4 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

4 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

Today I make your dreams come true. Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream that is only 4 ingredients, ridiculously creamy, chocolatey, rich and requires no ice cream maker. Did I mention it's only 4 ingredients?! And NO. This is not the banana ice cream that is all over the internet that turns into a rock hard block of ice in the freezer. That is not true ice cream folks, I'm talking rich, creamy ice cream that will fool dairy lovers and that tastes just like dairy chocolate ice cream, yet it is dairy-free. YUP.

By the way...thank you so much for the overwhelming response to the above photo I shared on both this Facebookpost and Instagram as the teaser of the upcoming recipe! The compliments on this photo and the excitement truly made my day. I really enjoyed doing this photo shoot!

We are having a major chocolate party here. Chocolate ice cream made with sweet potatoes is where it's at, folks.

I am quite the ice cream creator here on this blog. I have 11 ice cream recipes already!! So, this makes 12! And several of them involve chocolate. But you know what? Most of them are 8 ingredients and contain nuts or more specific ingredients that may require an extra trip to the store. The CRAZY thing about this 4 ingredient vegan chocolate ice cream is that it is now my go-to. I've made it countless times now because it's just soooo darn easy and so chocolatey. It's mind-blowing how simple it is.

I'm not looking for the healthiest raw ice cream here. I just want something that is super easy, tastes like TRUE ICE CREAM and only takes a few minutes prep. So, do you want to know the secret to making rich, chocolatey, creamy ice cream without expensive ingredients?

Chocolate chips, sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla (and a pinch of salt)! That's it! I was so ecstatic to find that nobody else has done an ice cream recipe like this out there (that I could find!)...sure people have used sweet potato (I have myself!) but not this exact simple chocolatey sweet potato ice cream.Β 

Can you taste the sweet potato?? Not at all. In fact, my hubby who hates sweet potato had no clue (and still doesn't!) that it was in there. It honestly just tastes like milk chocolate ice cream. Then key is just blending it up really well.

This vegan chocolate ice cream is dairy-free, oil-free and nut-free. Most vegan ice creams are made with cashews and can leave a cashew flavor, which I'm not crazy about, so this one just tastes like pure chocolate. I used light coconut milk instead of full-fat and that way, there is no coconut flavor whatsoever. There is enough fat in it from the cocoa butter from the chocolate chips, so it is plenty creamy. No need for the full-fat coconut milk.

I use Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips because they are dairy-free and I love the ingredients. The ingredients are so simple and have the best flavor. It is just sugar, chocolate liquor and cocoa butter. That's it folks. Plus, they are pretty much sold at every single grocery store.

The inspiration for this ice cream came from wanting a really, really simple ice cream recipe that required minimal prep and minimal ingredients. It's been a long time since I used sweet potatoes in my ice cream, so I used one of my oldest recipes as the inspiration, my Chocolate Peppermint Sweet Potato Ice Cream. Using it again in a much simpler, straight-forward chocolate ice cream was the best decision ever.

I also found this adorable ice cream container and I just love it. It is pretty deep and is great for storing ice cream in.

I cannot WAIT to hear what you all think about this ice cream, so pretty please leave me feedback below after you make it!! I work so hard to share these amazing creations with you all, so getting feedback makes it all worth it! I'd also love to see this explode all over Instagram, so be sure to tag me @thevegan8 and don't forget to use my hashtag #thevegan8 or I will likely miss it!

5.0 from 5 reviews
4 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream
The easiest and ice cream you will make that rivals dairy ice cream. The combo of sweet potatoes, coconut milk and chocolate chips gives a rich, creamy, chocolatey ice cream that is reminiscent of milk chocolate ice cream we all grew up on...but so much healthier.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4 cups
  • ¾ cup cooked mashed and packed orange sweet potato (180 g, make sure you do not use more than this, there is a reason this much is used so it's not detected)
  • 2 cups "lite" canned coconut milk(474 mL, shake the cans well prior to measuring)
  • 1½ cups (283 g) mini dairy-free semi-sweet Enjoy Life chocolate chips (or use 1 whole 10 oz bag, there is no substitution, the chocolate chips have fat in them that makes the ice cream creamy)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Note: I have only tested this ice cream using the Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips so if you use another brand or different chocolate, it may alter the taste/texture. Make sure you use the correct weight (grams) amount to ensure accurate results.
  1. Cook your sweet potato your preferred method. I chose to just microwave it for time purposes but you can bake it if you like. Bake it at 400 degrees with skin still on until very soft. Do not steam or boil it, as too much water will get into the potato. Let it cool a few minutes.
  2. Once your potato is cooked and cooled a bit, peel the skin off and completely mash it really well with a fork. You don't want any chunks or skins. Pack it in the measuring cup (3/4 cup) really well and level off. Add it to a blender. Add the coconut milk, vanilla and salt. Don't blend yet.
  3. Melt your chocolate chips your preferred method. I used the microwave and added them to a cereal bowl and microwaved in 15 second intervals, stirring in between, until about 90% melted. Then I stirred it until completely melted and smooth. You have to be careful about overheating chocolate or it will burn and be useless. Add the melted chocolate to the blender and be sure to scrape all that chocolate goodness out of the bowl.
  4. Blend the ingredients on high for a minute or so until completely smooth. You don't want any bits remaining from the potato. Taste and if you want it sweeter, add sugar, I did not. I found it to be perfectly chocolatey.
  5. Now, if you have an ice cream maker, then by all means use it, it will help make it creamier. But I tested 3 batches withOUT an ice cream maker and they were all delicious. You simply need to follow this method. Add your blended ice cream base to an ice cream storage container and place in the freezer. Set your timer for 30 minutes and stir the ice cream around really well, as the edges will start to firm up first. Add back to the freezer and do this every 30 minutes until it is solid or at your desired consistency. About 2 hours should do it, depending on your freezer temp. After that, if you let it freeze overnight, you may need to let it sit out at room temperature for about 15 minutes or so to soften a bit before eating. Again, this will depend on how cold you keep your freezer. I can control my temp so mine only needed a few minutes at room temp before eating. You can also pop it in the microwave for 15 seconds too if you like.
  6. If you want an extra chocolate syrup dose, just melt some extra chocolate chips and drizzle on top and it will freeze immediately like a magic shell. YUM. Now, after you eat this ice cream, come back and leave me feedback telling me how much it rocked your world like it did ours!
  7. Tip on freezing: Each time you let ice cream sit out and thaw, you encourage ice crystals to form. So, you can freeze the ice cream base in individual servings and just take out your serving each time you want some ice cream. Or, when removing the ice cream to thaw, the condensation that forms underneath the lid, make sure to wipe that each time so it doesn't refreeze and drop ice crystals into your ice cream.
Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, nut-free
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 247.8 Fat: 15.2 g Carbohydrates: 26.7 g Sugar: 18 g Sodium: 66.8 mg Protein: 2.8 g



