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  • Adriano dos Santos

No Churn Dairy-Free Chocolate Ice Cream

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


Servings: 4 Servings

  • 2 can(s) (13.5 oz) Coconut milk (2 14-ounce cans coconut cream OR full- fat; (chilled overnight in the fridge/ I like Trader Joe's; cream; Thai Kitchen; milk)

  • 2/3 cup Cocoa powder, unsweetened (unsweetened; or cacao powder powder)

  • 426 gm Dates (pitted; (if not sticky and moist; soak in warm water for 10 minutes then drain)

  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract, pure (pure)

  • 1/2 cup Almond milk, unsweetened (unsweetened)

  • 29 gm Instant coffee, regular, powder (decaf (cooled)) (optional))

  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon (ground (optional)

  • 1 tbsp Cacao nibs, raw, Sunfoods (optional - for topping)


  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, instant coffee, 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. Top with Cacao nibs 

  11. Will keep in the freezer for up to one week, but best when fresh.

Enjoy it and remember to share your creation with me. Using instagram? Then you can tag me using @adsvitality. Healthy regards, Adriano dos Santos

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