It is a total fact: ice cream makes the world a better place and if you are into the homemade variety (which clearly you are if you’re reading this) these healthy 5 ingredient vegan chocolate ice cream bars are for you. They are all the things a homemade chocolate ice cream should be- fudgy, creamy, delicious and and kid-friendly (if there are no nut allergies these peanut butter chocolate ice cream pops are great too).
It took me a few goes to get these right- not because the recipe is difficult (it is easy) but because it was hard to find a coconut cream I liked.
So many brands have an off taste. The brands I most like to use in cooking (like Ayam) have wonderful ingredients but the flavour wasn’t right.
After a few attempts, I settled on the Honest to Goodness as the best tasting for this recipe.
The recipe method is as simple as can be- blend everything until smooth. Alternatively you could whisk everything in a pot over low heat if you don’t have a blender.
The ingredient list for your 5 ingredient vegan chocolate ice cream
- Coconut cream or coconut milk. The most important aspect to this recipe is Choosing a delicious coconut cream. I tried this recipe with many brands and Honest to Goodness had the best taste by far. I also tried using their coconut whipping cream with great success. Natures charm coconut whipping cream also tested great.
- Cashews. Soaked nuts add a fudge texture to these chocolate ice-creams and balance the coconut taste. You could use raw or roasted nuts.
- Cocoa or cacao powder. I like to use raw cacao as the flavour is lighter in a no bake recipe. I love the loving earth cacao.
- Pure maple syrup or your preferred sweetener. Maple syrup is the best choice in terms of flavour. I found brown rice syrup too strong. Honey is a great choice too if you are ok with a mild chocolate-honey flavour.
- Pure vanilla extract. Vanilla is to chocolate what salt is to avocado- don’t underestimate its place. Vanilla extract also helps to avoid ice crystals forming due to its alcohol content.
- Salt. Because, flavour.
- Ice cream moulds. I use these ones but other readers have recommended the Kuvings one that are available at supermarkets.
Homemade chocolate ice cream is absolutely easy to nail- its fail proof really so long as you choose good-tasting ingredients. If you don’t have moulds yet, you might prefer this scoop-able chocolate tahini ice cream. If you want to buy moulds I love these ones from Silikomart.
Frequently asked questions
My ice cream is too hard, what can I do?
It is normal for the ice creams to be hard straight from the freezer. For mini ice creams allow 5-10 mins to defrost and for a larger ice cream allow 10 minus in winter. They will be creamy and fudgy and perfect after that.
I don’t have canned coconut cream where I live. What can I use instead?
I wouldn’t recommend swapping out anything for this recipe, however if you have access to canned coconut milk use that instead.
Can I omit the maple syrup?
Yes and no. Sweetness is needed to balance out the cacao and makes the ice cream more creamy. I would substitute with pitted dates or banana at the least.
Looking for more healthy vegan ice cream recipes? Try these:
- vegan chocolate coconut ice cream pops
- Blueberry and vanilla bean ice-cream
- Raw strawberry cream slice
- Creamy vegan chocolate ice-cream with only 5 ingredients
We hope you enjoy these healthy vegan chocolate ice cream bars as much as we do. If you try the recipe we welcome your feedback and reviews below.Print
These healthy vegan chocolate ice cream bars are made with just 5 ingredients and an optional chocolate coating. They’re one bowl, no churn, creamy, dairy free and family friendly.
1/2 cup raw cashews
200g coconut cream (see notes)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract (see notes)
1/3 cup cacao or cocoa powder
3 Tsp pure maple syrup
1/8 tsp salt
To make the optional chocolate coating.
150g dark chocolate or vegan white chocolate
1 Tbsp coconut cream
1 Tbsp buckwheat grouts, optional
- Soak cashews in water for 4 hours then drain and rinse. NOTE; If you are in a rush or your blender/food processor is not high powered place cashews and 2 cups water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes then turn off the heat and drain- you can use the cashews instantly if you follow the boiling method.
- Set aside your preferred moulds and ensure you have popsicle sticks handy. This recipe makes 4 large magnum style ice creams, or 8 mini ones. You can use any ice cream mould or, alternatively, dixie paper cups.
- Add drained cashews with all the remaining ingredients to your blender or food processor and blend on high for 1 minute or until completely smooth. Divide the mixture between your moulds and insert a popsicle stick. Freeze for 4 plus hours.
To make the optional chocolate coating.
- Finely chop the chocolate and place in a heat proof bowl with the coconut cream. Add 2cm water to a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Place heatproof bowl on top of the saucepan- it should sit on the rim and not touch the water. Reduce heat to low and gently melt until the chocolate is completely liquid and quite runny. Stir through buckwheat if using. Turn off heat and set aside.
- Remove ice creams from the freezer. Line a small tray with baking paper or a silicone mat. Remove the first ice cream from its mould and immediately coat with the chocolate. This is best done with a spoon, pouring chocolate over the surface and allowing the excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. Place on the lined tray and repeat with remaining ice creams. The trick here is to move quickly. If the chocolate becomes too cold and thick return to the heat and melt again until it is thin and drippy, or you won’t have enough chocolate to coat the ice creams. Once all ice cream bars are coated transfer to the fridge for 10 minutes to set.
To store, place individually in a ziplock bag. Remove as much air from the bag as possible then seal. Alternatively you can store in an airtight container, however after 1 week you can expect ice crystals to form.
To serve. As these vegan chocolate ice creams are low in sugar they will freeze firmly. You must allow 5-10 minutes (depending on the ice cream size and ambient temperature of teh day) to soften, after which time you will have a creamy, fudgy ice cream.
- I trialled many coconut cream brands. The best tasting I could find for this recipe was Honest to Goodness, or Natures Charm whipping cream. Ensure you use a coconut cream that tastes good straight from the can, as the flavour will shine through.
- Vanilla extract is recommended for flavour but also plays a part in preventing ice crystals from forming due to the alcohol content. I advise to not omit it.
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