This 5-ingredient Paleo Ice Cream only takes 5 minutes to prepare and hits the easy button on dairy-free ice cream! Dairy-free ice cream is $5 a pint and often has ingredients I don’t totally love (like cane sugar and unpronounceables). This one has ZERO refined sugar – and is only sweetened by honey. That was pretty dang exciting to me as a mom. And this ice cream is creamier than most store bought dairy-free ice creams I’ve tried so far (which is a lot). You’re going to love this one!
Do I have to have an ice cream maker?
No, but I absolutely adore my ice cream maker! I don’t love having a lot of extra things and my ice cream maker I have used way more than I ever would have expected. The biggest reason? Because I can make dairy-free + paleo ice cream and treats without a lot of ingredients, additives, or refined sugar. And the texture is AMAZING.
I definitely recommend investing in an ice cream maker. We are pretty budget-focused in this household, but an ice cream maker was such a worth-it investment for us! We love this Cuisinart one, so simple and fast.
Other Ice Cream Flavors you will love!
- Paleo Mint Chip Ice Cream
- Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream
- Paleo Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream
- Paleo Peppermint Ice Cream
- Coconut creme – No, canned coconut creme is not the same as canned coconut milk. It’s higher in healthy fats and its ability to get solid. Make sure you are using canned coconut CREME or you will have a sad soupy mess. I prefer this one by Thai Kitchen that I find at Walmart. I don’t find the coconut flavor overpowering. My kids don’t like the flavor of coconut but they love this! Using the vanilla nutpods will help make a more vanilla/neutral flavor.
- Vanilla nutpods – Nutpods in this recipe will create a wonderful vanilla flavor. I highly recommend them! I get them at Walmart or Winco, but you can also find them on Amazon. Need a nut-free option? Use another dairy-free milk that works for you.
- Honey – Just make sure it’s pure honey.
- Vanilla – Pure vanilla is ideal, but imitation works if that’s what’s accessible for you!
- Cocoa powder – Only needed if making the chocolate variety. Whatever is accessible is fine!
Paleo Chocolate or Vanilla Ice Cream
Vanilla Ice Cream
- 1 cup coconut cream *see note below
- 1/2 cup vanilla nutpods recommended, but can use other dairy-free milk of choice
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla*
Chocolate Ice Cream
- 1 cup coconut cream **see note below
- 1/2 cup dairy-free milk
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/3 cup cocoa
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- In a blender, combine all ingredients (See notes on coconut cream). If you have a high-powered blender like a Vitamix, blend at a low speed, as high speeds will over mix and make it chunky. If this happens, there is no going back, so easy does it. This liquid should be smooth and combined.
- Without an ice cream maker: Pour combined liquid into a freezer-friendly dish (if using ice cream maker, skip to below step).
- If using ice cream maker, pour combined liquid instead into the ice cream maker and add chocolate chips. Turn on ice cream maker and mix for 10-15 minutes. This will result in a soft-serve texture, which we love! If you want something more firm, put in freezer for 30 minutes to firm it up.
- Serve right out of freezer and enjoy!
VANILLA VARIATION: If there was a time to use real vanilla (I often use imitation for cost), THIS is it! It's also fantastic with Vanilla Nutpods instead of the almond milk.
COOKIES AND CREAM VARIATION: Stir in 1 cup crushed GF/DF Oreos into vanilla ice cream batter after blending. (Do not blend with the batter in the blender, as it will turn into grey cookie puree!). I use Glutino brand cookies that I find at Walmart. Put in ice cream maker or freezer, same as with other flavors.