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coconut stuffed ice cream

Oh, hey there.

Long time no chat.

I’m thinking that my brief absence will be completely forgotten if ice cream is involved.  Am I right?

Thanks for hanging in there while we’ve been transitioning to our new house!  We’re about halfway there and can’t wait to be fully settled.  By halfway I mean we’re out of our old house, waiting to move into the new house, and living at our family’s house while they’re on vacation.  No clue how the timing worked out on that one but it did! 

It was definitely bittersweet leaving our first home.  We poured so much time + love into renovating this house making it hard to close the door and say goodbye.  So many memories, so many ups and downs, so much growth, so much life.  However, it felt 100% right and we are filled with excitement and anticipation to start this next adventure in our lives.  Our new house is pretty dang cute, too. 

coconut stuffed ice cream >> edible perspective

Now let’s talk food.

This ice cream is simple.

coconut stuffed ice cream >> edible perspective

Like, 5-ingredient simple.  And it includes toasted coconut, one of my very favorite food-flavors ever.

If you’re not a fan of plain coconut because of the texture but you do enjoy the flavor of coconut you have to at least give toasted coconut a shot!  The texture becomes crispy and the flavor develops to basically taste like coconut magic.

coconut stuffed ice cream >> edible perspective

This recipe idea came from a classic dessert my dad makes about once a year called, snowballs. 

It starts with the most decadent, tacky, buttery, rich chocolate sauce you have ever tasted.  It was a recipe from my great grandma and includes loads of butter, chocolate, and sugar and a lot of time gently stirring over the stove.

The next component is toasted coconut, which I remember eating fistfuls of as a kid.  My dad would make a giant batch of the toasted coconut and store it in the fridge where my grubby paws had 24/7 access.  I remember the toasted coconut scent filling the kitchen while we hovered around the stove watching it brown.  I also remember countless burned batches of coconut when we took our eyes off it for 2.5 seconds.

The last component is vanilla ice cream. 

vanilla ice cream + homemade chocolate sauce + toasted coconut = snowballs

Pretty much the all-time favorite and most asked for dessert in my family. Well, it may be tied with my mom’s 7-up Cake…but anyway.

coconut stuffed ice cream >> edible perspective

This is kind of the next level version of snowballs.  There’s no crazy homemade chocolate sauce but there is a ridiculously easy ice cream recipe and a quick chocolate drizzle for the top, plus tons of toasted coconut.

I’ve used coconut milk for 3 reasons. 

It’s easy.  It’s vegan.  It’s coconutty.

And I’ve not only topped the ice cream with coconut but stuffed it full of this toasted delight as well. 

coconut stuffed ice cream >> edible perspective

Print this!

Coconut Stuffed Ice Cream gluten-free, vegan // yields ~6 servings

  • 1 3/4 cups unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 2 cans full-fat coconut milk, 13.5oz each
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar, sucanat or pure cane sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped [vegan] dark chocolate

*Be sure to freeze your ice cream canister for a full 24hrs before making your ice cream!

  1. Preheat your oven to 350*F and spread flaked coconut in a single layer on a large baking sheet.
  2. Place in the oven for about 2-3 minutes. Remove the pan, stir the coconut, and toast for another 1-3 minutes until golden brown.  Watch very closely as it will burn easily.  Let fully cool.
  3. Whisk the coconut milk and sugar in a pot over medium heat and bring to a boil for just over 1 minute, whisking frequently.
  4. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla extract.
  5. Pour the mixture into a heat safe bowl and place in the fridge until chilled. [~3-4 hours – Stirring the mixture every once in awhile will speed up this process. Do not freeze to accelerate this process.]
  6. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions for mixing time. 
  7. Add 1 1/3 cups of the cooled coconut and the dark chocolate when your mixture is about 1/2 way done mixing [creamy soft serve texture].
  8. Once the ice cream has pulled away from the sides and is stiff, serve or immediately transfer to a container and pack in tightly. [The quicker the better to avoid ice crystals from melting ice cream!]
  9. Pour the remaining coconut on top and place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the ice cream. Seal the container and freeze for 3-4 hours until fully hardened.
  10. Let sit out for 10 minutes to soften before serving.
  11. Top with more toasted coconut and chocolate sauce if desired.

notes: This ice cream is mildly sweet but perfect [for my taste] with the chocolate and naturally sweet-tasting coconut.  If you like things on the sweeter side I would add 2-4 tablespoons more sugar at step 3.  I stored my ice cream in a plastic container after reading this tip from, The Faux Martha.

Quick Chocolate Sauce

  • 1 cup vegan dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil
  1. Heat chocolate in 30 second increments in the microwave [or using a double boiler on the stove] and stir after each until fully smooth.
  2. Stir in the coconut oil until melted and combined.
  3. Let cool on the counter for about 10 minutes then drizzle over ice cream.

coconut stuffed ice cream >> edible perspective

On my last day at the house while I cleaned from top to bottom this ice cream saved me.  I had a wooden spatula and half a container of this ice cream left.  I devoured it, and I suggest you do the same.

