Indulge in the Richness of Coffee Ice Cream

Welcome to my recipe for a Lighter Coffee Ice Cream that will blow your mind! I’m so excited to share this delicious recipe with all the coffee lovers out there.

Coffee ice cream is always a classic, but this recipe takes it to another level. This version is lighter than most ice creams with no compromises on flavor. It’s packed with a perfect balance of coffee flavor and smooth, creamy texture that will make you feel like you’re indulging in something truly decadent.

I have spent years perfecting this recipe, experimenting with different ingredients and cooking techniques to create the perfect coffee-flavored ice cream. I’m thrilled to share this recipe with anyone looking for an easy and delicious homemade coffee ice cream.

Whether you’re a seasoned cook or new to making homemade ice cream, this recipe is simple and easy to follow. With just a few basic ingredients, you’ll be able to create an incredible coffee-flavored dessert that everyone will love.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite coffee beans and let’s start churning out some delicious homemade coffee ice cream!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Lighter Coffee Ice Cream
Lighter Coffee Ice Cream

Are you a fan of coffee? How about ice cream? Well, have no fear, because this lighter coffee ice cream recipe is here! Trust me, once you try this recipe, you’ll never go back to store-bought coffee ice cream again.

First of all, this recipe uses whole coffee beans and ground coffee for its homemade coffee flavor – none of that artificial stuff. And with only 1 1/2 cups of whole milk and 1/2 cup of half-and-half, it’s a lighter version of traditional ice cream without sacrificing taste.

But wait, there’s more! This recipe also includes the option of adding chocolate chips to make a delicious java chip ice cream. And for those with dietary restrictions or preferences, it can easily be adapted to be paleo or dairy-free. Plus, it’s a great alternative to store-bought ice cream which often contains artificial ingredients and high amounts of sugar.

So why spend money on store-bought when you can have homemade coffee ice cream that is just as good (if not better)? Treat yourself and indulge in the rich and bold flavors of this lighter coffee ice cream recipe. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.

Ingredient List

 Chill out with this Lighter Coffee Ice Cream recipe! I promise it's worth melting for.
Chill out with this Lighter Coffee Ice Cream recipe! I promise it’s worth melting for.

Let’s take a look at the ingredients you’ll need:

For the Homemade Coffee Ice Cream:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 tsp instant coffee
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the Java Chip Ice Cream:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 5 tbsp ground coffee
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

For the Paleo Chocolate Coffee Ice Cream:

  • 1 can (14 oz) full-fat coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup brewed coffee, cooled to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Note: These are just some variations of coffee ice cream recipe ingredients. However, you can always adjust and add your twist to any of these recipes according to your preference.

The Recipe How-To

 Have a scoop or two of happiness with this creamy and indulgent Lighter Coffee Ice Cream.
Have a scoop or two of happiness with this creamy and indulgent Lighter Coffee Ice Cream.

Now that we have all our ingredients ready, it’s time to make some ice cream! So, get ready to cool down this summer with this delicious Lighter Coffee Ice Cream Recipe.

Step 1: Preparing the Cream

First, take a saucepan and pour 2 cups of whole milk into it. Heat the milk over medium heat until hot but not boiling. Then, add 1-1/2 cups of heavy cream and ½ cup of sugar, stirring frequently until the sugar has dissolved completely in the mixture.

Step 2: Blending In The Flavor

Add the prepared coffee by stirring in 4 tablespoons of instant coffee until they dissolve completely in the mixture. Now we will add another layer of coffee flavor to our homemade ice cream by adding two cups of brewed coffee or cold brew to the saucepan.

Step 3: Tempering The Egg Yolks

Take a large bowl and whisk together 4 large egg yolks along with ¼ cup of sugar until you get a pale yellow color. Now slowly pour some of the hot milk mixture into the bowl while whisking constantly. This process is called tempering, and it ensures that the eggs don’t curdle or scramble when added to the hot mixture.

Step 4: Adding The Cream Cheese

Pour back everything from the bowl into the saucepan and mix well. At this point, add a tablespoon or two of some softened cream cheese to make your ice cream silkier and smoother.

Step 5: Churning The Ice Cream

Now comes the final step where you actually create ice-cream. Take an ice cream maker or churner and pour this prepared coffee mixture into it by following manufacturer instructions.

Step 6: Finishing The Ice Cream

After churning your blend for about 25 minutes, you’re basically done! Store your coffee ice cream in a container and let it freeze for an additional 2 hours or until it is firmly set.

Enjoy this Lighter Coffee Ice Cream Recipe with some caramel syrup on top, some chocolate chips or even some chopped nuts to add a little bit of crunch.

Substitutions and Variations

 Satisfy your sweet tooth and caffeine fix at the same time with this Lighter Coffee Ice Cream recipe.
Satisfy your sweet tooth and caffeine fix at the same time with this Lighter Coffee Ice Cream recipe.

If you’re feeling adventurous, there are many ways to switch up this lighter coffee ice cream recipe to make it your own. Here are a few ideas for substitutions and variations to try:

– Chocolate Chip Ice Cream: Mix in some chocolate chips or chocolate chunks while churning the ice cream for a delicious twist on the classic flavor combo.

– Dairy-Free Ice Cream: Substitute the milk, half-and-half, and heavy cream with coconut milk, almond milk, or any other non-dairy milk for a dairy-free version of this recipe.

– Paleo-Friendly Ice Cream: Swap out the sugar for honey or maple syrup to make this recipe paleo-friendly. You may also use nut milk as an alternative to cows milk.

– Coffee Flavored Ice Cream: Throw in some coffee grounds or cold brew coffee for an extra boost of caffeine and bold coffee flavor.

– Vanilla Ice Cream: Switch out the instant coffee with vanilla extract to make a simple yet delicious vanilla ice cream recipe.

