Dangerously Dark Chocolate Almond Crunch Ice Cream & Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Giveaway!

Dangerously Dark Chocolate Almond Crunch Ice Cream & Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Giveaway!

Exciting post today guys! One of the best things about being subscribed to my blog, besides awesome recipes, is getting to partake in amazing giveaways! I have both a gorgeous shiny, new, red Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker to give away and the best, creamiest vegan dark chocolate ice cream recipe you ever sunk your teeth into….it totally reminded me of the dutch chocolate ice cream I used to eat. This ice cream is made for all the dark chocolate lovers out there. Raise your hand if you are one. Mine’s up! I didn’t stop at the dark chocolate ice cream base either…I also added more dark chocolate, in the form of dark chocolate covered almonds, for an amazing added crunch and texture. Oh boy…serious dark chocolate heaven. Dangerous, because it is so good, you won’t be able to stop eating it. Just 8 ingredients for this amazing vegan, dairy-free, oil-free ice cream!

Don’t take my word for it though, just go make it.

My self-proclaimed non-chocolate-loving husband ate one of the entire ice cream cones filled with the chocolatey goodness….all of it, with NO problem. What does that tell you? Funny enough, he said it was too chocolatey as he was eating the last bite. Hmmmmm.

I use full fat coconut milk and a whole dark chocolate cacao bar in this ice cream. It makes it one of the creamiest, richest ice creams I think I’ve ever had, like ever. You could totally get away with using low fat canned coconut milk for a lighter version; I made one batch that way. It was still insanely delicious; the main difference was just the texture with it being less creamy and it took a few minutes to sit at room temperature to soften some before eating. Do yourself a favor though and use the full fat, it is ice cream, afterall! Enjoy it!

As usual, my lovely assistant was here to help me with my photoshoot….aka, my almost 3 year old.

Future blogger and photographer right there. Haha.

Dangerously Dark Chocolate Almond Crunch Ice Cream

Yield: about 3 cups (serves 4)

Serving Size: 3/4 cup

Get ready for this mind blowing 8 ingredient dangerously, dark chocolate ice cream layered with dark chocolate covered almonds. This ice cream is for sure to be one of the creamiest, most decadent ice creams you've had.

Ingredients

  • One 13.5 oz can of full fat canned coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder (regular unsweetened cocoa powder will work too)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Grade B maple syrup (or agave)
  • 1 teaspoon unsulphured molasses (optional-but aids in the dark chocolate flavor)
  • One 3.16 oz (90 g) dark cacao chocolate bar 70-71% cacao, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (My favorite is Rodelle vanilla)
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate covered almonds, chopped (20 g)
  • Note
  • Make sure your freezer bowl from your ice cream maker has been in your freezer for a couple of days to make sure all the liquid in it is completely solid, otherwise it won't make ice cream properly. See your manual for further tips.

Instructions

1. Add your coconut milk, cacao powder, syrup and molasses to your blender and blend until smooth.

2. Finely chop your chocolate bar (1 bar will give you about 3/4 cup finely chopped chocolate) and melt either over a double boiler or in a bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir, then a couple more times at 15 second intervals until the chocolate is almost all melted, stirring each time. Be careful not to overheat or burn the chocolate. Stir until completely smooth. Add to your blender. Blend on high until completely smooth.

3. Add the vanilla and sea salt and blend again.

4. The next step is very important to reach the amazing creamy texture. Pour your ice cream base into an airtight container and chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours, or overnight is even better. Your ice cream base should reach the consistency of pudding almost. After it has chilled and thickened considerably, give it a stir and pour into your ice cream maker.

5. Let the machine do it's magic and churn for 10-15 minutes. Mine took around 10 minutes since it had chillded already so long. You want it to reach the soft serve stage, being careful not to overchurn it.

6. While it is churning, chop up your chocolate covered almonds. Add more or less if desired, but I found this to be plenty. Once your ice cream reaches the soft serve consistency, pour the ice cream into a wide, flat airtight container. Smooth out the ice cream and stir in the chopped chocolate almonds. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the ice cream and then cover with a tight lid. Place in the back of the freezer to firm up for a couple of hours before eating. Note: It is recommended to store your ice cream in a well insulated container that is made for storing ice cream, to prevent ice crystals, such as this one. Homemade ice cream is best eaten within the first couple of days to avoid ice crystals from forming.

Notes

*Vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free

http://thevegan8.com/2014/07/08/dangerously-dark-chocolate-almond-crunch-ice-cream/


Trust me, you want to make this. If you love really rich, creamy ice cream, then this is a must! You know what to do….come back and leave me feedback here and if you are on Instagram, tag me with your photo because I love, love seeing your creations each week! Tag @thevegan8 and also use hashtag #thevegan8, to make sure I don’t miss the notifications! You can also tag me on Twitter too! Love you guys!

