Vegan Watermelon Lime Ice Cream

by Marla on July 20, 2012 · 46 comments

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Vegan Watermelon Lime Ice Cream |

Have you been enjoying watermelon this summer? We love this sweet, pink & juicy fruit. What could be happier than something naturally preppy pink & green that you can actually eat?

How about watermelon used in a delicious, good for you ice cream!

A few more things before we get started ~ this is vegan (dairy free) + sugar free too. Your bikini will love you…

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Right before we left for our mountain getaway I gave my California ice cream maker a few great workouts. We enjoyed lots of Vegan Chocolate + Cherry Ice Cream and then I made this one.

We love all kinds of ice cream and enjoy plenty traditional cream filled versions too.

Lately though we crave ice cream made with thick and creamy full fat coconut milk.

Vegan Watermelon Lime Ice Cream |

As long as you like the flavor of coconut then you gotta try ice cream made with it. You also need to try coconut whipped cream

Coconut Vegan Whipped Cream | Family Fresh Cooking

A few mini chocolate chips make this extra fun too. They look like little watermelon seeds don’t you think? But much tastier of course!

I also have a recipe for Watermelon Frozen Yogurt Popsicles, just so you know. Those are great too ~ especially if you have one of those GIANT watermelons and you need more to do with it.

Vegan Watermelon Lime Ice Cream |

I think this would make the perfect poolside snack to share with your sweetie….

Vegan Watermelon Lime Ice Cream |

Just be sure all that summer fun in the sun doesn’t melt it too quick!

Vegan Watermelon Lime Ice Cream |

Do you ever make homemade ice cream? If so what are your favorite flavors?

Vegan Watermelon Lime Ice Cream

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Vegan Watermelon Lime Ice Cream


  • Two (13.5 ounce) cans Full Fat Coconut Milk, refrigerate overnight
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Lime Juice juice (about 1 Lime)
  • 8 ounces fresh Watermelon, remove any seeds, cut into chunky pieces
  • 1/2 dropper Vanilla Stevia Drops adjust according to taste
  • 3 ounces Mini Chocolate Chips


  • Prepare your ice cream maker according to manufacturer directions. Refrigerate your coconut milk over night so the cream separates from the coconut water. Don't shake the can. Add coconut cream to your blender, carefully pouring off the water (set this aside) we are just using the cream for this. Add the lime juice, watermelon and stevia. Purée until well combined. Taste to make sure this is sweet enough for you.
  • Put the ice cream mixture in your ice cream maker and freeze according to your manufacturers directions. Fold in the chocolate chips last.
  • Store in the freezer in an air tight container until ready to serve.
  • Notes
  • You can use the coconut water in all sorts of shakes, smoothies and drinks.
  • Instead of the stevia you can experiment with your favorite natural sweetener.

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Maria July 20, 2012 at 7:11 am

I am in love with this ice cream!


2 Jenny Flake July 20, 2012 at 7:27 am

Marla!!! Love this colorful vibrant post and delicious ice cream! You are amazing! Miss you girl! xoxo


3 Stephanie July 20, 2012 at 7:27 am

I really need to invest in an ice cream maker. I’ve been making all of my frozen yogurt/ice cream by hand in a bowl, but it seems like I could make so many more flavors quicker with an ice cream maker. Loving this flavor combination!


4 Amanda July 20, 2012 at 7:39 am

Oh my goodness, what a refreshing summer treat this is!! Love it!!


5 Rosa July 20, 2012 at 7:47 am

A wonderful ice cream! I love the fact that you used coconut milk…




6 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 20, 2012 at 8:07 am

Wow, I love the delicate color! Coconut ice cream is my favorite – I’m actually going to go make some vanilla coconut milk ice cream today :) Love the watermelon in yours. What’s more refreshing than than watermelon? Especially in ice cream! Awesome! Thanks for the link love :)


7 Deliciously Organic July 20, 2012 at 8:56 am

I love homemade ice cream any time of year! One of my favorites is chocolate peanut butter. So decadent!


8 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers July 20, 2012 at 9:35 am

Hi Marla, Your ice cream looks amazing! Quick question, when you use the full fat coconut milk, does the ice cream get rock hard in the freezer? I’ve been playing around with healthy ice cream recipes and no matter what I make it once it freezes it turns out hard as a rock and takes for ever to soften up.


9 Marla July 20, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Jennifer, great question! It certainly does not stay as soft as traditional ice cream. All that fat, air and sugar keeps the traditional stuff softer. My suggestion is to lay some wax paper or parchment over your coconut ice cream and store it in an airtight container. Take it out of the freezer quite a bit before you are going to serve it so it softens up. Hope it works out for you :)


10 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts July 20, 2012 at 9:37 am

What great flavors. This looks so pretty, and sound amazing. I have never thought to use coconut milk instead, will have to try that!


