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Paleo Dark Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream. YES. It is amazing. It’s dairy-free and refined sugar-free. I recently found a brand of ice cream at the grocery that was made from coconut milk and adored it. So creamy and rich. Plus, I’m all for not using refined sugar. I knew I had to make my own chocolate coconut milk ice cream recipe.
Yes, you can have healthy ice cream! The sweetness comes from the coconut and from honey. If you want to make this paleo chocolate ice cream vegan, you can do so by using agave nectar. I also add about a tablespoon of pure maple syrup to this chocolate coconut ice cream, and I’m sure it would be fantastic if you just used all maple syrup instead of honey as well. The maple syrup gives it such a nice flavor.
One thing is for sure – when you taste this paleo ice cream recipe, you’re going to forget about the old stuff!
What Does Coconut Milk Ice Cream Taste Like?
This coconut cream chocolate ice cream tastes creamy, smooth and sweet. This paleo ice cream recipe has a subtle coconut flavor, as well as chocolate. Every bite also has delicious honey, maple syrup, and vanilla flavors. So, so good!
Does Ice Cream Have Eggs?
While many ice creams that you make at home or buy commercially have eggs, this dairy-free ice cream recipe does not contain any eggs.
(But, it’s a common misconception that eggs are dairy – they are not, so that’s not what makes this homemade coconut milk ice cream dairy-free. It’s the lack of milk that makes it dairy-free!)
The purpose of eggs in ice cream is to bind water with fat to give you a velvety texture. Homemade coconut milk ice cream is already super rich and smooth, so eggs aren’t required.
How To Make Coconut Milk Ice Cream
Making coconut milk ice cream is so easy, and there’s very little prep! The hardest part is waiting for it to set up.
If you’ve never made homemade chocolate coconut ice cream, don’t be afraid! You can make this decadent treat with 3 simple steps:
- Blend coconut milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, honey, seedless vanilla bean, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt in a blender.
- Pour mixture into ice cream machine and churn. At this point it will be like soft-serve, so you can freeze it for 2-4 hours to make it like a regular firm ice cream.
TIP: If you don’t own an ice cream machine, simply pour the mixture into a container with a lid and freeze for 5-6 hours, stirring every 30-60 minutes. The stirring part is important so that it doesn’t get rock hard.
Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream Variations
You can also add whatever fillings/toppings you want for this chocolate coconut milk ice cream recipe. Here are some I’ve done in the past and others I think would be good:
- Cacao nibs
- Egg-free cookie dough
- Brownie pieces
- Raspberries or strawberries
- Blueberries – Yes, blueberries and chocolate are amazing together!
Can I Make This Paleo Ice Cream Recipe Without An Ice Cream Maker?
I know what you’re thinking…but I don’t have an ice cream maker. That’s fine! This will freeze up entirely in about 5-6 hours in the freezer.
However, for a no churn coconut milk ice cream you’ll need to take the place of the ice cream maker by stirring it every 30-60 minutes. This will ensure that it doesn’t get rock-hard!
Is Coconut Milk Ice Cream Gluten-Free?
Yes, this chocolate coconut milk ice cream recipe is gluten-free. When you purchase ice cream from the supermarket, keep an eye on the ingredients to make sure there isn’t anything that contains gluten.
Of course, why buy it at the store when you can make it yourself at home and know exactly what the ingredients are?
How To Store This Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream Recipe
Always store this chocolate coconut milk ice cream recipe in an airtight container. Make sure the lids fit correctly and ideally, keep your freezer temperature as close to 0 degrees F as possible.
Store paleo ice cream in glass containers in the freezer for up to 6 months.
More Paleo Dessert Recipes
Paleo dessert is just like any other dessert in the sense that it should only be consumed every once in a while. But it’s nice to have some amazing recipes on hand for those special treats! Here are a few more to try:
- Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies – Make coconut ice cream sandwiches with these vegan cookies!
- Paleo Cookie Dough Blizzard
- Paleo Chocolate Mousse With Habanero Salted Caramel