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Coconut Ice Cream

I love ice cream, I think most people do.  I started experimenting with making my own ice creams years ago using fresh fruits and I have to say they really were delicious.  I used a basic ice cream maker until a few years ago when I realised I didn’t need much in the form of kitchen equipment to make my own ice cream.  Last year I created the most amazing ice cream; Amaretto Ice Cream with Caramelised Pecans and it was amazing.  I wasn’t sure what to do next and then it hit me, I love coconut, it’s healthy and in ice cream form it’s delicious.  Confident(ish) I could make my own I set to work and was quite pleased with the result.

The Health Benefits of Coconut

Not only does coconut smell and taste great it all contains a range of health benefits.  It can be used internally and also externally to achieve various result.

Coconut is broken up into different parts including coconut water, milk and cream.  In the developing world coconut water is used to treat diarrhoea and it is thought that this has the same electrolyte balance found in isotonic drinks which means it is great for rehydation especially after a long workout.  Interestingly coconut has the same electrolyte levels as human plasma, and has even been used for plasma transfusions in emergency situations.

There is dispute whether coconut fat is or isn’t healthy due to the high saturated fat content.  But, in some parts of the world it makes up a large proportion of some peoples diets and they seem to be healthy with no evidence of heart disease due to the saturated fats.  These people (Kitavans of Papua New Guinea and Tokelaus of New Zealand ) do however tend to live healthy lifestyles eating a diet of natural non processed foods.  It’s normally when we eat anything in excess that we experience problems so I would suggest taking coconut in moderation as with most foods.

Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides which are believed to increase the number of calories we burn compared to the same amount of other fats.  It can also reduce feelings of hunger due to the way the fatty acids are metabolised into ketones resulting in an appetite reducing effect.  It is thought that these ketones are a readily accessible energy that can be used by the brain and would have some potential use in degenerative neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease where the brain’s capacity to utilise glucose is severely impaired increasing the body’s ketone levels can potentially provide a alternative form of energy for the brain thus resulting in symptoms being alleviated and possibly helping to reduce the risk of developing these types of conditions.  Medium-chain fatty acids MCFA’s for short are easily absorbed and can help improve memory and brain function as they provide a more efficient form of fuel than glucose which requires the presence of a middle man as it were ‘insulin’ in order to be absorbed.

Coconut oil is easy to digest.  It can improve digestion as it helps the body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins, calcium, and magnesium.  Consumption of the oil  can provide sustained energy and increases your metabolism which can also help weight loss.

The oil is popular in many beauty products as it is great for the skin, hair and nails.  It not only helps to moisturise and nourish, it is also protective against hair damage and also offers a mild protection against UV rays.  Its antioxidant properties help fight skin ageing and its a great immune booster with antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties.  This is also great as a mouthwash and is great for reducing bad breath and improving dental health via a process of oil pulling.  Oil pulling for those that haven’t come across the term before involves swishing a tablespoon of oil around the mouth for 20 minutes on an empty stomach.  I hear this takes some getting used to having not tried it myself yet.

Coconut oil can help fight us cancer.  The ketones produced when it is broken down by the body cannot be used by glucose dependent tumours which is why a ketogenic diet could be useful for cancer patients.  MCFA’s are able to break down the cell wall of bacteria and can kill helicobacter pylor a bacterium that increases the risk of stomach cancer.

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Coconut Ice Cream

Ingredients

6 eggs

400ml double cream

180g caster sugar

25g desiccated coconut

35-40ml malibu

Method

Whisk egg whites in a large bowl until thick and stiff so that it looks a little like clotted cream when the whisk is removed. Slowly whisk in the caster sugar and keep whisking until the mixture is stiff and glossy.

 Fold in the cream, egg yolks, desiccated coconut and Malibu so that they are all well combined and then slide the mixture from the bowl into a freezer container (which could be anything such as a loaf tin, baking tray or Tupperware box) .

Freeze overnight and the following day you have a gorgeous creamy ice cream waiting to be enjoyed.

This of course is not suitable for children due to the alcohol content.

It’s great on it’s own or with cake either way it’s delicious!

Enjoy!

This Post Has 78 Comments

  1. oh wow this sounds like something i would defintiely enjoy i want some x

    1. It was yummy, why not try and make it yourself.

  2. Yum! I love coconut, but the amaretto and pecan sounds amazing too.

    1. They were both pretty good I plan to make more and am very excited about it.

  3. Homemade ice cream really is quite delicious and it’s pretty easy to make as well. It’s amazing how many health benefits coconut has, both in ingesting it and using it for beauty treatments. Your coconut ice cream looks delicious, though I would have to make it without the Malibu x

    1. It really is a great food to eat and apply externally. Enjoy your ice cream.

  4. I am not a fan of coconut but I made blackberry ice-cream once and it was incredible!

    1. That sounds lovely I must give that a go too.

  5. Ooh huge coconut fan so will definitely be giving this a go!

    1. Enjoy, it’s really easy to do.

  6. Oh this sounds so yummy, and I have also gone to look at your Amaretto one too!

    1. Both are great and I have more to come 😉

  7. Oh my god yes, boozy ice cream? A double yes for me but I honestly had no idea how good for you coconut was. I have some coconut milk in my cabinet so I will be drinking that asap x