Remember that substitutions may change the texture and taste slightly. Be sure to experiment and have fun with it to find what works best for you.

Serving and Pairing

 Let this Lighter Coffee Ice Cream be the highlight of your day! It's perfect for beating the heat.
Let this Lighter Coffee Ice Cream be the highlight of your day! It’s perfect for beating the heat.

Now that you have made the perfect lighter coffee ice cream, it’s time to serve and pair it with something that will enhance its flavor. This dessert pairs perfectly with chocolate-based desserts, such as chocolate cake, chocolate brownies or chocolate chip cookies. The sweetness of this creamy coffee ice cream pairs well with the bitterness of dark chocolate, creating a well-balanced taste in your mouth.

If you want to try something different, you can pair this lighter coffee ice cream with fresh fruits such as strawberries or raspberries. The subtle coffee flavor can be paired perfectly with the sweet and sour juiciness of fresh berries.

For topping options, one can never go wrong with whipped cream or hot fudge sauce. The coldness of the ice cream melts when coming into contact with warm fudge sauce or whipped cream. This contrast creates a heavenly texture in your mouth.

Chefs highly recommend serving this homemade coffee ice cream in small scoops. After all, moderation is key! If you’re serving at a party, you can go all out and make an ice cream sundae bar where guests can customize their dessert according to their preference.

In conclusion, this lighter coffee ice cream is a versatile dessert that pairs well with many dishes. With these pairing suggestions, you can elevate your dessert game and impress your guests at your next gathering. Enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Make this Lighter Coffee Ice Cream part of your daily grind. It's a sweet and creamy treat that won't weigh you down.
Make this Lighter Coffee Ice Cream part of your daily grind. It’s a sweet and creamy treat that won’t weigh you down.

This Lighter Coffee Ice Cream recipe is perfect for making ahead, storing and reheating when needed. Once you have churned the coffee ice cream, you can freeze it and store it in the freezer for up to two weeks. You can also make a large batch of coffee ice cream and store it in small containers for easy serving.

When you are ready to serve the ice cream, remove it from the freezer and let it sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes to soften. You can also place it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before serving to allow it to soften slowly.

If you want to reheat the ice cream, do not microwave it or heat it on the stove. Instead, place it in a bowl and allow it to thaw at room temperature until softened. Then give it a quick stir to restore its creamy texture.

To maintain its quality, cover the stored coffee ice cream tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent air from getting in. Keep in mind that repeatedly taking the ice cream in and out of the freezer may cause ice crystals to form on top of the ice cream, which could change its texture.

A tip for make-ahead and storing is using an airtight freezer-safe container. This prevents the air particles from penetrating into the ice cream which would prevent unwanted freezer burns.

Overall, this recipe is great for preparing ahead of time and enjoying whenever you crave a delicious coffee treat without much hassle.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A treat that's lighter on the stomach but still rich in flavor
A treat that’s lighter on the stomach but still rich in flavor

Making homemade ice cream can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it can also be challenging to achieve perfect results. Here are some tips to ensure that your lighter coffee ice cream turns out perfectly every time.

Tip #1: Chill Your Ingredients

Before beginning the recipe, make sure all of your ingredients are thoroughly chilled. Cooling the mixture before churning helps the ice cream freeze at a consistent rate and prevents any icy chunks from forming. I suggest chilling the mixture for at least 2 hours, or overnight if possible.

Tip #2: Use Good Quality Coffee

Because coffee is the star of this recipe, it’s important to use high-quality beans or grounds for maximum flavor. I recommend using freshly grounded coffee beans or fresh brewed cold brew coffee for best results.

Tip #3: Adjust Sweetness to Your Liking

While this recipe calls for 3/4 cup of sugar, you can adjust the sweetness level to your preference by adding more or less according to taste. Keep in mind that adding too much sugar may cause the ice cream to become too soft and not freeze properly.

Tip #4: Begin Churning as Soon as Possible

Once you remove the chilled mixture from the refrigerator, begin churning it in your ice cream maker right away. The longer you wait, the more time there is for ice crystals to form, which can lead to a grainy texture.

Tip #5: Store Properly

Store your finished ice cream in an airtight container in the freezer for up to two weeks. To prevent freezer burn, press a layer of plastic wrap onto the surface of the ice cream before sealing it with a lid.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create delicious and smooth homemade lighter coffee ice cream every time. Enjoy!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this lighter homemade coffee ice cream is the perfect treat for any coffee lover. With its creamy texture and rich coffee flavor, it is a dessert that will satisfy even the pickiest of taste buds.

Don’t hesitate to try this recipe as it is easy to follow and requires simple ingredients you most likely already have in your kitchen. You can even customize it by using your preferred type of coffee beans or by adding chocolate chips or cocoa powder for a chocolaty twist.

Moreover, switching to homemade ice cream can be a healthier option since you can control the amount of sugar and fat used in your recipe. It also allows you to avoid artificial additives often present in store-bought ice creams.

Whether you prefer a scoop on top of your morning coffee or as an after-dinner treat, this homemade lighter coffee ice cream recipe will not disappoint you. So, grab your ingredients and churn away!

Lighter Coffee Ice Cream

Lighter Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Calories 123.6 kcal


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half


  • Combine sugar and egg whites and mix thoroughly.
  • Add milk and thicken over medium heat.
  • Stir in coffee to dissolve.
  • Cool.
  • Add vanilla, and half and half.
  • Process according to your ice cream machine's instructions.

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Serving: 71gCalories: 123.6kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 3.5gFat: 3.5gSaturated Fat: 2.2gCholesterol: 11.2mgSodium: 49.7mgSugar: 17g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Dessert, Frozen, Hanukkah, Small Appliance, Sweet
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