How to Use Cold Brew Coffee in Homemade Ice Cream (+ 3 Recipes)
Cold brew concentrate is so versatile that you can also use it in desserts, ice creams, smoothies, and other coffee-based recipes. One batch of cold brew concentrate can last you for days and you’ll always have a fresh, cold cup of coffee to enjoy at any time.
Curious to learn how to make your own cold brew coffee ice cream? Keep reading for 3 easy and delicious recipes.
How to Make Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
Cold brew concentrate is the basis for making cold brew coffee or iced coffee. By adding liquid to the concentrate in the form of milk or water, you can adjust the caffeine content and strength of the coffee.
Here's how to make cold brew coffee concentrate:
Servings: 4 cups cold brew concentrate
- 1 cup whole coffee beans ( equals around 2 cups coarsely ground beans)
- 4-5 cups water
Grind the coffee beans coarsely and transfer them into an airtight container for steeping. Pour the water over the grounds and let it steep for at least 12 hours, ideally for 20 hours. When you’re ready to use the concentrate, strain it and keep it in the fridge.
Sträva Tip: Cold brew concentrate is very strong in taste and caffeine content. This depends on the type and amount of coffee beans and how much water you’re using. However, cold brew coffee is sweeter in taste than regularly brewed coffee as this brewing method leaves the bitterness of the coffee beans behind.
Cold Brew Coffee Ice Cream Recipes
There’s nothing better than a scoop of cold, flavorful ice cream on a hot summer day. Combined with strong coffee, it makes for a delectable dessert you can’t resist.
Here are 3 easy homemade ice cream recipes that use cold brew coffee to satisfy your caffeine and sweets cravings.
Cold Brew Coffee Popsicles Recipe (*Vegan*)
Servings: 6 popsicles
- 12 tbsp. cold brew concentrate
- 12 tbsp. plant milk of choice (we love Elmhurst) or cold water
- ½ cup maple syrup, agave, or honey (for sweetness)
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1 ½ tbsp. flaxseeds or chia seeds
- Crushed coffee beans or cacao nibs (optional)
In a blender on high speed, blend all the ingredients together. Transfer the mixture into a bowl and wait until it starts to thicken. Add the crushed coffee beans/cacao nibs, stir to incorporate, and pour the mixture into popsicle molds. Freeze overnight.
Sträva Tip: To make the cold brew coffee for this recipe, we recommend our Sträva Regular Strength Medium Roast with 10 mg CBD per serving.
Cold Brew Coffee Ice Cream Recipe
Servings: 1 pint (around 4 servings)
- 6 tbsp. cold brew coffee or coffee concentrate (add more for stronger taste and more caffeine)
- 1 can coconut milk (full fat) or 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ¼ - ½ cup agave, maple syrup, or honey
- 1/4 cup nut butter of choice (optional)
- A pinch of salt
Add all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until well incorporated. Pour the mixture in an ice cream maker and churn for about 30 minutes. Transfer into a container and freeze for 1-2 hours.
Note: To churn the ice cream yourself, place the mixture in the freezer and every 45 minutes, stir it with a hand mixer. Then put it back in the freezer and repeat this process for the next 2-3 hours until the ice cream becomes fluffy and creamy.
If you skip the churning, the ice cream will not be as creamy. After blending, pour the mixture into a container and place it in the freezer overnight.
Sträva Tip: To make the cold brew coffee for this recipe, we recommend our Sträva Regular Strength Dark Roast with 10 mg CBD per serving.
Cold Brew Coffee Sundae Recipe
- 6 scoops of vanilla or coffee ice cream
- 6 tbsp. cold brew coffee concentrate (use more for stronger coffee flavor)
- 1 cup chilled milk of choice (for a vegan option, we love Elmhurst plant milks)
- ½ cup chocolate chips (optional)
- Chocolate sauce or caramel sauce (for topping)
In a blender on high speed, blend all the ingredients together (without the chocolate chips). Transfer the mixture into chilled glasses and drizzle caramel or chocolate sauce on top. Sprinkle chocolate chips and serve immediately.
Sträva Tip: To make the cold brew, we recommend our Sträva Intro Strength Medium Roast with 4 mg CBD per serving.
Get Ready for Summer With These Easy Cold Brew Coffee Ice Cream Recipes
Whether you’re an ice cream lover or prefer popsicles and sundaes, these recipes are perfect for when you need a boost of caffeine in an ice-filled glass to keep you cool.
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