Easy Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream - dairy free, sugar free, low carb, THM:S

This Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream is so easy and delicious, it's sure to be a new regular occurrence in your home. No need to buy spendy pints at the store when you can make this Sugar-free / Keto Chocolate Ice Cream at home.

A pan and a cup of chocolate ice cream and some wooden ice cream spoon scattered around

Chocolate Ice Cream that's good for you?

That's right.

When it's this Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream, you've got a super healthy treat.

Totally different than the ice cream that I grew up on.

I've shared other Delicious Vegan Ice Creams on the blog before, like Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Dairy-Free Chocolate Almond Chip Ice Cream, Lemon Poppyseed Ice Cream, and Mocha Chip Ice Cream, but today I'm sharing one of the best - just basic Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream.

Ice Cream Memories

When I was young, ice cream was my treat of choice.

I think I've mentioned this before, but I was a total. ice. cream. addict.

If there was ice cream around...

I would eat it.

And if you asked me what food I would want if I could have one food and no other?

It was ice cream.

Always.

I would sit and eat Breyer's Natural Mint Chocolate Chip in front of the TV while doing homework, we'd head to a local ice cream stand for swirled cones, and a trip to the local Friendly's® was always a favorite!

But no more.

Since getting candida, going sugar-free, and going more and more low carb, and since my oldest has a life-threatening food allergy to dairy, things had to change. No more trips to Mickey D's for soft serve cones, and well, you won't see us in the local ice cream parlors (though we have on occasion taken a coupon and headed to a TCBY for a treat, but don't tell, OK :)? It's not exactly on the whole-foody acceptable list.

Anyhow, though I am still tempted by all the lovely ice creams I see sometimes when we are out, you really can make amazingly good ice cream at home -- and when it's as healthy as this vegan chocolate ice cream, no need to feel bad about eating it, even if you do overindulge.

Chocolate ice cream in a bowl placed on top of another bowl and a few wooden ice cream spoon

This Ice Cream is Actually Healthy

Instead of feeling guilty after eating a pint, you can enjoy the chocolate creaminess in this dessert while knowing that it is full of nourishing ingredients.

Coconut -

Coconut oil (unrefined) is all the rage these days and with good reason. Coconut oil contains Lauric Acid, which can kill bacteria, fungi and viruses -- including candida. Coconut milk's saturated fats might actually be a cardiovascular support (source), and has been shown to promote brain health. (source)

Cocoa -

I'm sure most of you have seen articles touting cocoa's benefits, but did you know how broad they are? Cocoa is thought to have cardiovascular protective benefits, may fight diseases and support those dealing with inflammation or impaired immune function, and may help with digestion issues. (source)

Cocoa is also loaded with antioxidants, (source) and might improve brain function. (source)

Stevia -

Of course, you can use whatever sweetener works for you, but we use a lot of stevia in our home. Stevia has been shown to help manage blood sugar, has no calories, and has 720 ppm iron. It might help with weight control, and has high levels of sterols and antioxidant compounds such as triterpenes, flavonoids, and tannins. (source)

Lemon -

Lemon can help with digestion issues, has flavanoids, which have antioxidant and health supporting qualities, including kidney support and alkalinizing of the body.(source)

Could it get any better? An easy peasy ice cream that is both delicious and beneficial -- not too shabby.

Pan of chocolate ice cream with ice cream scoop and some ice cream in wooden spoon

Ice Cream Maker Tips:

I used the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker for this recipe.  It worked fine, but you really have to have the mixture chilled prior to making desserts in this maker.  Otherwise, it will be quite runny (albeit yummy) and will need to be solidified in the freezer if you want it to be scoopable.

Ice cream maker

If you decide to freeze it and it gets too hard to scoop, try this handy anti-freeze ice cream scoop.

Anti-freeze ice cream scoop

Recipe Notes

  • Homemade Coconut Milk: You can use my Easiest Coconut Milk instead of store bought if you like.
  • Cocoa: If you like, you can also use raw cacao instead of cocoa, or use carob powder for AIP.
  • Stevia: Use about 2 3/4 teaspoons powdered stevia, or to taste (See How to Use Stevia) instead of vanilla liquid stevia, or use 9 1/2 tablespoons honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar for AIP. Also add a splash of vanilla.
    You can substitute about 2/5 teaspoon powdered stevia, or to taste for the plain liquid stevia, and you can also use 1 1/2 tablespoons honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar for AIP.
  • MCT Oil: I included MCT Oil in this recipe for creaminess. You can also try another oil like avocado oil or coconut oil, but you do need to blend them in quickly. I wouldn't use olive oil due to its heavier flavor.
  • Thickener: It is probably fine to omit the use of a thickener if you use MCT oil. If you do not use MCT oil, I definitely recommend using a thickener, since it really helps improve the texture of the ice cream. Of course, the ice cream will taste great regardless.
  • THM: This recipe qualifies as an "S" for those on the Trim Healthy Mama plan as long as you do not use arrowroot.
  • Serving Tip: The texture of this chocolate coconut milk ice cream, freshly churned, resembles the soft serve variety, but once frozen it will be closer to traditional ice cream. While the gelatin keeps this ice cream from getting too icy in the freezer, it still freezes pretty hard, so I recommend setting it out about 15 minutes before serving.
collage of dairy-free chocolate ice cream in bowls and pan with small wood spoons

Special Diet Options

AIP: Instead of cocoa, use carob powder for AIP and an AIP sweetener like coconut sugar, maple syrup, or honey instead of the stevia.
Low-carb / Keto: If desired, omit the arrowroot. Using the MCT oil should provide sufficient creaminess.

