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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Cindy December 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Thank you for the giveaway!

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Nowelle December 5, 2011 at 4:32 pm

LOVE the recipe! I am an ice-cream fanatic and have been searching for a really great coconut ice cream recipe. Looks wonderful, can’t wait to try it!
Thanks so much!

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Maggie December 5, 2011 at 4:36 pm

You’re welcome Nowelle!

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Teslaca December 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm

What a great looking recipe! I’ll definitely try that one. The giveaway books look good too.

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Saliah December 5, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Looks yummy and what wonderful prizes!

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Melanie December 5, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I have a protien deficiency problem where my body cannot process it. So I can’t eat any beef or dairy. This has also caused a condition called mal abosorbition syndrom as well. So my diet really stinks. I like the ice cream reciepe sounds wonderful!!

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Janis December 5, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I shared this on facebook

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Janis December 5, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I wish I could make this recipe because it looks so good, but I don’t have an ice cream maker :(

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Debi December 5, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Oh how I love you for making something with chocolate and mint! :D

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Katrina December 5, 2011 at 8:00 pm

We love our ice cream maker, so this will be a fun way to use it for the holidays! Thank you! :)

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Catherine December 5, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Liked you on FB!

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Amy Whitehurst December 5, 2011 at 8:11 pm

That looks sooooo yummy! I’ve never had candy cane ice cream before! I have an ice cream maker sitting in the back of my pantry that hasn’t been used in far too long! Thanks for the motivation to pull it out!

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Maggie December 6, 2011 at 5:13 am

You’re welcome Amy Whitehurst! I hope you love it, I promise it will be worth all the work to pull it out :)

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Cheryl December 5, 2011 at 8:12 pm

This sounds like a super yummy reason to dig out my ice cream maker!

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Amy Whitehurst December 5, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I shared on Facebook!

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Theresa December 5, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Wow! I have to make your ice cream recipe. I love anything with mint. I’m always trying the recipes you post and haven’t been disappointed yet. Thanks for all you do to help us make the changes we need to.
Be blessed this Christmas season!

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Maggie December 6, 2011 at 5:12 am

Ah Theresa, thanks so much for saying so! xo

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Amy Whitehurst December 5, 2011 at 8:16 pm

I tweeted it!

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Laura H December 5, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Yum that looks good. I bet it would go great with my peppermint oreos that I made last year!!!

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Kim December 5, 2011 at 8:40 pm

This ice cream looks amazing – I can’t wait to try it! I love making ice cream with coconut milk, and I’m always looking for new recipes and flavors to try. This looks perfect for the holidays! I shared it on Facebook, and would love to be entered for a chance to win a copy of “The Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free Kitchen!”

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Maggie December 6, 2011 at 5:12 am

Thanks Kim! Enjoy!

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debra z December 5, 2011 at 8:42 pm

wow! i think i could eat this every day of my life for the rest of my life. it looks soooo yummy! and so christmas-y! love new ways to use candy canes! :)

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Rebecca December 5, 2011 at 9:07 pm

My favorite desert is ice cream & I love the Christmas twist!

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Maggie December 6, 2011 at 5:11 am

Thanks Rebecca!

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Laura December 5, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I tend to avoid making my own ice cream because I always imagine it to be too much work. But this seems to simple! And delicious! I will definitely be trying it.

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Maggie December 6, 2011 at 5:11 am

Yay Laura, I hope you love it!

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Laura December 5, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Shared on fb!

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Chelle December 5, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I have never heard of candy cane ice cream before. Though I have never made ice cream in the winter before, I just might have to try this soon!
Chelle

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Bonnie Stone December 5, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Sounds yummy! I’ve been wanting to try a coconut milk based ice cream :)

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yvette December 5, 2011 at 9:43 pm

what a cool ice cream idea! thank you for sharing!

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Karen December 5, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Oh that looks so good and I love the idea of adding fudge sauce!!!

