Turmeric Coconut Ice Cream (Vegan and Dairy-Free!)

Boy oh boy am I going to need a lot of this when we get back from Italy.

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Yes, I’m talking about turning to ICE CREAM to reset my diet after a week and a half of indulgence in one of the most foodie-friendly countries of the world. You know why? Because this Turmeric Coconut Ice Cream is h-e-a-l-t-h-y! That’s right. We’re talking vegan/dairy-free, where the only cream we’re speaking of comes from our good ol’ friend the coconut. Did I mention it’s darn delicious too?

Now, you know I’m no stranger to ice cream, and I’m certainly no stranger to the full-octane kind. This Fresh Mint Dark Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is still one of my favorite recipes to date, and as soon as fig season rolls around you can bet I’ll be whipping up this Maple Bourbon Fig Ice Cream on the reg. But to me, this Turmeric Coconut Ice Cream just screams spring and warmer weather. Sure, we can still enjoy our Golden Milk Lattes in the cool, often foggy mornings (here in SB at least,) but once the sun breaks through and the temperatures start to climb into the high 70’s, you can bet a healthy frozen treat will sound a whole lot better.

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In case you’ve been living under a rock lately, here’s a quick recap of all of the great things turmeric can do for your body:

Help with heartburn and indigestion
Tame joint pain and inflammation
Support brain health
Fight cancer cells

So you can see why it’s been getting so much hype lately. Up until now, my go-to use of turmeric has been in our morning smoothies a few times a week, especially if the hubs and I are recovering from a tough workout or just not feeling up to snuff. But now I get to enjoy it for dessert too! Turmeric Coconut Ice Cream is definitely going to be a new staple in our household.

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I have to admit, making ice cream out of coconut milk was quite the learning process. I’m not sure if I just fail at shaking canned coconut milk vigorously enough, or if TJ’s full-fat coconut milk just tends to be chunkier, but man I struggled when I used their stuff for my first go-around.

I did a little research when I first decided to give this Turmeric Coconut Ice Cream a shot, and found two recipes online that seemed intriguing. The first method (when I used the Trader Joe’s brand of coconut milk) was from my friends at The Kitchn, which involved heating things up with cornstarch over the stove and then putting the pudding-like mixture in the refrigerator to thicken overnight. Unfortunately, when I pulled the mixture out the next morning, I was greeted with an incredibly thick film over the top and completely runny bottom. I tried salvaging it in the ice cream maker but with no luck. Now, I’m not sure if the problem was the brand of milk or the method, but I decided to try a different angle for my second time around.

The second recipe that had caught my eye was Minimalist Baker’s easy technique for basic coconut ice cream. This one involved whirring all of the ingredients together in the blender before pouring it all into the ice cream maker, no overnight chilling or vigorous shaking required. I’m happy to say this second attempt was a success and we had a batch of delicious Turmeric Coconut Ice Cream ready to consume after just a couple of hours of firming up in the freezer.

One thing I will mention is that this ice cream gets quite hard and icy after it is completely chilled. All this means is you’ll have to take it out of the freezer 10-20 minutes before you want to enjoy it so it can soften up a bit to the consistency of soft serve.

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Okay, folks, I’ve got to sign off because we have a very exciting day today. We’re taking a cooking class from the amazing owners at our villa and I cannot wait to eat allllll of the fresh pasta. I’ll try to post updates on my Instagram stories if our WiFi service is good enough! Xo

Turmeric Coconut Ice Cream (Vegan and Dairy-Free!)
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
4 hrs

New "it" superfood turmeric is the star in this vegan, dairy-free ice cream made solely from coconut milk. The perfect healthy warm weather treat!

Course: Dessert
Servings: 8 servings
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
  • 2 14-ounce cans full-fat coconut milk Trader Joe's brand did not work for me!
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Be sure to freeze your ice cream machine canister the night before you want to make this!

  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on medium-high until sugar dissolves and everything is well-combined.

