Dairy Free Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

When it comes to ice cream, they say men prefer vanilla and women prefer chocolate. That is definitely true in our household. Hubby would always choose vanilla over chocolate and I would always pick chocolate. That’s why the first ice cream that I made with my new ice cream maker was chocolate.

Dairy Free Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

But soon enough, I decided to make some vanilla ice cream. I threw in more vanilla than the recipe called for because I wanted it to be really vanilla-ey and have the signature speckles that can only come from using fresh vanilla beans.

For this ice cream, I used coconut milk again, but I used half low fat and half full fat. I knew that the low fat coconut milk might affect the texture of the ice cream. Since it has more water in it, it can produce a more icy texture since the water crystals turn to ice.

Dairy Free Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

While the texture was a bit icy, the ice cream was Hubby approved as delicious dairy free vanilla bean ice cream. I enjoyed it with sprinkles on top because I love sprinkles.

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Vanilla Dairy Free Ice Cream

Ingredients:

2 cans coconut milk (I used one can of light and one can of regular)
3/4 cup sugar
2 vanilla beans
1 Tbsp vanilla extract

Directions:

In a medium saucepan, combine coconut milk and sugar.

Make a slit in the vanilla beans along the length of the bean. Scrape seeds out of pod into milk mixture. Add pods to pan.

Warm the milk mixture over medium heat until the sugar has completely melted. Do not boil milk.

Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla extract.

Pour mixture into a bowl and allow to cool in the fridge, at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

Process the ice cream in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Place ice cream in a freezer safe continue and freeze for 4 hours before serving.

Recipe by Beantown Baker

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6 Responses to “Dairy Free Vanilla Bean Ice Cream”

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — May 13, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Very cool (pun intended)! I’ll have to bookmark this recipe in case I have some friends who can’t consume dairy.

    • beantownbaker — May 13th, 2013 @ 9:56 am

      Coconut milk is definitely my friend when it comes to dairy free ice cream!

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    Shannon — May 13, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    ooh, i have never made a plain vanilla, but i do love a good quality vanilla bean :) especially with coconut milk!!

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    Sues — May 13, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    I love vanilla ice cream that’s so vanilla-y that it has the little flecks in it :) Heavenly!

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    Jen — May 15, 2013 at 1:33 am

    How convienent that I just paid $6 for a tiny container of dairy free ice cream and wanted to find a cheaper homemade version. Thanks for sharing this gem.

    • beantownbaker — June 10th, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

      Dairy free ice cream is definitely expensive and making it at home yields such great results! I don’t think I’ll ever go back to store bought ice cream again.

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