This Coconut Mango Ice Cream recipe is creamy, healthy and refreshingly delicious! This easy ice cream is a no-churn recipe that requires only 4 ingredients. It’s dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and naturally vegan so it’s not only tasty but guilt-free in so many ways. Serve it regular or soft serve as a treat on its own or as the perfect way to end any meal!
Table of contents
- Dairy Free, Creamy Mango Ice Cream
- Why This Mango Ice Cream Recipe Works?
- Ingredients You Will Need
- How to Make Coconut Mango Ice Cream from Scratch
- Optional Add – In’s and Variations
- Tips for Best Mango Coconut Ice Cream Results
- Serving Recommendations
- Making Mango Ice Cream in Advance
- More No Bake Desserts
Dairy Free, Creamy Mango Ice Cream
Mangos are a ridiculously tasty tropical fruit which means that mango ice cream has to be amazing. What’s even better than mango ice cream? Mango ice cream with a hint of coconut flavour made without an ice cream machine and only 4 ingredients! That, my friends, is the dream. The cool, sweet, and luscious dream.
When fresh mango is in season at stores, I love to make mango salsa, mango slaw and this delicious mango black bean salad with it. But with frozen mango, besides adding to green smoothie recipe and eating by chunks, I had no other use for it until I created this easy mango ice cream recipe.
Ice cream is one of the most popular summer treats. It’s cold, creamy, and refreshing, it’s no wonder we consume so much of it. Most commercially produced ice cream, however, is filled with artificial flavours, and colours as well as an obscene amount of sugar, faux milk products, as well as many other things that we don’t need to be eating. Ok, so it’s delicious, that’s for sure, but it is totally possible to make something just as delicious but way healthier right at home!
This 4-ingredient homemade ice cream is a no-churn, simple recipe that tastes just like the tropics. If you’ve ever made no-churn ice cream before you may have noticed that it doesn’t come out creamy or maybe it’s a bit too solid. This is not the case with this ice cream. All it takes is a simple blending of the ingredients, time to chill and set and you’ve got easily scoopable ice cream. A super simple way to making ice cream that tastes amazing and is healthy!
Why This Mango Ice Cream Recipe Works?
- It is so easy to make. All you need is 4 ingredients and a blender.
- This is one of the best tasting ice creams you’ll have all summer. You won’t miss all the added junk found in storebought ice cream.
- Cost-effective. Sometimes non-dairy, healthy ice creams can cost a pretty penny. Making it at home is a money saver.
- Pure and simple ingredients which makes this a healthy and guilt-free treat.
- No-churn ice cream means there is no need for an ice cream maker. All you need is a blender.
- Taste and texture are on point. Mango and coconut pair well as flavours, but the mango blends so well that it also makes it nice and smooth.
Ingredients You Will Need
- Mango: Fresh or frozen mango works. Fresh mango will take longer to freeze but is sweeter. Frozen mango will make a thicker consistency and will be more ice cream-like right off the bat.
- Canned coconut milk: I recommend to use regular full fat coconut milk from a can, not carton. Light will work but ice cream will be more sorbet style.
- Maple syrup or honey: Either works. You might find you need to use less sweetener when using fresh mango. Frozen mango chunks are usually made from mangos that aren’t quite ripe yet, making them less sweet.
- Milk or water: You will need to add just a bit of liquid to help things move in the blender.
How to Make Coconut Mango Ice Cream from Scratch
- Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor. A high speed blender will help things move along faster, but any blender will work. Small remaining chunks are totally fine and may even make for an interesting texture.
- Transfer to any ceramic, glass or baking dish. No need to level anything out if you don’t want to.
- Freeze for up to 6 hours if you used frozen mango and 8 hours if you used fresh mango.
Tip: You can control the consistency of ice cream by freezing for less time for soft-serve and longer for regular ice cream.
Optional Add – In’s and Variations
- No mango? Try pineapple, papaya, or guava. Yum!
- Mango purée can also work in a pinch.
- Toss some sliced banana in there for added flavor
- Try other fruit combinations for fun. Think mango and kiwi, mixed berries, or peaches.
- You could try this recipe using any of the above-mentioned fruit on its own.
- Fold in diced strawberries or serve sliced on top because mangos and strawberries is another perfect duo.
- Sprinkle with some toasted coconut or dark chocolate chips for a bit of added crunchy texture.
