Coconut Ice Cream

I love ice cream and coconuts. So why not the two together? As a kid I always enjoyed the summers and waiting for the paletero to pass by my mom’s house. They'd passed by at least every 15 minutes ringing their bells like clockwork. I'd pick out my favorite coconut ice cream or close second lime and hand over a dollar bill for my paleta. Oh the joys of being a kid. No diets and no guilt. But it's nice to indulge in our favorite things every once in a while which is why I am sharing this scrumptious and oh so worth it recipe.  

I love this recipe because it has simple ingredients and very delicious results. Nothing complicated or difficult, just mix, pour and freeze. Tada! That’s it. The original recipe asks for 2 cups of coconut milk, I used a 13.5 oz can of Goya coconut milk and it turned out to be the exact amount needed. I also made a few modifications by adding a bit of vanilla as well as coconut flakes for texture. I like to give credit where credit is due so here is a link to the original recipe.




Coconut Ice Cream

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Ready in: 2-3 hours

Ingredients

·         2 cups Half & Half
·         13 oz can of Goya coconut milk
·         3/4 cup sugar
·         1 tsp vanilla
·         1/4 cup coconut flakes

Pour all of the ingredients except the coconut flakes in a bowl and mix thoroughly. If you have an ice cream maker pour the mixed ingredients into the ice cream maker and turn the machine on for about 15-20 minutes. Once you have about 3 minutes remaining pour the coconut flakes into the mixture and let the machine continue mixing, the ice cream should have a thick and creamy texture by now. Finally, pour the ice cream out into a freezable quart size container and freeze for about 2-3 hours. Take the container out about 15 minutes prior to serving.

If you do not have an ice cream maker, do not fret you can still use popsicle molds to enjoy your ice cream. Mix all of ingredients together including the coconut flaxes, once mixed pour the mixture into popsicle molds. Freeze for at least 3-4 hours. Once you are ready to enjoy your popsicles run the molds under warm water for a minute or two so that the popsicle can come out effortlessly. 

That's it, a simple and delicious coconut treat. Bon a petit!

Until next time...

Jennifer

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