Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream

5 from 3 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
  • 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


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


  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.


*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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