Coconut Lime Ice Cream

Coconut Lime Ice Cream | Get Inspired Everyday!

This Coconut Lime Ice Cream is ultra creamy thanks to the avocado added in! It’s a refreshing combination that everyone loves, and it’s dairy free as well as vegan, so pretty much everyone can eat it.

Coconut Lime Ice Cream | Get Inspired Everyday!This Ice Cream is the perfect partner for abundant summer berries, or pretty much anytime all year long! It’s smooth and creamy without being at all heavy like ice creams can sometimes be. It’s also one of those desserts that’s both light and refreshing yet oddly decadent at the same time.

The bright zesty note of citrus combined with the creamy coconut is all I could ever want in an ice cream, even though this is the most unlikely flavor combination I would have ever thought would be my favorite.

Tyler is so crazy about this ice cream too, that it’s the flavor we make most often. I’ve always been a vanilla ice cream fan myself because every single topping tastes amazing on vanilla. But ever since I came up with the combination, it’s been my new favorite!Coconut Lime Ice Cream | Get Inspired Everyday!

For the lime zest in this recipe, you want to use a microplane grater and only grate the outer green part leaving the white behind. That way, you get the intense flavor without any chewy chunks of rind.

Tip: Always zest the limes before you juice them because it’s much easier. Every once in a while, I forget and it’s a real pain trying to zest limes after they’ve been juiced.

Coconut Lime Ice Cream | Get Inspired Everyday!

This ice cream comes together quickly in a blender. I used the tamper that comes with my blender to keep the mixture moving, and I didn’t have to scrape the sides.  

Once the ice cream is chilled and in the ice cream freezer, If I’m not sure if it’s ready or not: I just scoop some out, and if it stays on the spoon it’s done. When it’s still too soft, it will slide right off the spoon.

Coconut Lime Ice Cream | Get Inspired Everyday!

What I love about ice cream is that it fits every occasion. Even when it’s the depth of winter coldness, ice cream is still my favorite dessert. With summer upon us, I find myself thinking about ice cream pretty much on a daily basis. Sitting on the front porch on a warm summer’s evening with a bowl of ice cream is one of my favorite things to do.

Coconut Lime Ice Cream | Get Inspired Everyday!

If you’re looking for more dairy free ice creams, I wrote a whole book with all the favorites called Inspired Ice Creams (photo below)! There’s 32 recipes + 143 variations which = 175 total frozen treats!

Inspired Ice Creams | Get Inspired Everyday!

The real secret to this ice cream is the avocado – but wait! don’t leave me yet, it makes the best most creamy texture and you don’t taste it at all! This recipe has been one of my all time most popular, so I updated it today with prettier photos and more detailed instructions, (I’ve learned a lot about how to write a recipe over time).

So I hope you enjoy one of our all time favorites, and if you love this combination but want a more impressive company worthy dessert: try my Coconut Lime Tart with Macadamia Crust.

Coconut Lime Ice Cream | Get Inspired Everyday!

Coconut Lime Ice Cream

  • Author: Get Inspired Everyday!
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 1 quart 1x


This Coconut Lime Ice Cream is an all time favorite in our family with it’s refreshing flavor, and super creamy texture!



1 can (13.66 ounce) of coconut milk

2 avocados, peeled and pitted

1 cup maple syrup, Grade A, or to your taste

1/2 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed (5 limes)

1 Tablespoon lime zest

1/4 cup water


Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. For either appliance, scrape down the sides a couple of times for a smooth texture. I prefer the blender because it’s easiest to get a perfectly smooth texture.

Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to your machine’s instructions. The ice cream is finished when you can scoop some out, and it stays on the spoon without sliding off right away (about 20 minutes).

Serve immediately or freeze for a firmer texture.

This ice cream becomes quite hard when it’s fully frozen, so it’s best to let it soften on the counter for 15 minutes or so before serving it.

You can also add 1-2 Tablespoons of hard alcohol to keep the texture softer. Vodka or tequila would be my first choices.

  • Category: Ice Cream
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Coconut Milk Lime Ice Cream, Dairy Free Coconut Lime Ice Cream, Vegan Coconut Lime Ice Cream


110 Comments on “Coconut Lime Ice Cream”

  1. Kari

    Is it absolutely necessary to do the ice creamer maker step, or can you just put directly in the freezer instead?


    1. Kari

      You can make this by just putting it in the freezer but the texture will be really icy even if you stir it often as it freezes. An ice cream maker is essential for the smoothest texture.

    1. Kari

      Hi Angie, I don’t know if Carole will see your question about what ice cream maker she uses, but I use the Cuisinart 2-quart ice cream maker. I’ve been using it for years without any problems, it’s also the perfect size for if you want to double this recipe. I sure hope this helps and let me know if you have any more questions, I would be happy to try and help!

  2. Kari

    I tried your lime coconut ice cream and it was a huge hit with the family!!! I would like to double the recipe next time…should I add 4 avocados or is 2 enough to get the creamy texture? Thanks for such a great recipe!

    1. Kari

      So glad to hear you all enjoyed it, that just makes my day! If you double the recipe I would definitely double the avocados as well.

  3. Kari

    I do not suggest syrup. That is literally all I cam taste. I was hoping for something tart so maybe no sweetener at all of just a bit of sugar but dont use syrup

    1. Kari

      I’m not sure what kind of maple syrup you had, but I call for grade A because it’s very light in flavor with almost no maple flavor at all. I would definitely recommend adding to taste whatever sweetener you choose the next time, and if you can find grade A maple syrup, it works really well in recipes where you don’t want a maple flavor! So sorry you were disappointed, and I hope this helps!

    1. Kari

      Yes you can sub in honey, but I would recommend going with the lightest flavor you can so it doesn’t overwhelm the lime flavors!

  4. Kari

    I’m sure its nice but a cup of maple syrup makes the ice cream cost about $14 a litre here in Australia… very decadent indeed….

    1. Kari

      You can use any sweetener that works for you in your area. Powdered sugar dissolves nicely into ice cream bases that aren’t cooked, so that might be a good place to start, just be sure to use less than called for and work up to what tastes right to you!

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