Dairy-Free Candy Cane Ice Cream

by Maggie on December 4, 2011

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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Cinnamon December 4, 2011 at 10:31 pm

What amazing giveaways! Can’t wait to try one of the books out :-)



bjohn00 December 4, 2011 at 10:35 pm

I am so excited about this recipe! I am GFCFSF and I haven’t had ice cream in a 2 years.


Cinnamon December 4, 2011 at 10:36 pm

I posted about your giveaway on FB.



Amy Ng December 4, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Ice cream looks great.



Charis @ MannaTreats December 4, 2011 at 10:57 pm

wow that stuff looks yummy!


Susanna December 4, 2011 at 10:58 pm

The ice cream looks really good.


Gifts of Grace December 4, 2011 at 10:58 pm

fun idea for the holidays! thanks for sharing!


Susanna December 4, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I tweeted about this giveaway


Yvette December 4, 2011 at 11:10 pm

One of my favorite holiday treats!


Starbright December 4, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Awesome recipe — I wonder if it would work without an ice cream maker??


dawn December 4, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Wow! That ice cream looks like real ice cream. Thanks for postings this delight!


Kim December 5, 2011 at 1:17 am

Its a terrible thing to be out of coconut milk at a time like this. My husband will be very excited for this. Thanks!


Trish December 5, 2011 at 1:28 am

This has been my favorite flavor of ice cream since I was a child many years ago. So glad to have a recipe to make it again and not upset my digestive system. Can’t wait to make this tomorrow!


Breathebeast December 5, 2011 at 3:01 am

Yum.! I ate dairy and gluten free as a kid, am contemplating doing so again + soy free – looks like it will be much tastier this time around, thanks for making it look so fun!


Cindy December 5, 2011 at 4:17 am

I have GOT to get me an ice cream maker! Looks and sounds wonderful.


Elvida December 5, 2011 at 5:15 am

love love love


Annie December 5, 2011 at 6:24 am

I’m wondering how well it would work with xylitol-sweetened mints to keep down the refined sugar content. Hmmm. May have to try it & see.


Sarah C December 5, 2011 at 8:14 am

Oh I love making ice cream, terrific recipe! Great idea, I can’t wait to try it out. I also loved that you used agave instead of sugar. My lactose intolerant friends and family are going to love this!


Sarah C December 5, 2011 at 8:20 am

I just shared this website with my friends on Facebook!


Elizabeth December 5, 2011 at 8:38 am

Yumm! This ice cream looks great!


Lily December 5, 2011 at 8:58 am

What an interesting combination. Perfect for the holidays!


Marjorie December 5, 2011 at 9:14 am

I’m excited about the recipe! I’m not GF and Dairy Free and really missing the ice cream world! Gonna have to try this, might make a small recipe in my Blendtec and see what happens!


Lisa December 5, 2011 at 9:44 am

Oh my…I was just fantasizing about peppermint ice cream yesterday and you’ve dropped this wonderful recipe into my lap. Thank you so much!!!


Melissa C. December 5, 2011 at 10:03 am

YUM! Peppermint AND Chocolate ice cream, I have definitely got to make this! Thanks for sharing this recipe!


Shirley @ gfe December 5, 2011 at 10:12 am

Don’t think I’ve commented yet to tell you how very much I love this recipe, Maggie … and that’s without even trying it yet! Once I make it, I’m sure I’ll be back doing back flips. Seriously. The addition of chocolate chunks is brilliant, of course! As I just tweeted, I’ve never really felt a need for candy canes in my life … until now. :-)

Thanks so much for participating in our Home for the Holidays … Gluten-Free Style event! It’s been a total blast so far due to the support and participation of folks like you. :-)



alli December 5, 2011 at 10:19 am

This sounds awesome and amazing!


megs December 5, 2011 at 10:34 am

I want to try the chocolate chunk version….looks/sounds amazing!
thanks for posting.


Cynthia December 5, 2011 at 10:46 am

Oh my…peppermint chocolate ice cream…you have made my day!


Julie December 5, 2011 at 11:16 am

Looks so good! I’ve never made dairy free ice cream, but I love Candy Cane ice cream and have such a hard time finding GF ice cream that doesn’t bother us. Thanks for sharing this!


Betsy @ Gluten Free Betsy December 5, 2011 at 11:25 am

Ooohhh….that looks wonderful! I love peppermint ice cream and now that I’m avoiding dairy, this is the perfect recipe for me!


Crystal December 5, 2011 at 11:29 am

I love the website, great idea for the candy cane ice cream. I will definately try it soon.
WOuld love to win a book too…


Niv December 5, 2011 at 11:34 am

Wow, this looks like a very easy and yummy ice cream. I will definitely try making this soon.


Anne J. December 5, 2011 at 11:35 am

Oh thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! Peppermint stick ice cream is one of my favorites and I hadn’t figured out how I was going to get yet this year!! You should try it with hot fudge sauce on it. All those books look great, too.


Anne December 5, 2011 at 11:43 am

Ready to try dairy free ice cream for the first time!


Kelly December 5, 2011 at 11:46 am

This is excellent! My partner and I are gluten free, my brother in law is lactose intolerant, and my mother and sister both just got kitchen aid mixers which have excellent ice cream maker attachments. I think I will be making this while I am home this year.


Kelly December 5, 2011 at 11:48 am

Liked the facebook page and the giveaway update!


Linda W. December 5, 2011 at 11:58 am

Looks really, really good.


Kelly December 5, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Wow! So excited to try this!!
Candy cane ice cream is a FAVOURITE of mine and I haven’t
had it in years! Three cheers for coconut milk :)


Joey December 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Yum! Need to get an ice cream maker. Peppermint should be the official flavor of the holidays!


Joey December 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm

“Liked” you on Facebook–sorry, I don’t tweet or twit or whatever the correct word is.
If I add one more thing to my day, I’ll never have time to make that ice cream!


Jodi December 5, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Definitely adding an ice cream make to my Christmas list! Oh so good! Thanks for sharing with us, Maggie!



Andi December 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I can’t wait to try this yummy IceCream!


Andi December 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Reposted of Facebook for all my dairy-free friends


Paula B December 5, 2011 at 1:49 pm

This is going on my to-make list for Christmas! I love coconut milk ice cream.


Noreen December 5, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Can’t wait to try this…and share it!!!


Pamela December 5, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Your recipe sounds wonderful!!! I don’t have a ice cream maker, so I guess that is something I will be asking Santa for.


Pamela December 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I did share this site on facebook along with the ice cream recipe.


Kimberly Focht December 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm

This looks so yummy!!! I love ice cream and candy canes, should go together great!!


Tara December 5, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I’m allergic to coconut, but I think I’ll have to make this for my kiddos. They are big Candy cane fans:-)


Johanna B December 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Peppermint ice cream is my favorite food in the whole world. Can’t wait to try your version.


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