    My favorite thing about spring is the way the air smells with the warm breeze. Kind of strange, but it’s so true!

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  29. erin dear (@mummadear)

    My favorite things about spring are warmer weather and more outdoor activities with my family! Your recipe would be perfect for lovely spring get together.

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  30. Danielle

    My favorite thing about Spring is the weather is warming for outdoor entertaining and BBQing and now that you brought up ice cream that’s something I can’t wait to add to the menu.

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  31. ~kim

    Sweet mother of coffee beans… I die… I’d lick my computer screen now if I thought I could taste this ice cream.

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  32. Joy Nottage

    I love Spring because it’s not scorching hot like our Summer is, and there is still a bit of chill in the air.
    Can’t wait to try this recipe !

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  33. Cindy H

    My (wanna-be) green thumb starts to itch when the first whisp of warmth hits the air. I love that first trip to the garden center to pick out pretty flowering plants and potting soil.

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  35. Crystal F

    I love that it’s the start of softball season. We just spent 18 out of 36 hours on a ball field over the weekend. I totally love it but I am worn out. lol Thank you!!

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  36. Kari Flores

    My favorite thing about spring is the colors and the fresh smell of the air. Plus it’s getting warmer!

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  37. Holly B

    Besides the glorious spring weather, all my friends seem to be having babies in Spring! And everyone loves babies!

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  38. Rosanne

    I love the burst of color with spring when the trees and flowers bloom and I can get outside to walk on the bike path along the river

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  39. Deb C

    I love the warming weather of Spring, but it certainly is taking its time getting her this year. Getting the garden ready is another of my favorite things.

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  40. Paula Michele Hafner

    My favorite thing is being able to open the windows to enjoy the fresh air. I also love not wearing a bulky coat!

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  41. Kari M

    My favorite thing about spring is finally being able to play outside with the kids without having to get all the snow gear on. It is impossible to keep mittens on a toddler!

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  42. Janine O

    Glad to have found you through How Sweet Eats. I’m making this tomorrow for a little Spring Break treat. For me. Really.

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  43. Angela Cash

    My favorite thing about spring is working in my garden. It is so satisfying and I love growing my own organic food.

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  44. Beverly Metcalf

    I’m looking forward to warmer weather and hearing the birds sing and seeing all the pretty spring flowers. Thanks.

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