Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream

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I am on an ice cream roll out here! By the time Arvind was finishing the last scoop of the Cherry Ice Cream, I got ready to whip another batch of a milder flavor this time. Did I fall in love with ice cream? Well, not yet, but I have definitely fallen in love with the idea of making ice cream at home. And while summer is still here, why not indulge a little bit more on the creamy yummy goodness.

On our last trip to Bangkok, Arvind relished a lot on coconut ice cream. It’s very well known out there. From an elegant restaurant to a tiny shop on the street, from roadside stand to the food court in the shopping mall, its everywhere in Bangkok and you just can’t miss it. It’s served in a simple white bowl with no fancy topping. At times, they would just drizzle some buttery coconut milk on top and that’s it, plain and humble. Yes, I tasted it and I liked it! The texture was very light and airy. It taste coconut-y of course but was not excessively sweet.

I wanted to recreate a similar texture with just a hint of vanilla in it.

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Did you know that Vanilla was once considered as an aphrodisiac and it was reserved only for royalty. Thank God, it’s not the case anymore! Since this ice cream had only one flavor profile, I wanted it to be rich and pure and that is why I used vanilla beans instead of the extract. I am sure pure vanilla extract would work as well.

This time I didn’t used condensed milk as I was worried that it might overpower the subtle sweetness of the coconut milk. Mascarpone, on the other hand, is more mild and creamy. The combination resulted in a smooth silky, not too dense, not too sweet, flavorful ice cream. Just what I was looking for.

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Sometime less is more and Arvind kept reminding me the same when I asked if I could add some lemon zest for tang! He was watching me or should I say monitoring the ice cream, making sure I don’t add anything extra. He wanted a plain and simple, coconut vanilla ice cream. Period.

I sprinkled some pan roasted coconut flakes on top while serving, which added a lovely crunchy bite.

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Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 cups coconut milk, kept at room temperature
  • 2 cups mascarpone cheese, kept at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut, I used dried flakes bought from store
  • seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 tablespoons grated coconut, pan roasted (to be used while serving)


  1. In a bowl, whisk coconut milk, sugar and mascarpone together for about 10 minutes until it's smooth and creamy.
  2. Slit the vanilla bean lengthwise right in the center and with the back of the knife scrape the seeds out.
  3. Add it to the bowl and whisk again for about 5 minutes.
  4. Cover and let it freeze for couple of hours.
  5. Take it out and let it come to room temperature .
  6. Add the grated coconut and whisk again for about 10 minutes.
  7. Cover and let it freeze for 8 hours before you serve it.
  8. While serving, drizzle some pan roasted coconut flakes on top.


  • Coconut milk and grated coconut is easily available in any Indian store or Asian aisle in any super market.
  • Before serving, let the ice cream rest at room temperature for 5 minutes to soften it a little.
  • Vanilla extract can be used instead of vanilla beans.
  • Once you use the vanilla seeds, keep the pod back in the air tight jar for later use.

This could be one of those ice creams that I actually liked and cared for a couple of more scoops.

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  • Anamika@madcooking
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    August 1, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Hey you seem to be on an ice cream spree, one of my fav too, we get equally delicious coconut ice cream out here in Bangalore from Naturals…your pics making me crave for a scoop soon :)!

  • Jean (Lemons and Anchovies)
    Jean (Lemons and Anchovies)
    August 1, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Keep the ice cream recipes coming–I love this flavor. Your pictures are so enticing and I really liked the behind the scenes shot you shared on Facebook. 🙂

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    August 1, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Found you via Jean’s pin on Pinterest :). Beautiful photos, I love the sound of this ice cream and the addition of mascarpone!

  • Mallika
    August 1, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Your pictures speak a 1000 words… now that’s what I call a bowl of ice cream to die for! Brilliant composition for a decadent treat of coconut ice cream!

  • Rose ( Magpie's Recipes)
    Rose ( Magpie's Recipes)
    August 1, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Simply beautiful! Such neat scoops too! my cherry mascarpone ice cream is sitting in the freezer, can you please come and photograph it for me?!

  • Rosa
    August 1, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    A fabulous ice cream! Heavenly tasting, I’m sure. Love your pictures.



