We’ve been experimenting with riffs on coconut milk ice cream for a while. Why? We’ve found it a bit easier to make than standard ice cream, which typically involves heating ingredients on a stove and then waiting for them to cool. (And who wants to wait when ice cream is involved?)
The coconut milk base is also a bit lighter on the stomach — and tends to take well to being sweetened with honey, our favorite natural sweetener.
We’d tried a few mint ice cream versions with coconut milk (peppermint stick and mint chocolate chip), but hadn’t yet ventured into the land of chocolate. We were hoping that simply whisking cocoa powder into our standard coconut milk and honey mixture would do the trick.
Oh yes, it did. Please meet — a new favorite dessert. Dark chocolatey goodness. We added a hint of cinnamon for some complexity.
So, it’s naturally sweet, dairy free, gluten free, and vegan (if you’re ok with honey) – if you’re looking for something along those lines.
But more importantly — delicious. (We thought so, at least!)
Looking for other delicious healthy dessert recipes?
Here are some of our favorite delicious and healthy desserts (or, healthier!):
- Amazing Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
- Bliss Bites (Healthy No Bake Cookies)
- Chocolate Chip Gluten Free Skillet Cookie
- Chocolate Tahini No Bake Vegan Cookies
- 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk (refrigerate before using)
- 14-ounce can light coconut milk
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch kosher salt
- In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cans coconut milk and 1/2 cup honey. Whisk in 1/3 cup cocoa powder until it is fully integrated, then mix in the remaining 1/3 cup. Add 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and a pinch of kosher salt.
- Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker (it helps if the mixture is cold before freezing; we keep cans of coconut milk in the refrigerator so they are already cold). Or, make it without the machine. Enjoy he ice cream right away for a soft serve texture, or freeze it for about 2 hours for a harder texture.
About the Authors
Cookbook Author and writer
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Cookbook Author and photographer
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.