  1. Oh. My. Word. I haven’t even tried this yet, but I already know it’s amazing! We don’t have an ice cream maker (it’s been on the want list for a long time, but we just haven’t gotten around to buying one), and I’m not wild about the idea of soaking and blending cashews, so this is the perfect recipe. No fancy ingredients, no fancy equipment. I’m going to try it this weekend for sure!

    About the blender…mine died and I haven’t replaced it yet. I do have an immersion blender, though. Would an immersion blender do the trick? Or should I pilfer a regular blender from someone?

    I’ll definitely check back after I make this and let you know how it went. Can’t wait! You just made my Fourth! πŸ™‚

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Hi Nichole! Haha…glad to already make your fourth! We have eaten SO MUCH of this ice cream lately, that it’s embarassing, it is just because it’s so good and SO easy. It really will remind you of milk chocolate ice cream.
      As far as the immersion blender, not sure, if you can get it completely, totally pureed then yes but you just don’t want any potato bits or texture left over, which of course a blender totally solves. I didn’t even use my vitamix, just a regular blender did the trick. I just let it blend for a good minute and it turned out perfect! Nobody had a clue sweet potato was in there (they still don’t lol)!

      • Never be embarrassed about eating chocolate ice cream! πŸ˜‰

        I think I’ll try it with the immersion blender and report back, in case anybody is wondering the same thing. I’ll just be sure to mash the potato up really well beforehand. I love hiding veggies in treats!

    • i wonder if the name sweet potato really means yam. the pictures look like yams. yams are orange, sweet potato are white.

      • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

        There is many varieties of sweet potatoes…white, orange and purple. I have eaten both white and orange ones many times. These are the orange ones. They are the most common ones around here where I live. I buy them weekly from the grocery store. With that said, I don’t think it will make a big difference in the ice cream recipe because both yams and sweet potatoes are similar in taste and texture. πŸ™‚
        This describes the common misunderstanding of both. Notice the 3rd paragraph’s last sentence. This is exactly what I use πŸ™‚

  2. How genius! I really have to try this. Those little glass cones are too adorable!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Aww thanks so much Marie!! I hope you love it! Let me know if you try it! Aren’t they the cutest?? So much more interesting than the typical baked cones and of course, reusable πŸ™‚

  3. Thats really incredible. I would never think to use sweet potato, but it makes sense that it would give it the thickness and to top it off it’s good for you. Wonderful recipe Brandi.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Suzanne!! It really does help make it thicker and creamy and it’s totally undetectable, that’s the best part!

  4. Jen

    Brandi, this recipe is incredible. I would never have thought of using sweet potato for ice cream! I have a cashew allergy and, like you, I’m not crazy about banana so this sounds amazing to me!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Jen, you are so kind! I use cashews in a lot of my recipes for the creamy factor, but honestly, I am not a fan of the taste and I can’t stand to taste them in ice cream or cheesecakes…it ruins it, so I really have to camouflage it and banana, well, it overpowers the other flavors….no matter what you add to it, it will always taste like banana! I want ice cream to taste like ice cream, not banana and not nuts, lol!

  5. BRANDI, That first photo is the most complicated food shoot setup I’ve seen! I’d be so scared it’d fall over! Was expecting a banana ice cream of some sort, but considering that it’s your blog I SHOULD have expected it to be made out of some kind of potato… Is there nothing you can’t make out of some kind of potato?! Looks absolutely amazing. So simple, yet so ruddy clever.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Bahahaha!! Girl, I WAS scared…you should have seen me shaking trying to take the shots quickly before it fell over…but I had a distinct idea of how I wanted to display the ice cream so I was determined. Thank God it didn’t fall over and break because I’m in love with the glass cones…they are gorgeous.
      And I totally laughed out loud!! Seriously, when DON’T I turn a recipe into a potato recipe, haha! It is my favorite food afterall. It’s not my first time using sweet potato though. I did it in my Chocolate peppermint Ice cream as well….which I linked above and that was over 2 years ago. It was time to do it again πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for the compliments! xo

  6. I would have never thought of using sweet potato! What a great idea! I’m sure it adds sweetness and great texture!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you Kaila! It works exceptionally well! It’s been done before so I didn’t invent the idea, but this recipe for sure is unique in the ingredients and simplicity. The first time I did sweet potato ice cream was over 2 years ago and at that time I had no idea it had been done before, but there are several recipes out there, but much more involved.

