Coconut Mint Ice Cream

Dairy free mint ice cream - a delicious holiday treat with vegan chocolate magic shell topping.

coconut mint ice cream /

Let me start by saying that mint chocolate chip has never been my top choice. It’s always been my sister’s favorite, I was more of a cookies & cream kind of girl. But this blog makes me try things I might have otherwise not… For example, I bought turnips the other day at the farmers market just because they looked cute. When I saw this green mug, I craved just one thing: Mint ice cream.

To my surprise (and Jack’s too), mint ice cream made with fresh mint is amazing! It’s a completely different ice cream flavor altogether. First off, it’s white, not green. The green from the mint doesn’t really rub off and there’s, of course, no food coloring in here. The flavor is so fresh and springy… It tastes like I picked a bunch of mint from the yard and made ice cream out of it. (which is what I did).

It’s made with coconut milk, because that’s just the way we do ice cream around here.

I also whisked together this chocolate sauce using dark baking chocolate, coconut oil and a bit of agave syrup. As a happy accident… it’s vegan magic shell.

coconut mint ice cream

Serves: makes a little over 2 cups, or 4 small servings
  • 1.5 cups of full fat coconut milk (1 can)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoons corn starch
  • handful (10 or so) sprigs of mint
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
chocolate sauce:
  • 4 ounces dark baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon agave syrup
  • tiny pinch of salt
  1. In a small bowl, mix ¼ cup of the coconut milk with the corn starch and whisk until it's fully dissolved.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the remainder of the coconut milk over low heat with the sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves. Whisk in the cornstarch mixture and the mint. Bring to a low simmer and stir for a few minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, cover the pan and let it steep for about 20 minutes. Then place it in the fridge until chilled, 30 or so minutes (if you transfer it to a shallow dish it'll chill faster).
  4. Strain out the mint, and follow the directions on your ice cream maker.
  5. For the chocolate sauce: Simmer water in a small saucepan, place a glass bowl on top to create a double boiler (a bowl big enough so it doesn't touch the water in the pan). Using a rubber spatula, stir together the chocolate, coconut oil, and agave until fully melted. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to use. Store, covered, at room temp for up to 3 days.
if it's too soft right out of your ice cream maker, chill in the freezer for 30 minutes before serving

If you’re wondering, I have this ice cream maker. For the price point, I think it does a good job.Β 


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  1. Tieghan from

    This caught my eye right away! For some reason coconut and mint sound really good together (i normally do not like mint)! This looks great and I love the chocolate sauce on top!

    • jeanine

      Thanks! They do go really well together, I just love coconut πŸ™‚

  2. Kathryne from

    I rediscovered my childhood love for mint chocolate chip ice cream in Oklahoma last week, and I’ve been really into coconut ice cream lately… this ice cream is happening soon.

  3. Sarah

    Mint chocolate chip is my favorite! I have to make this.

  4. This one stopped me in my tracks! Maybe it was the pretty green mug? Nah, I think it was the chocolate…and the mint! πŸ™‚ I love mint ice cream…but the “real” kind, like this one, with real mint and no added coloring (I won’t eat green mint ice cream). Thanks for posting!

  5. What a perfect little mug for the perfect little dessert! It looks super delicious – I bet the coconut/mint mixture was perfect!

  6. I was never a huge fan of mint chip ice cream either, but too had a sibling who loved it. Your version sounds so refreshing – I’m going to have to try it!

  7. Lindsey from

    what a simple recipe. there are so many ice cream recipes that scare me because they seem to hard. i don’t have an ice cream maker, but i’m assuming google can help me find out how to do this without one πŸ˜‰

    • jeanine

      I’m not really sure, it’s really all liquid until it churns… I’ve seen healthy non-ice-cream-maker recipes where people puree up bananas. (although, to me that seems like more of a smoothie). Either way, come back and share what you find out!

  8. What gorgeous photos! I love the simplicity of this recipe and really, really wish that I had an ice cream maker!

  9. Kankana from

    There was a time when I just didn’t like mint and now I absolutely love it. The sweet coconut with the pungent mint – it’s a lovely flavor blend!

  10. chelsy from

    OMG…I think I was scarred as a child by my mother’s obsession with peppermint patties. She used to make my seester and I buy her a bucket load whenever we went to the store with our dad. I never cared much for them or mint in general and am much more of a milk chocolate, Reese’s peanut butter fan. BUTTTTTTTTT…I am a huge fan of coconut milk and anything coconut and I know the mint probably pairs terrific with it…adding that bit of fresh zest to it. I’M IN! πŸ™‚

    • jeanine

      I hated peppermint patties too πŸ™‚

    • jeanine

      ha, I know I would take chocolate + peanut butter over peppermint patties any day!

  11. Sarah from

    Firstly, this ice cream looks amazing. Secondly, I love that green mug. Thirdly, these photos are ridiculous. That is all.

    • jeanine

      thanks sarah! πŸ™‚

  12. Kathryn from

    I’m starting to appreciate mint ice cream more and more – I think fresh mint makes all the difference.

  13. Ashley from

    THAT MUG!!! Want. πŸ™‚ Mint ice cream is one of my all time favorites, especially with the chocolate on top. I really need to start making more ice cream! This looks like the easiest recipe ever. Can’t wait to try it!

  14. I’m a cookies & creme girl too, but this gets me so excited!! OMG. Mint and coconut!

  15. Eileen from

    This ice cream sounds amazing! Now I know what to do with all the mint popping up in our side yard. πŸ™‚

  16. Just discovered your blog and I’m in love! Thanks for sharing vegan goodness. Your recipes and photographs are inspirational!

  17. I love mint ice cream! I have seen coconut ice cream pop up all over lately and I have tried some myself and its TASTY! Everyone seems to have a slight varitation on the ingredient list and i’m not sold on any particular one yet. I have not tried it the way you make it, so I will have to give it a go. πŸ™‚ Pinned!!

  18. This recipe would be good for someone looking for a different flavor of ice cream. Thanks for the post.

  19. Alice

    Could I make this sugar free?

    • jeanine

      Hi Alice, I’m not sure, I try to cut back on sugar when possible but I don’t have experience with sugar substitutes. I would maybe google for a sugar free ice cream recipes and experiment a little.

  20. Ange from Loveanlemons

    Is this a japanese dessert

  21. Susana

    Can I do this without an ice cream maker?

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