Nectarine Ice Cream with Coconut Milk

vegan nectarine ice cream recipe
Creamy and subtle coconut milk and nectarine ice cream.

Coconut Vegan Bliss

It's been hot and sultry here in West Hollywood. [One could argue, when is West Hollywood not hot and sultry, Babycakes?] We've been settling into our new apartment, hanging curtains (adios, vertical blinds), unpacking books, and doing laundry. So before I share the new coconut milk ice cream recipe I whipped up last night (after scarfing down vegan tacos like there was no tomorrow, which would be, today) I thought I might  also share a few random pics from our new neighborhood.

West Hollywood rocks.

Banana coconut almond pancakes at Hugo's.
Gluten-free and vegan, Baby.

Self portrait at a West Hollywood laundromat.


An orange tree across the street.


Palms and stucco style in WeHo.


My kitchen sink window with a gorgeous ivy from Mickey Hargitay's
 Plants (Mariska's brother has a gifted green thumb).

Mad Men eye candy. Are you watching this season?
(And Sally, honey, don't worry. I had a thing for Illya Kuryakin, too.)


vegan nectarine ice cream recipe

Karina's Vegan Nectarine Ice Cream Recipe with Coconut Milk

Recipe posted August 2010 by Karina Allrich.

I like to serve this kind of ice cream soft- in other words, not rock hard from the freezer. Serving it softened boosts the nectarine flavor. After all, frozen fruit doesn't really taste like much.

You'll need:

A blender or Vita-Mix
A 1 1/2 quart ice cream maker with a frozen canister


2 ripe nectarines
2 cups cold coconut milk- full fat is creamier, richer, less icy
3/4 cup organic cane sugar
1/2 teaspoon bourbon vanilla extract


Peel the skin and remove the pit from the two nectarines. Cut one roughly (this one is going into the blender, so need to be fussy) and set aside (save any juicy bits). Slice the second nectarine into bite size pieces and set aside.

Pour the cold coconut milk into the blender. Add the cane sugar, vanilla. Blend on high until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is smooth and frothy.

Add in the rough cut nectarine and juicy bits. Blend until the coconut milk turns a lovely pale peach color.

Pour the blended liquid into the frozen ice cream canister and start your machine. Churn it, Baby.

After ten minutes or so add in the remaining nectarine pieces. Churn until it becomes the consistency of frozen custard.

Serve immediately for spectacular taste and texture.

Store the remaining ice cream in freezer containers. Soften slightly before serving for best flavor and texture.

Serves six.


The fuller fat the coconut milk, the creamier your ice cream will be. Lower fat coconut milk in cartons makes an icier, more sherbet style dessert.  
If you use a thinner non-dairy milk, try adding 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum to help thicken it.

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xox Karina


  1. I love how simple this recipe is. I can't wait to restock on coconut milk to make it! The new local looks amazing too :)

  2. Mmm. Looks so good. As do you in the laundromat photo. Did you use the unsweetened (green) or original/sweetened (red) So Delicious coconut milk? I have the later in my fridge now.

  3. Thanks, SL! I love its simplicity, too. xox

    ~M- Good question! I usually buy unsweetened non-dairy milks because I like to control the amount of sweetness in my recipes. So it's the unsweetened version. Taste test your mixture (and remember it needs to taste a tad too sweet before you freeze it because freezing dulls flavors). xox


  4. I have yet to make the nectarine & coconut milk ice cream I planned to make with the nectarines I picked a little while back. Now I don't even have to make up a recipe! ♥

  5. I just made this for my family and everyone absolutely loved it. Thanks so much for the recipe. I rarely have ice cream since I went GF and DF but I had everything in the house already and it was ready in 30 minutes :-)

  6. This looks delish. Any recommendations on a substitute for the sugar? Trying to cut back a bit but it's been a huge challenge.

  7. Poor Sally .. she's just a girl who likes blondes. I was (and am) one too. Fair hair, ruddy, scandanavian types have always been my thing. I remember my sister watching The Man From U.N.C.L.E. religiously. I was a wee bit too young.

  8. I don't have an ice-cream machine- how do I do it without one?

  9. You could try doing it as a granita. Pour the liquid into a shallow pan and put it in the freezer and keep scraping up the frozen bits every half hour or so until fluffy and frozen. The texture will be a little different, but still delish.

  10. I'll be hitting up my local farmers market up next weekend with this recipe in mind. I've made some great homemade blueberry ice cream in my blender- we're a blendtec family, and some great nectarine pie, but nectarine ice cream hadn't crossed my mind. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Sounds absolutely fabulous. A pinch of salt can help boost the flavour in frozen things like this- but just a pinch! The colour is so very pretty too. Yummm.....