  3. Pour mixture into ice cream maker and churn according to maker’s directions. 

  4. Transfer ice cream to an 8- or 9-inch loaf pan and cover with plastic wrap, being sure to press the wrap down on the surface of the ice cream. This will help it from preventing too much of a film as it freezes.

  5. Freeze for 4-6 hours. Remember to remove the ice cream from the freezer 10-20 minutes before you want to enjoy it so it can soften up a bit!

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Turmeric Gin & Ginger Cocktail

We can make cocktails healthy, right? Oh yes we can! Case in point with this Turmeric Gin & Ginger Cocktail.

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This week was a bit of a rough one for me, in a good, “I’m-so-sore-I-can’t-even-laugh-or-lift-my-arms-over-my-head” kind of way. After both going to the gym AND playing seven games of beach volleyball on Monday (seeing as I hadn’t been on the beach for oh, about four months) I realize that I might have gone just a tad too far. Tuesday was rough (as in, barely able to move) but after an Epsom salt and lavender essential oil soak on Tuesday night, I woke up on Wednesday morning feeling a good deal better.  Just in time for leg day!  Let’s just see how long I can keep this going…nothing like a little #sweatingforthewedding, right?

Whatever, I wouldn’t change it for the world. It’s so rare that I have time to get down to the beach to play volleyball these days that I’ll take it whenever I can get it. I’ll just have to start getting down there a little more often than every four months!

So now you’ve heard the whole sob-story about my “rough” week, now comes the fun part where I tell you about this inflammation-busting Turmeric Gin & Ginger Cocktail. My friend Milan actually suggested the idea of a turmeric cocktail a few months back and, although I was a bit skeptical, I was intrigued.  I’ve been using turmeric in my smoothies for a few months now, especially when I’m whipping one up after an extra-tough workout.  You probably already know that turmeric gets its bright orange-yellow color from curcumin, but what you may not know is that this brightly colored pigment is also a potent anti-inflammatory agent. In fact, it’s been said that it’s just as effective as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications such as Motrin. Crazy, huh?

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Aside from the anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric supports cognitive function and cardiovascular health, and also promotes a healthy mood balance. If this doesn’t sound like a great ingredient for a cocktail, I don’t know what does!

The turmeric is fairly easy to hide among all of the other ingredients I add to my smoothies (I typically throw in some cinnamon, maybe some coconut, plus all of the other fruits and veggies I use) but it was going to be a little tougher to balance out this VERY strong flavor in a cocktail. I quickly referred to my new favorite, The Flavor Bible, and looked up what ingredients pair well with this sassy spice. Well, hello, ginger! I could work with this.

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In addition to my turmeric and ginger ambitions, I had to come up with whatever alcohol I wanted to use to really make this drink pop. I decided to use gin as my alcohol of choice for a couple of reasons: (1) I am a huge gin fan and (2) I felt that the different spices in the gin would complement the turmeric beautifully (I was right!) I’m not the biggest fan of fresh ginger, but I LOVE ginger beer, so I went that route to add the ginger flavor to this incredibly easy drink. Plus, there’s nothing the tummy likes better than a bubbly ginger beer!

Really, this Turmeric Gin and Ginger Cocktail is so easy. You only need four ingredients!

  • Gin
  • Turmeric
  • Lime
  • Ginger beer

Simple as that. Throw everything together in a tall glass filled with ice and you have the perfect cocktail to kick off your weekend in less than five minutes flat. Now drink up and let all of these super-foods do their thang…Drinking “healthy” has never been so easy…

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Turmeric Gin & Ginger Cocktail

5 minutes

Yield: Makes two cocktails

A refreshing, healthy cocktail featuring turmeric, ginger beer and gin.


  • 4 ounces gin
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • Juice of ½ a lime
  • 6-8 ounces ginger beer
  • Lime wheels for garnish


  1. Add gin, turmeric and lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.
  2. Strain mixture evenly among two highball glasses filled 2/3 of the way with ice.
  3. Top with even amounts of ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wheel and serve!
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I’ll take my “healthy” with a side of gin please!

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