    • Hi there. I was just wondering if you could clarify something for me. Your recipe calls for sweet potato, but the photo shows what I know to be a yam (where I live in Canada, sweet potato flesh is white, yam flesh is orange like in your picture). I would love to try your recipe ASAP…but not sure whether to use sweet potato or yam…help! πŸ™‚

      • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

        Hi Donna! There are many different colored sweet potatoes, yellow, red, purple, orange and some have orange interiors and some have white and the most common one around here and that I’ve ever used is the orange ones, as above pictured. It’s definitely a sweet potato πŸ™‚ I think probably either would work in the recipe since they are similar in taste and texture, but I have only tried with a sweet potato. Hope that helps!

  7. Never think about to used a sweet potato in a ice cream recipe, genius idea! Wow this recipe is just wonderful with only 4 ingredients you can have a satisfying homemade ice cream.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Florian! It combined with chocolate chips and coconut milk, it is just the epitome of creamy chocolate ice cream. It’s my new favorite!!

  8. That container is the cutest! More reasons to make ice cream at home πŸ˜‰

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Isn’t it?! I died when I saw it and it totally went with my other turquoise food props I wanted to use….all inspired by the soda glass ice cream cones!

  9. This is genius Brandi! I’m definitely pinning this to try later. Love it!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much for the compliment and pinning Linda, so kind of you!

  10. Wow! Great idea to use sweet potato, I must try this recipe!

  11. Wow that looks incredible! I am bookmarking this recipe. Never thought using sweet potato in ice cream would work, but here it is! πŸ™‚

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Oh yes, it totally works! Promise! Tons have made it already and loved it, try it!! πŸ™‚

      • I’m going to try this using my vitamix. I’ll blend the chocolate and the coconut milk together first (to get a creamy chocolate) then add the sweet potato. I’ll let you know how it goes…

  12. Okay, so every 30 minutes when we stir…we get to take a spoonful to make sure it’s still fabulous right?
    You’re killin’ me here.

    • Exactly Angela! How can you not eat a big spoonful with each stirring?? She should have warned us and put that in the directions…”stir (but don’t eat by the spoonfuls) every 30 minutes.” It’s like trying not to eat the cookie dough before you bake it. Lol

      • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

        Haha! I can relate!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Bahahaha…how did you guess that is EXACTLY what I did…no joke! So good!!

  13. This looks insanely good! I would have never guessed sweet potatoes. I didn’t know you’ve tried that before. I don’t have an ice cream maker and I’m a huge fan of banana “nice” cream, but I never make more than we will eat right then because like you said, it doesn’t freeze well at all. I can’t wait to try this!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      It really is so incredibly creamy Jenn, it’s mind-blowing, I hope you try it!

  14. Wow Brandi, I’m stunned!!!!!!!!!! First of all GORGEOUS photos! That stack, the chocolate swirls <3 And secondly, wow sweet potato! I love your ice cream recipes, made from so many different things but all SO decadent!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Wow, thank you soooo much for such kind compliments Natalie! You are so sweet!! Yes, I love to try different ingredients and make them all unique! It’s so much fun, but this one is definitely my most unique and my new favorite!

  15. Very excited to try! Sweet potato is always on hand (my 14 year old says she ‘can’t live without it’!) And although I am happy to eat cashews in anything, they seem to give my husband terrible migraines. So many vegan ‘substitute’ recipes – sauces, cheeses, ice creams, puddings – use cashews that I am torn between making and not letting him have any (cruel!) or not making (bit sad for us girls). So I am definitely up for making this soon, even though it’s the middle of winter here in Australia!!!!!! I’ll report back!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      So awesome to hear how much your daughter loves sweet potatoes!! I hope she and you all love the ice cream! Can’t wait to hear what everybody thinks of it, thank you!

  16. So you are totally making me regret not buying those ice cream cones!! They are so darn cute and I was totally going to! I may have to pop back in! If I do I will definitely make your ice cream to break them in! Who doesn’t love chocolate ice cream? Y. U. M.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Get them, they are super cute!! Very nice quality! Kind of pricey, but worth it!! Yes, this ice cream is soooo chocolatey and definitely my favorite now!

  17. This is incredible, Brandi! Sweet potatoes in ice cream? This beauty is a must try for me! Gorgeous photos too! πŸ™‚

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      You are so sweet, thank you so much!! They lend to texture but are totally undetectable!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Aww thank you so much!! So glad you love the photos! The sweet potatoes really do add an extra creamy element…so amazing!

  18. This looks so decadent. Can’t wait to try it. I have a blendtec and wondered if the ice cream setting would work? Thanks

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Hi Debbie, I have never tried an ice cream setting before on a blender so I have no idea but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. The ice cream base is very creamy and if it freezes too hard, just let it thaw a few minutes before eating. Let me know after you try it!

