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Homemade Maple Syrup Chocolate Ice Cream | Refined Sugar Free, Healthy Ice Cream Recipe

Looking for the best homemade chocolate ice cream recipe? You're in the right place. This tasty treat sweetened with maple syrup is to die for! And guess what? It's actually good for you. Ice cream is a health food when made with real, nourishing ingredients.

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This recipe is great for those doing an animal-based diet, refined-sugar free diet, or Weston A. Price Foundation inspired diet. But, of course, can be enjoyed by anyone!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this recipe without an ice cream maker?

Personally, I have never made it without an ice cream maker. We were able to find ours on FB marketplace for about $35 used and its been well worth the cost. I'm sure there is a way to do it without an ice cream maker, but I wouldn't recommend it (as the churning of the ice cream maker really makes a consistent texture that would be difficult to achieve by hand).

But if you want to try it without, I'm sure there are lots of great YouTube tutorials on it.

What do I do if I have trouble mixing in the cacao powder?

Cacao powder can be tricky to mix in. Personally, I use a kitchenaid to mix, and it takes a while . I use a spatula periodically to scrape the sides to make sure it all combines. A blender will work really well, too.

Why do you use cacao powder instead of cocoa powder?

I prefer to use organic cacao powder because it's less processed than cocoa powder. They can be used interchangeably, so cocoa powder will work just fine for this recipe.

Do I need to freeze it before eating?

We actually love eating it right after it's done churning, when it's a "soft serve" ice cream consistency. Because its made with straight heavy cream, it will be thicker than traditional ice cream recipes (where freezing after is necessary). If you'd like the ice cream to be more firm, freeze for 1-2 hours before eating.

How should I store it?

We recommend keeping it in a glass container in the freezer. It stores very well, but chances are, it won't last long because it tastes so good!

If you try this ice cream recipe, let me know what you think in the comments down below! Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

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Hi Rachael, thanks for this recipe! I'm new-ish to making ice cream and wanted to know, are the egg yolks raw in the end product? Or are they cooked somehow by the process? Thank you!

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Thanks for your comment Alison! The egg yolks are still raw, as none of the ingredients will be cooked making ice cream. Personally I feel very comfortable eating raw egg yolks but always do what feels right for you :)


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