Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream with Sea Salt

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This Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream recipe with sea salt has only 7 ingredients and is SO easy to make! It’s a perfect healthy summer dessert! Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free and vegan! 

overhead view of a rectangular metal container filled with paleo chocolate ice cream with two cones in it

Sea salt and chocolate are a match made in heaven.

Seriously, one lesson I have learned on my culinary journey {so far} is that adding a touch of sea salt to a cholcatey dessert is always a good idea. Always.

The inspiration for this Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream with Sea Salt came to me on a date night with Ritch before Mara was born. We went out for ice cream and  chocolate peanut butter wasn’t an option {GASP}!

After getting over my disappointment, I opted for the sea salt chocolate fudge {and of course, had them mix in some peanut butter}. It was the BEST ice cream flavor I had ever tried. Seriously the saltiness offset the bittersweet chocolate so well my mind was blown!  However, my body didn’t love me the next day {because dairy is definitely not by BFF}. So, I decided I had to recreate a healthier, dairy-free chocolate ice cream recipe at home…STAT.

overhead view of a rectangular container of paleo chocolate ice cream with an ice cream scoop scooping out a scoop of it

Enter this Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream with Sea Salt! It is super creamy and irresistibly chocolatey, but not overly sweet. The sea salt adds a depth of flavor and richness that is out-of-this-world good. This vegan chocolate ice cream recipe is sure to become a summer dessert staple in your house, as it is in mine!

Not only is this Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream crazy yummy, but it’s also healthy and suitable for just about anyone! It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, nut free and has zero refined sugar! Plus it’s vegan friendly! So even the most sensitive eater in your life can enjoy this frozen treat!

side view of a rectangular metal container filled with paleo chocolate ice cream with two cones in it

How to make Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream with Sea Salt 

1. Use a Vitamix to make the base

Making this ice cream is SUPER easy! Simply melt the chocolate and coconut oil together, then toss all the ingredients into a blender {Vitamix} and blend for 30-60 seconds until smooth!

2. Do not chill the base before churning!

Pour the mixture directly from the blender container into an ice cream maker and let it churn! Do not chill it before putting it in the ice cream maker to churn! Something important to note: always turn on your ice cream maker before pouring the ice cream mixture in. Doing this keeps the ice cream from freezing to the bottom/sides, which can hinder the churning process!

3. Freeze!

Once the ice cream has finished churning, transfer it to a freezer-friendly container. Let it freeze for at least 1 hour before digging in!

front view of two sugar cones drizzled with chocolate with scoops of paleo chocolate ice cream on them with the ice cream dripping down

Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream: Substitutions

As always, I recommend making this recipe exactly as written! There are a couple substitutions that will still result in a delicious frozen treat!

  • Please do not substitute the coconut cream. I have found that coconut cream makes the absolute best dairy-free chocolate ice cream on the planet. Any other non-dairy milk will likely result in a sub-par final product. So please, go buy some and thank me later.
  • Honey: For a vegan option use maple syrup! You can try other liquid sweeteners, although I have only used honey & maple syrup so I cannot say with certainty that they will taste as yummy! If you do try another liquid sweetener, report how it went in the comments!
  • Unsweetened chocolate: Any variety of chocolate works here! I recommend keeping it dark, but if you’re more of a milk chocolate person that works too.

That’s it! I do not recommend making any other substitutions in this recipe!

overhead view of a scoop of paleo chocolate ice cream with cocoa nibs sprinkled on it



Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream with Sea Salt

This Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream recipe has only 7 ingredients and is SO easy to make! It’s a perfect healthy summer dessert! Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free and vegan! 
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



  • 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 !


*Nutritional information calculated based on this recipe yielding 6, 1/3 cup servings! 


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.

Did you enjoy this recipe? Have a question? Leave a comment below!

Front view of a hand holding a sugar cone with paleo chocolate ice cream dripping down the cone drizzled with chocolate topped with sea salt

Now that summer is {finally} in full swing here in Utah, I could eat this Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream with Sea Salt every single day! If you give this recipe a whirl please let me know in the comments below! And don’t forget to snap a picture and tag @joyfoodsunsine so I can see your creation!

Question: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?! 

Need some more ice cream recipes? 

Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream {vegan friendly}

Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream {vegan-friendly}

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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?

  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!

    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!