  19. BRANDI! You’ve definitely made my dreams come true. Sweet potato in an ice-cream?! Thats awesome. What an amazing idea!!!! They bring such a great, soft texture and a subtle caramel flavour to things. Chocolate ice cream has always been my favourite, so I know I’m going to have to try this. You seriously create such food magic in your kitchen! Always in awe of your recipes!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Awww thank you so much Harriet for such kind words! You are so sweet! It is our new favorite ice cream without a doubt, it really helps the texture! I hope you try it and love it! Thank you Harriet! xx

  20. where can you find those chips? I’ve never seen them before in my life!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      I find them at every single grocery store around here, HEB, Kroger, Whole Foods. They are sometimes carried in the health section since they are dairy-free but sometimes next to the other chocolate chips as well. I’m not sure where you are located, but if you are near a Trader Joes, you could also use their brand of chocolate chips, just use the correct weight amount. Their dairy-free chips are really good too. Hope that helps πŸ™‚

  21. You rock! This recipe is amazing! You are a rockstar and please continue making these wonderful recipes!!!!! You should totally do a cookbook on mag cloud and people could print it right off. Keep up the good work!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      You are so incredibly sweet Kassandra! Thank you so much for your kind words and I’m so glad you loved this recipe!! Thank you for making my recipes, I really appreciate it!! xx

  22. No banana! No ice cream maker needed! And: it is GREAT. Thank you for another wonderful recipe. I can’t wait to try some variations — and to make it again. Really appreciate your recipes!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it Heidi!! Thank you so much for the feedback! I have another flavor coming too, so stay tuned! And yes, no bananas…they always will make whatever dessert it is taste like bananas unfortunately, the flavor can’t be masked, so I wanted ice cream to just taste like regular ice cream!

  23. I made this last night. We just ate a bowl. My husband, whom looooves, chocolate said, ” you would not know this is dairy free.” It’s a winner!! Loooved!!!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      I’m so thrilled to hear this Susan! I love it when things are hubby-approved! Haha! I agree….it tastes no different than dairy, but much better for you! So glad it was a hit, thank you so much for the feedback!

  24. I just made this. It is delicious! Thank you for posting the recipe!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that, thank you so much for the feedback Valerie!!

  25. WOW! Amazing, Brandi! Who knew sweet potatoes would work in an ice cream?? I can’t wait to try this. And gorgeous shots too. The main one at the top? You are braver than I. If I attempted that one, it would have likely ended up with broken glass and ice cream everywhere. Great work πŸ™‚

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Gwen! That is so sweet of you! Yes, it works really well and the last time I did it was 2 years ago but this one is definitely my favorite…so easy and delicious. Lol, I know, I was VERY nervous doing that shot! But I really wanted a certain look so I took my chances, haha! Thank you so much!

  26. Um, yeah… I’m pretty sure I have to make this NOW πŸ™‚ {well, as soon as I can…}. Can’t wait!

    Sweet potato? — you’re brilliant πŸ™‚ I make chocolate mousse and pudding and frostings with it, but it never occurred to me to make an ice cream. That’s just genius <3

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much sweet Audrey!! Girl, you HAVE to try it!! It seriously will blow your mind! It’s sooo creamy and rich and just so chocolatey! Oh and yes, I have a fudge made from sweet potatoes and muffins and pancakes and of course, now my 2ND sweet potato ice cream on the blog now! I LOVE sweet potatoes, can you tell, lol?!

  27. Ohman ohman, I saw this recipe and thought “finally, I don’t need an ice cream maker!!” Clearly I had to try it. This ice cream is so yummy! I made it for the 4th of July and it was a hit, (mind you, I’m the only vegan in my family)!

    I wasn’t able to do the freezing method directly after I blended everything, thus it sat overnight in my fridge and thickened up quite a bit. This recipe would make a yummy mousse as well. I want to try doing the 30min freeze/mix intervals directly after I process the ingredients next time so it won’t be as thick. I love this recipe so much that I’m going to have to experiment with different flavors! Thank you so much for this gem! Keep em coming Brandi!

    Jalysa IG: killertofu7

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      That is sooo awesome! I love it when even the non-vegans love a recipe! So happy to hear that! Oh and yes, it will totally thicken up if you leave it in the fridge overnight because of the cocoa butter in the chocolate chips. It will “set”, so you could just stick it right in the freezer after that and should be no problem! πŸ™‚

  28. Oh my goodness! That ice cream! Brandi.. you’re crazy.. how do you come up with stuff like that?! Sweet Potatoes in Ice Cream.. that’s genius!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Awww thanks so much Bianca! It’s my 2nd ice cream recipe using sweet potatoes…last one I did was over 2 years ago…it was time for another and this time I used much more and made the recipe even more amazing, simpler and pretty much the new favorite around here!

  29. Ok, I have to say that ….I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS ICE CREAM!!!!!!!!! OMG Brandi you are such a genius! To only have those 4 ingredients…..if someone didn’t see you make it they would have no idea that it has SWEET POTATOES in it! And my daughter LOVES it too!!! (Ours tasted a bit like pudding when we first tried it because it wasn’t as frozen as I would have liked, but she was anxious to try it lol). I will DEFINITELY be making this ice cream again!! Thank you!!!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      You are so incredibly SWEET Tiffany!! I’m so happy you loved this ice cream so much and so glad your daughter loves it too! Yay! Thank you so much for your kind words, they truly mean the world to me!! πŸ™‚ Stay tuned for another flavor coming!!! xx

  30. Hi there!

    I am super excited to try this recipe! How brilliant!
    I have a question regarding the coconut milk. Does it HAVE to be coconut milk from a can or could it be substituted with the regular coconut milk from a container (like what you would use in cereal)?


    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Hi Anastasia! Thank you! The canned has a creamier, higher fat content and is also only coconut milk and water, whereas the carton stuff is more watery and has many more addititves, so I don’t think it would work as well unfortunately. You can try it, but for ice cream I always only use canned for the best results. Let me know after you try it, thank you so much!

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  32. Hi,

    This is absolutley the best icecream receipe ever!! I`m so in love with it!!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Carmen!! Wow, I’m so glad you feel that way. It is definitely my new favorite too..I can’t stop making it, haha!

