Coconut, ice cream, a chocolate chips d





  • 3 cups unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • pinch sea or kosher salt
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 large organic egg yolks
  • 3/4 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (gluten-free & dairy free if available)
  • Ice cream maker
  • Medium pot
  • Wooden spoon or silicon spatula
  • Whisk or fork
  • 1-2 cups ice
  • Fine strainer
  • Thermometer
  • Large and medium bowl
  • plastic wrap


  1. Add 2-1/2 cups of  the coconut milk into a medium pot.
  2. Add sugar and salt to the pot. Cook over low heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Open the vanilla bean. Scrape the vanilla seeds into the coconut mixture.
  4.  Add the cinnamon stick to the warmed mixture. Cover pot.
  5. Remove from heat and let mixture steep at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  6. Separately, in a medium bowl, add the remaining 1/2 cup of coconut milk. Then add yolks to the bowl.  Whisk together.
  7. Slowly add steeped cooled coconut milk mixture into the egg yolks.  Whisk constantly while pouring.
  8. Pour egg mixture back into the pot.  Add vanilla.
  9. Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat.  Using a wooden spoon or silicone spatula, stir mixture until thickens and coats the back of the spoon or spatula.
  10. Using a thermometer test mixture. Cook until mixture reaches 170º. Do not allow mixture go above 185º.
  11. Make an ice bath by placing some ice into a large bowl.  Add about 1-2 cup water.
  12. The mixture is basically custard. In another bowl, pour the custard through a fine mesh strainer into the bowl.
  13. Place medium bowl that contains the custard, on top of large bowl ice bath to cool custard. Stir custard until cool.
  14. Remove medium bowl from ice bath. Cover with some plastic wrap.
  15. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Chill completely.
  16. Remove the vanilla bean and cinnamon stick.
  17. Freeze mixture in an ice makers.  Using your ice cream maker’s instructions.
  18.  Add chocolate chips into the ice cream during the last moments of churning. Or top ice cream when serving.