Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

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Made without a drop of cream or dairy milk, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream is a non-dairy and vegan ice cream that my boys devour.

Creamy, sweet Homemade Ice Cream is a cool treat on a warm day and a fun snack for pretty much any night of the year. I’ve had several requests for more non-dairy and vegan ice cream recipes lately and because of that, I’m happy to finally be sharing this recipe with you.

Creamy Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chunk Ice Cream is accidentally vegan! - get the recipe at My family is now and likely always will be full of dairy lovers. My boys easily drink over a gallon of milk a day and I often take for granted our love for dairy. It’s a great fit for our lifestyle.

However, I have friends and family, and many readers who can’t tolerate dairy due to allergies. Because of that, I’m always on the lookout for truly tasty alternative milks.

There are a lot of new plant protein milk choices in markets that intrigue me. I couldn’t wait to try them in homemade ice cream.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunk Ice Cream is accidentally vegan and absolutely delicious! - get the recipe at

Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

Chocolate Ice Cream loaded with chunks of sweet peanut butter proved to be irresistible for my youngest two boys. The kids went a bit nuts over the peanut butter chunks filling this chocolate ice cream.

The whole batch was almost gone within a few minutes of my shooting these photos. (And then turning them loose on the ice cream in the freezer.)

When using plant protein milks, not all of them are created equal for the purposes of making ice cream. You want to choose a plant based milk that is higher in protein with a decent fat content.

Fat is crucial to the overall texture of the finished ice cream, so please don’t try to use a fat-free plant based milk. Likewise, the protein contributes body to the finished ice cream.

Bolthouse Farms® Plant Protein Milk contains 10 grams of pea protein per serving, making this a solid choice over some of the other alternative milks on the market.

If Bolthouse Farms alternative milks are not available in your market, try to choose a pea protein based milk that is similar in nutritional composition to it; somewhere around 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fat per serving.

Black Raspberry Ice Cream

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Creamy and rich with an abundance of chocolate chunks that melt in your mouth, Black Raspberry Ice Cream is as iconic a flavor in Ohio as the chocolate and peanut butter “Buckeye” flavors that are also popular in every ice cream shop here.

small white bowl with raspberry ice cream

The first time we flew out to Ohio to look at houses, our realtor and now friend, Stratton Alt (highly recommend him for anyone house hunting in the Columbus area!) took us to Graeter’s Ice Cream.

Oh. My. Word. Their most popular flavor is Black Raspberry and it was love at first taste for this girl. I’ve been obsessed with it ever since.

You may notice that this is a more complicated ice cream recipe than I typically share with you. Please do not let that stop you from making this, my friends.

I’m telling you right now that this recipe, this custard-style ice cream recipe, is everything you love about Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream in a homemade ice cream recipe that you can make whenever you’re craving it.

No matter where you live, whether you’re lucky enough to have Graeter’s ice cream in a shop around the corner or at the grocery store, you too can enjoy and fall in love with the most popular Graeter’s ice cream flavor.

container holding a scoop of berry ice cream

I typically make Philadelphia-style ice cream without eggs. So, naturally, I tested this recipe using our favorite easy vanilla ice cream

Heavenly Hash Ice Cream

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Creamy chocolate ice cream with a marshmallow swirl, crunchy almonds, and chocolate chips add up to a homemade heavenly hash ice cream.

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What’s the difference between Rocky Road and Heavenly Hash?

At their heart, both of these chocolate ice creams contain marshmallows and almonds. Heavenly Hash often contains an additional chocolate add-in, either chocolate chips, flakes, or chunks.

Rocky Road is usually a chunkier ice cream, typically with whole nuts and mini marshmallows, and Heavenly Hash might have smaller pieces of nuts, a marshmallow swirl, and chocolate pieces mixed throughout.

Heavenly Hash Ice Cream

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this recipe:

Chocolate Ice Cream Base

  • heavy cream
  • cocoa powder
  • sugar
  • kosher salt
  • chocolate chips
  • milk

Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

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Creamy, sweet, and slightly tangy cottage cheese ice cream tastes so much like cheesecake ice cream, you’ll do a double take! With three times the protein, it’s a new staple in our freezer.

I’ve dressed this batch of ice cream up with a berry swirl and graham cracker pieces throughout, but the options are nearly endless. I’m already playing a couple of new flavors.

Horizontal overhead shot of raspberry graham cracker cottage cheese ice cream

How to Make Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

Wondering what cottage cheese ice cream tastes like? Well, you aren’t alone in that. When I first saw cottage cheese ice cream popping up online, I immediately put it on my list to try.

The viral cottage cheese ice cream that we’ve seen popping up all over the internet is about as basic as food recipes can be. Combine cottage cheese and a bit of maple syrup or honey in the blender. Blend until smooth and then freeze for an hour or so, until firm enough to scoop.

As far as this ice cream lover is concerned, that is not ice cream. It’s “okay” as a healthier alternative to a lot of other snacking, but it just tasted like frozen cottage cheese to me. Not horrible, but also, not ice cream. Sorry.

Scooping ice cream from tray

Best Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

However, the idea behind it (at least the part th

Dr Pepper Ice Cream

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Dr Pepper ice cream blends the nostalgia of a soda fountain drink with the indulgence of freshly churned ice cream. The creamy texture balances perfectly with the unique soda taste, creating a refreshing frozen treat.

close up of ice cream scoop in container of ice cream next to dr pepper bottle

Dr Pepper Float Ice Cream

When I heard about Blue Bell’s Dr Pepper Float Ice Cream, I immediately filed that under “must try ASAP.” Lucky for me, after just a few attempts, I had an ice cream churning that delivered all of the Dr Pepper float flavors I was craving.

Did you know there are 23 different flavors in Dr Pepper? And while the unique blend of flavors is a closely guarded secret, some commonly speculated ingredients include Almond, Amaretto, Blackberry, Black Licorice, Caramel, Carrot, Clove, Cherry Cola, Ginger, Juniper, Lemon, Molasses, Nutmeg, Orange, Prune, Plum, Pepper, Root Beer, Rum, Raspberry, Tomato, and Vanilla.

I can’t say I’ve ever noticed most of those flavors in the soda, as I’m clearly not a super-taster. But cherry, almond, and vanilla? Those are flavors I can taste in the soda and they ring through in this ice cream.

Dr Pepper ice cream is a quirky flavor that has been a hit with everyone who has tried it so far. It’s distinctly Dr Pepper, while also a treat for anyone who loves cherries as much as I do. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy this ice cream.

scoops of ice cream in small white bowls on wooden table next to soda bottle