Vegan Ice Cream: Coconut, Cherry & Almond


Or call it a Sorbet…I wasn’t sure if this should be called a Sorbet or an Ice Cream. I guess it can be both, as Sorbet does not have dairy & the Ice Cream has cream. This one here has a non dairy Coconut Cream.

For those of you wondering what the difference between ‘sorbet’ and ‘sherbet’ is? “ a sorbet has no dairy or eggs in it, and sherbet is usually made with milk or egg whites.” (David Lebovitz)

The combination of flavors were a blast here. The inspiration of the flavors came from Cafe Liz. The moment I saw the recipe, I knew I will have to make it soon & did it 2 days later. I made slight adaptations to the recipe but stuck to the main ingredients except for the Amaretto, which I did not have & used Almond Extract instead.


Here is another Summer Treat- Enjoy!


You can use Just Coconut Cream (Cream of Coconut) instead of Coconut Milk. If you do not find the Coconut Cream, keep the can of coconut milk unshaken & scoop out the heavy cream from the top of the can. If I used the Coconut Cream the texture might have been more creamy, but I was happy with the Coconut Milk.

Note: I do not have an Ice Cream maker; this procedure is going to be the hard way. If you have an ice cream maker, good for you.

Vegan Ice Cream: Coconut, Cherry & Almond

Ingredients: ( makes 8-10 Regular scoops)

  1. 1.5 Cup Coconut Milk or Coconut Cream, chilled (If you do not want it Vegan, use same amount of Heavy Cream/Double Cream)
  2. 1 Cup + 1/2 Cup  Fresh, Pitted Cherries
  3. A little more than 1/4 Cup Sugar (More or less to taste)
  4. 1/4 Teaspoon Almond Extract
  5. 1/4 Cup Very Lightly Toasted Almond, roughly crushed(Optional)


Lightly Blend/Puree  the Coconut Milk, Sugar, Almond Extract & the 1 Cup of Pitted Cherries. It is better that there are few chunks of cherries rather than getting it pureed to a  non existent Cherry Mush.

If you are using Ice Cream Machine: [Chill the mixture thoroughly (about 2-3 hours), then freeze it in your ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions.]

Freeze the mixture, & about every 45 minutes take it out from the freezer & scrape all the cream to break the ice formation  & then whisk it – the David Lebovitz way. I had to do this for about 6 – 8 times.

Just before the Final “Break the Ice” procedure: Add the chopped cherries & the nuts & mix well with a wooden spoon. (the cherries & nuts could have been added to the puree, it would not really matter too much as this mix without a machine would have to be beaten multiple times.. I added them later for some uniform spread).

Let it freeze overnight.

Serve with Fresh Cherries when ready!


DD called it a “patient Ice Cream” for it behaved way better in this heat than the Pomegranate Mint Frozen Yogurt I had made. But now it is starting to melt…


If the Ice Cream has started to melt, there should be only one thing to do! Eat it! DDs  were waiting for me to be done. But I did manage to save 1 bowl for us, while they shared one…


I will make this again & again. It was unbelievably gooooood. Coconut, Cherries & Almonds are a magical combination, & if I did not make this I would not know – this has been probably the best Ice Cream I have ever had. I think any other fruit with the coconut milk would be a blast too. This time, I made it a bit too little & I do not have to say that it was gone in the blink of an eye. Sending this to Lets Go Nuts started by Aquadaze & hosted by PJ at Seduce your Tastebuds.

July is National Ice Cream month, so let us Social-Ice… sending this to Ice Cream Social Challenge, put together by Savor The Thyme. Tangled Noodle, Scotty Snacks & to Ben’s  Homemade# 5: Ice Cream.

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Saffron Pistachio Ice Cream served with Rose Infused Vermicilli (Kesar Pista Kulfi)

Pomegranate & Mint Frozen Yogurt

Firni: Rice Pudding with Saffron & Nuts

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51 comments to Vegan Ice Cream: Coconut, Cherry & Almond

  • That looks absolutely, seriously good! I’m going to have to make some room in the freezer and try this.

  • zoe

    I love the coconut cherry combo. Some toasted shredded coconut would be a nice topping!

  • I really have enjoyed the ice creams that I have made using coconut milk – so yummy! I love the color here!

  • now this is the kind of social-ice-ation I like 🙂 Hoe do you store cherries ? I bought two batches and they started to rot almost instantaneously, hardly last more than 2-3 days.

    Priya, I never stored cherries;-) with 4 berry cherry eaters in my house I sometimes don’t even get to store them in the fridge after they come from the store… LOL.. I guess you could freeze them to make something with them later, for the ones in the icecream which stayed in the freezer for a day stayed perfect only hard.. but they tasted really good frozen.

    You could try the strawberry thing I do.. I wash them, then completed dry… every single strawberry with a paper towel very lightly taking away all the mositure from outside & then store them in airtight tupperware. They stay waaaaaayyyy longer than just in the store box! I think it is the external moisture that causes these to go bad, so if that is reduced it would make their shelf life longer.

    Let me know if it works.

  • Thanks kindly for joining in on the Ice Cream Social efforts and sharing such a tasty looking recipe with us all – this has to be delicious!

