Easy 3-Ingredient Coconut Ice Cream

Craving a cool treat? Learn how to make the Easy 3-Ingredient Coconut Ice Cream—no fancy equipment needed! This no churn recipe is a snap to create and delicious.

You only need a hand or stand mixer, a mixing bowl, and a freezer-safe container. For this recipe, we use three everyday ingredients: whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, and grated coconut. Follow the steps below, give it 4 hours to freeze, and then enjoy! This recipe is one of summer all-time favorite. It’s easy to make and perfect for a quick, homemade treat. Did I mention it’s also gluten-free? Top it off with some toasted coconut or a drizzle of chocolate syrup for an extra treat.

For more delicious summer desserts, check out the No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream, How to Make Raspberry Sorbet, and Victoria Sponge Cake with Strawberries


According to popular legend, ice cream was invented by the ancient Chinese, brought to Italy by Marco Polo, to France by Catherine de Medici, and thence to America by Thomas Jefferson – Source: History.com

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Why we love ❤️this Easy 3-Ingredient Coconut Ice Cream

  • It is quick and easy to make 🍨No ice cream maker needed!
  • It’s refreshing and perfect for summer ☀️
  • Everyone loves it! ❤️

🥄What kitchenware you need to make the Easy 3-Ingredient Coconut Ice Cream

  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • 1 medium size bowl
  • Handheld mixer (or stand mixer or a whisk)
  • Spatula
  • Freezer-safe container

📝Ingredients to make this No Churn Coconut Ice Cream recipe

  • Condensed milk: for a silky texture, sugary flavor, and making the ice cream easier to scoop
  • Whipping cream: to add air without the need to use a machine
  • Shredded coconut: to give the coconut flavor and make it the coconut ice cream!

🕓Instructions: How to make this recipe

Pour condensed milk into the whipped cream
Pour condensed milk in the whipped cream in a cold bowl
Adding coconut to make the easy 3-ingredient coconut ice cream
Fold in the grated coconut
Coconut Ice Cream ready for the freezer
Place in the freezer for at least 4 hours

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FAQs about this Easy Coconut Ice Cream

Why do I need to use condensed milk?

Condensed milk adds sweetness and a smooth texture. It bonds with the water in the cream to lower the freezing point, creating a creamy texture.

Can I replace the condensed milk with another milk alternative?

You can replace the condensed milk with Dulce de Leche for a one-to-one alternative. You can also use evaporated milk for a one-to-one replacement. Evaporated milk is not sweetened so you will have to add sugar or the sweetener of your choice to get the same flavor and texture.

Can I use heavy cream?

Heavy cream has slightly more fat than whipping cream. You can use them interchangeably in recipes without affecting the taste. However, the recipe may have a different texture or consistency.

Do I need a mixer to make this recipe?

A hand or stand mixer makes it quicker, but you can use a hand whisk. It will take about 30 minutes to whip the cream by hand.

Is this ice cream gluten-free?

Yes, the ingredients are typically gluten-free. Always check the labels to ensure no hidden gluten.

Can I make this ice cream vegan?

You can make vegan ice cream by using vegan condensed milk and vegan cream. Vegans commonly use coconut milk based condensed milk and coconut vegan cream. Some popular brands are Thai Kitchen Coconut Cream (also gluten free), Kara Coconut Cream and Native Forest Organic Premium Coconut Cream. Make sure it is cream and not milk. The recipe will also be dairy free.

What are some good toppings for this ice cream?

Top with grated or toasted coconut, chocolate syrup, chopped nuts, or fresh fruit. Get creative with your favorite toppings. Serve it coconut shells to impress!


3-ingredient Coconut Ice Cream in bowls and coconut shells

Easy 3-ingredient Coconut Ice Cream

Craving a cool treat? Learn how to make the Easy 3-Ingredient Coconut Ice Cream—no fancy equipment needed! This no churn recipe is a snap to create and delicious.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
freezing time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Indian, Thai
Servings 4
Calories 267 kcal


  • medium size bowl
  • Large mixing bowl
  • handheld mixer (or stand mixer, or a whisk)
  • freezer-safe container
  • spatula


  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened condense milk
  • 4 tablespoons grated coconut


  • Chill a large mixing bowl in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes
  • Pour in the whipping cream and using a hand held mixer, whip on high speed until stiff peaks are formed
  • Add in the condensed milk and mix in gently with a spatula
  • Gently fold in the grated coconut using a spatula
  • Pour mixture into freezer-safe container. Cover and freeze for 4 hours or overnight
  • To serve, remove from freezer and let soften for a few minutes before transferring to individual serving bowls
  • Serve with more grated coconut on top
  • To impress serve in coconut shells!


  • You can use desiccated coconut here, but it will taste better with fresh grated coconut
  • You can also pour the mixture into a bread pan or loaf pan
  • Chill the mixing bowl before use. You can also chill the freezer container before use


Serving: 4Calories: 267kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 3gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 31mgPotassium: 121mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 901IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword 3-ingredient coconut ice cream, coconut ice cream, easy coconut ice cream, no churn desserts, no churn ice cream
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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    3 ingredients, minimal preparation, and it tastes great. Fantastic, thanks!

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