Dark Chocolate Vanilla Ice Cream (DF & Ice Cream Maker-Free!)


I’ve had enough.

On a daily basis, I see these glamorous, Pinterest-pretty photos of ice cream all over the place. I know you have, too!

And I always get sucked in, excitedly reading the ingredients and instructions, until the last step or two calls for an ICE CREAM MAKER.

While this is probably something economical that would complete my kitchen, I travel too much to be able to consistently use and enjoy this item.


So, I decided there has to be a compromise to make a delicious, dairy-free ice cream of sorts.

After all, it’s pretty much a summer necessity!

Enter this simple, ice cream maker-free recipe that I (and you) can make in any kitchen around the world.

Not only is it delicious, natural, and easy to make; it’s low in sugar and glycemic index (especially compared to conventional ice cream) so your health doesn’t miss a beat! Enjoy!!

chocolate vanilla ice cream

Chocolate Vanilla Ice Cream (DF, Ice Cream Maker-Free)


  • Serves 2
  • 1 can organic coconut milk like *this*
  • 1/2 tsp organic vanilla like *this*
  • 40 g 85% dark chocolate like *this*
  • 1 tsp honey like *this*
  • Optional: Chopped nuts of choice


  1. Refrigerate the can of coconut milk overnight so the coconut cream can separate from the water.
  2. The next day, scoop all of the thick coconut cream off the top of the can into a small bowl.
  3. In a medium-sized sauce pan, melt the chocolate on low.
  4. Pour the melted chocolate into the bowl of coconut cream, and swirl around.
  5. Stir in the vanilla and honey.
  6. Place the bowl in the freezer for 1 - 2 hours, until it reaches the desired coldness and/or thickness.
  7. Split into two bowls and serve!



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16 responses on “Dark Chocolate Vanilla Ice Cream (DF & Ice Cream Maker-Free!)

  1. Looks like a great recipe, but crazy expensive! (The chocolate on the Amazon site would cost $40 plus)

    • Hi Dan! I’m not following why it’s expensive… a bar of chocolate costs maybe $3, a jar of coconut milk can be maybe $3.50, and honey and vanilla bought in large quantities is a fraction. If you divide a total of, say, $8 by two servings, it’s only $4!! That’s probably what you would pay for a much more toxic serving of ice cream at a shop. :) As far as the Amazon prices, those are examples of what I buy, and sometimes the prices reflect a package of 4, for instance. Hope this helps! :)

  2. We don’t have an ice cream maker, either. We find great coconut-milk ice cream recipes and make them with frozen fruit and chilled ‘milk’, then freeze in a mason jar for an hour or so. Comes out like soft serve!

    • That sounds delicious! I’ve also seen recipes for using a Vitamix with frozen fruit to make sorbet. I’ll have to try your “soft serve” idea, though. Thank you!

  3. Is it possible to do this using cocoa instead of melted chocolate and vanilla pods instead of essence?
    I’m looking for good desserts to use once I start my paleo-diet, honey is in the grey zone, but as long as it’s not every day I don’t see the problem.

  4. eating this as im writing the post… AMAZING so fluffy! I did not have a chocolate bar handy so I used cacao powder instead and added a banana, simply delicious and so easy. (a little too easy it has me worried i may get addicted).

    Love your blog!

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