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Dairy-Free Cherry Dark Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Total Time: 9 hours, 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 quart 1x


Dairy-free cherry dark chocolate coconut milk ice cream is full of fruity and bittersweet flavors, a decadent blend of creamy goodness.


  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 1/4 cups coconut cream
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 8 oz 85% cocoa dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted and roughly chopped


  1. Freeze the bowl of your ice cream machine for 24 hours before making the recipe.
  2. Whisk together coconut milk, coconut cream, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Once boiling, cook for an additional minute while whisking.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate and vanilla. Whisk until the chocolate has melted completely.
  4. Add the mixture to a blender and blend for 30 seconds on high. Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator and chill for at least 5-6 hours, or until cold all the way through.
  5. When ready to churn, add base to the ice cream maker. Churn according to manufacturer’s instructions. In the last 3 minutes of churning, add the cherries.
  6. Transfer to an airtight container or loaf pan. Cover and freeze for 4-6 hours, until firm.


Adapted from Minimalist Baker

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Ice Cream
  • Method: Freezing
  • Cuisine: Dairy Free

Keywords: dairy-free, coconut cream, coconut milk, chocolate, cherry, ice cream