I’ve always loved ice cream. Even though I don’t tend to eat a lot of it, I certainly enjoy a few scoops of Green Tea ice cream or Cardamom ice cream every now and again.
You couldn’t pay me to eat a “low fat” ice cream. No way! The milk fat is what gives ice cream its true creamy texture and that rich taste. Plus, the fat is what gives ice cream all of its nourishing properties. Without it, you’ve just got a sugary waste of calories.
Recently, someone asked me if coconut oil can replace milk fat in ice cream.
Now, I have made decent tasting ice cream with full fat coconut milk but I have never even thought of leaving out milk fat and replacing it solely with coconut oil. Plus milk is sort of what makes ice cream, well, ice cream.
Curiosity got the better of me though. What if you could use something like Hemp Milk – not a fatty milk, but then add the fat back in with the coconut oil. Hmmm… could it really work?
Naturally, I got right down to the business of making coconut oil ice cream without using coconut milk or dairy milk!
Can coconut oil replace milk fat in ice cream? The verdict is…
I’ll spare you the details but 6 attempts later, I made it work! Yes, you absolutely can make ice cream with coconut oil as the main fat. And it is delicious!
Now it isn’t exactly like traditional ice cream, or even coconut milk ice cream, but I actually like it a lot more now that I’ve tried a number of different variations. All of the kids where we are living also enjoyed it and these children are used to Dryers ice cream and the like. So that says a lot. They couldn’t really tell the difference. Ha!
Here is the basic recipe you can follow. It’s pretty forgiving so feel free to use more or less honey to accommodate your taste preferences. You can also add in additional spices if you so choose. I made a pretty amazing cardamom peach ice cream! My daughter enjoyed the blueberry ginger ice cream a lot.
Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 284mg Sodium: 86mg Carbohydrates: 23g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 11g Protein: 8g