Espresso Coconut Ice Cream Recipe #vegan - Savory Simple

I have a deep love for espresso that has become much more profound since acquiring a Nespresso machine last year. I don’t mean to sound like an advertisement but that stuff is just so darn smooth! I’ve developed a three skim latte per day habit. When I was younger I hated coffee because it was so bitter and couldn’t understand why the silly adults would drink something so gross. But then one day I tried the gateway drug- coffee ice cream. 

Espresso Coconut Ice Cream Recipe #vegan - Savory Simple

Coffee ice cream is everything that black coffee is not; creamy, sweet, subtle, not overly bitter… it has always been one of my favorite flavors. You all know how much I love ice cream so that’s saying a lot. This vegan espresso coconut ice cream is a twist on my old standby. It’s made with full fat coconut milk instead of my usual custard base. It’s milky and rich, though slightly more icy than my other recipes. The texture reminds me a bit of sorbet.

Espresso Coconut Ice Cream Recipe #vegan - Savory Simple

Espresso Coconut Ice Cream
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Serves: approximately 3 cups
  • 1 13.5 ounce can regular coconut milk
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 shots freshly brewed espresso
  • optional: ½ tablespoon espresso vodka
  1. In a small saucepan on medium heat, combine the coconut milk, sugar and vanilla extract. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the espresso and espresso vodka, if using.
  2. Chill the base for a minimum of 2 hours or preferably overnight.
  3. Prepare in an ice cream maker according to manufacturers instructions.
Espresso vodka will lower the freezing point and keep the ice cream a bit softer. For best results, do not use light coconut milk with this recipe.


More Ice Cream Recipes:

Savory Simple – Grapefruit Curd Ice Cream
Savory Simple – Blueberry Buttermilk Ice Cream
Savory Simple – Malted Condensed Milk Ice Cream
Pinch My Salt – Strawberry Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches
Damn Delicious – Green Tea Coconut Ice Cream
Kelly Bakes – Mocha Coffee Crisp Ice Cream

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  1. Fabulous giveaway! I’d make lots of espressos!

  2. Christina Gathright says:

    Awesome giveaway! I’d be able to make lattes every day!

  3. I’d make espresso, and then try out your ice cream. Love!

  4. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I would experiment with different coffee drinks, including lattes and espresso.

  5. Sandy Headtke says:

    Espresso for my vanilla laitte on ice.

  6. I’d make espressos, lattes…switch it up.

  7. I’d make an espresso.

  8. Espresso. Thank you, Jerri Davis

  9. Blessie Nelson says:

    I would make rich creamy macchiatos everyday!

  10. Lattes!

  11. Elizabeth G. says:

    I would make lattes sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg!

  12. I would make lattes most days and cappuccinos on days I feel extra sassy! Great giveaway.

  13. I would try a latte!! thanks.

  14. I want to make my own lattes! I also want an ice cream maker…but I’ll start with an espresso machine!

  15. I love this ice cream! Coconut and expresso? Heck yes!!

    Fun giveaway, Jen!

  16. Nicole L. says:

    I love coffee and cappuccinos and would love to use this machine to make them each morning and save a ton!

  17. I’ve never had a problem with coffee growing up. I think because I started out with the flavored drinks then graduated to coffee. I know for a fact I’ll love this ice cream.

  18. Latte’s

  19. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    Espressos for me and Lattes for my daughter. Your ice cream looks wonderful.

  20. I would recreate a local drink from Chicago with espresso, steamed coconut milk, honey and a touch of Cayenne.

  21. flavored lattes

  22. I would make caramel lattes!

  23. Great giveaway! I’d make espresso first, and this second!

  24. I’d make lots and lots of cappuccinos!

  25. Seriously jaw-dropped at these photos. I can see why they are some of your favorite. So stunning!! And I am totally making this ice cream soon. Coconut and Espresso are a great combo! :-)

  26. Lisa Haley says:

    I would love to make this recipe, the combination of flavors sounds incredible!

  27. french vanilla lattes – yum!

  28. pat simon says:

    Love it! Lactose free ice cream at last! Would love the coffee maker!

  29. I would make lattes.

  30. Mmm, I’d probably make my favorite latte, Raspberry Mocha. YUM! And then vanillla, and then hazelnut, and then…you get the idea. :)

  31. Wow, that looks delicious! Love that it’s gluten free too. I’d love to win to make some lattes and also to possibly try this recipe!

  32. I Love Coconut and Coffee together!! It is my FAVORITE flavor combination so I would make a Coconut Mocha Latte and then of course I would make your Espresso Coconut Icecream.

  33. I’d make iced coffees and coffee flavored chiffon cakes.

  34. Stephanie Ann says:

    I would love to make cappuccinos!! my favorite!

  35. Espresso every day!!!!

  36. Michelle Darensbourg says:

    I would make espresso, lattes and I would have to try your ice cream recipe. Seriously this is my idea of heaven!

  37. Maggie Wallace says:

    Lattes! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  38. Iced espresso!

    Thanks for a chance at the giveaway.

  39. Kristen M says:

    It would be fun to make flavored Lattes and blended drinks.

