Vegan & Paleo Cookie Dough Ice Cream! A healthy & delicious dessert recipe absolutely loaded with chunks of cookie dough! Gluten, dairy & refined sugar free!

How many of you love vacation?  We went on our first family vacation in 6 years this June and it was glorious. I am so blessed to have grown up with a dad who highly valued family travel. So much, in fact, that we vacationed every year…without exception! My sister and I nearly met our goal to visit all the beaches in the song “Kokomo” by the Beach Boys! The only two we’ve missed were Kokomo and Bermuda! We had many amazing experiences in some of the most beautiful places on the planet.

One of the best parts of vacation, of course, is the food! Depending on where you travel the cuisine can vary…however the one food that is available no matter what part of the world you visit is ice cream! Seriously, have you ever been on a get-away that didn’t include at least one stop at the local ice cream shop? I know I haven’t!

The problem is, that this lady and dairy do not get along, like at all…and very few tourist towns have vegan ice cream shops {major bummer}. I created this Vegan & Paleo Cookie Dough Ice Cream to make all my dreams {and yours} come true. Grab a spoon and dive right into this creamy dreamy vanilla ice cream completely loaded with cookie dough!

Vegan & Paleo Cookie Dough Ice Cream! A healthy & delicious dessert recipe absolutely loaded with chunks of cookie dough! Gluten, dairy & refined sugar free!

This Paleo Cookie Dough Ice Cream uses my vegan and Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream as the base, and adds an insane amount of giant chunks of cookie dough {that is also paleo AND vegan}! Seriously, I am not one to play around with my add-ins. Have you ever bought ice cream from the store and found two measly chunks of cookie dough {or brownies or Reese’s Cups} in the entire container?! MAJOR bummer right there if you ask me!

Vegan & Paleo Cookie Dough Ice Cream! A healthy & delicious dessert recipe absolutely loaded with chunks of cookie dough! Gluten, dairy & refined sugar free!

Well never fear. This Paleo Cookie Dough Ice Cream has a borderline insane ratio of ice cream to cookie dough….which is just the way I like it. I mean seriously, look at that picture above. Alllll of that cookie dough got mixed into that container of vanilla ice cream…because I want a hunk {or chunk} of doughy goodness in every. single. bite.

Don’t judge, you know in a perfect world all ice cream would be this way. But we don’t live in a perfect world {stating the scary obvious truth right?}…so if you want ice cream done right, you need to make it yourself!

Vegan & Paleo Cookie Dough Ice Cream! A healthy & delicious dessert recipe absolutely loaded with chunks of cookie dough! Gluten, dairy & refined sugar free!

Story time: Since as far back as I can remember whenever we got ice cream I would always order extra mix ins. Especially at Dairy Queen,

“Can I please have a blizzard with chocolate ice cream and extra cookie dough.”

I would then receive my order and march right back up to the counter and say, “ummm…I ordered extra cookie dough….” and the sweet {and slightly annoyed} worker would hand me an extra scoop on the side.

Yep. I take my frozen treats seriously. Especially because eating dairy-filled ice cream always comes with a cost for me,  you better believe I am going to make sure every bite is perfect.

Vegan & Paleo Cookie Dough Ice Cream! A healthy & delicious dessert recipe absolutely loaded with chunks of cookie dough! Gluten, dairy & refined sugar free!

This Paleo Cookie Dough Ice Cream is not a variety that I have to think twice about eating. I can dive right in without hesitation because not only is it easy on my tummy…but it is made with so many healthy ingredients! It is dairy-free and gluten-free, with no refined-sugar! Using Enjoy Life Foods mini chocolate chips ensures that this ice cream complies with even the strictest diets!

And what about the taste?! Amazing! My oldest daughter is obsessed with this Paleo Cookie Dough Ice Cream! She chooses it over the regular dairy-full varieties in our freezer! I’m not gonna lie, I have a hard time sharing this deliciousness, even with my own kid! But I’m a mom and she comes first so I share because I love her. 😉

Vegan & Paleo Cookie Dough Ice Cream! A healthy & delicious dessert recipe absolutely loaded with chunks of cookie dough! Gluten, dairy & refined sugar free!

Paleo Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Ingredients

Instructions

    Make the Cookie Dough Pieces:
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the almond flour, salt, baking soda, and coconut sugar, set aside.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the almond butter and coconut oil (warm for about 1 minute). Mix until well combined.
  3. Add honey, vanilla and almond milk, stir until combined.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until homogenous.
  5. Add mini chocolate chips and mix well.
  6. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
  7. Roll cookie dough into ½ inch balls or pieces (however you prefer your cookie dough in ice cream), placing each one on the wax paper. Once you have rolled all the dough, place it in the freezer.
  8. Make the ice cream:
  9. Follow instructions here: Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream.
  10. Putting it together:
  11. Once ice cream is finished churning, mix in your cookie dough pieces by hand. Transfer to a freezer-friendly container and freeze for at least 2 hours.
  12. When ready to eat, remove from freezer and let stand at room temperature for at least 5 minutes to make it easier to scoop!
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Vegan & Paleo Cookie Dough Ice Cream! A healthy & delicious dessert recipe absolutely loaded with chunks of cookie dough! Gluten, dairy & refined sugar free!

If you’re an ice cream lover but cannot tolerate dairy, you can also give this Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream recipe a try…which is my all-time favorite. Next on my list is to merge the two…how does dairy-free chocolate peanut butter cookie dough ice cream sound? #goals!

Serve on top of either of these brownies and you will not be sorry!

Fudgy Paleo Brownies

Black Bean Brownies 

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What type of food, or specific dish, have you eaten on vacation that has knocked your socks off? 

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Vegan & Paleo Cookie Dough Ice Cream! A healthy & delicious dessert recipe absolutely loaded with chunks of cookie dough! Gluten, dairy & refined sugar free!