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AIP Lime and Cilantro Ice Cream Recipe

Louise | June 25
AIP Lime and Cilantro Ice Cream Recipe #aip

AIP may take many foods away from you, but you don’t have to give up ice cream. Give this refreshing non-dairy AIP lime and cilantro ice cream recipe a try.

Cilantro: More Polarizing than Politics

It’s a subject that may not come up often, but you can have some interesting debates about cilantro.

Those in favor of the herb find it to have a pleasant air of citrus, while its haters argue that it tastes like plain old soap.

It turns out they are both right.

The unfortunate folks who say cilantro tastes like soap aren’t imagining it. Cilantro contains organic compounds called aldehydes. Soap also contains aldehydes.

So why doesn’t everyone get the soap vibe from cilantro?

Scientists have figured out that some people have different olfactory-receptor genes, which means they are more sensitive to aldehydes and better able to detect its soapy presence.

Which explains why we’re all eating the same stuff, but some people experience it differently.

If your experiences with cilantro have been less than amazing, don’t bother with this recipe. Try one of these 21 AIP ice cream recipes instead.

The rest of us can satisfy our curiosity and our taste buds with this cool and creamy treat.

How I Made This AIP-Friendly

When you break down ice cream, you get ingredients that aren’t cool for AIP. Fortunately, there are creative ways to get around it.

You can’t have ice cream without cream, can you? Actually yes. While regular ice cream would use cream, we avoid dairy for autoimmune protocol. But coconut milk is a perfect alternative.

Then, of course, ice cream is supposed to be sweet. Really sweet. Typically, this is achieved using sugar, but for our AIP version, I added honey.

Honey is often your best bet for AIP when you would normally use sugar.

We also got creative with the flavoring. So many of your typical flavors are sugary or otherwise off-limits for AIP. But lime and cilantro aren’t!

Lime and cilantro work well together because cilantro also has a citrus vibe (well, maybe not for the soap tasters, but to everyone else).

Together, they pair up to make a most refreshing treat that’s safe for your diet.

Easy AIP Food List

One of the biggest challenges with AIP is figuring out what you can and cannot eat. If you’re like most people, you have questions all the time.

Are eggs OK? Can I have dairy? Is it really OK to eat this cilantro?

Make your life easier by bookmarking this free AIP pantry list. It’s an at-a-glance resource you can count on to make those pressing decisions on the fly.

You can even download and print the pdf to take with you!

AIP Lime and Cilantro Ice Cream Recipe #aip

AIP Lime and Cilantro Ice Cream Recipe #aip

AIP Lime and Cilantro Ice Cream Recipe

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1 batch (3 servings) 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


The subtle cilantro flavor adds a twist to this tropical ice cream.


  • 2 cups (480 ml) of canned coconut milk
  • Small handful of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 limes, juice and zest
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) of honey


  1. Pour the coconut milk into a large bowl and add the chopped fresh cilantro. Combine well using a hand blender. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a clean towel and leave for 30 minutes for the cilantro to infuse with the coconut milk. 
  2. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth and discard the cilantro. Add the lime juice and honey to the coconut milk and stir well to combine. 
  3. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  4. Serve the ice cream once it has been churned and freeze any leftovers.


All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.


  • Calories: 344
  • Sugar: 17 g
  • Fat: 30 g
  • Carbohydrates: 21 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 2 g
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