Be back again soon!


Reader Comments (32)

Oh my goodness this looks sinful! Moving is such a chore but so delightful once it's over!
July 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTami@NutmegNotebook
Oh my gosh, Ashley this is for sure my new favorite ice cream!! Coconut everything, for life. I love it. Too much! This look amazing!!
Hope the move continues to go well!
July 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTieghan
I love all things coconut and I love how simple this recipe is! Definitely giving it a try!
July 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterallie@sweetpotatobites
OMG beautiful deliciousnessss!
So sad you had to leave those beautiful concrete counters!!! Oh well, congrats on your new house and job...
July 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle in Michigan
you're a tease! this looks to.die.for. this is ultimate coconut heaven!
This is seriously the most delish sounding ice cream EVER. Love that it's so coconutty. I can't get enough of coconut. Glad you can't either!
July 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis @ Hummusapien
This is the most beautiful and appetizing sounding ice cream ever. I have an obsession with coconut any which way...this would be a dream for me!
July 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJaclyn
Wow, this ice cream looks incredible! I love the diptych with the drizzled chocolate sauce, so pretty!
That is great timing that you are able to shack up at your families in the mean time. Good luck with the rest of your move!
To die for!!!
July 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarie @ Little Kitchie
UM... holy crap that looks yummy!!
July 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDana @ VanishingVeggie
Wow Ashley, I'm a massive coconut ice cream so packing this creamy base with toasted coconut sounds so good to me! So pleased the move is going well :)
July 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmma
I don't think ice cream gets much better than this.
July 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn
I think I need to get myself an ice cream maker just for this recipe! I want this ice cream in my belly asap!!!
July 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke
I cannot emphasize enough on my love for coconut. This is making me drooool :D
July 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKiran @
I want grubby paw-ed 24/7 access to this ice cream and ALL the chocolate sauce. Love those giant toasty flakes! Hope your move isn't too stress-y and that you guys are staying in the moment. New phases in life! So fun.
August 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
This looks like the definition of gorgeousness - so yum! Im currently moving house right now so can definitely relate to the stress-ness of your situation! Hope you guys have a smooth move as possible x
August 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLucie
I'm not a big coconut fan, but with that chocolate drizzling down on it? You could have but anchovies on the ice cream and it would still look delicious! Gorgeous photos!
August 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrandon
@Michelle - That kitchen will definitely be missed but the next one is pretty great, too! :) Thanks!

@Jaclyn - Sounds like this is the perfect ice cream match for you!

@Sarah - Ut oh...I have no idea what "diptych" is...Guess I'll go google that. :) And, thanks!

@Emma + @Kiran - Coconut lovers unite!

@Laura - ALL the sauce fo' sho'. And, yes! We are so so so excited for this new phase in our life! I think the stressful part of the move is over, which was moving out! Holy moly. We're trying to keep everything in perspective as this whole process is such a small amount of time in the grand scheme of things. We'll be settled in no time!

@Lucie - Sending moving hugs your way!
August 1, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
That looks absolutely amazing. I don't even like coconut that much, but I would sure enough it that without a second thought!!
August 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMiller P
I am a sucker for all things coconut and this ice cream is no different! I need an ice cream maker in my life asap!
Gorgeous, Ashley! I love coconut milk and can only imagine how creamy this is!
August 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAverie Cooks
OH. MY. GOODNESS!!! I want an ice cream maker STAT!! Gaaaaaaah, this looks SO good!!!
August 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterchar eats greens
This looks amazing. I love coconut so this is perfect for me. What ice cream machine do you use?
August 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRochelle Hutchinson
This looks amazing. With each ice cream post I see from my favorite bloggers, I'm this much closer to buying an ice cream maker.
August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ Sassy Molassy
Ice cream! Looks delicious, not a big fan of coconut but might give it a try!
August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSiso
Ice cream! Looks delicious, not a big fan of coconut but might give it a try!
August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSiso
Yay for Pinterest or I might have missed this! Since I'm in favor of coconut in pretty much every and anything, this has to be the next ice cream made in my house! I was looking forward to the recipe for your Grandma's chocolate sauce, is that to come later? The quick one would be good, surely, but a grandma's recipe? yes, please!
August 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternancy b
Wow- how come I just found this now?!?! It looks amazing ( I ADORE coconut!)..... do you think I could make the ice cream "batter" now, then refrigerate it for a couple days while I freeze the ice cream maker bowl??? Or would that screw everything up?
February 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaite
@Katie - I would say you could keep it in the fridge for up to 48hrs before mixing it in the ice cream maker. Once it does cool down I would keep covered tightly or pour it into a sealed container.
February 4, 2014 | Registered CommenterAshley
Great! I'm going to try it tonight!
February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaite

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