Vegan Chocolate Spiced Ice Cream (no churn)

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This Vegan Chocolate Spiced ice cream is not only simply and fun to make, but it’s also a great way to cool off during the summer. When you consume something that’s colder than your body temperature (the ice cream), your body has to use energy to warm the ice cream up to body temperature, which in turn can create a cooling effect. This is a process known as “diet-induced thermogenesis.” Additionally, the sensory perception of the creamy and refreshing taste of ice cream can often lead to a psychological perception of cooling down.

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Vegan Chocolate Spiced Ice Cream

  • Author: Chef Serena Poon


Serves: 8

Prep: 20 minutes

Freeze: 3-8+ hours


28 oz coconut cream, unsweetened

½ C unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder

12 oz pitted dates (Mejool dates are great)

1 T pure vanilla extract

1 tsp ground cardamom

1 tsp ground Ceylon cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg (optional)

1/2 cup full-fat unsweetened coconut milk or cashew milk


  1. Place a large mixing bowl in the freezer to chill for 10 minutes.
  2. In separate bowl, soak pitted dates in warm water until moist – about 10-12 minutes, drain.
  3. Blend dates in food processor (or blender), until it forms a thick paste, add a little bit of warm water, if necessary, to achieve consistency.
  4. Add coconut cream in chilled mixing bowl.
  5. Using a mixer, whip until coconut cream until creamy and smooth.
  6. Add to the coconut cream the cocoa powder, vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, coconut milk, and date paste. Whip until combined.
  7. Taste and adjust flavors as needed.
  8. Transfer to a silicone or parchment-lined freezer-safe glass or metal container and cover loosely with parchment or silicone, then place in freezer.
  9. Freeze for 3-4 hours for a soft-serve or mousse like consistency. Freeze 8 hours or overnight for a firmer consistency.
  10. Before service, allow to thaw for 10-15 minutes.
  11. Before scooping, dip scooper or spoon in hot water.
  12. Will keep in the freezer for up to one week, but best when fresh.


Optional Ad-ins

1 ounce espresso (cooled) or 1 tsp organic instant coffee
Cocoa power for dusting
Cinnamon for dustning
Cacao nibs
Vegan dark chocolate chips
Sea salt to sprinkle on top
Chopped nuts (raw walnuts, pecans, pistachios, almonds etc)
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This content is strictly the opinion of Chef Serena Poon and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Serena nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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