I'm so happy to share with you this super easy Vegan No-Churn Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Ice Cream that can be made without an ice cream maker.
Yes, you read that right!
A vegan ice cream recipe with only 5 healthy, clean ingredients and you don't need an ice cream maker to make it...only a little patience for it to harden in the freezer.
I based it off my Clean Eating Chocolate Fudgesicles recipe which is just a basic plain chocolate ice cream made with my Vitamix, but I added a creamy peanut butter swirl for this recipe.
I remember back in the day when we used to get ice cream from one of the popular ice cream chains, my husband's favorite flavor to get was the chocolate peanut butter swirl.
I won't lie to you...it tasted good and looked good, but at what expense?
It wasn't vegan, wasn't made with clean ingredients and had 99.99% ingredients that weren't good for the human body. Actually, I'm looking over the ingredient list again and I don't even see the 0.01% that would be good for the body.
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Baskin Robbins Chocolate N' Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Ingredients: Cream, Nonfat Milk, Peanut Butter Ribbon (Peanuts, Cottonseed and/or Peanut Oil, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Salt), Sugar, Corn Syrup, Chocolate Liquor and Cocoa processed with alkali, Whey Powder, Emulsifier/Stabilizer Blend (Cellulose Gum, Mono and Diglycerides, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Polysorbate 80).
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Ben & Jerry's Peanut Butter Chocolate Ice Cream
Ingredients: Cream, Water, Sugar, Sugar Liquid, Milk Nonfat Condensed, Peanuts, Wheat Flour, Corn Syrup, Milk Condensed Sweetened Nonfat, Cocoa Processed with Alkali, Coconut Oil, Eggs Yolks, Soybeans Oil, Eggs, Rice Brown Syrup, Chocolate Liquor, Corn Oil, Cocoa, Peanuts Oil, Butter, Egg Whites, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Vanilla Extract, Sodium Bicarbonate, Carrageenan, Flavors Natural
Their ingredients include GMO's (milk, butter, eggs, soybean oil, soy lecithin, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, corn oil), pesticides (peanuts), refined sugar and salt, stabilizers and preservatives and unknown flavorings.
Our taste buds have been trained to seek out, enjoy and crave these chemically concocted, processed foods when the S.A.D. diet (Standard American Diet) is followed.
My healthier and clean version has only 5 ingredients and it's vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free and contains no refined sugar and can be made with a Vitamix.
Expert Tips + Ingredient Substitutions For Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Ice Cream
Here are some expert tips to make this recipe perfectly:
Tip #1: You don't have to soak the cashews ahead of time if you don't want to. I've made it both ways (with and without soaking) but they blend easier and the mixture is creamier when they are soaked.
Tip #2: You don't have to put the canned coconut milk in the refrigerator the night before, but I find the mixture is a little creamier when the hardened fat from the coconut milk is used. I always keep a can in the back of my refrigerator to have ready when I need it, but if you don't have a can ready or don't want to wait you can just use a non-refrigerated can.
Tip #3: I've lined my baking dish with and without parchment paper and I actually prefer to not use it. Once the ice cream gets soft and you start scooping it out, the paper gets soggy and starts to tear and it makes a big mess. So I have the parchment paper in the photos, but it's not necessary to use it so I didn't put it in the instructions.
Tip #4: I like to use the raw coconut crystals because it's raw and low glycemic and sometimes use non-GMO xylitol, but feel free to use your favorite granular sweetener. Also, I don't like my desserts overly sweet, so I only used 1/4 cup of the raw coconut crystals. If you find you want it a little sweeter, just increase the amount of sweetener you use.
Tip #5: I use homemade peanut butter which is very thin and creamy and can almost drip from the spoon. I was able to just drizzle it on top of the chocolate mixture then swirl it in. If you use a different kind of peanut butter or a thicker kind, you may want to add a tablespoon of coconut oil or liquid sweetener (maple syrup) to thin it out a little so it will be easier to swirl in. Just make sure you use organic peanut butter because non-organic peanut butter can contain up to 8 different pesticides.
Want More Healthy Plant-Based Vegan No-Bake Dessert Recipes?
Check out these:
- Vegan No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake
- Pomegranate and Dried Blueberry Chocolate Bark
- Clean Eating Chocolate Crunch Bars
- or my CLEAN DESSERTS Cookbook with 72 plant-based vegan + gluten-free no-bake dessert recipes just like this one that you will love!
Vegan No-Churn Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Ice Cream
Yield 2 - 4 servings
Vegan / Gluten-Free / Dairy-Free / Egg-Free / Soy-Free / No-Churn / No Refined Sugar
For the ice cream:
- 1 cup organic cashews
- 1 can organic full-fat coconut milk (13.5 ounce can)
- 1/2 cup organic raw cacao powder
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup organic granular sweetener
For the peanut butter swirl:
- 1/2 cup organic peanut butter
Prepare the ice cream:
- Optional: Soak the cashews for 30-60 minutes in filtered/purified water, then drain. This step is optional, but soaking the cashews will make them softer and will make the ice cream mixture creamier.
- Add all ingredients for the ice cream to a Vitamix and blend until the mixture is creamy and smooth.
- Pour the mixture evenly into 9 x 5 bread loaf baking pan.
- Drizzle the peanut butter over the top of the mixture. Using the tip of a knife, swirl it around evenly in circular motion. The peanut butter will sink to the bottom but it's ok because it will all be there when you scoop it out.
- Cover the baking dish and put it in the freezer for approximately 2-3 hours, or until it gets to the firmness you prefer.
- When ready to serve, remove the baking dish from the freezer and let it sit on the counter at room temperature to slightly thaw before serving.
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The recipe and photographs for "Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Ice Cream" by Karielyn Tillman of The Healthy Family and Home website are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International License and cannot be used without my written permission.
Hi, I'm Karielyn! I'm the published cookbook author of CLEAN DESSERTS and content creator of The Healthy Family and Home website since 2012. I specialize in creating easy, healthy plant-based recipes that are gluten-free + vegan (with a heavy focus on Medical Medium® compliant) and made with clean, real food ingredients that you can feel good about eating.