Dairy-Free Chocolate Ice Cream with Toasted Coconut {Recipe}

Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream with Toasted Coconut.  YUM!  This amazing homemade ice cream uses Silk almond milk, coconut milk, & coconut oil to create the creamiest non-dairy ice cream you will ever try!  You won't believe it's dairy free!

There are many, many reasons I love my stand mixer, but when husband surprised me a few years ago with an ice cream maker attachment, it brought that love to a whole new level.  Homemade ice-cream?  I could eat it all day long!  Mmmmmm….ice cream….so good…..

When it comes to flavor, we are a family of coconut fanatics.  Since another family favorite is our Silk Almond Milk–we seriously cannot get enough of either the vanilla or dark chocolate flavors–I thought it would be a fun challenge to see if I could “healthify” our ice-cream (and make it dairy-free) without sacrificing any flavor.  After all, if it doesn’t taste good, what’s the point?

Husband was beyond skeptical and I have to be honest that my first attempt was a complete and utter FAIL!  I didn’t wait quite long enough to make sure the ice cream mixture was sufficiently chilled before I put it in the ice-cream maker, so the bowl warmed up too quickly and the ice-cream never froze.  Oops.

I was a lot more patient the second go-round, and it paid off because the resulting ice-cream was the richest, creamiest, yummiest chocolate-coconut ice cream we have ever had.  Even my dairy-loving husband was impressed, and that is saying something.  The best part is that you can actually feel good about serving it to your kids.  It is chock-full of healthy goodness like almond milk, coconut oil, and coconut milk, and contains less sugar than traditional ice cream.

Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream with Toasted Coconut.  YUM!  This amazing homemade ice cream uses Silk almond milk, coconut milk, & coconut oil to create the creamiest chocolate-coconut ice cream you will ever try!  You won't believe it's dairy free!

Here is what you need:

1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon coconut oil
3/4 cup sugar
1 can coconut milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
3 cups Silk Almond Milk (I used the vanilla flavor)
1 cup toasted coconut, plus extra for topping
(toast coconut by spreading it on a cookie sheet and baking at 350 degrees for 10 minutes)
 

Note: If you are using the ice cream attachment bowl, turn your freezer to its coldest setting, then make sure the bowl has been chilled in this very cold freezer for at least 24 hours!  Making ice cream is not hard, but this part is important!

Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream with Toasted Coconut.  YUM!  This amazing homemade ice cream uses Silk almond milk, coconut milk, & coconut oil to create the creamiest chocolate-coconut ice cream you will ever try!  You won't believe it's dairy free!

Step 1:  Whisk together cocoa powder, sugar, and coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat.

Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream with Toasted Coconut.  YUM!  This amazing homemade ice cream uses Silk almond milk, coconut milk, & coconut oil to create the creamiest chocolate-coconut ice cream you will ever try!  You won't believe it's dairy free!

Step 2Shake coconut milk well, then add coconut milk & vanilla to sugar mixture.  Whisk well.  Heat to almost boiling, stirring frequently, until mixture just begins to bubble.

Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream with Toasted Coconut.  YUM!  This amazing homemade ice cream uses Silk almond milk, coconut milk, & coconut oil to create the creamiest chocolate-coconut ice cream you will ever try!  You won't believe it's dairy free!

Step 3:  Stir in Silk Almond Milk.  Heat again to almost boiling.  Remove from heat.

Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream with Toasted Coconut.  YUM!  This amazing homemade ice cream uses Silk almond milk, coconut milk, & coconut oil to create the creamiest chocolate-coconut ice cream you will ever try!  You won't believe it's dairy free!

Step 4:  Turn your refrigerator to the coldest setting; chill mixture overnight or for at least 8-10 hours.  Do not get impatient and try to make the ice cream before the mixture is completely chilled!

Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream with Toasted Coconut.  YUM!  This amazing homemade ice cream uses Silk almond milk, coconut milk, & coconut oil to create the creamiest chocolate-coconut ice cream you will ever try!  You won't believe it's dairy free!

Step 5:  Insert ice cream bowl and paddle on stand mixer, then quickly pour in chilled chocolate mixture.

Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream with Toasted Coconut.  YUM!  This amazing homemade ice cream uses Silk almond milk, coconut milk, & coconut oil to create the creamiest chocolate-coconut ice cream you will ever try!  You won't believe it's dairy free!

Step 6: Turn mixer on low and mix for approximately 10-15 minutes, until ice cream begins to thicken.

Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream with Toasted Coconut.  YUM!  This amazing homemade ice cream uses Silk almond milk, coconut milk, & coconut oil to create the creamiest chocolate-coconut ice cream you will ever try!  You won't believe it's dairy free!

Step 7:  Add toasted coconut to mixture, then continue mixing on low speed for another 10-15 minutes.

Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream with Toasted Coconut.  YUM!  This amazing homemade ice cream uses Silk almond milk, coconut milk, & coconut oil to create the creamiest chocolate-coconut ice cream you will ever try!  You won't believe it's dairy free!

Step 8: When ice cream has reached the consistency of soft-serve, remove from ice cream maker and place in large storage container.  Freeze ice cream for 2-3 hours, then scoop and enjoy!  (You can eat it immediately, but it will be quite soft.)

Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream with Toasted Coconut.  YUM!  This amazing homemade ice cream uses Silk almond milk, coconut milk, & coconut oil to create the creamiest chocolate-coconut ice cream you will ever try!  You won't believe it's dairy free!

Yum!

Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream with Toasted Coconut.  YUM!  This amazing homemade ice cream uses Silk almond milk, coconut milk, & coconut oil to create the creamiest chocolate-coconut ice cream you will ever try!  You won't believe it's dairy free!

This post was underwritten by Silk.  All opinions are mine.  Silk products have been an important part of my family’s diet for many years, and I am thrilled to be participating as a brand ambassador in the Silk Blogger Program this year.  Silk’s products include soy milk, almond milk, and coconut milk as well as dairy-free creamers, fruit & protein drinks, and iced lattes (YUM!)

All Silk products are free of dairy, gluten, lactose, casein, egg, and MSG.  They also contain no GMOs!  Silk Soy, Almond, & Coconut milks all contain 50% more calcium than dairy milk (but fewer calories), and can easily be swapped out in your favorite cereals and recipes.  Best of all, unlike traditional dairy milk, Silk products go on sale quite often AND have coupons available.  In fact, you can get a $1.00 off coupon right on the Silk website!  Yay!

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{ 16 comments… add one }

  • Bonnie Todd July 24,

    This sounds delicious! I love anything coconut!

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    • Ruth Soukup July 24,

      Me too Bonnie! I highly recommend it! :-)

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  • Mel July 24,

    I love the dark chocolate silk almond milk so much! I could literally drink the whole carton in one sitting. My kids love it too and ask for it every day. I’m excited about the coupon! Thanks Ruth!

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    • Ruth Soukup July 24,

      My kids love it so much too! It never lasts for more than a few days around here. :-)

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  • Caroline July 24,

    This looks really good. Was the ice cream maker new or have you used it to make regular dairy ice cream before? Just curious how it compares? Does this version have less fat and calories?

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    • Ruth Soukup July 24,

      I’ve had the ice cream maker for about 4 years and I’ve used it to make lots of regular ice cream. We like it super creamy so I always use heavy cream rather than light cream or half & half. This was my first try at dairy free and I honestly didn’t think it could possibly be as good as “real” ice cream, but it was incredible! SO creamy & delicious–none of us could tell the difference. I didn’t calculate the fat & calories but my guess that it is probably quite a bit lower in both. However, with the coconut milk and coconut oil, it is definitely NOT low fat or low calorie!

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  • marlin July 24,

    Looks Yummy…! I grew up around coconut trees and ate lots of them :) And I love it ! I would like to try this recipe. I wonder if I can use a regular mixer or you have to use ice cream mixer because I don’t have one :(
    Marlin

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    • Ruth Soukup August 1,

      You definitely need some sort of ice cream freezer. :-(

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  • C. Addam @ storage encryption July 25,

    Ah ha, finally I’ve found a great recipe for coming up weekend tea party.

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    • Ruth Soukup August 1,

      Let me know what you think!

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  • LeDena Degagne August 3,

    Can this be made sugar free…like with agave or splenda or sweet n low…We are housefull of lactose free, sugar free kids and adults, because of allergies and Diabetes.. We all miss ice cream so much….

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  • Thelma August 4,

    This recipe looks great and I may just try it as my son is very lactose intolerant. My question, however, is can you replace the coconut products for another, as I myself am allergic to coconut. Thanks.

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  • Laura September 10,

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe! We are huge dairy-loving, ice cream addicts over here and were looking for a nice *healthier* and more natural alternative to heavy, fatty, ice creams. This is seriously amazing stuff! I had planned to make it after dinner one night and failed to thoroughly read the part about allowing everything to chill. As I got out all of my ingredients and was ready to get mixing, my heart sank because I didn’t have the time to allow everything to cool down. In a pinch, I discovered a great way to make this recipe if you’re short on time….without heating/cooking it!
    -I melted the coconut oil in a small bowl in the microwave. It only took about 15 seconds. I watched super closely to make sure it was *just* melted, but not heated.
    -Then I whisked the cocoa powder into the coconut oil until completely blended and smooth.
    -I poured the can of coconut milk into my large mixing bowl and then whisked and slowly added the coconut oil/cocoa powder mixture into that.
    From there, I just whisked in the remaining ingredients into the big bowl… and voile! Same result!
    I found that if you just melt the coconut oil (but not seriously heat it up), the entire mixture stays nice and cool. When I added it to my ice cream maker bowl, it froze perfectly!
    I’m a big nut/chocolate addict, so I added 1/2 cup of roasted, salted, chopped almonds and 1/2 cup of chopped dark chocolate with the toasted coconut.
    It tastes just like an almond joy bar!!!!
    Hopefully this little tip helps if you ever want to make this in a pinch! :)
    *I’ve also made this recipe once with light coconut milk (when I didn’t have the real stuff on hand), once with agave nectar and once with 100% pure organic maple syrup…. just to try subbing for sugar. All still tasted great!
    Love your blog!!!! You are such an inspiration! Keep it up! My house/organization would be a disaster without you!
    Laura

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    • Ruth Soukup September 10,

      Great ideas! Thanks, Laura!

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  • Teresa January 7,

    Looks awesome! Can’t wait to try it with my ice cream maker. I only use organic almond milk though, as almonds are known to be sprayed very heavily with pesticides. Thanks for the recipe!

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  • SheilaG @ Plum Doodles March 21,

    This looks sooo yummy! I use Silk unsweetened almond milk instead of dairy for most everything, so I can’t wait to try it in ice cream. I like their coconut milk also, and am wondering if I could use it instead of the canned coconut milk- do you know how much I would use?

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