Vegan Peach Pecan Ice Cream

June 13, 2016

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Now, let’s talk about this Peach Pecan Ice Cream! Let me just tell you, it is simply divine. It’s creamy, it’s sweet, it’s decadent, and it is good for you! Never thought you would be able to feel good about eating ice cream? Well now you can. It’s made with full fat coconut milk, which may make you hesitant but these fats are so good (and necessary) for your body. These fats are easy for the body to absorb and provide great energy, so if you’re feeling that afternoon slump, look no further.


When you think of people who are dairy-free, you may think “well shucks, they can’t eat ice cream,” but that’s not true. And if I had to say, I would tell you that this coconut ice cream just might beat out the cow’s milk kind any day.


There are a couple of things to note when making dairy-free ice cream. The first is, when preparing the mixture on the stove, before it is made into cream, you want to be sure that it is thick enough. The first couple of times I made ice cream, I was impatient and the mixture remained icy, that’s no good. Second, if you don’t care for the flavor of coconut, you can certainly use other non-dairy milks but they must contain full fat. If not, the mixture will not churn properly and will remain a liquid. Lastly, make sure your freezer isn’t set too cold because it will cause the ice cream to solidify. I recently had to turn mine down because it seemed to be messing up some of my recipes. Keep it on a low-medium setting.


Making ice cream is fun and simple but takes patience. Be sure to set aside some time with friends and family to do it and I know you’ll have fun!


Vegan Peach Pecan Ice Cream

Category: Recipes

Vegan Peach Pecan Ice Cream


  • 2 cans full fat coconut milk
  • ¼ cup coconut cream
  • ½ cup raw sugar or maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch (or 1 tablespoon arrowroot starch)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tbsp sea salt
  • add ins: 4 peaches (fresh or frozen), cut into small chunks, and ¼ chopped pecans


  1. 1. If you are using an automatic ice cream machine, prior to preparation, make sure that the machine’s ice cream bowl has been freezing for at least 24 hours. It should be completely frozen solid. Also, shake the coconut milk cans very well, the contents will need to be incorporated.
  2. 2. Heat coconut cream and 1 ½ cans of coconut milk in a large pot over low heat.
  3. 3. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine remaining ½ can of coconut milk with starch. Stir and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  4. 4. Stir starched mixture into coconut milk mixture. Add in sugar and stir. Allow to cook until mixture has become thick, almost pudding-like. I have found that this takes about 20-30 minutes. You will know that it is the right consistency when the mixture stays on the mixing spoon for a few seconds without dripping off.
  5. 5. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour mixture into a glass bowl, cover, and allow to cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  6. 6. Once mixture is cool, use with ice cream maker as per manufactures instructions. I’ve noticed that if it churns too much it gets icy so be sure to keep an eye on it.
  7. 7. Using a rubber spatula, begin to fold in peaches and pecans. I used frozen peaches and poured in the peach juice, which really helps add flavor.
  8. 8. Now, remove the ice cream from the machine and pour into scooping pan (I use a loaf pan).
  9. 9. Cover the pan and freeze for another 3 hours, at least. If you have the time to stir it every hour, it will help it to remain super creamy.
  10. 10. Remove from freezer, allow to thaw for a couple of minutes, and enjoy!

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  • Reply Kathy June 18, 2019 at 3:37 PM

    This looks delicious! What brand do you use for the coconut milk? Would like to try this recipe this week…

    • Reply melissahaithcock June 24, 2019 at 10:09 PM

      I typically use the full fat version from trader joes and it works great! I hope you enjoy it!

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