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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Shannan December 6, 2011 at 12:02 am

Looks so delish!!!

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Rebecca Avery December 6, 2011 at 12:10 am

Thank-you so much! I am so excited to try this!

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amanda akers December 6, 2011 at 12:13 am

I can’t wait to make this of course I would love to win too!!

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Kirsty December 6, 2011 at 12:13 am

Commenting. that ice-cream looks delicious!! I cannot wait to try it!
Also sharing on my facebook page – Healthy Homes.

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amanda akers December 6, 2011 at 12:14 am

Shared on facebook

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shari December 6, 2011 at 12:15 am

I love your icecream recipe. I make it with Essential Oil of peppermint… the books you are offering are fab… thank you. I have not made this ice cream in a while. I make a choc. fudge with the peppermnt. If I can get my kids to eat, god bless.. thanks shari

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Maggie December 6, 2011 at 5:07 am

Yum Shari. I am definitely trying it next time with chocolate fudge :)

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Kelly A December 6, 2011 at 12:17 am

Looks super yummy. Definitely making this.

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Kelly A December 6, 2011 at 12:19 am

shared with a friend on facebook – posted link on her page.

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Kirsty December 6, 2011 at 12:23 am

one question though – if i don’t have an icecream maker what do i do instead?

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Maggie December 6, 2011 at 5:07 am

Hi Kirsty – I think you need an ice cream maker. Though if you have a blender you could make a smoothie!

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Jackie December 6, 2011 at 1:01 am

Great recipe! I’ll have to break out the ice cream maker—and it is wonderful that it is dairy free, too.

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Stacie December 6, 2011 at 1:39 am

This looks so good. I love peppermint ice cream this time of the year. Thank you:) The giveaway books look amazing!!!

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dee m. December 6, 2011 at 1:46 am

I”shared”.. :)

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Nikki Robles December 6, 2011 at 1:53 am

This looks like a great recipie, I will definately try this for my 2 year son who is allergic to dairy. He hasn’t been introduced to icecream yet. This will be exciting for both of us!
Thank you for sharing! I also shared the link on facebook!

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Maggie December 6, 2011 at 5:06 am

Oh Nikki I’m so excited for you and your son! I hope you both love it!

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Lee December 6, 2011 at 2:06 am

This looks devine! I will have to try it. Thanks for sharing!

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Louise December 6, 2011 at 6:29 am

This looks delicious, will have to try it out. I may leave out the candy canes and use dried fruit instead. Thanks for sharing.

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Chelsea R December 6, 2011 at 6:32 am

All of the cookbooks look great, and a Vitamix would be incredible. Merry Christmas!

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Joyce December 6, 2011 at 7:26 am

Subscribed to your blog.

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Joyce December 6, 2011 at 7:28 am

Liked you on Facebook.

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Joyce December 6, 2011 at 7:28 am

Recipe looks yummy!

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Saliah December 6, 2011 at 7:45 am

I forgot to mention I shared the info on FB

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Stephanie Moschel December 6, 2011 at 7:57 am

This ice cream looks like a winner! We cannot have gluten, dairy, egg, soy, and most nuts. I bet I will be making this over the Christmas break. Thank you!!
Stephanie Moschel

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Maggie December 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm

You’re welcome Stephanie. I hope you do make it and I hope you all love it :)

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Cheryl December 6, 2011 at 8:08 am

(also Tweeted!)

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Ana December 6, 2011 at 8:35 am

Both me and my son are dairy-free and now I am running tests (with a naturopath) and trying a gluten-free diet, a cookbook with gf recipes and ideas would be amazing! What a great giveaway!
And I love the ice cream recipe, I am sure my son will like to try this one!
Ana

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Maggie December 6, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Thanks Ana, I hope you both love it too! Good luck with your tests. I know it’s brought only good things to my family. xo

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Nancy December 6, 2011 at 8:39 am

Man, I really need an ice cream maker!

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Gail December 6, 2011 at 9:19 am

Definitely going to make the Candy Cane Ice Cream. Looks divine! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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Maggie December 6, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Gail you’re so sweet. Thank you, Merry Christmas to you and yours as well. xo

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marla December 6, 2011 at 10:59 am

Yummy …. Candy Cane just in time for Christmas!!

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Jenn December 6, 2011 at 11:41 am

I just added this to my blog list of recipes I want to try: http://littlehouseonthecanyon.blogspot.com/2011/12/new-holiday-recipes-i-want-to-try.html

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Maggie December 6, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Thanks Jenn!

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Jenn December 6, 2011 at 11:44 am
Karen December 6, 2011 at 11:45 am

I left a message on someone’s facebook then lollygagged too long and prob missed the opportunity to win.

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Jenn December 6, 2011 at 11:46 am

I put the link to this recipe on my facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002921472580

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AmandaonMaui December 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I Lloyd love to make this ice cream someday!

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AmandaonMaui December 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I tweeted. @gfreemaui

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Nicole December 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm

wow, candy cane ice cream, i can’t wait to try! I hope I win your giveaway!

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Nicole December 6, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I’ve also facebooked and tweeted your yumminess! :P

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Brenna December 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm

OMG Peppermint Icecream is my FAVORITE! I’ve been having withdrawls for like a year now! So excited for this recipe :)

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Brenna December 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm

p.s. don’t know if it’s too late, but I shared on FB :)

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Christine December 6, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Can’t wait to try. Thanks for sharing. :)

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Stephanie Hanes December 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm

My husband and I had this as dessert for our date night tonight and it was AMAZING! He wouldn’t have even known it was dairy free if I hadn’t said so. :) Plus, there’s plenty leftover for tomorrow night!

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Maggie December 9, 2011 at 5:31 am

Yay Stephanie! Thanks for reporting back. I’m so glad you guys loved it so much.

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Anne Mikszewski December 10, 2011 at 8:45 am

My husband has allergies to milk and soy as well as gluten so I appreciate books that are designed to address these additional issues. We love good food and taste is important, these receipes sound yummy. Thanks

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Maggie December 10, 2011 at 12:41 pm

You’re welcome Anne! I hope your husband loves it :)

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Maggie December 14, 2011 at 7:54 pm

We’re big fans of mint chocolate chip ice cream and with candy canes it’s even better. We’ll be making this soon!

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Maggie December 15, 2011 at 9:29 am

Hi Maggie :) I am a HUGE fan of mint chocolate chip ice cream too! I’m confident you guys will love this.

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Shaina December 15, 2011 at 8:34 pm

This looks so good! And it reminded me that I didn’t get candy canes for my girls!

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Jovamama January 4, 2012 at 5:50 am

I just came acrossed you ice cream. I don’t have and ice cream maker could I use my Vita Mix

Thank you

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Maggie January 4, 2012 at 7:27 pm

You’re welcome Joamama, I think your vitamix would work well too!

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Elva @ Gluten Free dessert January 13, 2012 at 3:48 am

Yummy!!!!!! Looks delicious! Thanks for making my day :)

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Maggie January 13, 2012 at 5:25 pm

My pleasure Elva!

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Shirley @ gfe December 13, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Maggie, I just shared this recipe on All Gluten-Free Desserts. I hope tons more folks find the recipe as it’s perfect for the holidays!

xo,
Shirley

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Maggie December 14, 2012 at 6:18 am

Yay! Thanks so much Shirley! xo

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yvonne December 14, 2012 at 8:39 am

Any of the giveaways sound great!! Add me to your list :)

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Aunt Carol December 18, 2013 at 8:13 pm

I’ve just signed you up to bring this on Boxing Day!!!!! Yum! Can’t wait!!!5

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Maggie December 21, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I am on it Aunt Carol!

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