Thai Peanut Ice Cream

I have said it before and will say it again, I will never be one to keep ice cream making strictly to the warm months of the year.  And I am never one to make conventional ice cream flavors. Which is why I decided to make Thai peanut ice cream.  Now, I like to make cocktials to celebrate good things, but I also like to make ice cream.  Which is why on Wednesday when I got the good news from my doctor that my x-ray showed my stress fracture being healed I decided to make ice cream.  After going on a celebratory run of course.  I was in the mood for something exotic...I had some limes, a Thai chili and fresh ginger on my counter and so I thought Thai coconut!
That quickly morphed into Thai peanut because I love a Thai curry with coconut AND silky! Now before you start thinking that all of these things do not belong in ice cream you are wrong.  I told my Mother what I was concocting and she told me I was nuts!  But despite the unusual ice cream ingredients here it was quite amazing.  I knew it was good when I had the base made and tasted it before pouring it into the mixture.  It had the most amazing texture and a subtle exotic aromatic flavor reminiscent of Thai curry, but just the sweet side of it.  I couldn't help but think how delicious these flavors might be in rice pudding as well (and might just have to try making it with them).  Once churned however it was even better.
It was smooth and rich, silky and just as aromatic with lime and ginger and the light kick from the chili.  The peanut butter flavor was light and subtle with the sweet coconut.  It was heavenly!  It would have been perfect with some grilled pineapple, but I just enjoyed it with some fresh mango.  My Mom doesn't think I am nuts for creating it anymore either because I gave her a taste and she was pleasantly surprised saying it would be perfect to end a meal of Thai curry.  So...just goes to show that unconventional ice cream can be some of the best out there.  Here is the recipe if you would like to experience it for yourself!

Thai Peanut Ice Cream
makes about 6 cups


  • 1 cup organic full fat coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, chopped
  • half of a thai chili, seeded
  • 2 cups organic full fat coconut milk, chilled
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup organic smooth salted peanut butter (no sugar added)
  • 1 Tbsp organic lime zest
  • juice of two limes
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt



  1. Combine fresh ginger, chili, and lite coconut milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and chill until very cold (to let the ginger and chili infuse).
  2. Once chilled, combine all ingredients in a blender (including ginger infused milk), and process until well blended.
  3. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and process according to package directions (mine takes about an hour, and is still a little soupy like the consistency of a malt, but firms up in the freezer later).
  4. Once processed, pour into a freezable container with a lid and place in the freezer for at least a few hours, or overnight to firm up for best results.


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  1. December 3, 2011 at 13:03

    This has got to be the most amazing, different and creative flavors in ice cream that I've ever seen. Hats off to your creativity Amy and happy that you were able to have that celebratory run.

  2. December 3, 2011 at 13:27

    This is truly an amazing, exotic and very creative ice cream. It certainly looks rich and creamy and what a lovely color. I would love to try some. Happy weekend.

  3. December 3, 2011 at 16:59

    Oh, I love this idea! And the play of the sweet against the spicy must be delicious!

  4. December 3, 2011 at 18:21

    I like the idea of sweet and spicy combination. Looks delish!

  5. December 3, 2011 at 19:05

    This sounds delicious. I have had the urge to add lime to everything lately.

  6. December 3, 2011 at 20:57

    Mmmm, that sounds like such a great, unconventional ice cream flavor :) Wonderful, I'd love to try this!

  7. December 3, 2011 at 23:00

    That is just stunning--love the presentation with the green accents.

  8. December 4, 2011 at 00:23

    Very interesting recipe, I have never had anything like it. I wonder what my hubby would say...he sometimes wonders and my cooking experiments;)

  9. December 4, 2011 at 18:34

    Having just been to thailand, I agree that all of these flavors definitely belong together! This sounds delicious and I have to try making ice cream with coconut milk.

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