Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream – super creamy and super healthy with absolutely no added sugars. You won’t believe it’s dairy free!
*This post was original published in September 2014. Photos and content updated June 2017. Original recipe remains the same.*
This is one of our favorite sweet treats and it’s ridiculously easy and healthy. My kids asks for this all the time. My son used to call it the “chocolate swirl” when he was younger. I’m not sure where he got the swirl part from though. Call it whatever you want, this Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream is going to be your favorite sweet treat too!
No Churn Ice Cream
My mom was just reminiscing with my aunt the other day about how she and my dad would make homemade ice cream for parties when we were kids. Apparently, we owned an old fashioned ice cream maker. The kind with a hand crank. Part of the “fun” of the party was to take turns turning the crank and churning the ice cream. And when it was ready, it made about 2 cups, so everyone got all of about 1 bite.
This, to me, sounds like most of our best laid family adventure plans – much better when imagined in my head than the reality. There is just NO way that my kids would sit, patiently taking turns with the crank, all for a miniscule taste of the final product.
So thankful that today we have the deliciously quick option of No Churn Ice Cream! It’s all made in a food processor and takes just minutes. Now, instead of listening to my kids fight over whose turn it is to turn the hand crank, I get to listen to them fight about whose turn it is to push the start button on the food processor. It’s an argument that’s over much quicker. 🙂
Made From Healthy Whole Foods
The base of this “ice cream” is made from frozen bananas and there are NO sweeteners added…NONE! I use a little bit of peanut butter to add to the creaminess factor and to deepen the flavor, but I wouldn’t call this chocolate peanut butter ice cream because the flavor isn’t really very pronounced. You could also use cashew butter, almond butter, or even sunflower seed butter for a nut free option.
You won’t believe how good this dairy free chocolate ice cream is!
Soft Serve or Hard Pack or Both!
Another awesome thing about this no churn dairy free ice cream is that you can enjoy either soft serve or hard pack style.
Straight from the food processor, it’s like your favorite creamy soft serve. Feel free to mix in anything your heart desires for a Blizzard style treat.
If you prefer hard pack ice cream, transfer it to a freezer safe container and freeze for 1-2 hours or longer until the desired consistency is reached. (All of these pictures were taken after the ice cream was in the freezer). Top if off with a drizzle of chocolate sauce, fresh berries, or whatever you like. I dotted mine with a few cacao nibs.
Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream
I hope you love this Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream as much as we do. If you try it, please come back and leave me a comment below with your feedback. You can also find me on social media. Be sure to tag @veggie_inspired and #veggieinspired so I’m sure to see it. Enjoy!
- 2 cups frozen bananas (peel and slice over-ripe bananas, then freeze) (2-3 bananas should equal 2 cups in slices, depending on the size of your bananas)
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp organic natural peanut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla bean powder (vanilla extract would work too)
- 1-2 tbsp unsweetened non dairy milk (I used almond. Soy, cashew, or coconut would all work great too)
- 1/4 tsp salt (optional, but brings out the chocolate flavor more)
Place frozen bananas, cocoa powder, peanut butter, vanilla powder (or extract, and salt (if using) in the bowl of a food processor.
- Process for a few minutes. The bananas will start to break down and your food processor might seem like it's working pretty hard. Don't worry, it will be fine.
The mixture will start to break down and get creamy after a few minutes. If it needs a little help getting started add 1 tbsp non dairy milk and process again for another minute or two. Add another tbsp of milk if it's still not breaking down. It helps to pulse a few times towards the end instead of just letting it run if you have just a few chunks of banana left that haven't broken down.
Eat immediately before it melts OR transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze until desired consistency is reached* (1-2 hours or longer).
*If you choose to freeze this dairy free ice cream for a harder consistency, you may need to let it sit out at room temperature for 5-10 minutes (or longer depending on how long it's been in the freezer) before scooping.
This recipe can easily be doubled.
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