by Olena

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream

by Olena

5 from 1 reviews

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream with only 3 ingredients and completely refined sugar free. Made with no banana, this healthy ice cream rich chocolate flavor and creamy texture will surprise you.

My kids absolutely love ice cream and do not object a slight coconut-y flavour of coconut mango ice cream and vanilla ice cream I make.

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream garnished with chocolate chips

Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

Light, creamy and full of chocolate!

This 3 ingredient healthy chocolate ice cream is our family’s favourite that I have been making all winter long. Just been waiting for hot weather to hit our neck of the woods to share it with you.

I find this vegan chocolate ice cream so easy to make. Easier than traditional cream, eggs and sugar one. I believe it is also more healthy and tasty.

3 Ingredients

Only 3 ingredients!!!

  • Coconut milk or cream
  • Medjool dates
  • Cacao powder

Why Use Dates?

I love using dates in this recipe because I love to think I’m eating a fruit while going for another spoonful of ice cream.

Dates are so sweet (from fructose), you don’t need to add honey or maple syrup (sugar is sugar). Naturally occurring fructose has lower glycemic index than coconut palm sugar, honey or maple syrup.

Coconut milk, dates, cacao powder and vanilla to make Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Can I Use Other Dates?

There are many varieties of dates. If you live in North America, chances are you are familiar with 2 kinds:

  1. Medjool dates – “Meaty”, large in size, very soft to touch and moist dates. Their skin is a bit crinkled. That’s what we need.
  2. Small dates – These are very popular dates in our supermarkets as well. They are much smaller in size than Medjool dates. And more hard to touch and dry.

You have to use Medjool dates. Medjool dates prevent ice cream from freezing into a solid ice rock thanks to their “meaty” texture. They add a lot of volume to healthy chocolate ice cream.

What Is the Best Coconut Milk for Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream?

What coconut milk you use makes or breaks the deal with vegan ice cream.

Your coconut milk has to be:

  • From a can – Carton coconut milk is not the same. It is extremely diluted with water for drinking purposes.
  • Full fat – Please no low fat coconut milk. Recipe will not work.
  • Contain guar gum – If you pay attention to quality brands like Thai Kitchen, you will see “guar gum” on the ingredients list. It makes milk smooth.

Please avoid Asian brands of coconut milk. They contain preservatives and are gritty. I also do not like Everland or Native Forest brands even though they are organic. They are gritty and chocolate ice cream will not be smooth.

Use tried and true coconut milk that you know produces creamy results.

Do I Need to Use Blender and Ice Cream Machine?

Yes and yes.

You need high speed blender like Blendtec or Vitamix to puree dates and incorporate into smooth consistency with other ingredients. Mixture should be silky smooth.

You could use food processor. Ice cream will not be as smooth but still will work. I am afraid cheaper blender might have difficulty to puree dates. Unless you have a “good cheap blender”. You know what I mean?!

Ice cream machine churns the ice cream. It prevents a solid blob of frozen mixture but rather produces a smooth consistency of ice cream.

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream blended in a blender

How to Make Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream

  1. Freeze ice cream machine bowl for 18 – 24 hours.
  2. Blend coconut milk, cacao powder, dates and vanilla.
  3. Pour mixture into ice cream machine and churn for 45 – 60 minutes.
  4. Add chocolate chips if desired.

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream in ice cream machine

What Will Consistency Be Like?

Right after churning, ice cream will be of soft serve consistency. It is absolutely my favourite.

If you like more firm traditional ice cream, place the ice cream machine bowl with ice cream in a freezer for 15-20 minutes to firm up.

Variations

What is nice about homemade chocolate ice cream is that you can add your favorite flavors right when blending, churning or into individual bowls.

  • Peanut butter – Add spoonful drops of peanut butter during last minute of churning to create swirls.
  • Chocolate chips – Just like with peanut butter, add at the very end of churning just enough to mix in.
  • Mint – Add peppermint extract to a blender.
  • Pitted cherries – Fresh or frozen, add at the end of churning.

Freeze for Later

You can freeze leftovers for up to 2 weeks. Transfer ice cream into airtight container and freeze for up to 2 weeks.

It takes 15 minutes to defrost this healthy chocolate ice cream. And it will be still creamy and not icy. Thanks to Medjool dates!

Enjoy!

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Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream garnished with chocolate chips

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Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream

5 from 1 reviews

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream with only 3 ingredients and completely refined sugar free. Made with no banana, this healthy ice cream rich chocolate flavor and creamy texture will surprise you. So easy and delicious!

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Desssert
  • Method: Blender + Ice Cream Machine
  • Cuisine: North American
Scale

Ingredients

  • 14 oz can coconut milk, full fat*
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • 10 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place ice cream machine bowl in the freezer for 18 – 24 hours.
  2. In a high speed blender**, combine coconut milk, cacao powder, dates and vanilla. Process until smooth.
  3. Turn on ice cream machine and pour mixture into it.
  4. Let ice cream churn until soft serve like consistency (my machine takes about 45 – 60 minutes).
  5. Add chocolate chips or other flavors***( if desired) and let machine incorporate them into the ice cream.
  6. Serve immediately. Ice cream will be soft serve consistency (my favourite) but you can place it in a freezer for a bit to firm up.

Store: Freeze leftovers in a glass airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

*What coconut milk you use makes or breaks the deal with vegan ice cream.

Your coconut milk has to be:

  • From a can – Carton coconut milk is not the same. It is extremely diluted with water for drinking purposes.
  • Full fat – Please no low fat coconut milk. Recipe will not work.
  • Contain guar gum – If you pay attention to quality brands like Thai Kitchen, you will see “guar gum” on the ingredients list. It makes milk smooth.

Please avoid Asian brands of coconut milk. It contains preservatives, is grainy and does not freeze well. I also do not like Everland or Native Forest brands even though they are organic. They are gritty and chocolate ice cream will not be smooth.

**You need high speed blender like Blendtec or Vitamix to puree dates and incorporate into smooth consistency with other ingredients. Mixture should be silky smooth.

You could use food processor. Ice cream will not be as smooth but still will work. I am afraid cheaper blender might have difficulty to puree dates. Unless you have a “good cheap blender”. You know what I mean?!

***What is nice about homemade chocolate ice cream is that you can add your favorite flavors right when blending, churning or into individual bowls.

  • Peanut butter – Add spoonful drops of peanut butter during last minute of churning to create swirls.
  • Chocolate chips – Just like with peanut butter, add at the very end of churning just enough to mix in.
  • Mint – Add peppermint extract to a blender.
  • Pitted cherries – Fresh or frozen, add at the end of churning.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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