Chocolate And Hazelnut Vegan Ice Cream

Chocolate and Hazelnut Vegan Ice Cream

If you’ve been missing ice cream since you have switched over to a vegan lifestyle, this is the perfect way to create something that is reasonably quick, easy and super delicious! It also doesn’t have additives, flavourings or other nasties.

I’ve created quite a few flavours in the past, and the quickest way to make vegan ice cream is to use frozen bananas. I’ve done this so many times in the past, but the banana flavour sometimes isn’t what you want on your palette to be competing with the flavours like other fruit or nuts. I like using the coconut milk because when frozen and you add different flavours to it, it adapts quite well.

If you did want to make super quick and easy ice cream, throw some chopped up banana (chop up the banana before freezing as otherwise, it will be almost impossible!) in a blender or good food processor and blend with whatever flavour you like.

You may need a bit of nut milk to help blend it well, but otherwise, that’s it! You’ll get a creamy texture, and it will be ready to eat straight away. If the ice cream has melted a little too much, pop in the freezer for another 20-30 minutes.

I’ve always loved mixing either fruit with nuts or chocolate with nuts. Hazelnuts and chocolate go well together and also give you that Nutella flavour that so many people love! This combination is much creamier and not as sweet, naturally.

Chocolate and Hazelnut Vegan Ice Cream

Chocolate and Hazelnut Vegan Ice Cream
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6-8 scoops of ice cream

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup hazelnuts (plus more for topping, optional)
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 can coconut milk (400 ml)
  • 1.5 tbs cacao or more if you want it richer
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender and transfer to a baking dish - preferably lined as it is sometimes hard to get it back out again.
  2. Place it in the freezer for 3 hours or until it has gone hard.
  3. Snap the frozen mixture into chunks and place back in the blender. Make sure that you break them into smaller pieces so that its easier for your blender to catch onto them.
  4. Blend until a creamy consistency is reached. Make a few stop starts to push the ingredients around.
  5. Place back in a container and into the freezer to firm up for about 30 minutes. Top with more hazelnuts if you like the crunch.
  6. If you leave it in for longer, it will firm up more so it may be a little bit harder to scoop out.
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Chocolate and Hazelnut Vegan Ice Cream

11 comments… add one
  • Jean 07/11/2015

    Followed the link for this on Finding Vegan; it looks great!

    I’m curious as to why it needs to be blended and frozen twice, though?

    • Hi Jean,

      It needs to go through this process because it’s too hard when you first freeze it. After blending it the second time, it may be a little too runny so popping it back in the freezer for that short period ensures that it has that ice cream consistency. 🙂 I hope that makes sense! When you’re not using dairy in ice cream or an ice cream maker, it can turn out a little hard so I tried to find the best balance of creaminess and consistency for this recipe. Thanks, Masha

  • Daphne 07/11/2015

    Can I just use ice cream marker to churn it instead of freezing twice? If so, at which step to place in ice cream marker?

    • Hi Daphne,

      I’ve personally never used an ice cream maker but this would be my suggestion if you want to try using it in this recipe. After step 1 place mixture into the ice cream maker and churn until the ice cream is the consistency of soft-serve. I’m not too sure how long this would take, but probably about 15-20 minutes?
      Afterwards, place in the freezer. Coconut cream has a different reaction to dairy cream so I think you will have to experiment with it a little. If it comes out too firm out of the freezer after 3 hours, just leave it out for a bit and it should soften a little again.
      Hope that helps and let me know how you go!
      Thanks, Masha 🙂

  • Kelly 27/01/2016

    Are the hazelnuts roasted? I only found Raw at the store but yours looked roasted.

    • Hi Kelly, sorry for the late reply! They are raw but you can roast them if you wish 🙂

  • Vivian 19/07/2017

    Hi,
    Just some doubts, Why the cashews, can it be only hazelnuts and almond milk instead of coconut milk?
    Thanks

    • Cashews are a great nut for that creamy smooth consistency that closely resembles normal ice cream, hazelnuts do not. You can try with almond milk but because the coconut helps to set it and adds that creaminess to it, it may not be the same. Good luck!

  • Justin 29/04/2018

    Hi, I know this is an old post but I’ve come across other nut based ice creams on other sites and they all almost unanimously state to soak the nuts for 12 hours in the fridge in water to soften them up before blending. If this step is done, will it reduce the need to blend a second time? Also, I have an ice cream maker so blending a second time isn’t as feasible.

    • Hi Justin, it’s not actually for the texture to make it less gritty but for the consistency to be creamier. I found doing it this way achieves better results. But you can certainly soak the nuts beforehand if you wish. Having an ice cream maker will make it that bit nicer too 🙂

      • Justin 11/05/2018

        Thank you! I’m so happy you still responded to an old posted recipe! I’m relatively new to making ice cream and although I’m vegetarian, I try and reduce milk, dairy, and eggs whenever possible. Please keep up the good work and inspiring others to reduce their impact on animal products by presenting tasty alternatives =]

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