Dairy-Free Candy Cane Ice Cream

by Maggie on December 4, 2011

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Home for the holidays means a lot to me. My family has made some pretty amazing Christmas memories and traditions over the years.

One of my favorite parts about Christmas dinner was dessert (I know I’m not alone here).  My Mom always had a tray of delicious homemade cookies and of course some Candy Cane Ice Cream stashed in the freezer!

I knew it would be such a treat to make Candy Cane Ice Cream for my kids so they could enjoy it too. And now the tradition continues because this was a hit with all of my taste-testers!

Candy Cane Ice Cream (with optional chocolate chunks)

2 cans of chilled full fat coconut milk (we use Thai Kitchen)
½ cup maple syrup or agave
1 tsp mint extract (we use Simply Organic)
1 cup crushed candy canes (we use Tru Sweets)
½ cup Enjoy Life chocolate chunks (optional but highly recommended)

1. Chill your coconut milk for at least 12 hours in the refrigerator.
2. Add the chilled coconut milk, agave, and mint extract to the bowl of your food processor. Process until well combined and smooth.
3.  Pour into a large bowl and add crushed candy canes and chocolate chunks if using. Chill this mixture if time permits.
4.  Pour into ice cream maker and follow your ice cream maker’s instructions.

Dairy-free ice cream is best served shortly after making it.  It gets quite hard upon freezing.  Once thawed it’s still yummy though!

Yield:  4 and a 1/2 cups of delicious and dairy-free Candy Cane Ice Cream, just like your Momma served!

Here’s a great tip for keeping your dairy-free ice cream scoopable: use an ice cream scoop to portion ice cream and store in an air-tight freezer-friendly container.  Take scoops out as needed and allow to thaw for a few minutes on the counter before serving.

Here’s the ice cream maker I use, and it’s oh so easy.  Not too late to add one to your Christmas list!


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Megan December 4, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Oh my gosh!! YUM! Dairy free too!? This will be my first attempt at making dairy free ice cream!! So worth it! Thank you for sharing!! :)

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Megan December 4, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Shared it on facebook too! :)

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Kim @ Welcoming Kitchen December 4, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Ice cream is now going to be part of our holiday traditions! I can’t wait to try this.

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Kim @ Welcoming Kitchen December 4, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Shared it on Facebook and Twitter, too.

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Rhiannon hartvigsen December 4, 2011 at 6:06 pm

So excited to try this recipe out! I love trying new stuff.

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Rhiannon hartvigsen December 4, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I shared this on my Facebook :)

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Amanda December 4, 2011 at 6:19 pm

I am loving all of these great recpies for the holidays that I can eat! Thank you so much for the yummy looking rcipe!

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Brenda December 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Can’t wait to make this since I can not have dairy this year, and candy cane ice cream is one of my favorites! Thanks for posting.

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Brenda December 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Posted this on facebook.

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Alisa December 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I love the simplicity of coconut milk ice cream and I’d LOVE to win Sugar Nation. Well, it might depress me, but I still want to read it :)

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Kathy December 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I am SO excited about this recipe! It will be on my dessert list for the holidays for sure! Thanks for the recipe and the chance to enter the drawing!

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Anne December 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Sounds awesome!!

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Natalie December 4, 2011 at 6:42 pm

YUMMMMM! I love this idea! Think of this with a grain-free brownie! Thanks for the delicious-looking recipe. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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Richa@HobbyandMore December 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm

love the delicious icecream! and i would definitely love those amazing books.. thank for all for the wonderful giveaways!

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Anna December 4, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Sooo happy to get this peppermint ice cream recipe! I have two diary free kids, and walked past the peppermint stick ice cream last week at the grocery store with a little pang. They’ll be so thrilled to try this! We have made chocolate coconut milk in our thrift store cuisinart ice cream maker with great success. This looks yummy.

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Nicole December 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Wow! That ice cream sounds great. Can’t wait to try it!

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saniel December 4, 2011 at 6:55 pm

would love some of that candy cane ice cream too bad i dont have a food processor or ice cream maker but you can never have too many cookbooks!

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Fi December 4, 2011 at 6:56 pm

That looks delicious!
I can’t wait to get cooking for Xmas.

