The Best Homemade Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream


I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Ice cream is good anytime, any place especially if it’s my homemade Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream. In my opinion, it taste better than the real thing.

Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream

Don’t get me wrong, I really love real ice cream on occasion, but dairy doesn’t agree with my tummy or lifestyle. Using canned coconut milk as a substitute to real milk delivers the same creamy and thick texture as the real thing.

Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream

Keeping ingredients super simple and straight forward is my style when it comes to cooking. Some of the best recipes include the least amount of ingredients, and this recipe only has five. Simply add two cans of chilled coconut milk along with the inside of the vanilla bean, monk fruit sweetener (or maple syrup), pure vanilla extract and tapioca flour into a blender and blend until smooth and combined.

How is this Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream recipe considered Paleo, Keto and Dairy Free?

This recipe is a great Keto, Paleo and Dairy-Free sweet treat. Depending on what sweetener used, will determine if it is Keto or Paleo. The Keto sweeteners are going to be the all natural that doesn’t include sugar or carbs, such as Monk Fruit. The Paleo version will include maple syrup, honey, or date paste. To make it dairy free, simply switched out cream for canned coconut milk, which has a the same consistency and texture.

Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream

What are the best sweeteners to make this Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream?

I usually try to watch my sugar count most days because I’m insulin resistant and have to take medication to stay on track. However, I still like to enjoy a sweet Paleo or Keto treat every now and then. To remedy my sugar situation, I will incorporate natural sweeteners that won’t affect my blood sugar and that doesn’t have a high sugar count. Below are my top favorite Paleo and Keto sweeteners. Be sure to click on the links to shop the brands I use and like.

  1. Stevia- Drops or Powder (Paleo & Keto)
  2. Monk Fruit (Paleo & Keto)
  3. Honey (Paleo)
  4. Maple Syrup (Paleo)
  5. Coconut Sugar (Paleo)
  6. Date Sugar or Date Paste (Paleo)
  7. Erythritol or Erythritol Powder (Paleo & Keto)
Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream

Wait, doesn’t tapioca and arrowroot flour have carbs. How is it still considered Keto?

1 tsp of tapioca flour, which is what the recipe calls for, only adds 2.2 grams of carbs the the recipe. If that doesn’t fit into your lifestyle, feel free to remove it. The tapioca flour give the ice cream a nice texture and thickness. I follow Keto and the little bit of tapioca flour that I add does not affect me. My suggestion is, listen to your body and do what works for you!

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High Power Blender

Ice Cream Maker

Nostalgia ICMP400WD Electric Wood Bucket Ice Cream Maker, 4-Quart

Ice Cream Scoop

Pure Vanilla Extract

Simply Organic Pure Vanilla Extract, Certified Organic, 4-Ounce Glass Bottle

Metal Baking Pan

AmazonBasics Nonstick Carbon Steel Baking Bread Pan, 9.5 x 5 Inch, Set of 2

Tapioca Flour

Organic Tapioca Flour / Starch (2.5lbs) by Anthony's, Gluten-Free & Non-GMO

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Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream

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Easy Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream Coffee

  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 6 hours
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1/2 1x


The most delicious Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream. It’s creamy and only includes 5 ingredients. You will never believe it is Keto, Paleo and Dairy Free.




Ice Cream Maker Version

  1. 1 hour before making ice cream, add the ice cream canister to the freezer to chill.
  2. Add the 2 cans of coconut milk, natural sweetener of choice ( I used Monk Fruit), scraped vanilla bean along with the 1 tsp vanilla extract to a high-speed blender. Blend all ingredients on high until smooth and combined.
  3. Transfer the liquid ice cream mixture to the chilled canister.
  4. Follow the instruction on your ice cream maker. (I added ice and rock salt around the canister and allowed it to churn for 15 minutes). All ice cream makers are not the same so be sure to follow the instructions of your machine.

No Churn Version

  1. Add the liquid ice cream mixture to a freezer-safe container and transfer to the freeze.
  2. Allow it to sit in the freezer for 5-6 hours. Remove a couple of times during the 5-6 hours and mix with a spoon. Before serving, allow ice cream to sit 5-10 minutes so it’s easier to scoop.


Sub 2 tsp of pure vanilla extract for 1 whole vanilla bean. 

This ice cream will last 3-4 weeks in the freezer if stored in an air-tight and freezer proof container. 


  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Keto, Paleo

Comments (10)

  • Would almond or coconut flour be good substitutes for the tapioca flour?

    • It would not. Tapioca or Arrowroot serves as a thickening agent, so these will be the 2 that would work for this recipe.

  • Do the coconut cans need to be full fat?

    • yes

  • Instead of canned coconut milk I have some in a carton. Organic. Would that make a difference?

    • I would probably pass on the carton coconut milk. I usually always recommend the canned due to the thickness.

  • Can I use Heavy Cream and if so, is it the same amount as the coconut milk?

    • You can try. I haven not tested it, but you are more than welcome to paly around with the recipe.

  • you do not specify whether your sweetener is powdered or liquid. I want to believe it is powdered but wanted to check on it before i make it today. thank you

    • You can actually use either. I used granulated and it worked perfect


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