Rich, Creamy, Dairy-free Vanilla Bean ICe Cream made with coconut milk | The Good Hearted Woman
5 from 3 votes

Dairy-free Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
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Course: Dessert
Author: Renée B. ♥ The Good Hearted Woman


  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cups cane sugar
  • 2 13.5-ounce cans full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 whole vanilla bean
  • 2 tablespoons vodka


  • Combine egg yolks, coconut milk, sugar, and salt in a blender and process until smooth.
  • Pour mixture into a medium sauce pan, and heat over medium low just until steamy. DO NOT BOIL.
  • Slice vanilla bean down the middle, and scrape the inside into the hot coconut milk mixture. Whisk to combine. (I also put the vanilla bean pod in and fish them out before I put the ice cream mixture into the ice cream maker.)
  • Continue to cook until the mixture has thickened to the consistency of a thin custard.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in the vodka. (This keeps the ice cream from getting too hard in the freezer. For alternative preparation, see note below.)
  • Refrigerate mixture about 2 hours, or until completely cold.
  • Pour mixture into ice cream freezer and prepare according to manufacturer’s directions.


Alternate "vodka-free" Preparation: 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract can be substituted in place of the vanilla bean and vodka.
Note that, if you are concerned about alcohol in your ice cream, vanilla extract contains as much alcohol as vodka. Either way, the vanilla extract or vodka MUST be added AFTER the mixture is taken off the stove. The alcohol helps to keep the ice cream from getting too hard.
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