4 Ingredient No Churn Low Carb Hot Chocolate Ice Cream (Keto, Paleo, Vegan)

Enjoy ice cream guilt free with this recipe for 4 Ingredient Low Carb Hot Chocolate Ice Cream (Keto, Paleo, Vegan, No Churn). No ice cream maker needed for this smooth, creamy, sugar free and protein packed healthy dessert or snack! 

4 Ingredient Low Carb Hot Chocolate Ice Cream (Keto, Paleo, Vegan, No Churn). No ice cream maker needed for this smooth, creamy, sugar free and protein packed frozen dessert or snack! #hotchocolate #ketodessert | Recipe at thebigmansworld.com

This sounds like the biggest oxymoron- The words hot chocolate, ice cream and healthy all in the same sentence. I promise you, this isn’t a joke- This 4-Ingredient No Churn Hot Chocolate Ice Cream is certainly healthy. 

Random question, do you call it hot cocoa or hot chocolate? Personally, I grew up drinking both. Hot cocoa was made using dark cocoa powder and not particularly sweet. On the other hand, hot chocolate used standard cocoa powder and was accompanied by a hefty dose of sweetness.

We’ll be taking these definitions in tow for today’s recipe, a normal cocoa powder is a KEY ingredient to make it ‘hot chocolate’. 

It might be odd to be sharing an ice-cream recipe in the middle of winter (for my Northern hemisphere friends), but hear me out. Ice cream is one of those foods which should be eaten year-round, especially if its guilt-free and pretty much a healthy snack more than a dessert.

Case in point? My low carb vanilla protein ice cream and low carb chocolate brownie batter ice cream could even pass as a post-workout snack. 

4 Ingredient Low Carb Hot Chocolate Ice Cream (Keto, Paleo, Vegan, No Churn). No ice cream maker needed for this smooth, creamy, sugar free and protein packed frozen dessert or snack! #hotchocolate #ketodessert | Recipe at thebigmansworld.com

Unlike traditional ice cream, my homemade hot chocolate ice cream (or homemade hot cocoa ice cream) has its perks. It is paleo, vegan, dairy free and made using just 4 ingredients. It also happens to be refined sugar free and low carb. Because I made one version using a special granulated sweetener, my ketogenic/keto friends are completely catered for too!

The best part? No churning required!

What does it mean no churn?

I’m going to break it down to basics, because I, myself, was confused when I first heard this term. No churn refers to the ice-cream not needing an ice cream maker to produce ice cream. 

This was such a light bulb moment for me because I have no desire to buy an ice cream maker!

How do you make ice-cream without an ice-cream maker?

You can either use a blender or food processor to do this! I prefer using the former, mainly because I’m not a fan of the bulky food processor I own but use whichever you have on hand. 

The benefit of using a blender or food processor to make protein ice cream, is that you have the option to enjoy it two ways-

Hard scoop style- Freeze in a pre-frozen loaf pan and scoop out when desired!

Soft serve style- Blend until desired consistency and enjoy immediately, or after freezing for 15 minutes. 

How to make ice-cream 100% sugar-free and low carb

If you don’t follow a ketogenic diet, opt for using the Medjool dates mentioned on the recipe card.

Alternatively, you have a way to make this protein ice cream completely sugar free and very low carb. All you need to do is swap out the Medjool dates for 1-2 tablespoons of monk fruit sweetener, or any other granulated sweetener of choice.

No protein powder?

No problem! This 3-ingredient no churn chocolate ice cream or strawberry ice cream are 100% protein-powder free! 

Speaking of protein powder, you need to be selective of which kind you use! I never recommend whey protein, as it just doesn’t achieve the smooth and creamy texture. For my tried and tested recommendations, check out my shop page

Whether you call it hot chocolate or hot cocoa, this no churn low carb ice cream doesn’t discriminate- It’s delicious. What is not to love? It is…

Smooth and creamy

4 Ingredients

Packed with protein 

100% sugar and dairy free

No ice cream maker needed

Post workout or healthy dessert

ICE CREAM EVERY SINGLE DAY (or even multiple times). 

4 Ingredient Low Carb Hot Chocolate Ice Cream (Keto, Paleo, Vegan, No Churn). No ice cream maker needed for this smooth, creamy, sugar free and protein packed frozen dessert or snack! #hotchocolate #ketodessert | Recipe at thebigmansworld.com

More delicious low-carb sweets? Gotcha covered!

3 Ingredient No Bake Coconut Crack Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Low Carb No Bake Bars

No Bake Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Cranberry Coconut Crack Bars

Check out the step-by-step recipe video below to see just how easy this no churn protein ice cream is to whip up!

No Churn Low Carb Hot Chocolate Ice Cream (Keto, Paleo, Vegan) barely adapted from my healthy brownie batter no churn ice cream.

4 Ingredient Low Carb Hot Chocolate Ice Cream (Keto, Paleo, Vegan, No Churn)

Enjoy ice cream guilt free with this recipe for 4 Ingredient Low Carb Hot Chocolate Ice Cream (Keto, Paleo, Vegan, No Churn). No ice cream maker needed for this smooth, creamy, sugar free and protein packed healthy dessert or snack! 
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 130kcal
Author: Arman

Ingredients

For the date-sweetened version

For the keto and sugar-free version

Instructions

  • Place a deep loaf pan in the freezer. 
  • Remove coconut milk from the refrigerator and separate the cream from the water. In a high-speed blender or food processor, add the cream first, followed by the coconut water. Blend until just combined.
  • Add your dates/granulated sweetener, protein powder, and cocoa powder and blend until thick and creamy- Do not over-blend.
  • Transfer the hot chocolate ice cream to the chilled loaf pan. To ensure it doesn't become too icy, lightly mix your ice cream ever 20-30 minutes for the first hour.
  • Before eating, thaw out the loaf pan for 15 minutes. Lightly wet an ice cream scoop before scooping out into a bowl. 

Notes

* If you use more than 1 scoop of protein powder, blend a little longer. If it's too thick (this can happen with casein protein powder), add a tiny bit more coconut milk.
Do not use lite coconut milk, as this will become too icy.
For a soft-serve style ice cream, enjoy immediately or freeze for 15 minutes.
If your ice cream is too icy, let thaw for 15 minutes before scooping. If for some reason it won't thaw nicely, re-blend and enjoy as is. 
4 Ingredient Low Carb Hot Chocolate Ice Cream (Keto, Paleo, Vegan, No Churn) should be consumed within 2-3 days.  
Nutrition Facts
4 Ingredient Low Carb Hot Chocolate Ice Cream (Keto, Paleo, Vegan, No Churn)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 130 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Protein 7g 14%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Iron: 2%

4 Ingredient Low Carb Hot Chocolate Ice Cream (Keto, Paleo, Vegan, No Churn). No ice cream maker needed for this smooth, creamy, sugar free and protein packed frozen dessert or snack! #hotchocolate #ketodessert | Recipe at thebigmansworld.com

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