  12. This sounds wonderful. I love coconut milk, and I can imagine it boosts the nectarine flavour very well.

  13. Love the photos of your new neighborhood! And the photos of this ice cream are gorgeous! Sounds fantastic.

  14. Karina, I don't own an ice cream maker. I do however have a Blendtec. Can I just use the blender on the ice cream cycle to make this? I think I would freeze the coconut milk into cubes first. Do you think it might work?

  15. Love the West Hollywood photos. I lived there when I was in my 20s working at an ad agency on Wilshire, and the images opened a flood gate of memories. Now I have the heavy sweet smell of gardenias on a warm summer night on my mind ...

  16. Thank you all for your fab comments! Very cool. xox

    As for making it without churning... you can whip it in a blender and freeze it in a container. Stir it about every 20 to 30 minutes as it freezes to help keep it from getting icy.

    Or make pops out of it in pop molds.

    I've never used a Blendtec- does it make it with ice cubes? If so, then I would freeze the coconut milk into ice cubes, I guess. Let me know how it works for you.

    xox Karina

  17. I just ordered a Blendtec! I hope it's as good as a vitamix. The side by side comparison made it appear to be. I will definitely try this ice cream as my first recipe with the Blendtex:)

    I also tried the potato salad last week that you posted about. It was the best potato salad I've ever had! I've been craving it ever since.

    I'm so glad I found your blog.

  18. I love making ice cream with So Delicious coconut milk beverages! I hadn't thought of making nectarine! This looks so good! I'm going to make it tonight!

  19. Ooooh Karri, I love the idea of making ice cream with coconut milk! This looks divine - and that green spoon is wonderful. Part of me really wants to buy an ice cream maker, and part of me thinks that might be a very dangerous idea. ;)

    So glad you're settling in to your new home. I'm envious of that orange tree! xo

  20. This looks delightful and I'm not even on a gluten-free diet! Great job Karina! I send all my gluten-free friends your way!

  21. This looks so inviting and I absolutely love coconut milk! I love the simplicity of this recipe and look forward to trying it tonight with fresh organic nectarines! I made a custard ice cream, that was fantastic, but difficult to make because of the homemade custard so thank you for this post!

  22. what can I say. I so need an ice cream maker.

  23. Your new neighborhood looks fabulous. I've never been there, but look forward to having you as a guide!

  24. West Hollywood looks so great as does the Ice Cream! Congrats on the move. I am definitely jealous you were able to go to order GF pancakes! There aren't many gf places where I am currently located.

    I don't have nectarines on hand so I might be using peaches or mangos. mmm (=

  25. Maybe I need to start using So Delicious for my ice cream - it's definitely lower in calories than my generous use of the regular canned coconut milk. (Which makes for a decadent, super-easy vegan ice cream) I love this, and love your random photos. I actually made a peaches and cream vegan and gluten-free ice cream the other day that somehow didn't make it on my blog. Perfect excuse to make it again.

  26. mmm, nectarines in ice cream, awesome idea!! I usually use coconut milk, but if I want a lower fat ice cream I use rice milk (unsweetened) brought to just below boiling and add arrowroot powder. It thickens the rice milk, and then I add whatever sweetness & flavors and carry on as normal. A bit trickier than coconut milk, but this is the method for making ice cream out of dairy milk rather than full fat cream.

  27. A stunning, easy yet so flavourful nectarine & coconut milk ice cream! Yummmmmmmmmm,...!

    Kisses from Brussels!

  28. Karina~ Thank you for sharing your awesome home through pics! I hadn't heard of Hugo's before, so I'll have to give it a try! Have you been to Mani's by the Grove on Fairfax? I'm sure you have, but if not it's absolutely delicious and has a wide array of gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options... it might be up your alley ;). Cheers!


  29. Karen12:27

    Debbie, can you post your blueberry ice cream recipe? I just bought a Blendtec and have had little success with it except for smoothies. I was starting to wonder if I made the wrong choice and should have gotten a vita mix. I was looking forward to ice cream and it has failed 5 times!

  30. I made this, but the nectarines didn't last around here long enough before they were gobbled up so I used strawberries. This was delicious!!!! The kids were soooo happy!!!!

  31. I LOVE that you are using So Delicious Coco Milk in your recipes now. It is my go-to non-dairy milk -- I use it in everything. As a fellow, gluten, dairy egg-free person, I love your site --thank you for everything you do to make it so life-affirming, gluten, dairy, egg-free life, that is.

  32. Thanks for sharing this recipe Karina, it's so easy! I missed the nectarines by 1 week for this recipe, but found some peaches that turned out great!.... but the best alternative I tried, was almond milk instead of the Coconut milk, and 1/2 cup cocoa powder, and 2 ounces of Organic Dark Chocolate, instead of the fruit! ;)

  33. So, I just went online and searched GF Coconut Milk Ice Cream. I was hoping for a base recipe, since I have some Nectarines sitting in a bowl right here I really need to use...and without even searching for Nectarine...yours was the second recipe that popped up!! So, I am making it now. I cannot wait!