NOW, onto the contest! I’m giving away this beauty to one lucky random winner.  You can see the details of this model here.

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1. You must be a subscriber to this blog by email. You can do this in either the red box above or the one on the right side of this page. All entries will be verified.

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129 Comments

  1. The dark chocolate and almonds looks great, but alas, I cannot make any type of ice cream recipe because I do not have an ice cream maker like this beautiful red one you are giving away. Love your recipes on the vegan 8!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you Jody! So glad you are loving the recipes! xx

    • I LOVE all flavors of ice cream, but because I’m on a restrictive diet for SIBO, cannot enjoy any pre-made ice creams with almond or coconut milk. Thus, I am in desperate need to make my own and love your recipes!! p.s. This is the ice cream maker I have wanted to do so ;)

  2. I’m a vanilla girl :)

  3. My favorite ice cream flavor is a draw. It is between cookie dough and mint chocolate chip.

  4. I LOVE chocolate- Yum!!

  5. Would LOVE to try some sorbet recipes – perfect for summer!

  6. I love chocolate flavor!

    Just participating. Have friends in US, who can then bring me the gift (I mean if I win! ;) )!!!
    Thank u!

  7. What a gorgeous ice cream, I love the name, ‘dangerously dark chocolate almond crunch!’ Thank you for hosting the giveaway, I don’t have an ice cream maker yet ;(

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Rika!

  8. My fave flavour is maple syrup with pecans i think. also, nothing says summer like homemade strawberry ice-cream :)

  9. In Sydney it is 4.25 pm and I was looking for something to eat…I’m not hangry I just wanted something like…chocolate and…I open you page and I find this gorgeous ice cream…THAT’S NOT FAIR!!! ahahah! I wanna have it!!! NOW!!! I don’t have the ice cream maker :( I might try to make it anyway :) ! Once I made a sorbet with chocolate and coconut milk, but I followed a recipe and it was too sugary…I’ll try yours as soon as it gets a bit warmer!
    Hugs and love :) !

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Ema! Gorgeous ice cream that tastes even better! It won’t be as creamy without the ice cream maker because the lack of air incorporated, so the texture would be different if you make it without one. Oh, and this one definitely is not too sugary, the dark chocolate flavor really takes center stage!!

      • I see! I have to buy an ice cream maker then :) ! Your ice cream looks fabulous!!! And I love chocolate icecreams where you just taste chocolate! They are the best!

  10. I can’t wait to try this!

    • Oops, I love vanilla with cinnamon!

  11. I love caramel pecan

  12. Kat

    My favorite flavor is Vanilla, but I am also a chocolate lover, and willing to experiment. Who knows, maybe I will discover a new favorite. Being the lucky winner of this beautiful machine would give me a perfect opportunity, or should I say excuse for indulging. :) Hope I win!!!

  13. I’m a chocolate lover… But for some reason my favorite ice cream flavor is cherry vanilla!! Go figure :)

  14. Mint chocolate chip!

  15. My favorite flavor is Mocha Almond Fudge.

  16. I’m a huge fan of green tea!

    • Mint brownie is my downfall!! Thank you for the chance to win!!

  17. Mint chocolate chip!!

  18. WhoooHAAAA I need to make me some of that Dark Chocolate goodness.
    Great giveaway…..Pinning!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Angela!

  19. Anything with dark chocolate is my favorite!

  20. I think that your Dangerously Dark Chocolate ice cream would be my new favorite!

  21. My fave ice cream flavor is chocolate!

  22. Wow, that ice cream looks amazing! I’ve made chocolate coconut ice cream before, but just by blending and freezing as I don’t have one ice cream maker. It definitely didn’t turn out looking like yours :P Would love to make my fave flavor, Rocky Road (with vegan marshmallows) in that red beauty!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you Racine! Yes, an ice cream maker does WONDERS for ice cream….it is necessary to get that light, creamy texture that just freezing won’t do. The ice cream maker incorporates lots of air while it is freezing it into ice cream, so they are a life changer. I make ice cream weekly; I’m obsessed. :)

  23. chocolate hazelnut, but this looks amazing!! better start runningmore… no willpower………………….

  24. EVA

    I’ve always loved just straight up vanilla! It seems so broing but I really love the simple yet rich flavor that vanilla dishes out. I would sometimes jazz it up with cookie dough chunks. THANK GOD So Delicious came out with a GF version!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      I love vanilla too Eva, it’s classic and fabulous! Not boring at all!

