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OK. So I couldn’t stand not having any coconut ice cream in the freezer!

Last post I made some raw banana ice cream, after mournfully closing my freezer, having made the sad discovery that there was no coconut meat left! As good as that banana ice cream was, I simply had to grab a couple of cases of young Thai coconuts and spent the whole afternoon smashing coconuts on the deck, and making raw ice cream in various flavors. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon. Well, the last part that ended with me enjoying two tubs of home made vegan ice cream while watching “Pride and Prejudice”. Jane Austen and a tub of guilt-free vanilla ice cream? Does life get any sweeter than that?

I really cannot rave enough about how fantastic this ice cream is! I wish I could take full credit for the magic. But truthfully, this is not an original recipe. It differs very little from a lot of raw vegan ice cream recipes readily available out there. This is just the mix that works the best for me, after making countless batches. I have found from experimenting, that I like to hold back on some of the cashews, otherwise it tends to take on more of a leading role, and upstages the fabulous, under appreciated young coconut. But have a taste before you put it in the ice cream maker and see what you think. You can keep tweaking the flavor before you churn.

Once you get past cracking the coconuts and scooping out the flesh, which, honestly, is the most time consuming part of this adventure; the rest is incredibly quick and easy. That is why I like to freeze a ton of coconut meat in sealed bags so I have it ready to make ice cream whenever I want.

This recipe is just as easy as the raw banana ice cream. But it does take a little longer until you can devour the fruits of your labor. After putting everything in your blender (you will need a high speed blender in order to achieve the best results), make sure you have the taste to your satisfaction, and then set the mixture in a bowl in the fridge for a couple of hours to chill. Then churn in an ice cream maker following the manufacturer’s instructions (about half an hour). You can add a tablespoon of coconut butter to the blender mix if you want a creamier, richer ice cream. But I really don’t think it needs it. But I have not eaten conventional dairy ice cream for so many years, so my perspective might be a bit skewed. Although, I have served this ice cream to dairy devotees, not telling them it was vegan, and received rave reviews.

Play around and give this ice cream a personality of your own. This basic recipe makes a fantastic base for all kinds of flavors. Play around, and let me know what you come up with! You can’t really go wrong if you add gradually, and taste as you mix. I have used several ice cream makes to make this and it never really gets much harder than the consistency of thick frozen yogurt. So I get it to this stage and then freeze before serving it up. Then you get a much harder ice cream that resembles the store bought variety. Having said that -- once you lick the spatula you might decide you can’t wait, and opt for frozen joygurt!

This ice cream is such a fantastic life saver for those people allergic to dairy and soy.

Homemade Raw Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

Rawsome Vanilla Ice Cream

  • 2 cups Young Thai Coconut Meat
  • 2 cups raw cashews soaked in filtered water for 2 hours (soaking is optional)
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar plus more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons natural vanilla extract
  • a pinch of Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste
  1. Puree everything in a high speed blender. 
  2. Chill in the fridge for a couple of hours, and then churn in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Tip: the best way to clean your blender

After blending up something sticky, gooey or smelly, just place a few drops of soap in the carriage with some warm water and blend on high until all of the congealed food slips away from the blades and sides. Then repeat this process. Then rinse with water and presto! Clean carriage. 
If you have smells or stains repeat this process with some bicarbonate of soda or lemon juice and water. 
Check out the video on A No Hassle Way To Clean Your Blender that I did as part of the Chow Tips Series.

A fantastic icecream alternative for all those who cannot have soy and dairy.  Super delicious!  I get worried that my son will have to miss out not being able to have iceceam…but thanks to wonderful recipes like this one he won’t have to.  Although I do prefer the chocolate,  being the chocoholic that I am ... sometimes Vanilla is required ...Thanks Blender Girl…you’ve made my day again!


Oh. You are So sweet. We had such a FABULOUS night trying all of the ice creams! SO glad you enjoyed it! xxx

Coconut and vanilla are now two of my favourite combinations… I didn’t know it until I tried this recipe.  Really easy to make too.


LOVE it. So glad you tried it :)

Seriously creamy and delicious. Yum.


This IS unbelievably creamy isn’t it. I LOVE this recipe :)

Somehow i don’t feel as naughty having this ice cream. :-) It was pretty incredible. I added my own vegan choc chips for fun. Yummy


GREAT idea! LOVE vanilla choc chip ice cream :)

This ice-cream blew me away! I would never guess it was vegan! Yum :-)


WONDERFUL! Thankyou. I am so glad you enjoyed it :) You would never know it is vegan.

The only way to win over Grandma Val - Ice Cream. Thank you


Ice cream Ice cream, we all scream for ice cream! Vegan ice cream that is! Great recipe.



Oh wow this looks superb!!! Thanks for sharing this with all of us! Creamy raw ice cream….. mmmmmm nothing like it.  :)


I am glad you are all enjoying this raw vegan ice cream. SO yummy!


Wow! Love your raw recipes!!!  first time on so will be trying as many as I can:)

Thank you, thank you!!!


Great! Thankyou :) Welcome.  I can’t wait to hear what you try.

The ice cream looks and sounds decadent!!!  But…. coconut is a no no for me.  Any subs for it?  Would avocado work?  Any suggestions appreciated. Tracy


Hey Tracy,
You can make lots of delicious vanilla ice creams without using coconut. You can do a mixture of almond milk and cashews, you could use also use banana and cashews or blanched almonds straight in your Vitamix for instant ice cream. It tastes slightly like banana, but really delicious. I hope this helps. Enjoy :)

I made this ice cream, and, it was just too much coconut for us, we are going to do another batch with just cashews. Good taste but texture was a problem


Thanks for the feedback Roxanne.

Agustina De Benedetti - Feb 17, 2015 at 01:19pm #

What is the coconut meat?


When you open a young Thai coconut, there is water and “meat” (soft and hard white solid coconut lining the inside of the coconut shell. That is what is commonly known as “coconut meat”. You can crack coconuts with a Coco-Jack or purchase frozen coconut meat from health food stores. I like Exotic Superfoods organic coconut meat and water. I keep it in my freezer until I need it.

Is there a lot of fat in here? What is the calories per serving?


Sorry, I don’t do nutritional analysis on my recipes for the site. You can plug the recipe into the Nutrition Data website tool.
But, yes, this does contain high amounts of plant-based fat. Coconut contains saturated fats that are beneficial for health.

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