Lychee Ice Cream Recipe

Lychee Ice Cream • paleo, gluten free, refined sugar free, soy free

It’s summer time here in Hawaii and the Lychee trees are loaded with fruit this season.

If you are not familiar with this fruit, lychee is a sweet, juicy and nutritious fruit native to China.

Lychee contains great amounts of dietary fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.

The fruit is known for being high in vitamin C and B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, niacin, and folates. 

Lychee is also high in minerals such as potassium and copper and makes a great sweet snack this summer.

Paleo Lychee Ice Cream Recipe

My friend has a lychee tree in his property and he gave me a bag full of these little fruit. I had to do something with them and since the weather has been so warm here, I decided the best thing would be to make some refreshing, cold ice cream.

This ice cream is light and sweet, and full of lychee flavor. The texture is also very creamy and smooth. There are no refined sugars added to this ice cream and it is full of healthy fats and antioxidants.

Paleo Lychee Ice Cream Recipe

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Lychee Ice Cream | paleo, gluten free, refined sugar free, soy free
  • 1 cup fresh lychee, peeled and pitted
  • 1 can (13.6 ounces) full fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream (or coconut milk for dairy free)
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • pinch of salt
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. in a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat the lychee for a couple of minutes and mash it gently with a potato masher or fork to break up the fruit
  2. add the coconut milk, heavy cream, arrowroot powder, honey, egg and salt and whisk until there are no lumps from the arrowroot and everything is combined
  3. continue to heat the mixture, stirring constantly until it thickens. The mixture should be thick enough just until it boils
  4. remove from stove and stir in the vanilla extract
  5. allow it to cool for one hour than refrigerate overnight
  6. process chilled mixture in your ice cream maker according to manufacture's instructions

Recipe yields 1.5 quarts. Store in an airtight container in the freezer.


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  1. Ice Cream Man August 17, 2014 at 4:24 pm Reply

    Thank you for this recipe. We followed the instructions from beginning to end. It’s definitely a healthy alternative.

    To me, it seems like it needs more sweetness and more lychee flavor, but perhaps I’m too used to the more unhealthy ice creams sold in the stores.

  2. Priyanka Jaiswal May 25, 2016 at 5:06 am Reply

    Can’t this ice cream be made without egg ?

    • adriana May 25, 2016 at 11:56 am Reply

      Hi Priyanka, yes it can. The egg however gives a good texture to the ice cream. You could add a bit more honey so that it stays creamy after frozen to compensate.

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