Piña Colada Ice Cream

Hey all you vegans out there, this dairy free Piña Colada Ice Cream might be just what you’re looking for on a hot summer day.  With a mere 3 ingredients (coconut milk, agave and pineapple), this simple vegan ice cream recipe will appeal to moms too.  I like the quick and easy dimension of the recipe and my boys love the flavor –they’ve been lapping it up all summer.

After I posted my Coconut Chocolate Chip Ice Cream recipe (which contains eggs) a few weeks ago, I had numerous requests for a vegan ice cream made with coconut milk, so it’s high time I posted this.  Enjoy!

Piña Colada Ice Cream

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  • Place coconut milk, agave nectar and ½ cup pineapple in a vitamix
  • Blend thoroughly until smooth and well combined
  • Briefly blend in remaining ½ cup pineapple, leave the texture a little chunky
  • Process according to the directions of your ice cream maker
  • Serve
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
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I hope you all enjoy this quick and easy, healthy frozen dessert recipe. I love that it meets the needs of of people on gluten-free and dairy-free diets. If you’re wondering how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker, see my quick and easy 2-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream recipe.

We arrived home from the Little League Regionals on Wednesday after our loss in the semi-finals of the tournament.  The boys had an amazing run, winning every game in their pool (my older son, age 12 plays on the team).  The boys played live on ESPN Tuesday night (the semi-finals) and lost by one run in that game.

Here is our team video which one of the dads on our team made:

If for whatever reason you aren’t in the mood for ice cream but still want something cooling and tropical I have a scrumptious Piña Colada Protein Shake if you’re in the mood for a high protein smoothie.

Here are more healthy ice cream recipes from other food bloggers:
Very Berry Breakfast Ice Cream from Shannon of Nourishing Days
Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream by Ali of Nourishing Meals
Coffee Ice Cream (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free) from Shirley of Gluten Free Easily


32 responses to “Piña Colada Ice Cream”

  1. I made this two ways and both turned out grainy. The flavor was tasty but the off-putting texture made it unappealing. The first time I used a can of organic coconut milk (the expensive brand with no quar gum or additives), honey and fresh pineapple. The second time I used organic coconut cream, honey and fresh pineapple. I used my Blendtec on the lowest setting to avoid over mixing. They both set up well in my ice cream maker but both batches were grainy.
    My kids wouldn’t eat it after the first taste. I really tried to make this work because I love Pina Coladas and ice cream and I’ve been dying for a treat that was SIBO friendly. However, this was a disappointment and wasted expensive ingredients.

    • Eliza, if you use the brands I link to in the ingredients portion of the recipe this ice cream will be perfect :-)

  2. Hi! just made your pina colada ice cream and it is no thickening in my ice cream maker. Any ideas why? Thanks!

    • I had the same problem. I just made it and although it tastes delicious, it’s more of a milk shake than ice cream. Even after sitting in the freezer, it doesn’t get very frozen. Oh, well, still delish!

    • I’ve made Elana’s ice creams in my Vitamix several times. The -density- of the coconut milk is the crucial factor the results in either a slushy shake or something more ice creamy.
      – The carton of coconut milk that is the consistency of skim milk or 2% dairy milk will produce a slushy shake.
      — TRY THIS: Go to Trader Joes and buy their can of “Coconut Cream”. Use this in place of “Coconut Milk” in any of Elana’s Ice cream recipes.

      • Forgot to add: TRY THIS: Put blended mix of all ice cream recipe ingredients in ice cube trays. When frozen – puree those ice cube chunks in the Vita-mix – transfer to a chilled bowl and it’s ice cream.
        This was suggested by another reader comment on Elana’s site. It works. I’ve been doing this for years since I don’t have an ice cream maker and don’t really want another kitchen gadget/appliance. :-]

      • @QueenJellyBean: Is it a straight trade-off of the TJ’s coconut cream vs coconut milk? One 13.5 oz can regardless of which one you use? Thanks!

  3. Can this ice cream recipe, and the other ice cream recipes be made using a Ninja or a standard blender? Unfortunately I don’t have one of those lovely Vita-mix miracles, and I love Pina colada=(.

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