Vegan Dessert Nachos with Coffee Ice Cream

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Plate of Vegan Dessert Nachos topped with ice cream, chocolate sauce, and a strawberry

Rarely does a dessert get me so giddy that I can’t stop blurting out “epic!” while taking photos. Well, somewhat rare. Desserts do get me all sorts of excited.

So you remember how I made coconut coffee ice cream a while back? Well I had just a few scoops leftover, but I knew I wanted to do something awesome with them. Then a recent Food Network show I’d seen a while back flashed across my mind and I thought “Dessert Nachos!” My plan was set. Now I just needed to gather my materials and execute – hard.

Freshly cut tortilla triangles for making homemade chips

I made my tortilla strips looks like Battlestar Galactica! Kinda… Clearly I was having fun.

Baking sheet with tortilla strips coated in cinnamon and sugar

Important tip though: I tried TWO kinds of tortilla chips – one whole grain and one gluten free.

It turned out the gluten-free ones worked better! But if you really want to throw caution to the wind, white tortillas would be best because they’re so fluffy and buttery. But I did like how the gluten-free tortillas got crispy and shiny and became the perfect vehicle for scooping up coffee coconut ice cream. Oooooh mama.

Batch of Vegan Dessert Nachos and bowl with Coconut Coffee Ice Cream
Vegan Dessert Nachos made with gluten-free chips

These nachos are so decadent and delicious. Reminds me of sitting down at a Mexican restaurant and devouring fried ice cream. Crispy, cinnamon sugar-coated tortilla chips make a bed for hefty scoops of coffee ice cream and a stream of chocolate syrup.

Drizzling chocolate sauce onto a batch of our Vegan Dessert Nachos recipe

Wait a minute or two until the ice cream gets all melty and then start digging in, using the chips to scoop up bites of ice cream and chocolate sauce. And don’t forget a strawberry (or cherry) on top – desserts need dressing up too, you know?

Using a dessert nacho to grab a bite of Vegan Ice Cream

This would make the perfect dessert to share with your sweetheart or a group of friends. Just add more chips and ice cream to compensate for more mouths.

Plate of Vegan Dessert Nachos with ice cream, chocolate sauce, and a strawberry

Vegan Dessert Nachos with Coffee Ice Cream

Crispy cinnamon sugar-covered tortilla chips topped with creamy coffee ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.
Author Minimalist Baker
Vegan Dessert Nachos beside a bowl with scoops of Coconut Coffee Ice Cream
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 4
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? Best when fresh



  • Turn your oven to low broil and position a rack in the top 1/3 of your oven.
  • Cut tortillas in triangles, place on two lightly greased baking sheets and lightly coat with avocado oil (or other oil).
  • Add cinnamon sugar and toss again to coat, adding more cinnamon sugar as needed.
  • Arrange tortillas in a single layer on baking sheet and broil for 1-3 minutes on each side, being careful not to burn as they turn from crisp to burnt quickly. They should take about 2 minutes each side.
  • Remove from oven and arrange on a large plate. Top with coffee ice cream, drizzle with chocolate sauce and top with strawberry or cherry. Serve immediately.


*I tried gluten-free, brown rice tortillas and whole grain tortillas and MUCH preferred the gluten-free for their extra-crispy texture and flavor. However, white tortillas would also work well here.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 198 Carbohydrates: 33 g Protein: 3 g Fat: 5 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Fiber: 2 g Sugar: 11 g

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  1. Jenni says

    This is absolutely foodporn! I really love your creations oft food and your pictures.

    Greetings Form Germany

  2. Molly (Sprue Story) says

    Umm, a bit late to the nachos party here, but I just came across this on Finding Vegan and had to come say how delicious this looks. Love the “action” shot, too.

  3. honeywhatscooking says

    OMG, I’m addicted to your website. This looks ridiculous. I love mex food and desserts, you just combined my 2 favorite indulgences. haha. Lovely!

  4. Julia says

    Holy deeeelicious! I love coconut ice cream and I’ve never tried dessert nachos…the cinnamony crunchy creaminess sounds like the perfect dessert!

  5. Ruby says

    Oh my god. Dessert nachos? Seriously I think I just died a little bit. These look absolutely incredible!
    The course sounds great, too- I’m definitely going to be looking into it.

  6. Mariam says

    This looks amazing! Can’t go wrong with that combo! Also I just downloaded your e-cookbook can’t wait to try the recipes out!

  7. Jess says

    Awesome guys! (Both the nachos AND the e-course news!) This is what I need to tip the scales and sign up! Hopefully this helps you to gain some momentum for what is, I am certain, going to be fantastically valuable.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      You are the sweetest, Jess! Glad you’re considering checking it out. We’d love to hear what you think!

  8. M&K says

    Oh my goodness this looks delicious. We just pinned this! And so glad we came across your blog. Thanks for sharing! Xo, M&K

  9. Averie @ Averie Cooks says

    Dessert. Nachos. Two things that sound so far apart but have come together SOOoooo beautifully! And as usual, gorgeous photography!

  10. Julia says

    Oh my! This dessert should win an award…or two. This looks phenominal.

    Also, you two are just awesome. I’ve been spreading the word to all my friends about that class! And I’m planning on getting it myself! yay!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Julia, you are too sweet! Thanks for spreading the word. Hope you get it and you LOVE it!

  11. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) says

    These are making me sooo hungry!

    I’m so happy you changed the price to $19.99 for the course! I started reading last night and got through 5 sections. :)

  12. Liza M. says

    These look incredible. I’m really glad you broiled the chips rather than fry them so I can pretend it’s a little healthier. Already thinking of other toppings: caramelized bananas, caramel sauce, lots of strawberries…