Avocado and Coconut Ice Cream

Avocado and Coconut Ice Cream

Helado de Aguacate y Coco
6 servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Avocado, coconut, coconut milk, ice cream, lime, pati's mexican table
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Avocado and Coconut Ice Cream recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 1, Episode 3 “Avocado”


  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 3/4 cups sugar, or more to taste
  • 3 large ripe avocados, halved, pitted, meat diced (about 3 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup dried shredded coconut, or sweetened coconut flakes lightly toasted, optional for garnish, or toasted almonds, pine nuts or pistachios

To Prepare

  • Pour the coconut milk in a sauce pan along with the sugar and place over medium heat. Stir, once the sugar dissolves, turn off heat. Cut the avocados in half, remove the pit and scoop the pulp out. Cut the pulp into chunks and place it in the blender or food processor. Add the coconut milk mixture and lime juice, and puree until completely smooth.
  • Process the avocado-coconut puree in you ice cream maker, according to the manufacturers instructions. Place in the freezer for a couple hours for firmer ice cream. If you don’t have an ice cream maker you can serve it as a cold mousse, or you can also freeze it and serve it as ice cream, but it will be a little less fluffy. But its still good!
  • Lightly toast the shredded coconut on a small saute pan set over medium-low heat, stirring constantly so it does not burn. It will take less than a minute. Once the coconut becomes fragrant and acquires a tan, remove and set aside. Sprinkle over the ice cream.

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  1. Sounds good. I’m going to make this, gives me excuse to use my ice cream maker I had for so long. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I have a two year old with dysplasia who ends up gets too much dairy, in effort to get enough calories. This recipe is perfect! And we just got a new ice cream machine last week! Talk about timing. Delicious 😋

  3. Suena divino.Lo probare. Mil gracias. Yo son vegana y siempre estoy buscando cositas sin ingredientes de animalitos. Muchas gracias. Guiselle de Costa Rica

  4. Dear Patti,

    I’m lying in bed, sick with Covid, and your recipe for avocado ice cream has just made me feel so much happier. It will be one of the first things I make once I am able to cook again. Everyon one of your recipes that I have made has been a winner. Thank you for sharing your talents and passion for Mexico with us all.

    1. Anna! I am glad to read that this recipe has brought some hope to you. I wish you a full and quick recovery, stay strong! I will be sending positive vibes your way 😉

    1. I know Paulette, these are difficult times, but I am hopeful that at some point we will be able to go back to certain normalcy in our lives. Stay strong!

  5. We my sister and I visited Oaxaca this past March we had avocado gelatos. So delicious and they don’t even use an ice cream maker. Thank you for the recipe I will definitely make this. I also loved Mascapone ice cream 😃

    1. Yes Paulette, Oaxaca is super famous for its ice creams and “nieves”, so glad you had the chance to visit 😉

  6. OMG! Pati I love you, your beautiful family and your shows! Your recipes are brilliant and you are amazing and so unbelievably kind to share your lifestyle and the wonderful United Mexican States with us. I am a widowed mother and grandmother and my daughter and I love to try new recipes. We live in SW Louisiana and cook a lot of old fashioned Cajun dishes that sometimes remind me of your dishes you so lovingly prepare. I want to make the Avocado Coconut Ice Cream and my question is when adding the coconut milk do I also add all of the liquid in the can or just the solid milk? I have used this lovely product before but usually w/o the liquid.
    Thank you so much Pati =-)

    1. Aww thank you so much, Rosita! For the ice cream you want to use Coconut Milk (not Coconut Cream) so it should be mostly liquid. Enjoy!