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If it’s a healthy chocolate fudge ice cream recipe you want, look no further!

Another fantastic recipe from The Spunky Coconut’s best selling cookbook, homemade Dairy-Free Ice Cream, which has 75 frozen dessert recipes made without eggs, gluten, soy or refined sugar – our recipe testers couldn’t get over how GOOD THIS WAS!

This is such a very creamy “nice cream” that you or your family would never guess it’s dairy-free and vegan!

The consistency is that of hard-packed ice cream purchased at a summertime ice cream stand and it is decadently rich and tasty.

This gorgeous, velvety, rich dessert is so good after being initially blended that you will have to try not to eat it all then!

The perfect blend of salty-sweet, this healthy homemade dairy-free ice cream recipe will surely become a fast favorite for the entire family!

Use a high speed blender, like a Blendtec or Vitamix for the best consistency, and join our community for more delicious and healthy ice cream recipes from Blender Babes and our friends! If you try this recipe, let us know in the comments and rate it! 🙂

Sun Ripple Fudge Ice Cream

Dairy Free Ice Cream by The Spunky Coconut
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 12 minutes
Course Dairy-Free, Dessert, Ice Cream, Vegan
Servings 4 - 1 cups
Calories 306.5 kcal


Ice Cream:

  • 1 13.5-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • ½ cup about 8 soft, pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 cup sunflower seed butter without added sugar or salt (*see Notes)


  • 2/3 cup canned full-fat coconut milk
  • 3 oz. dairy-free dark chocolate


  • Put all the ingredients except the Ganache in a food processor or blender in the order listed and secure lid.
  • For Blendtec: Press the SMOOTHIE button.
  • For Vitamix: Blend on Variable Speed 1, slowly increase to Variable Speed 5-6, and blend about 60-90 seconds or until smooth.
  • Pour mixture into a freezer-safe container and freeze for 1 hour to chill.
  • Pour mixture into an ice cream machine** and churn per the manufacturer's instructions.
  • While the ice cream is churning prepare the ganache.
  • A) Gently melt the chocolate chips and coconut milk in a small saucepan over low heat OR
  • B) Place the coconut milk into your high speed blender (must be able to heat contents) container and blend on HIGH for 2 minutes, until just the slightest steam comes off of the coconut milk. Chop up the chocolate and add to the coconut milk and blend on High for one more minute.
  • Transfer the churned ice cream to a freezer-safe dish.
  • Fold in the ganache to create "ripples".
  • Eat immediately, or cover and freeze for 2-3 hours, till firm enough to scoop.
  • All done! Enjoy!! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments to enter our weekly photo contest! 🙂 Tag @BlenderBabes & #BlenderBabes


*If sunflower seed butter proves hard to find, why not make your own?!
1) 3 cups of sunflower seeds (raw and unsalted).
2) Place the seeds in blender jar and secure lid.
3) Blendtec: For Twister Jar (easiest), Use SPEED 6 and turn lid counterclockwise during blending. For Fourside/Wildside Jar, use speed 5 or Medium and allow blender to run full cycle. Remove the lid and with a rubber spatula, scrape seeds towards center of the jar. If blade ever runs freely, stop machine, remove the lid and with a rubber spatula, scrape seeds towards center of the jar and use speed 5 and keep repeating until smooth.
4) Vitamix: Select VARIABLE Speed 1. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to VARIABLE Speed 10/HIGH. Blend using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades until you have a creamy seed butter.
5) Refrigerate.
** If you do not have an ice cream maker, freeze the water and coconut milk in an ice cream tray and add to your blender with the rest of the ingredients and blend on HIGH, careful not to over blend.


Serving: 1gCalories: 306.5kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 7gFat: 18.3gSaturated Fat: 4.25gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 2.8gSodium: 106.2mgFiber: 2.6gSugar: 18g
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

“I wanted to maximize the power blender, and make this recipe accessible for those who do not own an ice cream maker.

I froze the water and coconut milk, and blended the resulting ice cubes into the remaining ingredients.

The result was tamper licking good.” and “This is a rich dessert, possibly the richest ‘ice cream’ that I’ve ever made in my Vitamix.

It’s lovely with the ganache, but if one isn’t a chocolate fan (horrors!), it is just as good without.” and “For the ganache, I melted 1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips with 2 Tbsp coconut oil and 2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk” and “It was gorgeous!

This was my first time using sun butter, and I was surprised how delicious it tasted. It’s fabulous with some chopped salted nuts (cashews are nice) sprinkled on top for some crunch.” and “I liked this so much, that I have already added Kelly’s cookbook to my Amazon cart!”

Sunflower seed butter is a versatile spread filled with nutrients retained from the whole seed.

It’s also a good option for anyone allergic to nuts who must avoid peanut butter and other popular nut butters.

In fact, sunflower seed butter has significantly more unsaturated fat, magnesium, zinc, iron and vitamin E than peanut butter, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

This is an important distinction in fats because saturated fat and trans fats contribute to cardiovascular disease, while unsaturated fats lower cholesterol and help fight inflammation.

Excerpted with permission from Dairy Free Ice Cream by Kelly V. Brozyna. Published by Victory Belt Publishing.

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23 thoughts on “Sun Ripple Fudge Ice Cream from Dairy-Free Ice Cream Cookbook”

  1. OMG YES, would LOVE to try this!! Dairy Free ~ OH YEAH !!

    Keep up the great work Blender Babes!! Can hardly wait
    to see a BLENDTEC in my kitchen!!!!! oooohh la la


    1. It’s worth trying this dairy-free ice cream even if you’re not lactose or vegan, it’s soooooo good! 🙂

  2. I have been lactose intolerant my whole entire life with my twin brother. I have to read every ingredient on the box to see if there’s any milk in it. I love ice cream, I don’t get it that often because there’s not a lot of variety for lactose-free or dairy free ice cream. I would love to try this and not worry about taking so many lactate pills. I love this idea thank you!!

    1. Yes one of our recipe testers had never used dates to sweeten ice cream and she was surprised at how good it was! 🙂 TRY IT SUE!

  3. I’d like to try this recipe because I like how it’s sweetened naturally with dates 🙂 Also I love the flavour of coconut!

  4. i would love to try this ice cream recipe, it looks delicious and the ingredients sound really good too!!

    1. Lisa our recipe tester froze the water and coconut milk and didn’t use an ice cream maker! She just used her Vitamix to blend all the ingredients with the frozen cubes and it came out tamper-lickin-good! 🙂 HAPPY BLENDING!

  5. 5 stars
    Yes, I would love to try this! Been lactose-intolerant most of my life. It wasn’t until my Vitamix came along that I was finally able to make ice cream desserts, for my children and I, that won’t make us feel miserable afterwards 🙂

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