Cherry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream (dairy-free, paleo)

Ali Segersten Jul 03, 2017 4 comments

It's summer! Time to break out the ice cream maker and whip up some dairy-free ice cream—plus, it's cherry season right now. This coconut-milk-based ice cream is a perfect way to indulge in both antioxidant-rich cherries and dark chocolate. Serve it as a sweet treat after dinner, or a healthy mid-afternoon snack for your kids. This cherry chocolate chunk ice cream comes from my Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook.

Be sure to use full fat coconut milk in this recipe. The hemp seeds give it some extra creaminess, healthy fats, and amino acids. You can easily omit the chocolate if you are on Phase 2 of the Elimination Diet. You can also replace the cherries with blueberries, strawberries, or diced mango. All variations are delicious!


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Ali Segersten

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a Functional Nutritionist, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Alissa is the founder and owner of Nourishing Meals®.

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Hi there, no this recipe really needs to be made in an ice cream maker. If you have a Vitamix you can make banana ice cream in it by blending up frozen ripe bananas (sometimes we will also add frozen cherries, mangos, or pineapple in addition to the bananas).

Hi Nikole,

Thank You! 😊

The hemp seeds add extra creaminess and a depth of flavor that you don't get when using just coconut milk. Plus added nutrients. But you can of course leave them out if need be.

I do not have an ice cream maker. Is there another option?

Beautiful Creation Ali! Can I make it without hemp seeds? Also what's the purpose of them in ice cream? Thanks! Happy 4th of July!

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