Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream

July 24, 2010

This vegan dairy-free chocolate hazelnut ice cream is super easy and really delicious.

Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream

This vegan chocolate hazelnut ice cream is heaven in a bowl.

This chocolate hazelnut ice cream may kick even the most sober cream dreamer and chocoholic back into denial.

Today we move onto step three in our twelve step program – “pairing hazelnuts with chocolate in Nutella requires us to make amends with our colons. But if we make vegan chocolate hazelnut ice cream with natural sweeteners we can indulge without any letters of apology.”

I was watching the morning news and a commercial came on advertising Nutella spread as a wonderful way to get children to eat breakfast! I believe it said something like, “good wholesome ingredients like skim milk, hazelnuts and hint of cocoa”. This is all true. But there is also a truckload of refined sugar in the jar. Don’t get me wrong — I am a Nutella devotee from way back. That little jar of hazelnut heaven is enough to kick my sugar free, dairy free self into permanent denial and almost send me packing into candida overgrowth hell. In a previous life, I was known to break the golden seal, poke my spoon, dig in, and not draw breath until after I had eaten and licked out the entire jar in one sitting! Sad but true. There it is — chocoholic confessions of a blendaholic.

Nowadays, I am not sure if I could even lift one spoonful into my mouth. It is totally delicious. But far too sweet for my sensitive taste buddies. So rather than sell my “whole foods soul” in aisle number 8 of my local grocery store, I decided to compromise and indulge without too much collateral damage by offering up a recipe that is a little more forgiving.

I had some left over coconut meat, and I was going to make a gorgeous rich decadent plain chocolate ice cream. But the Nutella commercial got my nutty chocoholic taste buds twitching, and I decided on the spot to use my old nutty friend as inspiration and make a chocolate hazelnut ice cream that would give me a taste of my greedy past without having to “coat-check” my colon. No sooner had the spot changed over to an alka seltzer ad (how appropriate), I had snatched my blender container with one hand and my raw cacao powder with the other, in a double-barreled action that would have made a ping pong player dive for cover.

I must say, the results were no less than spectacular; and if you can muscle up, put your fatigues on and crack some coconuts, you too, can be transported to guilt-free nirvana with this chocolate hazelnut ice cream.

I’m off to a meeting…

Other Vegan Ice Creams

Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream
Banana Cashew Ice Cream
Maple Pecan Ice Cream
Vanilla Ice Cream
Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

Let me know what you think of this vegan chocolate hazelnut ice cream in the comments!

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Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream

This vegan dairy-free chocolate hazelnut ice cream is super easy and really delicious.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 to 8
Author Tess Masters



  1. Preheat the oven to Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). 
  2. Place the hazelnuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and roast them for about 8 minutes until they darken and become fragrant. (Be careful not to burn them. Just a few minutes makes a huge difference.)
  3. Allow the hazelnuts to cool, and then remove the skins by rolling them in a tea towel.
  4. Throw the almond milk, roasted hazelnuts, coconut meat, cacao powder, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt into a high-speed blender, and blast on high for about 1 minute until smooth and creamy. 
  5. Chill the mixture in the fridge for a couple of hours until cold, and then churn in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. Transfer to a steel loaf tin or sealed container, and freeze until hard. 

Recipe Notes

Photo by Trent Lanz and styling by Alicia Buszczak


Comments 17

  1. I got really excited about Nutella in the title. I had a hard time getting fresh coconut meat but made do with canned Thai-style coconut meat in syrup and just rinsed the syrup off. I have to say this was pretty amazing.

    1. Oh Wow. Thanks for sharing that. I have never used that. I am so pleased to hear it worked in this recipe! I really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience so that we can all benefit.

    1. Yippppeeeee Romina! SO excited you got a Vitamix. This ice cream is AMAZING and such a fantastic introduction into the yummy treats you can make with your Vitamix. You get coconut meat out of Young Thai Coconuts. You crack the coconuts and scoop out the meat. Head to my Use Coconuts Page for all of the details.
      You can also purchase coconut meat at many health food stores in the freezer section. Or online at Exotic Superfoods.
      Please let me know how you go!
      WELCOME to Vitamix heaven!

  2. Oh…thanks Chloe. I really appreciate your support and kind words of encouragement. If you love chocolate you are going to love this ice cream. It is TO DIE FOR!!!!!

  3. WOW! That is high praise coming from you! Thankyou 🙂
    I am so glad you enjoyed it. ALWAYS love spending time you you and Jad.

  4. LOL! That is hilarious! I know… would never know. This has the closest consistency to mainstream conventional dairy ice cream that I have tasted. SO good! Thanks 🙂

    1. You could just make delicious raw chocolate ice cream by adding in some more cacao and slightly tweaking the sweetener. The great thing about raw ice cream is that it tastes the same before you freeze it! So, just tweak and taste. You could also try adding 1/2 cup Brazil Nuts and 3/4 Tbsp maca powder and it kind of tastes like chocolate peanut butter ice cream! Just play around and see what you like. It is hard to mess up.

  5. Hi ,
    Young thai coconut meat, it’s the meat from the green coconut or the brown, and at the end it doesn’t leave the ice cream with a strong coconut flavour?

    1. It’s the meat from the green coconut. In this recipe, it doesn’t leave the ice cream with a strong coconut flavor.

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