There have been times in my life when I’ve had to cut uncultured dairy for long periods of time. I can do without milk for a while, but ice cream is a necessity for this Texas gal! I’ve tried lots of coconut milk ice cream recipes and some were ok. This dairy-free chocolate coconut milk ice cream is way more than OK. It’s AMAZING.
I’ve tried altering this recipe a little and honestly, I can’t get past the coconut flavor without the chocolate to cover it. I like coconut, love it actually, but when you’re going for a flavor like buttered pecan, coconut isn’t a welcome flavor. Chocolate completely covers it and you won’t even miss the dairy!
The texture of this ice cream is incredible. I’ve found it gets thicker than dairy ice cream, even in my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker! My whole family likes it and we make it quite often, even when my allergies aren’t giving me problems!
CHOCOLATE COCONUT MILK ICE CREAM
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a double boiler, heat the milk, sugar and cocoa powder, stirring well with a wisk till blended and hot.
- Remove a small amount to mix into the egg yolks so they don’t cook solid when you add them to the hot mixture . Combine and continue cooking till the mixture is thickened and sticks to a spoon like warm pudding.
- Remove from heat. Stir in the vanilla.
- You can put this mixture right into a bowl in the freezer and let it freeze then scoop it out later, but we like to freeze it in our ice cream maker. It gets to be a very firm soft serve that can be enjoyed right away, or put in the freezer to continue freezing for a great scoopable ice cream!
- The warm custard is amazing. You’ll taste it and want to eat it like warm pudding and may decide to skip the freezing altogether!
- The original recipe called for chocolate chips, but those usually contain dairy, so I played with the amounts of sugar and cocoa till I got a flavor I like. This is what I would call a dark chocolate ice cream that is lightly sweet. I don’t like my ice cream terribly sweet. You can certainly add more sugar if you taste the custard mix and don’t think it’s sweet enough!