No Churn Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream
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5-ingredient no-churn vegan chocolate ice cream that has all the creaminess, flavor, and richness of the real thing! Naturally sweetened, vegan, and gluten-free.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free
Serves: 12
  • 2 14-ounce cans coconut cream OR ful- fat coconut milk, chilled overnight in the fridge (I like Trader Joe's coconut cream, or Thai Kitchen coconut milk)
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder powder
  • 14-16 ounces pitted dates (if not sticky and moist, soak in warm water for 10 minutes then drain)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 ounce espresso, cooled
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Cacao nibs
  1. Place a large mixing bowl in the freezer to chill for 10 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, add moist, pitted dates to a food processor and process until small bits remain. Then add hot water a little at a time until it forms a thick paste. Set aside.
  3. Without tipping the cans, scoop out the coconut cream from the cans of coconut cream OR coconut milk, reserving the clear liquid for other uses. Place in chilled mixing bowl.
  4. NOTE: If you're using coconut milk, you'll likely use less sweetener because there's less volume.
  5. Using a mixer, whip until creamy and smooth. Then add cocoa powder, vanilla, almond milk, and half of the date paste. Whip until fully incorporated.
  6. Taste and adjust flavors as needed. I ended up adding most of the date paste and a little more cocoa powder.
  7. Transfer to a parchment-lined freezer-safe container and cover loosely with plastic wrap, then foil to help freeze.
  8. You can take this out in a couple of hours for a chilled mousse-like ice cream. Freeze overnight for a firmer ice cream.
  9. Set out for at least 20 minutes prior to scooping, and use a scoop warmed under hot water for a proper scoop.
  10. Will keep in the freezer for up to one week, but best when fresh.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ~1/2 cup Calories: 272 Fat: 16g Saturated fat: 14g Carbohydrates: 34g Sugar: 26g Sodium: 19mg Fiber: 6g Protein: 3.4g
Recipe by Minimalist Baker at