20 Sep Piña Colada Coconut Milk Ice Cream {Dairy Free}

Pina Colada Coconut Milk Ice Cream | Butterlust Blog #DairyFree #Vegan

In protest of all of the pumpkin, caramel apple and all-out autumness that has taken the blogosphere by storm this month, I am bringing you my second ice cream post of the week. Not only is this cold and refreshing but it’s classically summer flavored – Piña Colada.

So what if I put up Halloween decorations last night? It doesn’t matter that I’m already hoarding White Chocolate Candy Corn M&Ms. (On that note: Yes, I tried the Pumpkin Spice M&Ms. Not a fan.)

IPina Colada Coconut Milk Ice Cream | Butterlust Blog #DairyFree #Vegan

I am officially boycotting fall desserts! Let me explain something. Fall is my favorite season. I get giddy over all things Halloween. I relish in raking and then jumping into giant piles of fallen leaves, despite the allergy attack that follows. But right now, I am an Autumn Grinch of sorts. At least when it comes to the kitchen.

Here in Austin, the temperatures aren’t dropping. The leaves aren’t changing. Yes, we have football. But if you follow the Longhorns then you’ll know that is not a fan-friendly topic. All of my little pieces of fall joy are failing me!

So I’m turning around, going back into my hole, and waiting it out for another 6 3 weeks.

Pina Colada Coconut Milk Ice Cream | Butterlust Blog #DairyFree #Vegan

There’s just one thing. I can’t resist the decorations. Target is Halloween lover’s crack house. I stopped by yesterday for some sour cream, chocolate chips and cream cheese (you know, typical grocery run) and left with $50 worth of Halloween decor. But I somehow can’t bring myself to pull that first can of pumpkin puree off the shelf. The voices in my head are fighting and internal battle over here. Apparently, I’m a fall schitzo. So sue me. 

Pina Colada Coconut Milk Ice Cream | Butterlust Blog #DairyFree #Vegan

Moving on. I’ve been looking for a good dairy-free ice cream recipe for some time now. I have a friend who is lactose intolerant (you have no idea how much this pains me) and unfortunately for him, 99% of my recipes contain butter. Out of the goodness of my heart, I decided to forgo the gloriousness of heavy cream (swoon) and attempt a coconut milk recipe. At the least, I figured my waistline will thank me.

The secret to extra creamy coconut milk ice cream is to let the cans of coconut milk sit for at least 4 hours so that the coconut cream separates from the coconut water. Then, carefully open the can and scoop out all of the thick, delicious coconut cream from the top and use that as your ice cream base. Mouth watering yet?

Pina Colada Coconut Milk Ice Cream | Butterlust Blog #DairyFree #Vegan

Piña Colada flavor just seemed like a natural choice for ice cream made from coconut milk. I used rum flavoring instead of real rum solely because it’s less expensive AND I could buy it at the grocery store versus having to make a second stop at the liquor store. But feel free to spike yours with the real thing. Top it off with macadamia nuts for added crunch, put on some Jimmy Buffet and join me in holding out on fall for another few weeks. 🙂

Piña Colada Coconut Milk Ice Cream {Dairy Free}


  • 2 cans coconut milk, refrigerated and settled for at least 4 hours
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp rum extract
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, chopped


  • Chill your coconut milk undisturbed for at least 4 hours (overnight is even better) so that the coconut cream separates from the coconut water.
  • Carefully open your cans, can use a spoon to scoop the coconut cream into a large bowl. Reserve the remaining coconut water for later.
  • Add the pineapple, honey, rum extract and coconut. Mix well.
  • Taste test. Is it sweet enough? If not, add more honey.
  • Depending on how thick the texture of your mixture is, you may want to add some of the reserved coconut water. I added about 1/2 cup to mine.
  • Pour into an ice cream maker and chill according to manufacturers instructions.
  • Once thick, fold in macadamia nuts.
  • Transfer to an airtight container; cover. Freeze until firm, at least 4 hours and up to 1 week.
  • Deb
    Posted at 12:46h, 22 September Reply

    I’m for eating ice cream all year long! And the Pina Colada Coconut Ice Cream is just the tropical escape we all need as we stare down into the window of autumn!

  • Coconut Milk Recipes
    Posted at 03:02h, 09 June Reply

    Damn, thank you so much for posting this! It is going to be so helpful when I order Coconut Milk online! So Impressive!

  • Naturals Ice Cream Home Delivery
    Posted at 03:36h, 12 December Reply

    Thanks for sharing us awesome post. coconut milk ice cream its so yummy and l love it.

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