  33. Leaping Lizards!!! I’m sitting here eating a dish of Chia Banana Pudding with drool dribbles on the corners of my mouth! TY TY for this recipe & those ahhhhmazing pics! Have GOT to make some. :-d

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Haha! You definitely have to try it, it is so worth it!

  34. Brandi, thank you so much for this recipe. I tried making this today for dessert tonight. It turned out great! My non vegan husband loved it and said it tastes rich and chocolaty. I bet this would even fool my sister! It was the perfect treat on this super hot day here. Thank you so much for making a recipe for ice cream that doesn’t have bananas in it! You rock!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      I am so happy to hear that Danielle! Thank you so much for such wonderful feedback, I really appreciate it!

  35. UNBELIEVABLE! This ice cream is life-changing! I know that may sound a little dramatic, but it truly is a game-changer for ice cream lovers. I subbed out about 1/2 of the chocolate chips for 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder plus some liquid stevia only because I cannot tolerate too much refined sugar. Thank you Brandi! I can’t tell you how many people I’ve recommended your blog to.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much for this amazing feedback Shari! I agree, it is life-changing for me too…so easy, so delicious and just like dairy! I’m so happy to hear your success with the stevia and that it still turned out well!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Oh and thank you so much for sharing my blog with others, I can’t tell you how much that means to me! xx

  36. I am so excited to make this! As someone who loves vegan recipes, and a good chocolate ice cream you cant imagine how excited this makes me! Do you know of a way that I could substitute cocoa powder for the chocolate chips without wrecking the recipe, or is using only half the chocolate chips the way to go? Thanks for this deliciousness!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Hi Kyler! If you leave out half the chocolate chips, it is going to be very bitter. The amount of chocolate chips in the recipe really do give a very chocolatey flavor and the perfect amount of sweetness to balance out the chocolate. Also, the chocolate chips contain cocoa butter (fat) so that is a huge part of how it is creamy, it simply will not work taste or texture wise by subbing with all cocoa powder. One reader did say she subbed HALF of the chocolate chips with some cocoa powder and stevia for sweetener to make up for the missing chocolate chips, but I personally didn’t make it nor can vouch for how it would affect the creaminess or taste. I also don’t know how much she used. I’m sorry, I’ve only made it the way it is written and it is truly incredible! If you sub half the chips for cocoa powder, I would guess you’d need a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder and of course add some syrup for sweetness to taste but that is just a guess. It will make it less creamy and more icy, fyi. So keep that in mind that it will in fact affect the creaminess. Let me know if you try it either way! πŸ™‚

  37. I made this exactly as written and it was AMAZING!!!! Next time I’ll throw it in the ice cream maker since every time I stirred it I had to take a (few) bites(s) and quite a bit was missing by the time it was ready to serve πŸ˜‰ Thank you for a great dessert!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Hahaha! I know EXACTLY what you mean!! It is that good and so hard not to eat it all each time you stir it! So happy you loved it, thank you so much for leaving feedback!!

  38. Made this with my ice cream maker this evening…and it was divine!!! My picky eaters could not even guess the sweet potato ingredient πŸ˜‰ Husband guessed avocado…he was closest!! A definite recipe keeper πŸ™‚ Thanks!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      So awesome to hear! I’m so happy it was a hit! I love that you had everybody guess the secret ingredient too…haha..so fun! I never even told my family, they just thought it was dreamy chocolate, haha! My hubby detests sweet potatoes so I just left the secret to myself πŸ™‚ Thank you for the feedback!

  39. OKAY!! You did it with this recipe, girl!! 4 ingredients AND no ice cream maker required?! I am dying over here!!! Need to make this ASAP!!!!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      It’s truly amazing, I hope you try it, thank you Ceara!

  40. I made this Brandi! It is amazzzing! My husband, who is still a bit of a carnivore, liked it…until he asked what was in it. He was ok until I got to the sweet potato. Isn’t that funny!? Next time, I’ll have to leave sweet potatoes out of the answer! πŸ˜‰ I’m definitely making this again! PS – I work for a caterer and recently (at our family 4th of July party) had someone tell me I should be doing my own catering because my food “is so good”… you are a huge part of that! I just follow recipes and a lot of them are yours! And these people are not vegans/whole food plant eaters. Thank you for the yummy recipes! and by the way, hubby ate HALF in one sitting.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Hahaha! That is so funny…that is exactly why I didn’t ever tell my hubby it had sweet potato, because he probably wouldn’t have tried it. He LOVES the ice cream though. Don’t bother telling people because then they will almost look for a reason, haha.
      But what is even funnier is that he loved it and ate HALF in one sitting! So glad it was a hit and thank you so much for the feedback! I’m so happy you are enjoying the recipes and they are helping you so much, that means so much to me! What a compliment! Thank you!

  41. Dear Brandi, this 4 ingredient choc ice-cream was indeed A TRUE ICE-CREAM! Who would have thought to use sweet potato to add to the creamy texture – oh oh Brandi would of course! πŸ˜‰

    This is like you mentioned, a true ice-cream should be creamy …. my taste tester a.k.a. who simply adores anything chocolate commented that it was somehow nicer than the commercial ice-creams sold out there in the supermarkets. We reckon that it may be due to the higher amount of chocolate content/ratio that exist versus the amount of coconut milk in this recipe perhaps… I’m definitely making this ice-cream again as it was THAT GOOD!!