  • Nandita
    August 1, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Gosh!! You can’t tempt us like this Kankana!! I love the flavour of coconut and I jsut love this ice cream. I just an’t wait for winter to end here. And BTW Congrats for the dMBGiT win 🙂

  • nags
    August 2, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    LOVE the flavours you have used. and the pics… oh so gorgeous!

  • Keep Calm and Eat On
    Keep Calm and Eat On
    August 2, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    I am liking this ice cream roll of yours. Funny how good food photographs makes you want for more just like the edible treat. Love a little crunch with creamy ice cream. In any case the husband must be over the moon with all these treats, are you bargaining anything at all? 😉

  • Sawsan (Chef in disg
    Sawsan (Chef in disg
    August 2, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    I love icecream with simple clean flavors. It some how seems more enjoyable 🙂

  • Notyet100
    August 2, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Drooling I am craving for some now,,..:).

  • Sia | Monsoon Spice
    Sia | Monsoon Spice
    August 2, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    Both r gorgeous, ice cream and the props :)Are we going to see more ice creations next? 😀

  • Tes
    August 2, 2012 at 4:05 AM

    Oh your ice-cream look so delicate 🙂 I need to make some of this 🙂

  • Arch
    August 2, 2012 at 5:02 AM

    Look at you, girl ! You are seriously on a roll !! This sounds so good ! nice clean flavours and beautiful pics, as always…

  • Vimitha
    August 2, 2012 at 5:11 AM

    Thats a very refreshing bowl… Perfect little treat

  • IshitaUnblogged
    August 2, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    It’s the ice-cream season, I see! First cherries now Coconut… I’ve made a Coconut Mango one – was pretty good.

    And really didn’t know that a simple Vanilla could be an aphrodisiac – thought there were other flavours to do the trick:)

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    August 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Gorgeous lighting, Kankana! All these pictures look perfect. Plus, I love coconut ice cream. I’m saving this recipe and would love to make it myself. I love the blue color of the spoon, bowl, and the cloth. These photos became one of my favorite pictures from your blog. 🙂

  • Nerissa
    August 2, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    I’m not the biggest fan of ice cream either but cherry and coconut are two flavours I do like. Perhaps you would like sorbets better? I know the French make a sorbet from William Pears that almost made me cry in happiness.

  • Joanne
    August 2, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    I am endlessly in love with ice cream and this flavor sounds like it will certainly be a favorite!

  • Sublime Palate
    Sublime Palate
    August 2, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Even though I am no major ice cream lover, your ice cream posts one after the other are sure to convert a non-ice cream lover to an ice cream lover.. Ok, at least make them try it if not convert them:) Hadn’t heard of vanilla being an aphrodisiac.. What would the not-so-royal majority do without vanilla!!
    The sequence of pictures of the ice cream are telling a story by themselves. From start to finish:)

  • Cate
    August 2, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Your coconut ice cream is gorgeous! I bet the addition of mascarpone and vanilla make it extra special… Next time I’ll have to give your version a shot 🙂

  • Jacqueline
    August 2, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Wow Kankana, you are on an ice cream roll eh? Beautiful, delicious recipe. Love the idea of the crunchy toasted coconut on top 🙂

  • chitra
    August 3, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    first time here.. U made me drool by this post..lovely clicks too 🙂

  • CC
    August 3, 2012 at 4:49 AM

    Am I blind or am I missing where you add in the sugar? I see it in the ingredients list but not in the directions … it is pretty early so I could be totally out of it 🙂

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      August 3, 2012 at 8:44 AM

      Totally my mistake, you are not blind! I made that correction and thanks SO much for pointing it out 🙂

  • Leanne @ HP
    Leanne @ HP
    August 3, 2012 at 6:03 AM

    I love the idea of using cheese in ice cream, very nicely done! I was big into making ice cream for us last year. We bought a maker and everything… I haven’t made one batch this Summer!

  • mjskit
    August 3, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    WOW – this looks good! 2 cups of mascarpone cheese!?! What a rich bowl of ice cream! I wouldn’t be able to stop eating it!!! I love coconut sorbet but have never had coconut ice cream. This looks SOOOOOOOO good!

