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Easy Coconut Sorbet In the Ice Cream Maker

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This Homemade Coconut Sorbet recipe is so flavorful and simple to make. It has a creamy smooth texture and mild coconut flavor, it is a light and refreshing treat, perfect for a summer day.

With only three ingredients, you can be certain that it’s not going to take you long at all to create!

Coconut Sorbet Recipe

Welcome to Day 4 of Ice Cream Week!

I’m sharing a new ice cream recipe every day this week and giving away a brand-new ice cream maker to one lucky reader! Today’s recipe is an amazing, and so easy to make, Coconut Sorbet Recipe!  Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post, and definitely don’t miss yesterday’s recipe, Homemade Banana Ice Cream

Easy Coconut Sorbet In the Ice Cream Maker

I am a fan of all things coconut! 

And I definitely love this coconut sorbet.

Once I had the first taste, I was reminded of a coconut ice cream I once had while on vacation in Cancun. (I think I need to go back and try it again…ya know, for taste-test purposes!)  You’ll love this coconut sorbet, too; it’s light, sweet, coconutty, and tastes like summer.

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What is the Difference Between Sorbet and Ice Cream?

The main difference between the two is the ingredients.

Sorbet is usually made with water, sugar, and fruit (as in my Mango sorbet recipe), while ice cream is usually made with milk or cream, plus sugar and fruit.  Therefore, Ice Cream is more “creamy,” and sorbet is more “icy.” 

However, this recipe falls between the two due to the coconut milk and coconut water.  So it’s more creamy than a sorbet (especially with the added coconut cream from the 2nd can of coconut milk), but it’s not a true coconut ice cream because there is no dairy.

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Ingredients in Coconut Sorbet + Tips

(Ingredients at a glance, find the full printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.)

  • No sugar added coconut water | The Zico brand is my very favorite. Do not use flavored water like Bai Coconut water; it is not real coconut water. (Plus, it has 55mg of caffeine in one bottle!!!)
  • Two cans of coconut milk | One can should be at room temp, so you can shake it up to blend the water and cream, and the other can chilled so you can spoon out the “coconut cream” and leave behind the excess water.
  • Sugar | Granulated
  • Optional: sweetened shredded coconut and/or sliced almonds
coconut sorbet ingredients

How to Make Coconut Sorbet 

1 Make the Base. Combine the sugar and the coconut water in a saucepan over medium heat until all the sugar is dissolved. Add 1 can of coconut milk to the mixture and carefully spoon “coconut cream” from the chilled can of coconut into the mixture. This addition of the extra coconut cream is what makes this coconut sorbet extra creamy. Stir til ingredients are thoroughly combined and place in the fridge until chilled.

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2 Process the coconut sorbet. Add coconut mixture to your ice cream machine and process according to the machine’s instructions

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3 Add the mixins. At the end of processing, add optional add-ins to the machine.

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4 Transfer to freezer container. Eat immediately as a soft serve or transfer to a freezer-safe dish and freeze for 1 to 2 more hours. (I always do that when photographing ice cream; otherwise, we eat it immediately after processing.) 

Coconut Sorbet Recipe Variations

You can vary the taste and flavor with these recipe variations.

  • Coconut Lime Sorbet: Increase sugar by another 1/4 cup, add 1/4 cup lime juice to the mixture, and process as normal.
  • Boozy Coconut Sorbet: Add 1/2 cup of coconut rum to the mixture and process as normal.
  • Pineapple Coconut Sorbet:  (replace half a cup of coconut milk with 1/2 cup of pineapple juice
  • Healthy Pina Colada “Ice Cream” (Healthier no-churn version made in the blender.)
  • Add a scoop of this coconut sorbet to a blender with a shot or two of your favorite rum for an amazing frozen drink.

Now that you know how to make coconut sorbet, what are you waiting for? 


How to store Coconut Sorbet?

Keep the coconut sorbet in the freezer in an airtight container. It will freeze completely solid after about 24 hours. Let the sorbet rest on the counter for 5 to 10 minutes before scooping.

Can I add other flavors to the sorbet?

Yes! Check out all my coconut sorbet variations listed above.

Can I make Coconut Sorbe without an ice cream maker?

Yes, you can make this recipe without an ice cream maker; however, the end result will be icier and much less creamy and smooth. (It will still be delicious.)

Place the sorbet mixture in a freezer-safe casserole dish into the freezer. Stir the coconut sorbet every 30 minutes until it freezes. (6 to 8 hours)

An ice cream maker produces creamier ice cream because the paddles’ constant movement keeps the ice crystals small.

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how to make coconut sorbet (coconut ice cream)

Easy Coconut Sorbet

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  • 1 cup no sugar added coconut water (like zico)
  • 2 cans of coconut milk (one can room temp, other can chilled so you can remove the “coconut cream”)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • optional: 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • optional sliced almonds


  1. Combine sugar and coconut water in saucepan over low heat just until sugar is dissolved.  Let cool.
  2. Add 1 can of coconut milk to mixture and carefully spoon “coconut cream” from chilled can of coconut into mixture.
  3. Stir til ingredients are thoroughly combined and place in fridge until chilled.
  4. Add coconut mixture to your ice cream machine and process according to machines instructions.
  5. At the end of processing, add optional add-ins to machine
  6. Eat immediately as soft serve or transfer to freezer safe dish and freeze 1 to 2 more hours.

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  1. Looks delicious. I’ll have to make it soon.

  2. Can this recipe be made without an ice cream maker as I don’t have one and it sounds absolutely delicious

  3. I love coconut, can’t wait to try it!