    Lastly, really love your photography style here and those little glass containers that you served the ice-cream in … they look so amazing! Thanks again Brandi, your recipes are always fuss-free and DA BEST! xx Cheers, Swan of @swans_kitchen

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so so very much Swan for your amazing feedback AND gorgeous pics of the ice cream you shared on Instagram! I’m so happy to hear that both you and your hubby loved this! Thank you so much for making it and the compliments on my photos as well, really appreciate it all!! xo

  42. Left out a word in the previous comment – taste tester is my hubby! xx

  43. Those ice cream holders are so cute. I must get some. And of course the recipe sounds great. Vegan and chocolate is my favorite combination. : )

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thanks so much Amy! The ice cream cones are so gorgeous too in person!

  44. Love sweet potato ice cream. I made some in popsicle format a couple of years ago and they were such a hit. Very fudgey and decadent. Have you tried freezing them in popsicles?

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Sweet potato is the best! The first time I made chocolate sweet potato ice cream was this recipe of mine way back in 2012 and it was time for a newer, easier version so I cut out the extra ingredients and I love this one soooo much better! Haven’t tried Popsicles yet, yum!

      • Yes this version is a lot easier. Sweet potato is already packed with flavour and creaminess, it doesn’t really need a lot added to it. I’m gonna be making some more soon. I like a little molasses in mine.

  45. It’s in the freezer right now. That was SO easy and quick to get going, and the “batter” tastes amazing.

    I’m pretty severely lactose intolerant, so this recipe is a miracle. Thank you!

  46. Hi Brandi
    What brand of coconut milk did you use? I use Natural Valur, because its can has a BPA lining, and it has no guar gum, or any other additives. I also wondered if this can be made into Vanilla ice cream?
    Thank you!!!!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Hi Mary Lynn! I use Thai Kitchen, it’s my favorite brand, but honestly you can use any brand you want, it is the lower fat version, so a really thick version is not what you are going for here, so any brand isn’t a big issue here. This recipe relys heavily on all the chocolate chips to reach that creamy ice cream texture, because it contains cocoa butter, so this particular recipe can’t be made vanilla. However, I do have a vanilla cheesecake ice cream recipe already on the blog that is super popular with readers. I’m guessing you could just leave out the lemon juice if you want and it will just be vanilla then. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, then you will need to follow the same freezing method as listed above. It may not be as 100% creamy, but should still work. Just let it thaw a few minutes before eating. Let me know if you try it, here is the link. It would also only be 4 ingredients (minus the lemon juice). I do like the lemon juice in it though because it masks any coconut/cashew flavor, so that’s something to think about. I am working on other ice cream flavors as well πŸ™‚ http://thevegan8.com/2014/06/14/vanilla-cheesecake-ice-cream-with-caramel-sauce/

  47. Hi, my daughter has a severe milk protein allergy and I started looking around the web for non dairy recipes that we could make for the whole family so she does not feel like she is missing out on anything. I love so many of your recipes. My question is this, I have not been able to find dairy free chocolate chips. We live in a very small town so our shopping options are limited. so I was wondering if cocoa powder would work in this or not?

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Hi Tammy! Cocoa powder unfortunately will not work. Chocolate chips contain the perfect amount of sweetness and more importantly, cocoa butter, which is the fat that helps make the ice cream so creamy (in addition to the sweet potato), so you definitely need chocolate chips. Does your store not carry Enjoy Life? If you are unable to find dairy-free chocolate chips anywhere, then the next option would be to order them. I have a link to the ones I used for the recipe above in the recipe. I use Enjoy Life for pretty much all my recipes, so they are definitely worth the purchase! I hope that helps, please let me know after you make it! I would love to hear how your daughter likes the ice cream. Thank you!

  48. I have NO IDEA HOW I missed this post, but I am soooo glad you linked back to it. I legit am going to make this like asap, I’ve been loving banana ice cream lately…but sometimes I just want a legit “milk” based ice cream. The store bought versions mess with my tummy sometimes so THIS IS LIFE right now. Also, I need that ice cream container. HOW CUTE.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      DO IT! I’m telling you girl, you will love it! I think this has become my most popular recipe now ever…I’m blown away. Every single person has raved about it, so I’d love to hear your thoughts as well! xo

  49. I made this and I loved it, as did my (non-vegan) boyfriend. I used a different brand of chocolate chips with no issues. The boyfriend thinks it should more accurately be called a frozen mousse. Whatever, it was delish. We put sliced organic strawberries on it and drank a glass of cabernet sauvignon with it. The next time we used black cherries (and the strawberries!). It’s great with those fruits. It did freeze rock-hard because of the low fat content, which is the only thing that prevented me from finishing off the whole batch (scooping it out was a bit of work). There will be more batches I’m sure. Thank you for a fantastic recipe.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Yay! I’m so glad to hear you and your NON-vegan boyfriend loved it so much!! Serving it with wine and fruit sounds like a fantastic idea! Hey he can call it frozen mousse if he likes, haha! πŸ˜‰ It’s definitely ice cream texture though and depending on how cold you keep your freezer, it may get harder than others. That is why I mention to let it thaw a few minutes prior to scooping. Since it doesn’t contain any fillers/starches or gums, it will firm up a bit more than commercial. Commercial ice creams contain a lot of nasty gums and fillers. But once you slightly thaw it, somehow it is even creamier than commercial, which is crazy! Mine only took 5 mins tops to soften and that was after freezing an entire night. I also use a container I mention in the post and that keeps it much softer. Different containers will affect how hard it can freeze too. Hope that helps!

      Thanks again for the wonderful feedback and I’m thrilled you both loved it!

  50. val

    I have some canned sweet potatoes any chance they would work?

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      I haven’t tried it, but I think so! If they are super watery, maybe just pat them dry a little beforehand. Let me know how it turns out, thank you!

