Dragon Fruit Ice Cream

A few days ago my in-laws neighbor gave them 2 Dragon Fruits, one of which was given to us.  Coincidentally, we bought and received an ice cream maker around the same time.  In my mind, this meant I needed to make dragon fruit ice cream.  Yes, my mind works in odd ways sometimes.  I found that most dragon fruit ice cream recipes called for 2 or 4 dragon fruits.  I was able to talk my in-laws into giving me the other dragon fruit with promises of ice cream.

While looking for recipes for dragon fruit, I learned that there are different colors of dragon fruit.  There are pink, magenta, and white dragon fruit.  The ones we were given were white on the inside.  Many of the ice cream pictures I saw online used the magenta-colored fruit.  Our white fruit is visually less interesting, but I believe the different colored fruits taste much the same.

I wasn’t able to find one recipe that did exactly what I wanted so I combined a few different recipes.  The main ones I used were from Obsessive Cooking and Civilized Caveman Cooking.   The recipe from Civilized Caveman Cooking is for a more custard-like ice cream since it used egg yolks.  However, it doesn’t use any sweetener, and I wasn’t sure about unsweetened ice cream.

Cooking the coconut milk custard
Dragon fruit in the blender

This recipe could easily be halved if you want to make a smaller amount. We have a large family so I wanted to make a good amount in case the kids liked the ice cream.

Dragon Fruit Ice Cream


  • 2 dragon fruits
  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Juice of 2-4 limes
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • pinch of sea salt


  1. Cut the dragon fruit in half and scrape out the fruit.
  2. Combine coconut milk, egg yolks, vanilla, honey and sea salt in a sauce pan over medium heat.
  3. Bring to a boil while constantly whisking.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. Place dragon fruit in blender or food processor and process down.
  6. Add dragon fruit mixture to cooled coconut milk mixture.
  7. Place in refrigerator to cool at least 2 hours, but can be overnight
  8. Remove from refrigerator and use immediately in ice cream maker using the manufacturer instructions.

Dragon fruit ice cream in the ice cream maker container
Right out of the ice cream maker

Overall, I think the ice cream tasted pretty good.  Only one of our five children liked it, but that didn’t surprise me.  There are many seeds in this ice cream, and I think that automatically turned them off before they tried it.  The  limes do add a tartness to the ice cream, so you could remove them if you do not like tart flavors.  Even with the honey, this wasn’t a sweet ice cream.  You may want to add more sweetener to it if you want it to be sweet.



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