Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream! A healthy ice cream recipe that is ultra creamy. Made with 6 good-for-you ingredients! Dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar free, vegan & paleo friendly! Made in the #Vitamix!

This recipe goes out to all my lactose-intolerant soul-sisters (and misters). Those of us who truly can’t eat dairy without serious consequences. Those of us who wish we could go swimming in a sea of ice cream or sail away on a boat made of cheese. Those of us whose tastebuds scream for the cream but our tummies beg us to stay away. This Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream is the answer to all your life’s problems.

I have tried my hand at many dairy-free ice cream recipes with next to no luck. They all turn out icy or rock-hard and definitely lack in the creaminess department. Not this Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream…oh no! I struck pure gold here, and I credit the success to the use of coconut cream! Using coconut cream instead of other non-dairy milk makes this dairy-free ice cream just as creamy (or dare I say creamier) than it’s dairy-full counterparts.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream! A healthy ice cream recipe that is ultra creamy. Made with 6 good-for-you ingredients! Dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar free, vegan & paleo friendly! Made in the #Vitamix!

Let’s start with the fact that there are only six, good-for-you ingredients that make up this Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream! It is free of dairy, gluten, soy, and refined sugar! Plus it can be made vegan by substituting maple syrup for the honey! You can even make this paleo if you use creamy almond butter instead of peanut butter! There are so many healthy options with this amazingly creamy dessert recipe!

Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream! A healthy ice cream recipe that is ultra creamy. Made with 6 good-for-you ingredients! Dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar free, vegan & paleo friendly! Made in the #Vitamix!

Let’s continue with the fact that this recipe is insanely easy! The first thing you need to do is make the frozen peanut butter balls! Everybody knows that the absolute best chocolate peanut butter ice cream has giant chunks of peanut butter mixed in.

There have been (many) times that I actually added extra peanut butter balls to store-bought ice cream because there simply wasn’t enough! So pretty please don’t skimp on peanut butter goodness! There’s nothing fancy about making the chunks…just dollop globs of your favorite peanut butter onto a tray lined with waxed paper and toss them in the freezer for at least one hour (preferably a little longer) until they’re completely frozen.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream! A healthy ice cream recipe that is ultra creamy. Made with 6 good-for-you ingredients! Dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar free, vegan & paleo friendly! Made in the #Vitamix!

Next, add all of the ingredients into a Vitamix and blend until smooth! Then pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and let it churn! It’s very important that (unlike many other recipes) you do not chill your ice cream base. It must go directly from the Vitamix into the ice cream maker.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream! A healthy ice cream recipe that is ultra creamy. Made with 6 good-for-you ingredients! Dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar free, vegan & paleo friendly! Made in the #Vitamix!

TIP: When using an ice cream maker it is crucial that you turn the machine on before you pour the mixture into it! Pouring ice cream into an already moving container ensures that it will not freeze to the bottom or sides, which could hinder the churning process by preventing the machine from rotating.

When your Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream forms a ball and no longer has a liquid consistency, it is done! At this point it could become so thick that the ice cream maker stops rotating, which is another indicator that it’s ready!

Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream! A healthy ice cream recipe that is ultra creamy. Made with 6 good-for-you ingredients! Dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar free, vegan & paleo friendly! Made in the #Vitamix!

Now you’re left with a heap of frozen chocolatey, peanut buttery goodness and your frozen balls of peanut butter! The peanut butter “globs” will thaw very rapidly, especially if you choose to use an all-natural variety. This just means that you need to mix in the chunks as  quickly as possible when you remove them from the freezer!

Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream! A healthy ice cream recipe that is ultra creamy. Made with 6 good-for-you ingredients! Dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar free, vegan & paleo friendly! Made in the #Vitamix!

You can either mix the peanut butter balls in by hand, or add them to your ice cream maker before the base forms a ball too solid to add mix-ins . Since I am usually doing 1.5 million other things while my ice cream is churning, I choose to mix them in by hand because I miss my window of opportunity! 🙂

Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream! A healthy ice cream recipe that is ultra creamy. Made with 6 good-for-you ingredients! Dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar free, vegan & paleo friendly! Made in the #Vitamix!