  51. The 4 ingredient chocolate ice cream with sweet potato as a base is AWESOME!
    > I have not had a chocolaty ice cream dessert for years and years, and here it is, wonderful!
    > I used my Vitamix, worked so fast and very creamy. Just in a Vitamix you have to put the coconut milk first, then the sweet potato.
    > Thank you! The world is a better place because of you!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      You are so kind Cindy, thank you so much for the wonderful feedback and kind words! I’m so glad you loved this ice cream! Good point on the Vitamix, I used my regular blender for this which is wider so it didn’t matter but with my Vitamix, the bottom is thinner, so that makes sense.
      So glad you loved this, thanks again!

  52. I always get aggravated when people rave over a recipe before they’ve tried it, but here it is, midnight and I, not having even bought the sweet potato yet, have to post: what a freaking GREAT idea! I’m trying so hard to eat real food, real healthy but real delicious, and this sounds amazing. Can’t wait to get up in the a.m. and run to the store to get that damned sweet potato!

    Also, have to tell you how charming you are, responding to everyone with such positive and enthusiastic replies. What a lovely girl you are!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Haha sounds so awesome Anna! I can’t wait to hear what you think of it! Thank you so much for such a kind compliment, I can’t tell you honestly how much it made me smile…that was so very sweet of you to say that πŸ™‚

      • I wish I could post this in a HUGE font! I got to the store. Baked that tater. Made the ice cream. Poured it into my popsicle molds.

        OH. MY. GOD.

        THIS is what the word awesome was made to describe. No weird sweet potato undertones — just the chocolatiest, most delicious ice cream base ever. Honestly, I’ll never buy store bought again.

        I did add a couple of ounces of soy milk (my can of coconut milk was light by two ounces) and a splash of Kahlua (it keeps it from forming crystals as it freezes).

        Now I’m standing by my freezer, waiting for the magic to happen.

        Thanks so much for such an inspired recipe. You’ve made a very, very good day even better!

        • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

          Awww Anna I’m so happy to hear this! Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback. I’m thrilled you loved it as much as we all do and so glad you had a tiny amount of soy milk to use since you were a wee bit short on the coconut milk, that definitely wouldn’t affect it. Thanks again for coming back and letting me know! πŸ™‚

  53. I tried this last night and it is delicious! Thanks so much πŸ™‚ How can I adapt this to make different flavours? X

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Wonderful Laura, I’m so happy you loved this, thank you for the feedback! This recipe isn’t really adaptable because the chocolate chips are a crucial ingredient that make it creamy because of the cocoa butter, but don’t worry, I’m working on other flavors, so stay tuned!!

  54. Kim

    This is AMAZING!!!!! We loved it! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      I’m thrilled, thank you so much for the feedback Kim!!

  55. Hi Brandi,
    Just wondering if it is necessary to use light coconut milk?

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Hi Marilyn! I have only tried this with coconut milk. Coconut milk has some fat in it, which is necessary to help it be creamy. You are welcome to try a cashew milk or soy milk instead, but I’m unsure of how it will freeze up. I wouldn’t recommend the thinner, less fat milks like almond, rice or oat. Definitely don’t use all fat coconut milk because then it will be TOO creamy. Let me know how it turns out, thank you!

  56. Do you think I could use homemade coconut milk for this? I make mine with unsweetened shredded coconut, because the canned one is extremely expensive where I live!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Yes, I think that would work just fine! I use the low-fat here in this recipe, so a homemade one should be just fine, as long as it’s not the overly creamy fat kind. Let me know how it turns out!

  57. My daughter is allergic to dairy, wheat, soy, and banana so there are very few deserts and even fewer GOOD deserts that we get to have. This one was allergy friendly AND good!!! Thank you for taking the time to make it and blog it for us!!! Loved seeing her chocolatey face after enjoying this ice cream πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Aww I’m so happy to hear this Jaime! Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback and I’m so happy your daughter loved it as well!!

  58. Finally trying it! I have been gone all summer and havent had a chance to make it. Im finding out I have issues with dairy and I’m so excited to try this. Off to go make it! I’ll update soon πŸ™‚

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Oh, I can’t wait to hear, thank you Kyler!

  59. OH MY GAWD! you are da bomb!! When I saw this recipe come through, my first thought was, what? sweet potato?? But I knew I had to try it because of the success with your other recipes. I finally made it today and it is in the freezer as we speak. My taste testing before it went into the freezer, um let’s say I could have kept tasting it. With only 4 ingredients, how can you not make it?? THANK YOU for helping me feed my family with all your amazing recipes.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Tami for the amazing feedback! I’m so glad you enjoyed it so much!! I really appreciate you making my recipes and you taking the time to provide feedback.

  60. This recipe blew my mind! It’s so simple, and truly tastes exactly like dairy chocolate ice cream!! I didn’t have any light coconut milk on hand, so I just went with the full fat that I had and it worked fine, but I’ll definitely be trying it again with the light coconut milk. I don’t have an ice cream machine, so I blended the mixture in my vitamix, then poured it into a glass mixing bowl and mixed it every 30 mins with a hand mixer for about 5 cycles. This worked really well! I had been deprived of homemade ice cream thus far because I thought the ice cream machine was essential!!

    All of your recipes I have tried have been wonderful and they are so creative! I consider you a whole foods vegan genius! (: Your site has become my go-to any time I want to make something! There are many vegan blogs I enjoy looking at from time to time, but only yours in 100% in line with my nutritional goals, no modifications necessary! Thank you so much!!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Wow April, I am so happy to read this feedback! I just got your other 2 feedbacks on the cream cheese and toffee cake and I have to tell you, you made my day with your wonderful comments! Your words are so thoughtful and thank you for taking the time to write them out to me. You are so incredibly kind and I am beyond thrilled that you are enjoying my recipes so much. Thank you!!

