Coconut Chai Ice Cream Recipe (dairy free)

When I see coffee memes on social media I always mentally replace the word coffee with “tea.”  I feel about tea the way most Americans feel about coffee–which is to say, if you stand between me and my tea in the morning, I cannot be held responsible for my actions.  Tea is also a wonderful ingredient for both sweet and savory recipes, and the chai-spiced variety is perfect for desserts.  This easy ice cream was inspired by a snack of Olomomo Chai Bliss Kettle-Roasted Almonds, which I sprinkled liberally over the ice cream before serving.  Olomomo is a Boulder company that produces roasted nuts in a variety of unusual and tasty flavors, and I received a sample box  from them about a week ago, which we snacked on with abandon while my mom was here to visit.  They added some great crunch and added spice to the ice cream.

Coconut Chai Ice Cream Recipe (dairy free)

This is made with coconut milk so it is dairy free, and you can adjust the honey to meet your own preferences for sweetness.  If you want to keep this vegan you can swap out maple syrup for the honey, but since honey is naturally sweeter you will probably want to use a half of a cup of the syrup.

Coconut Chai Ice Cream
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 6-8
  • 4 cups full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup to a 1/2 cup honey, depending on your sweetness preference
  • 4 chai tea bags
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • pinch of salt
  • Optional Topping: Chai Bliss Almonds
  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the coconut milk, honey, and chai tea bags over medium heat. When the mixture is just starting to bubble around the edges, remove the pan from heat and let the tea steep for at least ten minutes. Remove the tea bags, squeezing out any liquid into the coconut milk. Stir in the remaining ingredients and let the mixture cool completely.
  2. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and process according to the directions. When it is ready to serve, top with some of the Chai Bliss almonds, if desired.

Coconut Chai Ice Cream Recipe (dairy free)

If you have leftovers, scoop the ice cream into a freezer container and freeze until needed.  Right out of the freezer it will be harder in texture, so leave it at room temperature for about ten minutes to soften it up.

I get a lot of free products to try but I only write about those that I think are great and worth supporting, and Olomomo fits that description.  We particularly enjoyed their Maple Garam Masala Pecans and Plum Vinegar and Sea Salt Dry Roasted Almonds.  They use sustainable sourcing and production for their healthy snacks, and you can find them nationally at Whole Foods.  You can also buy online.

We have been traveling, entertaining, and spending a lot of time taking care of the new additions to our household–four baby chickens–so I haven’t been doing a lot of recipe development.  I’m shifting back into gear with that and want to bring you some vegetable recipes very soon (and probably some pics of baby chickens…).

Thanks for reading,


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