Paleo Ice Cream


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Learn how to make creamy and smooth paleo ice cream with just four ingredients and no special equipment. 

paleo ice cream.

You know we are good at making ice cream. These coconut ice creambrownie ice cream, and avocado ice cream recipes are some of our favorites. 

But we know not all ice cream recipes are paleo. The good news is, you CAN enjoy this creamy frozen dessert in the comfort of your home!

Table of Contents
  1. Can you eat ice cream on a paleo diet?
  2. Why you’ll love this paleo ice cream recipe
  3. Ingredients needed
  4. How to make paleo ice cream
  5. Flavor variations
  6. Tips to make the best recipe
  7. Storage instructions
  8. More ice cream recipes to try
  9. Frequently asked questions
  10. Paleo Ice Cream (Recipe Card)

Can you eat ice cream on a paleo diet?

You can’t eat conventional ice cream on a paleo diet as it contains milk and sugar that are not permitted on this diet. 

However, this doesn’t mean you can’t eat ice cream if you are on a paleo diet. Many brands now make paleo-friendly ice cream. But don’t worry if you can’t find them in your nearby stores. You can easily make paleo ice cream at home even if you don’t have an ice cream maker. 

Why you’ll love this paleo ice cream recipe

  • Only 4 ingredients. Even if you are not on a paleo diet, this ice cream recipe is too easy and too good to not give it a try. 
  • No churn recipe. You don’t need any special equipment to make this ice cream. 
  • Easy to customize. You can switch up the sweeteners, add mix-ins or change up the flavors.

Ingredients needed

As we’ve already told you, you only need four ingredients to make this creamy coconut milk-based ice cream. 

  • Coconut milk. Use canned coconut milk and make sure you chill it before you start making the ice cream. You can use coconut cream if you like. 
  • Chocolate protein powder. To give the ice cream chocolate flavor and enhance its protein content. 
  • Cocoa powder. To make the chocolate flavor of the ice cream more prominent. 
  • Coconut sugar. One of the more friendly paleo sweeteners available.

How to make paleo ice cream

Whether you are making this ice cream following the original recipe or the date-sweetened version, the process is fairly simple. 

  1. Blend all ingredients. Add the chilled coconut milk to a high-speed blender and blend it for 30 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and blend until a thick and creamy mixture remains. 
  2. Freeze. Pour the mixture into an 8×8-inch pan that has been chilled in the freezer. Put the ice cream into the freezer for 1 to 2 hours, mixing it every 30 minutes. 
  3. Thaw and scoop. Thaw the ice cream for 15 minutes before serving it. Use a wet ice cream scoop to be able to easily scoop it into a bowl. 
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Flavor variations

You can add various ingredients to this ice cream to enhance its flavor and texture. Here are a few ideas. 

  • Cinnamon
  • Chopped nuts
  • Coconut flakes
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Paleo-friendly crushed cereal
  • Fruits chunks
  • Paleo cookies

Tips to make the best recipe

  • Chill ingredients. Chill your coconut milk before adding it to the blender. It will help achieve a smoother texture. 
  • Use full fat coconut milk. Avoid low fat or carton coconut milk as they do not have the texture to create a rich and creamy ice cream. 
  • Use a liquid sweetener. If you don’t want to use coconut sugar, try a paleo friendly sweetener like honey or maple syrup. 
  • Thaw before serving. Let your ice cream sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before scopping. 

Storage instructions

Freeze this ice cream in an airtight container. Consume it within 2 to 3 days. 

The ice cream may be too frozen when you first remove it from the freezer. Allow it to sit at room temperature for a few minutes until it softens. 

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Frequently asked questions

Can I use an ice cream maker?

Yes, you can use an ice cream maker for this paleo-friendly ice cream recipe. Simply transfer the blended mixture into the ice cream maker and follow the instructions. 

Is Halo Top paleo-friendly?

Halo Top is not paleo-friendly. While the brand does have a dairy-free and low-sugar keto series, none of its products are paleo-approved. 

What is a dairy-free substitute for ice cream?

There is a variety of dairy-free ice creams made from non-dairy milks, including coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, etc.

paleo ice cream recipe.

Paleo Ice Cream

4.98 from 35 votes
Learn how to make creamy and smooth paleo ice cream with just four ingredients and no special equipment. 
Servings: 12 Servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



  • Place an 8 x 8-inch loaf pan in the freezer to chill.
  • In a high-speed blender or food processor, add your chilled coconut milk. Blend for 30 seconds before adding all your other ingredients. Blend until thick and creamy, but do not over-blend.
  • Pour the ice cream mixture into the frozen loaf pan and spread evenly. To ensure the mixture doesn’t become icy, mix it every 30 minutes, for the first 1-2 hours.  
  • Once ready to enjoy, allow to thaw at room temperature for 15 minutes. Using a slightly wet ice cream scoop, scoop desired amount into a bowl and enjoy! 


STORAGE: Freeze this ice cream in an airtight container. Consume it within 2 to 3 days. The ice cream may be too frozen when you first remove it from the freezer. Allow it to sit at room temperature for a few minutes until it softens. 


Serving: 1servingCalories: 130kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 7gFat: 11gPotassium: 4mgVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 2.5mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 0.4mgNET CARBS: 2g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. I understand putting the coconut milk in the fridge overnight but would like to know if I am to just scoop the solids from the can or put the entire contents in. TIA

  2. The nutritional facts are based on one serving. How much is a serving? Thanks for the recipe. The coconut milk is already in the freezer!!

    1. It is key for this recipe 🙂 You can try my 3 Ingredient chocolate ice cream which doesn’t use protein powder 🙂

      1. Thank you Arman! I will try it for sure! I’m pregnant and avoiding refined sugar. Your recipes are life savers! So glad I found your page! ?

  3. For the 2 13.66 oz cans canned coconut milk, chilled – do you scoop out ONLY the solids or do you use EVERYTHING?

  4. Hi Arman, love this recipe! What happens if you use light coconut milk instead of full fat coconut milk? Canned light coconut milk is all I have, but all recipes for coconut milk ice cream I have seen call for coconut milk!

    1. Light coconut milk will freeze to a rock. You need the fat in regular full fat coconut milk to achieve the best results with this recipe. He mentioned you could use other types of milk if you’re going to use this for a smoothie or eat it right away.