  • Sandra's Easy Cookin
    Sandra's Easy Cookin
    August 3, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    I think those are two of my favorite flavors…I love your pics, so beautiful, so tasty looking…
    Great recipe…now do you have some leftovers, I will be on my way:))

  • Kiran
    August 3, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    That looks incredible!! I love anything and everything coconut. Arvind is so lucky. Send a scoop my way 😉

  • Monet
    August 3, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    What a delicious ice cream. I love coconut ice cream, but I’ve never tried to make my own at home. Thank you for the recipe. I would love a bowl right now!

  • Marta @ What Should
    Marta @ What Should
    August 4, 2012 at 6:12 AM

    I so need it right now. It’s like 100 degrees over here. Ice creams would be a blessing 🙂

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes
    [email protected]'s Recipes
    August 4, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Looks scrumptious! You can’t never have too much ice cream in the summer time!

  • Rekha Kakkar
    Rekha Kakkar
    August 4, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Never have liked coconut much… but looking at your photographs … I know coconut has got another chance !

  • Charles
    August 4, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    I love coconut ice-cream – it’s such a pure white colour… reminds me of snow, and the taste is so delicious too. It’s quite common here, but the stuff they serve in restaurants is always bad… like it’s been part-defrosted and refrozen a few times over 🙁

  • Shumaila
    August 4, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    The moment I saw another ice cream recipe I knew I would comment that you are on an ice cream making roll here, and guess what that’s what your first line says! So I guess you know it already! 🙂 I love coconut icecream! Have a posted about it on my blog too. I too am on an ice cream making roll- haven’t posted about my adventures in ice cream yet though ( a big backlog of recipes). Our batch of homemade strawberry yogurt icecream is just getting over- maybe I should visit the coconut ice cream again! Yours looks good and your pictures are amazing as always!

  • Roxana's Home Baking
    Roxana's Home Baking
    August 5, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    I’ve recently tried coconut ice-cream for the first time (i’ve been living under a rock, i know) and it was love at first taste. yours sounds even better than the store bought one. Love the addition of vanilla bean instead of vanilla extract.

  • Amy @ fragrantvanill
    Amy @ fragrantvanill
    August 5, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    This ice cream sounds amazing! I can only imagine how wonderful the texture is with the addition of the mascarpone! Love the toasted crunchy coconut on top as well :)!

  • Aunt Clara
    Aunt Clara
    August 5, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Well, look at you! Aren’t you the girl who didn’t like ice cream? I think I like you more now. 🙂

    Now, coconut is my favorite food, and any way it can be introduced into the body is a good one. You had me at coconut.

  • foodwanderings
    August 6, 2012 at 5:15 AM

    Ooh Kankana so happy to come back and visit only to find this scrumptious dessert. You know I am partial to coconut, obviously! 🙂

  • Mansi
    August 6, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Hi Kankana, this is my first time on your blog, and I must say you have amazing photos, which I’m sure a lot of ppl have told you already:), and a great sense of writing! loved your Rosemary-Walnut cake, and I’m going to bake it tonight!

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    August 6, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    i am literally watching my ice cream being made and I am slapping myself for not reading this post about 20 minutes ago or else I would have made this ice cream instead of coffee! WOW! It looks delicious

  • Lisa H.
    Lisa H.
    August 6, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    I definitely cannot resist Ice-cream 😀
    gorgeous photos Kankana 😀

  • Deepa
    August 6, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    I can never be tired of ice-creams …enticing pics..and loved your idea of adding crunchy coconut shreds …

  • Asmita
    August 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Coconut is my favorite and this looks so good! It would not be safe for me to be around this ice cream. I can finish off the whole tub.

  • Kim Bee
    Kim Bee
    August 8, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    I love you so much right now. I mean this is amazing.

  • sheena
    August 9, 2012 at 6:58 AM

    oh wow this looks SO yummy!

    Your blog is so pretty! Thanks so much for stopping by mine to say hello:)

  • Ann
    August 16, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    You did so well, ice cream is also so hard to photograph. Kudos!

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