With this coconut ice cream recipe, you don’t even need an ice cream maker. Everything is mixed up in zipper bags, making it easy for anyone to have a refreshing frozen treat.
At some point in every person’s life, they should make ice cream in a bag. Turning a bag of liquids into frozen solids in a matter of minutes is pretty awe-inspiring for anyone who’s familiar with how long ice takes to freeze. The feat reaches the level of miraculous when the end result is a bag full of ice cream that you get to eat on a hot summer day.
This past weekend I was in the mood for an experiment, so I decided that we would try canned coconut milk as the base for our ice cream. After all, those sweet kids on the autism spectrum should get to eat ice cream in a bag too! The coconut flavor is discernible but very mild. When someone my younger children what kind of ice cream they had, they simply replied, “Vanilla!”
(Yield: 5 bags)
Traditional ice cream can be made from milk, half and half, or whipping cream and the richness of the ice cream increases with the amount of fat. The same principle applies to coconut ice cream. The canned coconut milk contains quite a bit of saturated fat and makes a very rich ice cream. “Lite” canned coconut milk would be the equivalent of half & half. Coconut milk from the dairy section provides the least fat.
While I’m not in the least bit worried about the fat content of my ice cream, especially when it’s coconut fat, the amount of fat does change the mouth feel of the ice cream. We used the full fat canned coconut this time, but I’ll probably try the “lite” canned coconut milk next time just to see the difference.
You can also add any sort of flavorings that you want to the ice cream. We tried almond extract and vanilla extract in ours and the vanilla was my hands-down favorite.