Double Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream that’s Out-of-this-Galaxy


This double chocolate cherry ice cream recipe was a Runner-Up Recipe by Amy Siegel from the Galaxy Foods Dairy-Free Ice Cream Contest. The entrants used Go Veggie Vegan Cream Cheese Alternative to create a vegan ice cream recipe. And let me tell you, the results were quite luxurious.

Vegan Chocolate Cherry Chip Ice Cream Recipe that's Out of this Galaxy

Double Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream that’s Out-of-this-Galaxy

Today we’re giving Amy’s recipe a big update, and I have a few ingredient tips to help you out.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Abounds – Amy used a double batch of chocolate chips to make this recipe. Eight ounces were melted down to create the intensely chocolate base, and another 1/4 cup is scattered in. This means that the results do depend on good quality chocolate. Make sure you pick a brand of dairy-free chocolate chips that you really enjoy – they do vary quite a bit in taste! To help find the chocolate for you, see my Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Guide.

Go Creamy with Coconut Milk – Remember to use FULL-FAT canned coconut milk. Do not use milk beverage (the drinkable kind), or your chocolate cherry ice cream will be too icy. See my Guide to Coconut Milk for a comparison.

Eat Dairy Free - Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and SweetsUse the Dairy-Free Cream Cheese for You – If you need a soy-free option, or can’t find this brand, use the dairy-free cream cheese alternative that fits your needs. This recipe will work well with most brands. You can even use the homemade Dairy-Free Cashew Cream Cheese in Go Dairy Free: The Ultimate Guide and Cookbook. The cream cheese alterantive adds richness, creaminess, and a little tang to the flavor that melds well with the cherries.

Choosing Cherries – This recipe uses dried cherries. If the ones you have are big, I recommend chopping them to avoid overly chewy pieces. If you prefer, you can use chopped frozen or fresh cherries instead. We love frozen dark sweet cherries with ice cream.


Vegan Chocolate Cherry Chip Ice Cream Recipe that's Out of this Galaxy Dairy-free and vegan chocolate cherry ice cream photo from Bigstock.

Special Diet Notes: Double Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, optionally nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

Double Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream
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Please note that the Prep time is hands-on time only. Allow for cooling and churning time.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 quart
  1. Put the chocolate chips and buttery spread in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir until chocolate chips are completely melted. If not melted, microwave in 15 second increments stirring in between, until melted. Let cool for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, use a your mixer on medium speed to beat together the coconut milk, cream cheese alternative, agave nectar and vanilla extract until fluffy.
  3. Whisk one third cream cheese mixture into cooled chocolate mixture. Fold the chocolate mixture into the remaining cream cheese mixture. Stir in the dried cherries and chopped chocolate or mini-chocolate chips.
  4. Churn the mixture in your ice cream maker as directed by manufacturer.
  5. Pack the ice cream in a freezer-safe container and freeze for a few hours, or until solid. Let defrost for a few minutes before scooping.

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Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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