  61. I LOVE this ice cream recipe, but mine did get extremely hard in the freezer. Any tips? Does the container make a difference?

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Hi Rhonda! So glad you enjoyed it! Yes, I’ve noted that if you let it completely freeze, you will need to let it thaw maybe 15 mins before eating. πŸ™‚ However, I use the ice cream container I’ve linked above that is specifically insulated and it actually keeps mine much softer than just a regular container. This doesn’t contain any fake ingredients, gums or oils like commercial ice creams, so it will freeze a bit different but becomes super creamy after you let it thaw a few minutes. You didn’t sub any ingredients did you? Hope that helps πŸ™‚

      • Thank you for your response. I did substitute Organic Raw Cacoa Powder for the chocolate chips. Do you think that would made a big difference? Also, I used a glass bowl. I need to get one of the ice cream containers.

        • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

          Oh my gosh, yes! The chocolate chips have a ton more fat in them than cocoa powder which helps tremendously with it’s creaminess. You won’t get near the same texture result with cocoa powder, the flavor will of course be a lot less sweet too. If you try it again as the recipe, I promise you’ll notice a big difference! ?

  62. I made this last week with the kids and OMG Brandi! It’s amazing! My son HATES sweet potatoes, and my husband is an ice cream snob, and they both loved it also! I love how easy it is, good for you ingredients, and fudge-creamy like in consistency! The chocolate flavor is right on and I can’t even taste the sweet potatoes! This will definitely be a staple ice cream in our freezer. Thanks Brandi!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Yay! So very happy to read this feedback Anjali! So happy that everybody loved it so much! My hubby hates sweet potatoes too and he had NO clue! I personally love sweet potatoes, but I sure as heck don’t want to taste them in ice cream, so that was crucial for me as well. Thanks so much for letting me know how it all turned out!

  63. Hi Brandi!!

    Thank u so much for ur awesome recipes!!! Love love them.. Hubby and i are not even vegetarians, leave alone vegan. But we are slowly making the transitions. Albeit it is very hard as we find it really hard to feel full without meat, cheese or excess carbs! But we are getting there.. Baby steps :p

    So besides that, i have a very very crucial and of utmost importance to ask u!!! WHERE DID YOU GET THE ICE CREAM CONE CUPS?! Pleaseeeeee tell me!! <3

    Much love,

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Hi Elly, I’m so sorry I somehow missed this comment! So happy to hear you are loving the recipes, thank you! I actually got those ice cream cones at a store called Anthropologie, but I just checked online and it says they are no longer available. I bought them many months ago πŸ™ Maybe amazon will have them or they will be in stock again next year!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Ok, I found some on Amazon, they are slightly different, as they don’t have the colored trims, but they look really similar. Here is the link! http://amzn.to/1WdigA8

  64. Has anyone tried using cacao? if so how many tablespoons?

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Hi Jenise, cacao will not work. The recipe is based off of using chocolate chips which has a lot of cocoa butter in it, which is the fat needed to help make the ice cream smooth and creamy, and of course is the sweetener as well. One reader tried to use cacao and it was a block of ice. It will not have the results without them.

  65. Tovolo now has smaller versions of ice cream containers available.
    They will be great to for portion control.

    Thank you for the great recipe – I am making it for my Aunt who had to switch to a non-dairy diet.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Oh, that is so wonderful to know, thank you for sharing!

  66. Chocolate ice cream is by far one of my absolutely favorite desserts ever and I’m also a big fan of sweet potatoes so of course this recipe was a must try….

    Result: I’m amazedd once again! Oh boy was this delicious!!! 4 people enjoyed this one afternoon and couldn’t stop for first portion haha, it was all gone so no need to worry about the crystallization woops πŸ˜€ The texture was really good and the taste wasn’t overly sweet but creamy and just perfect! One family requested that I make this again in the summer and I’ll do so really happily πŸ˜‰

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Wonderful Milla! Thank you so much for the awesome feedback! I’m so happy this was such a hit with everybody! Yay!

  67. We really loved this ice cream. It tastes just like regular chocolate ice cream from the store..no, actually better. We loved it and it will become a regular this summer. I added some walnut pieces and chocolate chips. Heaven.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      I’m so happy you all loved this ice cream Estee, thank you so much for the feedback!!

  68. This is so delicious!! Thank you for an easy, fantastic vegan & nut free ice cream! I made this for the first time this week and am so enjoying it – it will become a regular in my freezer πŸ™‚

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Yay! So happy to hear you loved it Amanda, thank you so much for the feedback!

  69. This recipe was very easy to follow and the taste was very delicious! Way better than store bought vegan ice cream. Thanks! I plan on making this again… and again….

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  71. I must say…. THANK YOU!!! This is the best non-dairy ice cream I have ever eaten!! It out shines any commercial ice cream I have had! Hubby and son even liked it! Please keep up with these great creations!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Yay yay! So very happy to hear that Arlene, what incredible feedback! So thrilled it was such a hit! Thank you for leaving feedback, I really love hearing it!

  72. OH MY. I had no idea sweet potatoes could taste soooooooo good! And that is not to imply that you can taste the sweet potatoes in this recipe, because you can’t. At all. It is just wonderful chocolatey goodness. Thick, rich, wonderful. We love this stuff at our house.

    Did I mention I had NO IDEA sweet potatoes could taste so good?

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Haha! Sooo happy to hear you loved it so much Jamie!! It’s amazing they are undetectable, huh?! Thank you so much for the feedback!

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