  40. Thanks! I Love coffee and i Love your blog!

  41. espresso w/some sambuca now & then!! & lattes…many many lattes! meg

  42. I’d make chocolate espresso ice cream.

  43. I would make your Espresso Coconut Ice Cream recipe.

  44. Great giveaway! Lattes for B,L,D!!!

  45. I’d make affogato… so much affogato…

  46. I want it, I want it. Love the expresso and I have the syrup to turn it into a cinnamon dolce latte! Go way starbucks De’longi I’ma coming!!!!!!

  47. Espresso everyday! :)

  48. lattes

  49. Mindy Kinnaman says:

    I’d make cinnamon lattes, chai lattes and hot chocolate.

  50. Gorgeous photographs, Jen!

  51. an espresso.

  52. Yum! Yum! Yum!

  53. Dawn from Texas says:

    I would make dairy free cappuccinos

  54. LOVE this recipe! I’d make it entirely too often if I had a Nespresso!

  55. I would make a chai latte. Yum!

  56. I think I would make some macchiatos

  57. Shelby Stewart says:

    I’d brew up some (okay, alright, ALOT of) espresso. And then just maybe a Tira Misu or two.

  58. I am more of a latte person!

  59. Cinnamon dulce latte

  60. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I’d Make Chai Tea!

  61. Caramel espressos with whipped cream!

  62. I’d make one of my daughter’s favorite coffee drinks for her, but you sold me on the ice cream for me!

  63. This looks delicious. Would it still set correctly if I did it without the sugar?

    • Thanks! That’s hard to say since I haven’t tried it. Sugar lowers the freezing point of liquid so without the sugar it could potentially freeze solid. But maybe not, especially if you added more alcohol.

  64. Ice cream is my summer obsession.

  65. a vegan latte… mmmmm

  66. Cappucinos! Popsicles! Tiramisu! Ice cream! Sorbet! Granita! Mochas! (I can keep going…)

  67. Lattes of course!

  68. I’d make lattes!

  69. This recipe is a good reason to buy an espresso machine.

  70. I’d live like an Italian…. a cappuccino every morning!

  71. I somehow managed to work in a coffee shop for 5 years, go through college and two stints in grad school without developing a coffee addiction. I don’t know what happened this past year but I’m slowly growing accustomed to it. Granted it takes lots of milk and sugar (or maybe some caramel) for me to down it. Ever since I’ve been contemplating an espresso machine (or at least the little stove-top variety). What and exciting giveaway!

  72. Espresso – YUM!

  73. A cappuccino sounds delicious right now! That’s the first thing I’d make.

  74. Would LOVE to win this! Just discovered how awesome they are, and would be a fantastic addition to my roomie and my “big girl” apartment :)

  75. I’d make a latte every morning!

  76. i would make some lattes!

  77. This ice cream is dreamy! I would so love to enjoy lattes at home. Awesome giveaway!

  78. iced coffee!

  79. I have a deep love for espresso as well :)

  80. I would first make myself a cappuccino, then I would love to make your espresso coconut ice cream.

  81. Cathy McCarthy says:

    Mmmm – Vanilla Latte, my favorite Starbucks drink!

  82. I’d use the espresso in recipes calling for chocolate… if I didn’t drink first!!
    Love espresso!!!

  83. I will finally be able to get some work done! :)

  84. I’d make some pumpkin spice lattes.

  85. Beautiful photos, Jen! I would make lots o lattes!!

  86. I would make an americano… love the photography on your blog!

  87. Debbie Bray says:


  88. I would make whole milk lattes everyday. Decaf, because I don’t drink coffee for the buzz, but the taste and warmth and creaminess (I always add milk or cream.

  89. Mmm…I am so glad to see this vegan recipe for summer…to make an espresso would be wonderful….PICK Me! ♥

  90. ashley - baker by nature says:

    What an amazing giveaway, Jen! And omg, this ice cream?! I’m dying over here!

  91. Tabathia B says:

    I would try to make a caramel latte

  92. Jessica Z says:

    I would actually like to try and make the Espresso Coconut Ice Cream – I just love ice cream and I have been on a coconut kick lately…which is so weird because I use to hate coconut!

  93. Elizabeth says:

    What a great giveaway!! I have a very simple nespresso machine and an aerochino and I LOVE them. If I won this, I would make cappuccinos with it.

  94. Karly Sims says:

    This ice cream for starters!

  95. gregory parker says:

    Def wld make this ice cream

  96. This sounds soooooo damn amazing! Plus the pics are as flawless as ever! I may have to try this one!

  97. I would start with espresso and then move on to making lots and lots of this ice cream!!

  98. Lia Simpson says:

    Espressos and more oh my!

  99. Iced Coffee, blended of course!

  100. Monica McPherrin says:

    What a wonderful flavor combination. I must try this! Keep sharing your wonderful recipes.

  101. I love coffee-flavored everything so this is an ice cream flavor I would love to make!

  102. I would make lots of lattes and cappuccinos!! :)

  103. This sounds great. I love lattes!

  104. espresso for hot and iced coffee

  105. Oh my, this sounds heavenly! I just love coconut so much :)

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