    Snack On,

  • Kudos to you for making the ice cream/sorbet without an ice cream machine. I’ve never tried to make ice cream; I’ve only thought about it 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  • Fantastic. I just made some coconut milk pudding this evening, but now I am craving ice cream–with cherries and almonds (though I think I’ll have to make mine the “easy” way) 😉

  • Vegan dekhe ghabre gelam .. tumio!
    Eto shundor ekta ice cream bhalo kore appreciate o korte parchi na … haat,paa,naak toh shob thanda … parbo ki kore?
    Darun hoyeche kintu … especially the idea of keeping the cherry pieces. 🙂
    I’ll come back here again on a warmer day 🙂

  • wow..amazing idea Soma..I can see its so tasty..n the combo sounds so delectable..I say..u have amazing patience gal,to dish out such amazing stuffs almost every other day!:P

  • Hey that is sooooo very yummy!! No wonder the last picture shows empty bowl, must be finished within minutes. Will try it soon.

  • Ann

    not an ice cream person here..ha,but i loved the last picture..cute of you..!!

  • Ivy

    Love the idea of a vegan ice cream. I have to try this.

  • Not fair at all!! You are tempting with such a beautiful scoops of ice cream and showing the empty bowl!! :((

  • OMG soma, loved the flavors used! I adore the final color, looks sooo refreshing!

  • This looks excellent to me right now, even though it’s raining and it’s cold. I don’t have an ice-cream maker either, but its never stopped me from making ice-cream. 🙂

  • tomar ice-cream combination ta sunei taste ta feel karte parchi … aar bowl gulo to tule nite ichcha karche…I’m definitely going to try this..oh, Soma..I’m hosting an event in my blog, check it out and waiting for your participation

  • Wow,Delicious 😛 I prefer it anytime. I have never tried ice cream with coconut milk/cream

  • What a visual treat Soma. I need to try this sorbet/ice-cream with coocnut milk, that will be relief for this summer.

  • This ice cream sounds and looks lovely, definitely a must try 🙂

  • That looks amazing Soma and I love the styling on your photographs too! Greta idea using coconut milk! 😀

  • rgt now enjoying the cherry time in germany…if only i could get that bowl of icecream,…..sigh!!!!:-) looks awesome!

  • The cherries look so good! I too use coconut milk a lot and tried them out in ice creams. They blend with most fruits very well. Your icecreams are tempting me though the season isn’t meant for drooling over frozen desserts!

  • oh my god what a combo! i will love this one.

  • A wonderful idea to use coconut milk! I think cherry and coconut as a pairing is brilliant.

  • Liz

    Glad you liked the recipe! We ate it almost instantaneously, too. The almonds sound like a nice addition.

  • Ice cream with coconut milk sounds divine! I don’t have an ice cream maker, but I am inspired to make room in my small freezer to try this! I also have some cherries in the fridge calling out for consumption!

  • Heavenly!It is truly an unique combination..I will definitely make this!

  • Wonderful combination of flavors! I love coconut milk……your ice cream looks so good.

  • love the coconut milk idea! i dont have an icecream maker, so i really appreciate this recipe!

  • What a delicious combo of flavors! The coconut milk sounds wonderful in here. I can see why it was gobbled up so quickly!

  • Love the idea of cherries and coconut together, and using coconut milk instead of cream in an ice cream. Sounds simply delicious, Soma. This I have to try.

  • Soma, I saw this again and desparately want to try it. Which brand of oconut milk do you use for this and also where do you buy it from? i have had bad experiences with coconut milk before.

  • hey soma,
    It looks like a brilliant piece of art 🙂 Interesting combination of coconut milk with cherry and almond …seems reaaly rich!!
    Good one yet again!!

  • omg this looks so yummy,,,,

  • Oh wow….drool worthy ice cream…….

  • absolutely droolworthy pics…

  • soma

    Thank you everyone, but I really owe this to Liz from Cafe Liz! This was really an ice cream with flavors like nothing before. Do try it out if you might !

  • mohana

    yummy yummy yum!!! delicious !

  • Using coconut cream is a great idea! Wonderful flavours!

  • I love this! I’m not sure you’ve observed it on my blog,I’m all nuts for coconut these days after reviewing the Ice dream cookbook.I’m substituting the coconut milk\cream were every dairy cream is needed,and its unbelievably delicious and healthy too 😛

  • bee

    i will be making this after my diet. a tip for smooth ice cream not made in a machine – use a tbsp of booze – like cognac or brandy or something. the booze cuts down the ice crystals.

  • This is nice and easy, and looks delicious… I have to try this 🙂

  • Delicious Ice Creams…………

  • Wow Great way to make ice creams……….

  • erich

    Amazing ice cream! I made this for a dinner party and everyone raved about it. So simple and so good.

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  • RedChillies

    Soma, I made a variation of this using Mango and it was absolutely delicious. Thanks for the awesome recipe. I will post mine soon.

    Did you use coconut milk? what a lovely idea! I never used mango with coconut milk, but I am imagining that it is going to be heavenly.

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  • this looks great thanks for posting!

    I think the flavor combination sounds fantastic, but unfortunately I am allergic to coconuts. I was wondering if there was an “almond cream” alternative to coconut that had no milk, egg, or sugar…basically if I could get the consistency with almond milk or making almond cream with just almonds and use that instead of the coconut milk or coconut cream. any suggestions?

    There is Almond Milk available (Silk’s Almond milk) – in original. vanilla etc. The texture of almond milk is thicker and creamier than whole milk. I think it will work out good. It might be a little less creamy than regular ice cream, but personally I do not mind the light consistency like a gelato. If you are using an ice cream maker, it will help to break the crystals if any. Hope this helps. If you do try it, let me know 😉

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