- Some people have enjoyed adding a pinch of salt or a bit of spice such as cardamom or cinnamon for extra flavour. If you try something creative like that, let me know what you think!
Tips for Best Mango Coconut Ice Cream Results
- Coconut milk brand matters! My favorites are Thai Kitchen, 365, Trader Joe’s and Compliments. That’s because they contain guar gum and are creamy.
- Many organic brands are affordable and good for you but consistency is grainy.
- Cheaper international brands contain many chemicals. Avoid if you can.
Tip: Room temperature coconut milk is best. Don’t try and put it in the fridge first, it’s unnecessary.
This mango ice cream recipe is the perfect reason to use up fresh mangos! Fresh ripe mangos not only work but they help to make the ice cream nice and sweet. It just might take a little longer for the ice cream to set, but believe me, it’s worth the wait.
You don’t! Another benefit of this recipe is that it is a no-churn ice cream that can be made with a simple blender. If you have an ice cream maker, by all means, use it. Either way, you’ll get amazing ice cream.
I haven’t tried, but for this particular recipe, I would highly recommend sticking to full-fat coconut milk. You could potentially use dairy milk or cream, but in an effort to keep this a dairy-free, vegan ice cream I will stick with coconut milk. Any other non-dairy kinds of milk, like almond, oat, or cashew would be too watery for this recipe – those dairy free milks work better in a smoothie. The consistency would probably not result in what we are looking for. If you have success with any other milk, let me know in the comments.
Coconut itself is healthy in moderation. It’s high in fibre and full of good fats and when unsweetened, fresh coconut milk is added to ice cream it only adds to the health factor. Coconut milk has much of the same benefits, but of course, it all depends on what kind of ice cream you’re making. If you’re making ice cream with all kinds of refined sugars and artificial ingredients, then adding coconut is probably not going to help much.
It sure is. With only 4 ingredients, mango, coconut milk, maple syrup, and maybe a bit of extra coconut milk or water, rest assured that this ice cream is not only refined sugar-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free, it’s vegan as well!
- An ice cream bar: Setting up an ice cream station is one of my favourite ways to serve ice cream to a crowd. Invite chocolate ice cream, vegan vanilla ice cream, Dole whip and even fruit healthy homemade popsicles to the party and have a variety of different toppings, like fresh berries, sliced fruit, toasted coconut, chocolate chips set up. Let everyone pick and choose their own toppings.
- A dessert table: If you’re thinking about adding other dessert options to go along with your mango ice cream, think about other healthy delicious options for people who are not as in love with ice cream as you and I are. Healthy lemon bar recipe, no bake peanut butter bars, chocolate chia pudding and Instant Pot peach cobbler are all highly popular choices!
- After a summertime meal: Serve this cool refreshing dessert as the perfect ending to a delicious summer meal. Grilled chicken salad, Greek chicken kabobs, healthy turkey burgers, or grilled shrimp skewers with a side of best balsamic marinade for grilled vegetables would be incomplete without mango ice cream for dessert!
- With your favorite beverage: Mine include original kombucha (or flavored), healthy frappuccino recipe and healthy iced coffee.
Making Mango Ice Cream in Advance
This is very important information because your ice cream does not contain chemical fillers!
Before serving, let ice cream thaw at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. If it is a hot summer day, things can happen faster. Just check with an ice cream scoop. Thawing will make ice cream more creamy!
For soft-serve ice cream, thaw for 1 hour.
Storing & Freezing (one and the same!)
To store: Any leftover ice cream can be frozen in an airtight container with a lid for up to 3 months. Then follow the serving suggestions above.
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Coconut Mango Ice Cream
- Process until smooth, adding more liquid by tbsp and scraping the walls, if necessary.
- Taste for sweetness now and adjust of necessary. Especially, frozen mango differs.
- Pour into any container and freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight.
- To serve, let thaw on a counter for 30 minutes or 60 minutes for soft serve. It will become softer and creamy.
Store: Freeze in a glass airtight container for up to 3 months.
- Pictured are my favorite OXO scoop and ceramic loaf baking dish.
- I tried to make this mango ice cream in an ice cream maker and it was too crystalized. Great news – you don’t need a machine, wahoo!
- Coconut milk should be from a can and not carton.
- Quality of coconut milk is super important. I highly recommend Thai Kitchen. Trader Joe’s, 365, Compliments brands as they produce creamy and smooth ice cream thanks to a guar gum.
- You can use light coconut milk but ice cream will be less creamy.
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