Meyer Lemon Ice Cream

meyer lemon ice cream (vegan) / meyer lemon ice cream (vegan) /

It’s probably about time for a truly lemony post, here on Love and Lemons. Pucker up, this sweet & sour ice cream is the perfect way, in my opinion, to welcome spring. (Or to dream about spring if it hasn’t quite reached you yet).

Yes, an ice cream maker is required here — I’m not going to lie, it takes up an annoying amount of space, but we really do use ours quite often. It’s fun to get creative with flavor combinations you can’t just buy in a store, (especially non-dairy combinations). I imagine making ice cream would be a fun project for kids. Not that we have kids, but whenever I tell Jack “we’re making ice cream tonight,” his eyes light up like a five year old. He goes to town measuring & mixing… I sit back and watch. It’s pretty great.

This is a pretty simple recipe. From here, you can get as fancy as you like with whatever you like. Some good choice are mint, vanilla bean, or my personal favorite— a teeny pinch of cayenne to make it just a little spicy.

meyer lemon ice cream

Serves: makes a little over 2 cups, or 4 small servings
  • 1.5 cups of full fat coconut milk (1 can)
  • 1.5 tablespoons corn starch (or tapioca starch)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • zest and juice of 1 small meyer lemon
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • optional - crushed vanilla wafers
  1. In a small bowl, mix ¼ cup of the coconut milk with the corn starch and whisk until it's fully dissolved.
  2. Add the remaining coconut milk, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and salt. Whisk again.
  3. Pour into the bowl of your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's directions to finish the ice cream.
  4. Serve with crushed vanilla wafers or toppings of your choice.
Some creative additions: mix pure vanilla bean and/or pinch of cayenne into the coconut mixture.

If it's too soft right out of your ice cream maker, chill in the freezer for 30 minutes before serving.

I have this ice cream maker. I think it does a good job for the price point.


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  1. Jamie

    My ice cream maker is whirring away right now with this ice cream. Smells so good! The base was pretty tasty as it was, so I’m sure this will be great. I had a mango in the fridge that I needed to use, so I diced it and will throw in the chunks when the mix is more solidified.

  2. Dina Apovian

    This sounds delicious….. would you mind giving your recommendation for an ice cream maker, brand and model? I think I may need to get one!

  3. Oh my goodness… anything containing coconut is delicious in my eyes, but this.. this looks amazing. Trying it!

  4. This looks totally divine! I love the addition of vanilla wafers! I haven’t made a coconut milk ice cream in a while, and I think this one is moving to the top of the list 🙂

  5. Foodess from

    Sounds lovely for spring, Jeanine! And I’m so curious about the texture of coconut milk ice cream…

    • jeanine

      thanks Jennifer – you should try it, it’s the creamiest non-dairy type i’ve tried 🙂

  6. sara from

    ok, you’ve just about convinced me to get in on the coconut ice cream fun! i’ve been eyeballing that machine for a little while now. i love the idea of homemade vegan ice cream without all the added preservatives of store-bought!

    • jeanine

      Ha, I’m sure you’ll love it 🙂

  7. Kim from

    Delicious! I made ice-cream once time by myself too, I think this summer I will try it more often. 🙂

  8. Your photos are gorgeous, and the ice cream sounds absolutely delicious!! Definitely need to break out the ice cream maker for this one this summer 🙂 pinned!

    • jeanine

      I’m not sure, I’ll have to try that sometime!

  9. Pang from

    This is what I have been waiting for, a little push to buy my own ice cream maker!!!
    This recipe (and pics, as always) looks so good. Spring is indeed here. 🙂

    • jeanine

      Ha, I hope you like using it, can’t wait to see what combinations you’ll come up with!

  10. Ale from

    I’ve been thinking on getting an ice cream maker machine and I think this recipe just convinced me! Yeiiii! 😉

    • jeanine

      it’s pretty fun 🙂

  11. Emma from

    I don’t think I’ve ever had lemon ice cream! Only sorbet. I’m crazy for lemon desserts though and creamier is usually better in my opinion 🙂

    • jeanine

      I usually think creamy is better also 🙂

  12. I’m loving lemons at the moment and I just got an ice cream machine too so, meyer lemon ice cream here I come!

  13. Asha from

    Ooh!! that looks so good!!! I used to have an ice-cream maker and then realized I just like churning by hand. so ditched the device 🙂

    • jeanine

      by hand! You must have strong arms 🙂

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