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Amy December 5, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I’m GF and DF and would love to win a cookbook for inspiration! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Lori Robin Wilson December 5, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Every gluten free, dairy free cookbook improves the quality of my life. The amazing thing is that my husband enjoys all my experimenting and baking. This is my first vegan and gluten free Chrismas and this would make it heavenly!

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Rose December 5, 2011 at 9:49 pm

This looks wonderful! I will be making it soon. :)

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Jenn Hildebrand December 5, 2011 at 9:49 pm

LOVE the recipe very much. Also, shared the link on facebook!
I just need to go buy myself an ice cream maker… Christmas is really here!

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Rose December 5, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I liked you on fb!

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Lori Robin Wilson December 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm

I did it! I Tweeted about it and said it was FABULOUS!! And then I shared it on FB!! Hooray!

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Denise Fedor December 5, 2011 at 9:58 pm

My ice cream freezer bowl is already in the FREEZER! Thanks for the recipe and the chance to win! Dee

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Maggie December 6, 2011 at 5:10 am

Wow Denise you’re my kind of girl :) Enjoy the ice cream!

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Naomi White December 5, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Yummmm!!! That looks absolutely delicious! I have everything except the candy canes, and I’ll be picking some up at the health food store tomorrow!! :) I’m definitely Facebook sharing for my gluten/dairy free friends to enjoy as well. I’d love something from your giveaway!! Always looking for delicious gluten/dairy/sugar free recipes!! :)

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Maggie December 6, 2011 at 5:09 am

Thanks Naomi. Let me know how much you love it :)

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Sarah L December 5, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I love ice cream! And candy canes and chocolate, nonetheless….sounds fantastic! Now I’m going to have to go out and buy an ice cream maker :)

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Ellen December 5, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I’d love to win these books! I’m on the GAPS diet, so I eat grain and sugar free and these books are right up my alley. I’ve been dying for Elana’s book for a while now. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Sarah L December 5, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I also “Liked” you on Facebook and shared the link!

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Kelly December 5, 2011 at 10:25 pm

That ice cream sounds amazing

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Sarah December 5, 2011 at 10:40 pm

I’m thinking this ice cream may be a Christmas eve tradition. Served along side Bing Crosby in “White Christmas” – it would just be perfect. Thank you!

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Maggie December 6, 2011 at 5:09 am

Sounds like the perfect plan to me Sarah :) Enjoy!

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Holly December 5, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Wow, it looks so yummy! And thanks for the giveaway!

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Holly December 5, 2011 at 10:48 pm

I shared the giveaway link on my Facebook page!

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Holly December 5, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I shared this giveaway on Twitter!

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tarryncarr December 5, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Oh this looks to good! Have had one of these books on my christmas list last year but fam had no idea what I was on about!
This would be great!
Thanks!

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Sarah M December 5, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Thank you for sharing your recipe! Sounds yummy despite the fact that it’s -1 right now. ;) I would love to win “Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Kitchen” for my Mom!

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Sarah S December 5, 2011 at 11:06 pm

I love making my own ice cream with coconut milk. I love the peppermint/chocolate combo too!

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Sarah M December 5, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Shared this giveaway to facebook.

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Sarah S December 5, 2011 at 11:08 pm

I posted on Facebook.

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Sarah S December 5, 2011 at 11:08 pm

I posted on Twitter.

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dee m. December 5, 2011 at 11:18 pm

my oh my oh my… my mouth is watering for Candy Cane Ice Cream! I make Wild Blackberry and Organic Blueberry Ice Cream every other week. Thanks for this yummo recipe, my daughters will be visiting for the holidays. We will all be smacking our lips over this one!

I would love to win any of your delish cookbooks!

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Maggie December 6, 2011 at 5:08 am

Yum Dee M. Your ice creams sound amazing! I hope you and your daughters love this recipe!

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Shanna Squires December 5, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Yum! Can’t wait to try this!

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Brenda December 5, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Thanks for the amazing dairy-free peppermint ice cream recipe. And yes, I shared your page on FB because there are more and more people out there needing great gluten and dairy-free ideas.

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Maggie December 6, 2011 at 5:08 am

Thanks for sharing Brenda!

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