So what are you waiting for? Pull our your ice cream maker and whip up a batch of this tonight. For more fun, top it with this Homemade Magic Shell for a fantastically chocolate treat.

Stack of two bowls with chocolate ice cream and a few wooden ice cream spoon

Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream (dairy free and sugar free)

This Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream is rich, creamy, decadent, and is a breeze to make. It's dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free and AIP-friendly!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: AIP, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Keto, Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan
Servings: 9
Calories: 210kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Chill coconut milk prior to starting, if possible.
  • Mix the coconut milk (reserving ¼ cup), cocoa (or carob), MCT oil, salt, stevia (or other sweeteners), lemon juice, and arrowroot powder (if using it) in a blender (like a Vitamix or a Blendtec), with a mixer or by hand.
  • Take 3 tablespoons of the above ice cream mixture and place it into a small bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin over the mixture (do not pour into a clump) and let soften for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, stir the gelatin in (it should have the consistency of applesauce.
  • Heat up the reserved ¼ cup of coconut milk (until steamy, but not boiling).
  • Slowly pour the heated coconut milk into the gelatin mixture from step 3, whisking while you do. Continue to whisk until gelatin is dissolved.
  • Pour gelatin mixture into the ice cream mixture from step 2 slowly, stirring to combine.
  • Follow manufacturer's directions for your ice cream maker.
  • Store in the freezer -- if you have an left over, that is :).

Nutrition

Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Sodium: 143mg | Potassium: 305mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 4mg | Net Carbs: 7g

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38 Comments

        1. Yes of course - all cocoas are different and I personally LOVE the one that we use but yes, they are all interchangeable. Hershey's is more mild than what I use but the photos were using a less dark cocoa. Hope it works well!

    1. I think that would work--just added notes in the recipe mentioning that. I wouldn't do olive, however, because it has a heavier flavor. Enjoy!

  1. Do you have to process this through an ice cream maker? Trying to find an ice cream recipe without needing the machine.

    1. Technically you can make any ice cream without a maker. You just have to do it right. One idea is to just put it in a pan and place in the freezer and stir every 30 min or so. Hope it works well for you! It won't be as good but should work!

  2. So is the gelatin only for texture purposes? I'm trying to go with items I already have at home without an extra shopping trip! And guess which one item I don't have? LOL!

    1. Yes, it is only for texture but it adds a little protein. You can add about 1 T of vodka if you like to keep it from getting too firm in the freezer.

      1. I'm probably going to freeze it in silicone baking cups for portion control or as popsicles, so not too overly concerned with how hard it is. Means it'll not melt as fast! 🙂

        1. Sounds great - I just will say that ours froze really really hard so it would probably be a good idea. We typically eat it all, though :).

  3. I have a question regarding the sweeteners and one regarding the gelatin...we can't use stevia so I was wondering if you could estimate amounts of the coconut sugar (as that is what we would most likely use) or maple syrup. As far as the gelatin, I have both the kind that works in hot things and the one for cold things, so if I used the "cold" variety could I skip the heating of the 1/4 cup of coconut milk? This would greatly help to know! Thanks much!

      1. Thanks much for your speedy reply! I did read the post, but unfortunately I could never find info on exactly how to convert the tsp of Stevia to sugar - it talked about scoops rather than tsp. Am I missing something obvious? 🙂

        1. Sorry - I will try to make the post more clear. 1/32 of a tsp of stevia extract is equivalent to 2 Tbsp of sugar.

  4. Hi there - Thank you for the recipe, but I'm having issues with coconut milk and wonder if this will work with tigernut milk? I've just started making this and love the taste. Just a thought for those of us with coconut/almond issues! Your thoughts would be very helpful.

    1. Hi Louise. Yes, I think it would. I was thinking about trying that. Higher in carbs but I bet it would be yummy. I will add it to the post. Thanks!

      1. Thank you for replying so quickly. You are a real blessing to all us recipe challenged people out here. Thank you so much.

        1. You are so welcome. You made my day. I was honestly doing a lot of questioning about the blog and such....so thank YOU for coming back to comment. Enjoy the ice cream! I have some tiger nut flour here. I need to make something with it soon. I LOVE the nuts myself.

          1. 5 stars
            I just love that you can use the "meal" just like the flour after you make the milk (I made pancakes with it the next morning) - it's amazing! Good luck with your experimenting. Keep up the great work 🙂

            1. Thank you!! So you blend the nuts in the water and use the leftovers that you get out w/ a nut milk bag?

          2. Yes, 2 cups (soaked for 24-48 hours in refrigerator) tigernuts. Rinse well after soaking. Place in high speed blender with 2 cups water. Blend for 2-4 minutes. Strain in nut milk bag until almost all moisture is out. Do this up to 3 times to get the most out of the tigernuts. Then place in a container in fridge and use as any other milk. Store the "meal" in a container in the fridge and use in recipes that use the flour or in you smoothies.
            I find the meal is much better in my recipes because I found the flour "gritty" for some reason! Saying this, I've only made the milk twice now, but plan on much more as I've just bought 2 more bags of tigernuts.
            Hope this helps.

          3. I use my Ninja Kitchen blender for mine - am on a fixed income so can't afford one of the big guys (Blendtec or Vitamix). I'm sure it doesn't matter as long as you use a high powered one though. The meal should be very fine.

    2. You mention subbing 2/5 teaspoon powdered stevia for the liquid stevia. Since I don’t have this measurement do you mean a little less than half a teaspoon?

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