The Best Sugar-free Homemade Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream Recipe

Sugar-free Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream Recipe

All the Pleasure and Decadents of Ice Cream But Without the Guilt

I love ice cream and I also love chocolate, but I am also trying to cut sugar out of my life. So I thought why not combine both chocolate and coconut to make a decadent, creamy yet flavorful sugar-free ice cream?

This decadent homemade sugar-free chocolate coconut ice cream combination is out-of-this-world. The 72% chocolate gives a nice rich chocolate flavor, while the coconut milk adds an amazing creamy texture. The perfect combination. The best part is we use monk fruit sugar so our ice cream is 100% sugar-free.

Enjoy this guiltless pleasure. It has a great blend of global tastes from the East (coconut) and West (chocolate).

About Our Fresh Ingredients

This recipe is loosely based on a Ben & Jerry recipe. I say loosely based on their recipe as I love Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, but I find I am changing their recipes (sorry Ben & Jerry). I take out sugar, change the sugars, or in this case I change the milk to coconut milk.

One of the things I do believe about ice cream is that to make great ice cream you must start with quality ingredients. The perfect ice cream has very simple, yet fresh ingredients.

Here are the ingredients we use in this decadent sugar-free chocolate coconut ice cream:

  • 72% Dark Chocolate – We only use 70% to 72% dark chocolate or even sometimes 85% dark chocolate. Most people consider these chocolates to be healthy,. but also any other chocolate or milk chocolate would be too sweet. If you do not want to use 72% chocolate you can use unsweetened chocolate and just add more monk fruit sugar to taste. In this recipe, we use 20 ounces of the Trader Joe ‘s One Pound Plus 72% Chocolate bar, but any kind of dark or unsweetened chocolate would work.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – Part of what makes this recipe so great is that we are also using high-quality unsweetened cocoa powder. Make sure you get yourself a good quality cocoa powder as you really want this recipe to have a nice full chocolate flavor.
  • Eggs – Some people worry about fresh eggs in their ice cream. I have tried ice cream without eggs and it just does not seem to have the same consistency or taste. I will put my eggs immediately in the chocolate when the chocolate is hot and melted so the eggs can get heated, thus slightly pasteurized. (See the video). You can also use pasteurized shell eggs or pasteurized egg substitutes.
  • Coconut Milk – We use one full can of coconut milk for this recipe or about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups of coconut milk. It does not need to be precise. We used one standard can of coconut milk. We cooled our can of coconut milk by putting it in the refrigerator before putting it in the ice cream mixture so that it was put in cold and not hot.
  • Cream – Use a good quality cream for your ice cream. The cream in ice cream is important. If there is not enough cream in your ice cream then it is really not ice cream but it is ice milk or worse yet ice water.
  • Monk Fruit Sugar – For this recipe, we are using monk fruit sugar which is a 100% natural, zero-calorie sugar sweetener. You can find out more about monk fruit sugar by reading about it below.
  • Salt (optional) – A tad of salt can enhance the chocolate flavor. But this is optional as some people want to cut their salt intake which is OK – then skip this.
  • Vanilla (optional) – For this recipe, we did not use vanilla as we had the coconut flavor, but if you like vanilla feel free to put it in. Normally we use a lot of vanilla in our ice cream.
Homemade Sugar-free Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream
Homemade Sugar-free Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream

About Sugar-free Homemade Ice Cream

This ice cream will not be the same as storebought ice cream, nor is it meant to be. First of all, all the ingredientts are fresh and there is no chemical in it to regulate so that the ice cream have certain texture.

We recommend making this ice cream and soon after serviing or eating it. Here are few things to note about it:

  • Homemade ice cream will melt faster than other ice creams – This ice cream will melt faster than other ice creams. Just the way that homemade ice cream does.
  • In the freezer, this ice cream will freeze solid – When you freeze this ice cream in the freeze it can get rock-hard solid. The reason is the regular white sugar keeps the ice cream softer in the freezer than it would be with monk sugar. This is why we suggest if you want to have individual servings you freeze the ice cream by serving size.

All fresh ice creams will be a soft product. And in the case of this ice cream freezing, will make it rock solid because we are using the monk fruit sugar.

The monk fruit sugar does not react the same way to the ice cream if you used a cane sugar (see below) or regular sugar. When you freeze this ice cream overnight it tends to be very hard and then will defrost quickly but unevenly. That is in many ways the nature of homemade ice cream and in particular this sugar-free ice cream.