You will have to toss this Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream in the freezer for at least 1 hour for it to fully harden. But trust me…it is so worth the wait.

Something very important to know about me is that I believe Chocolate Peanut Butter is the only flavor of ice cream worth eating. All other flavors are dead to me. If I walk into an ice cream shop and they do not have chocolate peanut butter…or a chocolatey ice cream with the option to add a peanut butter topping, or they have a chunk-less chocolate peanut butter flavor, I usually just don’t order anything. I know, I sound like a brat…or I could just be a woman who knows exactly what she wants and will settle for nothing less. Yep. let’s go with that.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream! A healthy ice cream recipe that is ultra creamy. Made with 6 good-for-you ingredients! Dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar free, vegan & paleo friendly! Made in the #Vitamix!

Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream: Substitutions 

This ice cream is absolutely the best when made exactly as written! There are NO substitutions for coconut cream, you will sacrifice creaminess and texture if you try a different dairy-free liquid.

Peanut Butter: If you are allergic to peanuts you can use any nut or seed butter! Or go crazy and use chocolate flavored peanut butter or nutella, the possibilities are endless! Although my favorite is simple, creamy peanut butter!

Honey: Maple syrup can be used in place of honey! That is the only other liquid sweetener I have tried! However if you try others {agave, brown rice syrup, etc} let me know how it goes in the comments below!

That’s it! Since the list of ingredients is super short, so is the list of possible substitutions! 🙂

Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream! A healthy ice cream recipe that is ultra creamy. Made with 6 good-for-you ingredients! Dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar free, vegan & paleo friendly! Made in the #Vitamix!

Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Ingredients

Instructions

    To make PB Balls:
  1. Cover an 8x8” baking pan with wax paper. Drop 1 tsp spoonfuls of PB on the waxed paper. Put in the freezer to harden.
  2. To make Ice cream:
  3. Add all ice cream ingredients in the order listed to the container of a Vitamix (or other high-powered blender).
  4. Blend for 30-60 seconds or until the mixtures is smooth and homogenous.
  5. Turn the ice cream maker on and pour the mixture into the machine while it is spinning. (**See note below if you do not have an ice cream maker)
  6. Let the ice cream churn for 20-25 minutes until it becomes a firm ball or the ice cream maker stops rotating.
  7. Add the peanut butter chunks at the end of churning. You can add them to the ice cream maker just before the mixture becomes too hard, or you can mix them in by hand.
  8. Transfer to an airtight, freezer-friendly container and put in the freezer for at least 1 hour, or until completely frozen.
  9. Makes about 1 pint of creamy DELICIOUSNESS!

Notes

**If you do not have an ice cream maker (I highly recommend purchasing one...I bought my first one on clearance at Target for $7!)...you can church this ice cream by hand! Pour your base from the Vitamix into a freezer-safe container with a lid. Mix it by hand every 15-20 minutes until it begins to harden. Once it's soft and has a milkshake consistency, add in your frozen peanut butter balls! Keep churning every 20 minutes until it is hardened.

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream! A healthy ice cream recipe that is ultra creamy. Made with 6 good-for-you ingredients! Dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar free, vegan & paleo friendly! Made in the #Vitamix!

This Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream is one of my top 10 favorite dessert recipes ever. I am so excited that I get to share it with the world! I hope that it will be just as life-changing for you as it was for me. Want to take this to a whole new level? Serve it on top of dairy free brownies (recipes here, here, and here) or on top of cookies (like these, these or these)!

Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream! A healthy ice cream recipe that is ultra creamy. Made with 6 good-for-you ingredients! Dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar free, vegan & paleo friendly! Made in the #Vitamix!

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream! A healthy ice cream recipe that is ultra creamy. Made with 6 good-for-you ingredients! Dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar free, vegan & paleo friendly! Made in the #Vitamix!