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Sarah December 4, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Thanks for all the recipes that you share!

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Stephanie December 4, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Wow, this ice cream looks good!! Yummy :)

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Deb December 4, 2011 at 7:11 pm

This ice cream is perfect for the holidays, thank you!

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Genevieve December 4, 2011 at 7:17 pm

This looks so yummy, as do the books! My husband will be so happy to eat ice cream again! thx!

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Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies December 4, 2011 at 7:31 pm

What an awesome giveaway. That ice cream looks superb.

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Gigi December 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm

My all-time favorite and on my menu for Christmas day dessert already! :) My recipe is similar to yours and I love, love, love your pics! Fantastic! (I don’t add the chocolate… wonder if I should this year? Maybe I’ll just make TWO batches! ;) )

xoxo,
Gigi

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Carissa December 4, 2011 at 8:10 pm

That looks so yummy! I can’t wait to try this.

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Carissa December 4, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Shared on Facebook:)

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Michelle Miller December 4, 2011 at 8:15 pm

This ice-cream looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it – thanks for sharing!

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Megan December 4, 2011 at 8:23 pm

After reading your post, it looks like I will need to add an ice cream maker to my personal Christmas list; it has been so long since I’ve had ice cream.

Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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Megan December 4, 2011 at 8:24 pm

I shared your recipe on facebook. :)

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Megan December 4, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Just a side note, I tried to “like” your Facebook page using your link at the top of your webpage and it did not work. Instead it redirected me to my profile. Is anyone else having this problem?

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Carisa December 4, 2011 at 8:29 pm

We will for sure be making this! Looks delish!

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Julianne Katterman December 4, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Hi. Thanks for this recipe! I can’t wait to try it out and I just printed it! I think it will dessert for this coming weekend!!

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Tracy M December 4, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Love it!!! Gluten and dairy free treat. Candy Cane ice cream, must try this for my son. Having 2 kids needing gluten free, one of them gluten and dairy…there’s lots that we miss.

Thank you

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Catrina H December 4, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Such great prizes, esp the Vita-Mix!

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Christine December 4, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Yummy! This looks so good. Too bad I don’t have an ice cream maker.

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Michelle December 4, 2011 at 9:07 pm

YUMMY! *Must* invest in an ice cream maker one of these days, very soon… vegan ice cream is soo expensive, would be worth it after very few batches! Thanks!

Shared on facebook :)

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K December 4, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Christmas isn’t Christmas without chocolate and peppermint. I hope I’d get the chance to make this soon. Thanks for sharing!

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Heather @CeliacFamily December 4, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Another great recipe! And dairy-free, too! Yay! I have got to get my kids start helping me in the kitchen more, so we can make even more GF treats.

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Dionne R December 4, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Yum! I actually do OK with small amounts of dairy but love coconut milk ice cream, peppermint and chocolate so am going to find a friend right now who has an ice cream maker and try this out! Thanks!

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Rachel December 4, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I’m a huge fan of almond meal! It’s exciting to see that there is a cookbook focused on using it in cooking. Also, that ice cream looks spectacular!

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Claudette Lyng December 4, 2011 at 9:36 pm

The receipe for the candy cane ice cream sounds great. I love that kind of ice cream. I do not have a ice cream maker but will have to shop around.

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Kandm December 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm

That ice cream looks delicious. I am a big peppermint lover.

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Kandm December 4, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I shared the contest on facebook.

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Kathy P December 4, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I never turn down ice cream recipes!

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Kathy P December 4, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Shared on FB!

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LisaB December 4, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Now I have to buy an ice cream maker!

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Katy December 4, 2011 at 9:52 pm

This recipe looks so awesome! I think I am going to use it to make a gf/df/sf version of my Aunt’s Peppermint Oreo Pie… thanks for the inspiration and the give-away opportunity!

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Sherri Brindley December 4, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Ice cream sounds awesome! Can’t wait to try it!

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Rachel Blom December 4, 2011 at 10:10 pm

I shared on FB.
Thanks for the candy cane info. That brand sounds like it will fit just fine. Yay! :)

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Kristen December 4, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Ohhh, those look like like great books! I’m especially interested in the almond flour book.

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