I'm not kidding when I tell you that I've tested this recipe a lot. I've tested it like, A LOT. Let's just say getting a vegan ice cream recipe that has no coconut or nuts in it just right, is a lot of work! On the other hand, if you love coconut then this vegan chocolate ice cream (no-churn) is for you.

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Besides the fact I'm not complaining I've been living on chocolate ice cream these past few weeks, I've been determined to create this one for you as some of you have mentioned that you don't like the taste (or are allergic) to coconut. So here it is, and I could not be happier to finally share this homemade chocolate ice cream with you!

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What's the secret to creamy coconut-free ice cream?

The secret my friends is condensed soy milk. I know, you've probably never seen this on the supermarket shelves (I know at least it's not something found here in Ireland). But don't worry, you don't need any fancy ingredients to make this recipe, because we're making our own homemade sweetened condensed soy milk using a more commonly found ingredient, plain old soy milk!

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Ingredients needed

Along with your homemade sweetened condensed soy milk here's what you'll need to make this creamy dairy-free chocolate ice cream recipe. 

  • Soy cream: this replaces dairy cream found in non-vegan ice cream and brings the fat content to this ice cream recipe. 
  • Oat milk: if you prefer you can use another plant-based milk in its place. 
  • Vanilla extract: as always, this enhances the sweetness and flavor of the recipe.
  • Dutch-processed cocoa powder: for this recipe, I recommend dutch processed cocoa as it has a much deeper chocolate flavor and is less acidic than natural cacao powder. 
  • Cookies: Oreos are accidentally vegan (be sure to check as this may differ from country to country). You could also use my recipe for homemade oreo cookies or healthy vegan Oreos if you'd prefer. 
  • Other add-ins: a few dark chocolate chunks would be great in the ice cream too, these can be stirred in just before freezing.

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How to make homemade sweetened condensed soy milk

(Full recipe and instructions are in the recipe card at the end of this post)

I recommend making the sweetened condensed soy milk the day before as it will need a couple of hours to cook as well as a couple of hours of chilling time.

  • Add soy milk, sugar, and salt to a saucepan. Make sure the saucepan is big enough to allow room for the mixture to expand and bubble. Heat on medium and stir for a couple of minutes until all of the sugar has been dissolved.
  • Increase the heat until the mixture comes to a simmer, then reduce it to medium so that the mixture is gently simmering (not boiling). Keep a close eye on the pot for the first ten minutes or so to make sure the mixture does not boil over.
  • Set your timer to check and whisk the mixture every 15 minutes. Do this for 2 hours.
  • For the last 15 minutes, keep a very close eye on the pan as this is a critical stage. The mixture will become sticky, and resemble regular condensed milk. At this stage measure the contents of the saucepan by pouring them into a heat-proof jug or bowl, there should be close to 350g. If there is much more, then return the pan to heat for another 10-15 minutes, stirring to reduce the mixture down to the correct amount.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a heat-proof bowl. Set aside for 10-15 minutes before covering and placing in the fridge to chill for 1-2 hours. The mixture will thicken (see image for reference) this is normal.
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This is how your sweetened condensed soy milk will look once chilled.

Frequently asked questions

Can I replace the soy?

Theoretically, you could use the steps in this recipe and replace the soy milk with oat milk. If you can find oat cream, that can also be used in place of soy cream. As of yet, I have not tried these substitutions, so I can't vouch for this version of the recipe yet. But do let me know if you experiment with the ingredients using my method below.

Do I need an ice cream maker?

This dairy-free ice cream recipe does require an ice cream machine. I tried to create a coconut-free, nut-free, dairy-free ice cream that was also no-churn. Guys, it just does not cut it. So if you're serious about making good quality ice cream at home without the help of coconut cream, then I'd recommend investing in an ice cream maker. It doesn't need to be state of the art. In fact, there are some very reasonable machines on the market that don't break the bank and do the job just fine. The brand I use is called "Silvercrest". It was only about €20 or so when I bought it a few years back. You can find similar spec ice cream machines here.

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Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream (no coconut)

4.94 from 16 votes
PREP TIME: 2 hrs 30 mins
Freezing Time: 2 hrs
TOTAL TIME: 4 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 8
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Description

Creamy vegan chocolate ice cream that's made completely nut-free and without coconut! The cookies are added for an additional crunch, but this ice cream tastes just as great on its own. If you want a dairy-free ice cream recipe without the taste of coconut, this is the best you will ever try!

Ingredients

  • 4.25 cups (1 l) unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 cup (200 g) caster sugar , *superfine sugar, or cane sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 g) sea salt
  • 14.1 oz (400 ml) soy cream
  • cup (78 ml) oat milk, or other plantbased milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons (89 g) Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 8-10 (96 g) vegan oreos , or other vegan cookies of choice, *see notes

Instructions

Sweetened Condensed Soy Milk (MAKE AHEAD OF TIME)

  • Add the soy milk, sugar, and salt to a saucepan. Make sure the saucepan is big enough to allow room for the mixture to expand and bubble. Heat on medium and stir for a couple of minutes until all of the sugar has been dissolved.
  • Increase the heat until the mixture comes to a simmer, then reduce it to medium so that the mixture is gently simmering (not boiling). Keep a close eye on the pot for the first ten minutes or so to make sure the mixture does not boil over.
  • Set your timer to check and whisk the mixture every 15 minutes. Do this for 2 hours.
  • For the last 15 minutes, keep a very close eye on the pan as this is a critical stage. The mixture will become sticky, and resemble regular condensed milk. At this stage measure the contents of the saucepan by pouring them into a heat-proof jug or bowl, there should be close to 350g. If there is much more, then return the pan to the heat for another 10-15 minutes, stirring to reduce the mixture down to the correct amount.

Ice cream

  • Add the chilled sweetened condensed soy milk to a large bowl. Slowly add the soy cream to the bowl whilst whisking to incorporate it into the condensed milk.
  • Add the oat milk, and vanilla extract and whisk again until completely smooth.
  • Next add the cocoa powder in one tablespoon increments, whisking for about 10 seconds before adding each tablespoon to incorporate it into the mixture.
  • Transfer the mixture to your ice cream machine and churn according to the manufacturers instructions (mine takes 40 minutes). Once churned, transfer the ice cream to a large bowl and fold in the crushed cookies if you're using them.
  • Transfer the ice cream mixture to a loaf pan lined with parchment paper. Cover and freeze for a minimum of 2 hours.
  • Remove the ice cream from the freezer about 5-10 minutes before serving to allow it to thaw slightly and enjoy!

Notes

  • Cookies: Oreos are accidentally vegan (be sure to check as this may differ from country to country). You could also use my recipe for healthy vegan oreos if you’d prefer. 
  • Add ins: A few dark chocolate chunks would be great in the ice cream too, these can be stirred in just before freezing.

Nutrition

Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 221mg | Potassium: 339mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Calcium: 187mg | Iron: 2mg
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