    1. It is nice to know things we enjoy are good for us in moderation.

  8. This looks like a good recipe, i like coconut ice cream

    1. Me too it’s yummy!

  9. Coconut ice cream is my most favourite flavour ever! Weirdly I don’t like a coconut scent but I do LOVE coconut food stuff! x

    1. I love both the scent and flavour it’s great in a range of sweet and savoury dishes.

  10. You are making me want to make my own ice cream now. Love this.

    1. It’s sooooo good, you must try it!!

  11. Ice cream season is almost here! This coconut recipe looks divine. I bet it would be absolutely delicious with summertime berries

    1. I might have to try that!

  12. Wow! Thanks for sharing your recipe. I am excited to try this at home. Hopefully I can pull this off! Looking forward to have my own homemade ice cream!

    1. It’s great for the Summer.

  13. I bet this tastes amazing, I really must try and make my own ice cream

    1. It really does taste great, enjoy!

  14. This sound utterly delicious and an ice cream just for Mama because no children allowed!

    1. I know, isn’t it great!!!

  15. Coconut ice cream is a great alternative, and it’s so refreshing x

    1. It really is a great flavour, I love it.

  16. This looks so tasty – I’ll have to make some when we actually get some sunshine! x

    1. I bet you will love it as much as I do.

  17. This ice cream looks so good! Yummmyyy. I’d love to try it.

    1. I think you should give it a go.

  18. This is my favourite ice cream. It reminds me of being in the Dominican Republic, when I ate it every day.

    1. It is such a tropical flavour and reminds me of holidays too 😉

  19. ooh I like the addition of malibu! sounds fantastic!

    1. It tastes pretty fantastic too!!!

  20. Love icecream and coconut too, so a perfect combo for me that I will be trying. Thanks 🙂 x

    1. Glad you liked it, I hope you get to try it soon x

  21. Coconut is such a miracle maker for our bodies and the best part is that it tastes delicious as well. Your recipe is so easy to make and I love coconut so I might make it during the hot summer months.

    1. It is a wonderful food. I love that the ice cream is this easy 😉

  22. Mmm delicious, I love coconut, so refreshing 🙂

    1. Me too and it’s perfect for the warmer weather.

  23. Sounds a good recipe and I would love to try this ice cream recipe on this weekend, I bet my kids would love this too

    1. Enjoy Angela. It is really nice although leave out the alcohol if it’s for the kids.

  24. You had me at coconut. Thank you for this easy peasy recipe. My daughter loves Ice cream and making this with her she will be as pleased as punch.

    1. Have fun, make sure if she will be having any to omit the alcohol x

  25. This sounds absolutely DELICIOUS!! I wonder if it could be made completely dairy free? xxx

    1. Give it a try you never know there are so many alternatives you can use 😉

  26. This sounds like heaven in a cone. It looks so good! Probably doesn’t help that I’m an ice cream addict lol

    1. It really was yummy. I’m excited about making more for the summer.

  27. Oooo yes I love the idea of a mixing a bit of malibu in there!

    1. It does work very well 😉

  28. I love coconut, and I never thought that I can make coconut icecream myself, that is because I am not into cooking so much 🙂 but this seems so easy. I have to try it!

    1. It is super simple you must try making it too.

  29. That sounds like the best ice cream ever I am a fussy one when it comes to my ice cream lol

    1. It is pretty good, I love coconut ice cream.

  30. I have to admit, coconut is one of my favourite flavours. This recipe sounds gorgeous, especially with malibu in the mix

    1. It was really delicious and super easy to make too which is a bonus.

  31. It’s really interesting reading how different fats burn calories faster than others. It makes me wonder how little understanding we all have regarding food science. Does your homemade ice-cream keep well when frozen or is all gone too quickly to worry about it? 😉

    1. It does seem to keep well. I have to hide it so it doesn’t vanish too fast 😉

  32. Looks lovely, my mum has an ice cream maker, will have to pass this recipe on

    1. The great thing is she doesn’t need the ice cream maker to make it.

  33. I love ice cream but coconut is one of my ideas of food hell. The hubby, on the other hand…

    1. Oh no that’s a shame. Make it for him he will love it.

  34. I would really love to try some of this

    1. It’s really nice and very creamy.

  35. this sounds nice especially with the cake yummy!!

    1. Aaaahhhh that should be coming up on my blog at a later date.The ice cream went very well with it.

  36. This sounds lush might try it in the future

    1. It’s really good I’m sure you will enjoy it.

  37. This sounds lovely! I think rehydrated coconut cream would work well to give the flavour too; one of the great things about coconut is how many forms it’s available in. It makes it so easy to use. Thanks so much for the recipe!

    1. No problem, I’m glad you liked it.

  38. Oh my goodness!!! This sounds so amazingly delicious! xoxox

    1. It really is lovely I hope to write a non alcoholic version too 😉

  39. Oh I love coconut, this sounds really easy to make. I am going to try it. Yum yum

    1. It’s soooo easy a child could make it although without the alcohol.

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