  25. Hard to pick a favorite! Strawberry, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate & Peanut Butter…

  26. You know me and ice cream have an on going love affair, and this dark and lovely ice cream has my name written all over it. YUM, love the choco covered almonds in it too, crunch and more chocolate goodness,

  27. Vanilla / Chocolate Swirl is my favorite ice cream flavor :)

  28. I remember as a kid churning ice cream machine but had to use ice to keep cold. No automatics. It was so much fun especially the eating part. Coconut cream with caramel and chocolate chunks. Yummy. Also love chocolate. Thanks for great giveaway.

  29. Chocolate peanut butter is the best!

  30. Love choc ice cream!!!! Yum!!!

  31. My favorite is chocolate chip!!!!!!!!

  32. All of your Ice cream recipes look amazing. I’ve been looking for good an ice cream maker for a little bit, so I can make them all!! Dark chocolate is my favourite though.

  33. Amy

    I will gladly devour anything with caramel. Since becoming vegan, I have had very little of the delicious stuff! Hard to EASILY find it without milk. I’m sure making my own in a fancy new machine would help…

  34. I looooove me some butterfinger and snickers flavors, as well as peanut butter.

  35. Butter Pecan & Rocky Road have always been favorites of mine! I have yet to find vegan versions though….. *hint hint*, Brandy! Lol

  36. choc peanut butter

  37. I’m EXCITED! Now I want an ice cream maker! Win or not!

    My favorite flavor is anything with nut butter or peanut butter cups. Or oreo.

    But I can’t wait to try this NEW one! Looks awesome! Looks absolutely perfect!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Rebecca! They are definitely worth the investment, it more than pays for itself!

  38. My favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip!!! Mmmm Mmm good!!

  39. My favorite ice cream flavors are definitely anything with chocolate and peanut butter, or chocolate chip cookie dough :)

  40. Any ice cream with chocolate in it!

  41. My favorite ice cream flavor is Cherry Garcia (vegan version of course). Thanks for such a cool, LOL, giveaway!

  42. Dark Chocolate with toasted almonds and salted carmel swirl.

  43. My favourite ice cream flavour would be a simple vanilla, or chocolate chip ice cream :) Though I will devour anything with chocolate in it ;)

  44. Ooooooh dark chocolate ice cream. one of my favourite flavours (the other being coffee). Brandi, you’ve outdone yourself with this recipe and these photos. They’re just so gorgeous! I love the styling and the ice cream looks unbelievably rich, creamy ‘n luscious. Fingers crossed that I win this ice cream maker – I’ve always wanted one but couldn’t bear spending the money on yet another appliance (I have what feels like a billion of them). Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway! And that photo of your daughter is super adorable. I love her little camera!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Nancy!! I was happy with the way they turned out, since the blue makes the dark brown ice cream POP more! Of course, Olivia makes the pic look better too, she is just obsessed with photographing food just like me, hahaha! I can’t believe you don’t have an ice cream maker yet, but I know what you mean…I have a million appliances too.

  45. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe. I appreciate your Cuisineart Ice Cream maker give away and would so enjoy making your delicious recipes with it. :)

  46. I love birthday cake and cinnamon ice cream (:

  47. This looks heavenly!

  48. Strawberry <3

  49. I want to make cookies & cream and butterscotch ripple. :)

  50. I’ve been on a homemade ice cream kick lately, and I’m a huge sucker for chocolate. So this is absolutely perfect!

  51. Would love to try that!!

  52. I love chocolate anything ice cream! Cannot wait to make this! Quick question: I have unsulphured blackstrap molasses. Will this work or will this be too rich? I use my Mom’s ice cream maker, but I could def use my own too! Thanks for this fantastic giveaway!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Hi Sarah! I would just leave it out, it only slightly enhances the chocolate flavor, but is not a necessary ingredient to use, blackstrap might be too strong. I have made it without it too and it’s divine still. Please come back and let me know how it turned out! Thank you!

  53. Looks fabulous! As someone who is lactose intolerant I am looking foward to trying this!

  54. love this, want to use toasted hazelnuts in mine!

  55. Pistachio. If only I could have vegan pistachio ice cream – it has been too long!

  56. Grasshopper Pie!

  57. Strawberry. =)

  58. My favorite ice cream is lowfat chocolate or soft serve chocolate. In a cone. With Sprinkles. Thanks :)

  59. So rich and chock-a-block with chocolate! ;-)
    Looks mouth watering and creamy. You should run a contest to be your taster ;-D

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Haha Cindy, that might get out of hand ;)

  60. I think your ice cream looks beyond decadent, what a delicious recipe :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  61. My favorite flavor is the triple chocolate by Breyers.

  62. I like chocolate chip cookie dough

  63. caramel, apple, and cinnamon

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Now, you’re talkin!

