Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream

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This paleo chocolate ice cream recipe is easy to make with 7 ingredients! It’s a rich and chocolatey ice cream that is as nutritious as it is delicious!

Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream in a dish with ice cream cones

This paleo chocolate ice cream recipe is for my friends who love ice cream but can’t fully enjoy dairy-full varieties (also try my dairy-free chocolate peanut butter ice cream).

It’s so rich and chocolate no one ever guesses there’s no dairy or refined sugar. The addition of sea salt makes it absolutely perfect!

an ice cream scoop taking a scoop of Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream out of a container

Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream: Ingredients & Substitutions

overhead photo of the labeled ingredients in this Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream recipe
  • Coconut cream. Full-fat coconut milk works just as well as coconut cream. I don’t recommend any other substitutions.
  • Coconut oil: cashew butter, almond butter or peanut butter are great substitutes.
  • Honey: Maple syrup can be used in place of honey for a vegan version.
  • Unsweetened chocolate: choose your favorite -dark or milk. Make sure to choose a paleo version if you need to!
Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream in a container with ice cream cones

How to make Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream

Let’s walk through this recipe together!

Begin by adding all the ingredients for the paleo chocolate ice cream into the container of a Vitamix (or another high-powered blender) and blend until smooth.

Then pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and churn. It’s important that (unlike many other recipes) you do not chill the chocolate peanut butter ice cream mixture! It must go directly from the Vitamix into the ice cream maker.

The bowl of your ice cream maker must be frozen in order to churn the ice cream!

Turn on Ice cream maker

Turn the ice cream maker 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.

Freeze/Store

Once the ice cream has churned, freeze it for at least 2 hours before serving. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Serve

You may need to remove it from the freezer for 5 minutes to soften enough to scoop and serve. Serve it with your favorite toppings or plain!

two ice cream cones with Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream

Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream FAQs

Can I double this recipe?

Yes, you can easily double this recipe – just make sure your ice cream maker is large enough.

Can I add mix-ins?

Absolutely! Add cookie dough, Oreo cookies, etc.

an ice cream scoop with Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream and cocoa nibs

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Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream with Sea Salt

Laura
This paleo chocolate ice cream recipe is easy to make with 7 ingredients! It's a rich and chocolatey ice cream that is as nutritious as it is delicious!
5 from 8 votes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 pint
Calories 230.6
Prep Time10 minutes
Freezing time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • In a microwave safe dish, melt together the chocolate and coconut oil
  • Add the ingredients in the order listed to the container of a Vitamix (or other high-powered blender)
  • Blend, starting on low speed then increasing to high, for 30-60 seconds or until all ingredients are combined and the mixture is smooth.
  • Turn on an electric ice cream maker.
  • Pour the mixture from the blender container into your ice cream maker as it spins.
  • Let the ice cream churn for 20-25 minutes until it becomes a firm ball or the ice cream maker stops rotating.
  • Transfer to a glass Tupperware container and freeze for at least 1 hour, or until you’re ready to eat it!
  • Makes about 1 pint of creamy DELICIOUSNESS !

Notes

Ingredient Substitution Notes
  • Coconut cream. Full-fat coconut milk works just as well as coconut cream. I don’t recommend any other substitutions.
  • Coconut oil: cashew butter, almond butter or peanut butter are great substitutes.
  • Honey: Maple syrup can be used in place of honey for a vegan version.
  • Unsweetened chocolate: choose your favorite -dark or milk. Make sure to choose a paleo version if you need to!
Store/Freeze
Once the ice cream is finished, freeze it for at least 1 hour before serving. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.333cup | Calories: 230.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.1g | Protein: 1.9g | Fat: 19.4g | Potassium: 95.6mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 12.4g | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    Holy Smoke, this has to be one of the best chocolate ice creams on the planet!
    Just a small enquiry – was I suppose to freeze it directly in the base of my ice cream maker? Also, how long can you freeze this stuff for? Is there a way to make it freeze less Rock hard?
    Thanks!

  2. Hi Laura!

    Thanks so much for sharing this and it looks awesome!! If my coconut cream does not contain guar gum, is that a problem? Have any of the brands you have tried not contained guar gum and been successful?

    Thank you so much!
    Jennifer

    1. They can be doubled, however you will likely need to churn them in two, separate batches. My standard-sized ice cream maker does not have the capacity to churn a double batch!

    1. Hey Ann! I do recommend using an ice cream maker! You could churn it by hand (mix it up every 15 minutes as it sets in the freezer) however an ice cream maker is a must-have appliance in my opinion! Especially if you need dairy-free ice cream…it saves you so much money in the long run! I bought my first one for $7 on clearance at Target! Then I found a very high quality one on our neighborhood yard sale page for $20! You can definitely find them cheap!

  3. Before I became a foodie, I thought it was super weird when chocolate recipes were paired with sea salt. But now I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND the delicious sweet and salty combo! This ice cream looks so creamy and dreamy!

    1. Hey Kim! I’m sorry I do not include carb/calorie counts! But I know there are many web resources that do!

  4. Laura, these photos are STUNNING! I am so in love with this recipe—- can’t wait to try sometime this summer!

  5. Oh my word! My mouth is watering! This looks so flipping good! I cannot wait to give this one a try!

  6. Not only does this recipe look and sounds amazing but your PICTURES!! They are so good! When I would see them going through my social media they would catch my eye! You did a great job!