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Vegan Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream {5 ingredients, keto option}

Creamy, super chocolate avocado ice cream that tastes indulgent but is healthy! Made with 5 ingredients, it is vegan, paleo, & keto (with 1 easy sub).

2 scoops of vegan chocolate avocado ice cream in a white dish

Incredible Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream Made with Avocado

Some things about me make little sense.  My siblings would say many things :).

But topping my zany list are these gems:

  1. I refused to eat avocado until my late twenties (I do not think I ate guacamole until my 30s)
  2. I did not like chocolate ice cream

But note, I’ve written these in past tense. I still have a slew of inexplicable idiosyncrasies (understatement), but at least I came to my senses with regard to avocadoes and chocolate ice cream.

It’s a good thing, too, or I would never have made this, one of the most delectable chocolate ice creams around (and that’s coming from several lifelong chocolate ice cream-loving friends and family members): Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream!

2 scoops of chocolate avocado ice cream on a cone

Recipe Benefits

  • Vegan (dairy-free, egg-free)
  • Gluten-free
  • Grain-free
  • Nut-free
  • Seed-free
  • Oil-free
  • Refined sugar free
  • Fast and easy to make
  • Only 5 ingredients
  • Keto Option

Ingredients for Vegan Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream

The exact amounts of each ingredient are indicated in the recipe card at the end of the post.

Avocado, in combination with full-fat canned coconut milk, some  creates the velvety backdrop for deep chocolate flavor in this easy ice cream. And before you (or your children, spouses, or friends) ask, no, you will not taste avocado at all as you indulge.

The base for the ice cream could not be easier to prepare. You only need 5 ingredients (plus water & optional salt) to make it, and, with the exception of the avocado, they are shelf stable pantry items:

  • 1 medium-large avocado (about 5 oz/142 g)
  • 1 13.5-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
  • Pure maple maple syrup
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • vanilla extract
the five ingredients needed t make vegan chocolate avocado ice cream

How to Make Vegan Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream

Note that the complete directions are also in the recipe card below.

  • Place the avocado, coconut milk, maple syrup, cocoa powder, water, vanilla and optional salt in a blender container; process until completley smooth.
  • Taste the ice cream and adjust the sweetness (or add more salt) as desired.
  • Pour the ice cream base into an ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer’s directions..
  • Eat immediately or pack into a freezer safe container and freeze for at least 2 hours until firm and scoop-able.

FAQ

How Should the Ice Cream Be Stored?

Store the ice cream in a freezer-safe container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

Can I Make the Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Maker?

Yes, you can!

I am a big fan of no-churn ice creams and sorbets (I have several options listed at the end of this post), While this particular recipe is best made with an ice cream maker (to create a light, creamy, traditional-tasting ice cream) it can be made without one as well.

  • Pour the ice cream base into a freezer-safe container. Cover and freeze until hard.
  • Let the ice cream thaw for 15 to 30 minutes before scooping. Alternatively, microwave for 15 second intervals until softened slightly.
  • Scrape a spoon or scoop along the surface of the ice cream to create a smooth, fluffy scoop. Refreeze remaining ice cream.

Can I Make this Ice Cream Keto Friendly?

Yes, this ice cream is a keto-friendly dessert with one simple substitution: replace the maple syrup with an equal amount of keto-friendly liquid sweetener. That’s it! 

With the keto sweetener swap, the resulting ice cream has 0.9 g sugar and 5.3 grams of net carbs per serving.

close up of a scoop of chocolate avocado ice cream in a white dish with a white background

Enjoy the ice cream and savor these late-summer days!

a white dish filled with two rounded scoops of chocolate avocado ice cream
Yield: 3 cups

Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream {vegan, 5 ingredients, keto option}

2 scoops of vegan chocolate avocado ice cream in a white dish

Creamy, super chocolate avocado ice cream that tastes indulgent but is healthy! Made with 5 ingredients, it is vegan, paleo, & keto (with 1 easy sub).

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-large avocado (about 5 ounces/142 g)
  • 1 13.5-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
  • 2/3 cup (150 mL) maple syrup (see notes for keto substitution)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (118mL)  water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt

Instructions

    1. Place the avocado, coconut milk, maple syrup, cocoa powder, water, vanilla and optional salt in a blender container; process until completley smooth.
    2. Taste the ice cream and adjust the sweetness (or add more salt) as desired.
    3. Pour the ice cream base into an ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer's directions..
    4. Eat immediately or pack into a freezer safe container and freeze for at least 2 hours until firm and scoop-able.

Notes

Storage: Store the ice cream in a freezer-safe container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

Keto Option: Prepare as directed but replace the maple syrup with an equal amount of a keto-friendly liquid sweetener substitute [KETO MACROS PER 1/2 CUP (Calories: 148; Carbohydrates: 8.2 g; Sugars: 0.9 g; Net Carbs: 5.3 g)]

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 240Total Fat 13.5gSaturated Fat 8.4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 18.3mgCarbohydrates 31.9gFiber 2.9gSugar 22.3gProtein 2.4g

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Lillith

Monday 9th of April 2018

this is the most incredible chocolate ice cream I have ever tasted! So rich and creamy. My kids haven't the faintest clue that they are getting avocados, brilliant! Thanks for the recipe!

Jenny

Friday 12th of July 2019

This is soooooo good! I subbed the 1/2 cup water with MORE coconut milk on my second batch so that it was ultra-rich (boyfriend's birthday!) He loved it!

Camilla

Thursday 12th of April 2018

I am so happy that you and the kids like this, Lillith!

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