  64. I am so THRILLED to have found your site, Brandi! Goodness it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for on my WFPB SOS-free journey!

    I LOVE strawberry ice cream with actual real strawberries in it (crazy huh? :-) )

    Thanks bunches for offering this opportunity! ~ Molly

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Oh, I’m so glad you found me Molly! I really hope you enjoy my recipes and please, please come back and leave me feedback after you make them, I love to hear from my readers! :) :)

  65. I made this and it was quick – besides the overnight piece and easy. Tried it about 10 minutes ago and we have a winner! Thanks for the great recipe.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      YAY Terri! Thank you so much for making it already, so glad you loved it! Thank you for the feedback, I truly appreciate it!

  66. Forget all the rest! You must try Egg Nog ice cream at least once in life. My goal is to experiment making a non-dairy version.

  67. I think mint cookie is my fav, but definitely want to try this recipe!

  68. you know what. that ice cream looks the bomb! and i have not bought an ice cream maker yet! so i have to win some !:)

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      I can’t believe you don’t have one Richa, what?!?!

  69. mint chocolate chip wins every time!

  70. You should try making an alphonso mango icecream sometime – its heavenly in mangoey goodness!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Oh, that sounds amazing…never tired that before!

  71. What a fun giveaway! Your ice cream looks absolutely amazing and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that cute pic of your daughter taking pictures. So dang cute!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thanks so much my friend! She is so obsessed with her camera…gee, I wonder why, haha!

  72. Mint Chocolate Chip is my absolute favorite!

  73. Mint chocolate chip or chocolate

  74. I’m a vanilla girl! Thanks for all the recipes!

  75. Looks yummy!! I love vanilla and mint ice cream!!

  76. Your blog is wonderful I always find inspiration here to try something new! Your ice cream looks so delicious! What a wonderful prize you are giving away! I was so excited about entering this competition, then I saw the fine print (after I had entered) that am not eligible as I do no live in US or Canada :(

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Lisa, I appreciate you following my blog so much! So sorry about the giveaway, but don’t worry, stay tuned because I will be having a worldwide giveaway coming soon in the future :)

  77. Can’t wait to try this ice cream!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Please let me know when you do Kathy, thanks!

  78. I am with your hubs… I am not a chocolate person – LOL! I wonder if I would suck one of these down too! ;)

  79. I love chocolate! I hope I win!!

  80. Before vegan, baskin robbins jamocha almond fudge!! After vegan, any rich and creamy dark chocolate, it always reminds me of a frozen mousse!

  81. I love blue moon ice cream! It reminds me of childhood, and there’s no flavor like it!

  82. Dark chocolate ice cream is my favorite! Thanks for this delicious looking post!

  83. My favorite flavor is vanilla with candied pecans mixed in.

  84. Pam

    Thanks so much for the opportunity! Love your recipes. My son has a bunch of allergies, so this would be great to win.

    • Pam

      Ooops. His is strawberry.

  85. Vanilla caramel is my favorite!

  86. Coffee Ice Cream is the best!

  87. Pam

    I just love chocolate, so this is definitely on my list of things to try. My other favorite is raspberry!

  88. My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate chip cookie dough.

  89. Chocolate!! Coconut!! Vanilla with real vanilla beans…. Oh so many!!

  90. I am excited to try to make my own vegan ice cream.

  91. I tend to like to stick with plain ole vanilla. :)

  92. My favorite flavor is Chocolate with chunks of dark chocolate and walnuts in it!!! YUMMO!

  93. I LOVE dark chocolate and/or espresso ice cream, especially when it’s coconut based! Yum!

  94. I really need to get an ice cream maker!

  95. I love chocolate almond I’ve cream! Hope I entered the giveaway right…I made this tonight! It was amazing Brandi! I’m taking a week off Instagram and then I’ll share and tag you but thank you for yet another delicious recipe! This is soooooooo good!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Oh yay! I’m so glad you made it and loved it so much!! Thank you so much for making it and letting me know!

  96. I love mint chocolate chip ice cream.

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  98. mint choc chip

  99. I almost forgot Pistachio and in third place Pumpkin!

  100. Would love to make chocolate blueberry/cherry, thanks for holding this giveaway!

  101. This looks like chocolate heaven! Chocolate and almonds together, truly amazing!

  102. mint chocolate chip!

  103. Wowza!! That looks so so good. I want a cone!
    I need to get my hands on some dark chocolate coated almonds. They sound amazing.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      I know you aren’t a chocolate fan that much, but this ice cream base is the creamiest I’ve ever had…got other flavors in the works! :)

  104. I made your very creamy amazing ice-cream recipe! I love it, my mom, dad & husband all love it! xxxx

    Create on, Brandi! :) xxx

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