French Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream

AUTHOR: Danielle Walker -




  1. Slice the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds.
  2. In a saucepan, whisk together the coconut milk, vanilla bean and its seeds, maple syrup, and egg yolks. Heat the mixture over medium heat stirring constantly until the mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 8-10 minutes. Make sure it doesn’t boil.
  3. Transfer ice cream mixture to a bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Place the plastic wrap directly on the liquid, so there is no condensation. Place in the refrigerator and chill until cold, at least 2 hours.
  4. Remove the vanilla pod, then mix in the teaspoon of vanilla extract. Using your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions, process the chilled ice cream mixture. (I use the Kitchen Aid stand mixer attachment)
  5. Turn the ice cream into an air tight container. Place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the ice cream so freezer burn doesn’t occur. Freeze until firm, at least 2 hours.
  6. To serve, leave out on the counter for 30 minutes until it soft enough to scoop.
  • Liz

    Danielle, thanks so much for the recipe! It’s so good! Can’t wait to try this with some homemade fried apples with cinnamon! I have a question though: I LOVE the plate that you have in that ice cream picture! Do you remember where you got it, or what company made it? Thanks! It’s just so pretty; it reminds me of a summer evening sitting on the back porch watching the lightning bugs come out (don’t know why! It just strikes a chord with me!) thanks girl! And thanks for all you do!