Vegan Coconut Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Written by Liz

I’m Liz, I share recipes and easy substitutes to make plant-based living simple!

December 13, 2020

In our household, ice cream is an absolute staple! The first time I tried vegan ice cream was long before I actually went vegan, on a trip to Ubud, Bali. There were a few great ice-cream stores there serving coconut ice cream in half a coconut husk/shell. It was the perfect treat for the humid weather, and we ended up getting an ice cream almost every day.

After going vegan, I bought an ice cream maker to experiment with my own creations.

This is a simple, creamy and delicious coconut based ice cream with vanilla bean. It’s easy to make and is a great accompaniment to other desserts (like apple crumble, pudding or even pancakes), or made into a sundae with your toppings of choice. I love to top mine with melted dark chocolate and toasted, salted coconut flakes for a bit of crunch. It also tastes great as is, simple and refreshing!

If you have the space, try to keep your ice cream maker bowl in the freezer so you can have ice cream whenever the mood strikes!


Vegan Coconut Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Easy, cheap but decadent vegan ice cream that coconut lovers will die for. Keep your ice cream maker in your freezer ahead of time so you can whip this up whenever your heart desires.
Chilling time 2 days
Servings 4


  • Ice Cream Maker


  • 800 ml coconut cream (from a can - see notes)
  • 1/2 cup maple OR agave syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • pinch of salt


Prepare the ice cream maker

  • A day or two before making this recipe, place your ice cream maker in the freezer. It needs to chill for at least 24 hours before use - this is crucial! See notes at the bottom for more info.

Ice Cream

  • Empty coconut cream into a large mixing bowl, scooping out the cream and leaving the watery part in the can. You can discard the watery part or save it for something else.
  • Whisk in the syrup, vanilla bean paste and salt until combined.
  • Taste the mix and add extra syrup, salt or vanilla if desired.
  • Pour the mixture into your pre-frozen ice cream maker and churn until peaks form and it looks like a soft serve consistency (this usually takes 15-25 minutes).
  • If you don't mind soft-serve consistency, you can eat it straight away! If you prefer a more solid consistency you can chill it in a metal loaf pan in the freezer for a few hours.
  • If chilling, cover it with aluminium foil to avoid ice crystals, and allow it to stand for 10-15 minutes to soften before serving.
  • To serve, soak an ice cream scoop in a cup of hot water and then scoop away (save your arms). Eat as is or cover with your favourite toppings.


  1. Coconut cream - check the ingredients list before you buy. Thickener/guar gum is okay but you don’t want any emulsifiers (these prevent the water and cream from separating). 
    We *want* separation as it allows you to scoop out just the cream part, which has higher fat content and gives the ice cream a smoother texture.
     If you’re in Australia, Woolworths or Coles home brand coconut cream works a treat 👌🏼  unfortunately Aldi is no good and neither is the Pandaroo brand 👎🏼
  2. You can ave the left over water from the coconut cream - it tastes delicious in a smoothie.
  3. Your ice cream maker bowl must be completely frozen for this to work. It usually takes 24 hours in the freezer, but sometimes longer. You can check if it’s frozen by shaking it - if you hear any liquid sloshing around then you know it’s not ready and needs more time. Unfortunately this is necessary, otherwise it will never turn into ice cream. If you have the space, store the bowl in the freezer all the time, so you don't have to think too far in advance 😊

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