11 Marla July 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Erin, you need to try ice cream with coconut milk ~ so very tasty!


12 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 20, 2012 at 10:26 am

Now THIS is just gorgeous, Marla! I love watermelon and this is perfect for summer (and me!) Pinning!


13 najwa kronfel July 20, 2012 at 10:44 am

This sounds/looks really good and refreshing!


14 AikoVenus July 20, 2012 at 11:44 am

Oh my goodness, your blog is so gorgeous! ^^ And this sounds extremely delicious, like an edible island getaway.


15 Marla July 20, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Hi! Thank you so much :) Love the idea of that edible island getaway!


16 Melissa July 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Absolutely GORGEOUS post Marla!! :)


17 Marla July 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Thanks Melissa! Fun to see you over here :)


18 aida mollenkamp July 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I love the idea of the chocolate chips as watermelon seeds!


19 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. July 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm

look great as always! Love your photos!


20 Jeanette July 20, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Love the idea of watermelon ice cream made with coconut milk – and those little chocolate chips fit right in!


21 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] July 20, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I agree. This is the perfect pool time snack to share with my man. Can’t wait!


22 Marina@ Picnic at Marina July 20, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I’ve never made watermelon ice cream, thanks for the idea, will try it. I make often mango ice cream, we love the flavor… :)


23 Brooke @ Food Woolf July 21, 2012 at 6:50 am

I love how healthy you are and how you can show people like me how easy it is to indulge without indulging tooooooo much. Thanks for the great recipe and amazing photo inspirations!


24 Cookin' Canuck July 21, 2012 at 6:58 am

I’ve made a couple of ice creams with coconut milk and it really does add a fantastic flavor and texture. This is definitely one to try!


25 The Healthy Apple July 21, 2012 at 6:08 pm

You think of everything! So creative and fun. I love using watermelon in recipes but this looks amazing. I’ve never heard of nor tried watermelon ice cream but I bet this is delish.
Hope all is well, Marla. Miss you and love ya.


26 vianney July 21, 2012 at 10:01 pm

LOVE!! perfect for summer!!


27 Marina {} July 22, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Loooooove it! So refreshing for summer. I can just imagine hanging out in Telluride enjoying a big bowl of this with that pretty spoon… lovely!


28 Rikki July 22, 2012 at 7:16 pm

I just received an article I have to make and shoot this week that involves watermelon! This is such a refreshing flavor for ice cream, yum. And oh gosh, I love coconut! I could eat that whipped cream with a big bowl of chocolate ice cream. [:


29 Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 22, 2012 at 9:52 pm

How pretty, I love the watermelon paired with the lime – so refreshing!


30 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel July 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm

This is so pretty Marla! I love the mini chocolate chip topping.


31 Kiran @ July 23, 2012 at 4:43 pm

What a pretty styling, Marla! And love the flavors in this recipe :)


32 DessertForTwo July 24, 2012 at 4:55 am

Lovely :)


33 Joanne July 24, 2012 at 5:02 am

I didn’t really think bikini-friendly ice cream was possible but leave it to you, my dear! This looks DEEElicious!


34 Marla July 24, 2012 at 5:12 am

Joanne, sure ~ why not. My bikini loves this ice cream as long as I don’t eat a few pints in one serving 😉


35 susan July 24, 2012 at 8:34 am

I love the use of so few ingredients in this ice cream, Marla. Looks great!


36 Donna July 24, 2012 at 11:08 am

This has got to be the most creative watermelon incarnation I have seen yet. Brilliant!


37 Marla July 24, 2012 at 11:46 am

Thank you Donna!! I had fun with this recipe :)


38 Kristen July 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm

What a gorgeous and tasty looking ice cream! Love the flavor combo’s.


39 Robin @ Mom Foodie July 31, 2012 at 9:26 am

This is even dairy free! I have to try this for my daughter she is a watermelon freak, and loves limes & cold stuff too.


40 Esi August 3, 2012 at 7:42 am

This is like my favorite cocktail in ice cream form!


41 Kristina Vanni August 15, 2012 at 1:50 pm

What a unique way to serve up a cold treat! Love it!


42 Andrea October 5, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I made this and it turned out really funky tasting :( I’m wondering if it was maybe from the stevia? I like stevia but haven’t used it TOO much. I don’t have the drops, I have the pure powder. I used about 1/16 teaspoon. Do you ever use the powder?


43 Yogi September 10, 2013 at 1:16 am



44 Marly March 22, 2014 at 11:38 am

This sounds so amazing! I can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks for the mention of my banana ice cream post too!


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