In speaking about this issue Ben & Jerry said it best in their homemade ice cream book when they said:

“Fresh ice cream, whether made at home or in a factory, is initially a soft product. You can get it harder by letting your ice cream sit longer in the ice cream maker before serving or by packing in an air tight container and placing it in a freezer. Just be aware that ice cream hardened in a home freezer tends to get icy.”

ben & Jerry

The Ice Cream Maker

You will need an ice cream maker to make this ice cream. We use a Cuisinart and it is the best investment we ever made. We use it all the time to make ice cream. We love this Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. You can buy it at Walmart.com by clicking here.

You can check out the full selection of Walmart’s Cuisinart Ice Cream makers by clicking here. If you do not have an ice cream maker and you want to make great homemade ice cream then make the investment to get a good ice cream maker.

I never buy ice cream anymore as I find homemade ice cream tastes better and it is very easy to make.

Watch our video below on how we made this decadent sugar-free chocolate coconut ice cream delight!

The Best Sugar-free Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream Recipe

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The Best Sugar-free Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream Recipe

The Best Sugar-free Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream

All the Pleasure and Decadents of Ice Cream  – But Without the Guilt 

Serving – 1 Quart of Ice Cream 

Ingredients:

2 ounces of dark chocolate 

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 can coconut milk (is about 1 1/2 cups to 1 3/4 cups coconut milk) 

1/2 cup to 3/4 cup monk sugar. (If you want it sweet use 3/4 cups if you do not want it so sweet use 1/2 cup) 

2 large eggs

1 cup heavy or whipping cream

Salt (optional)

Vanilla (optional) 

Directions:

Crack the eggs and quickly beat them 

Melt the 20 ounces chocolate in the microwave (stir constantly) or on double boilers on the stovetop. 

As soon as chocolate is melted put the eggs into the hot mixture and mix together quickly. 

Then add to the egg and chocolate mixture to the cocoa powder, monk sugar, coconut milk, then blend together.  Add in the cream as the final ingredients and then blend them all together.  Do not over blend.  

Cover and refrigerate the mixture for about 1 to 3 hours or until very cold or even longer. It needs to be very very cold.

Transfer the mixture to the ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. 

We strongly suggest that you serve the ice cream almost immediately after making it since due to the nature of the monk fruit sugar during freezing overnight the ice cream mixture can freeze very solid

Additional Note: Our ice cream recipe only uses natural ingredients. There are no preserves. Because of this, it can melt faster than some other kinds of ice cream that may have chemicals added to it to help it not melt quickly or retain its shape. An added benefit of our all-natural homemade ice cream recipe.

What is Monk Fruit Sugar?

I admit it that I love sugar and anything I make I do not want it to taste sugar-free or have a really bad after taste. That is why I really love monk fruit sugar and have used the monk fruit sugar in this recipe. If you are like me and trying to cut out sugar, monk fruit sugar is like a gift from the gods. Or as some Chinese say – the fruit of the immortals.

Monk fruit sugar is from a small green round melon fruit that is grown on a vine in China and Thailand. The scientific name is siraitia grosvenorii.

The Monk Fruit Used To Make Monk Fruit Sugar
The Monk Fruit Used To Make Monk Fruit Sugar

A Bit of Monk Fruit History

I feel it is always good to know a bit about anything you are putting into your mouth.

Dr. George Weidman Groff was a professor at Lingnan University in Guangdong. China in the early 1930s. He was up in Guilin Province in China to do an agricultural survey when he came across the monk fruit or as the Chinese call it “luo han guo” (罗汉果) when translated means monk fruit. Dr. Groff has been looking for this monk fruit for quite some time. He had heard about this mysterious fruit.

The monk fruit is first known to appear in Chinese records during the 13th century when some Chinese monks discovered the fruit in the Guilin area of Guangxi Province, China. As the monk fruit is quite difficult to grow it never made it into the mainstream for Chinese medicine.

These 13th Century Chinese monks understood this monk fruit was something special. it was able to sweeten their food while at the same time have special healing properties. In traditional Chinese medicine, the monk fruit was used for a cough and sore throat. I was told by my Chinese staff that they use the monk fruit to make soup if they are getting a sore throat or cold.

The monk fruit was also thought to be an aid to help with longevity and long life, hence also the name of the immortals’ fruit. One reason many call monk fruit the immortals’ fruit is because there are some who believe it gives them longevity. In the part of China that the monk fruit is grown and used, there are many residents in the locality who live to be over 100 years old.

It was these 13th Chinese monks and the people in this area that gave the monk fruit its name. In Vietnam, the fruit is called “quả la hán” which means Buddhist fruit or longevity fruit.

In 1937 the National Geographic Society gave a grant to Dr. George Weidman Groff, to go into the heartland of Guangxi Province, China to find this mysterious monk fruit. He was able to obtain some photographs of the fruit and brought back some samples to the National Geographic Society in the United States.

Even though monk fruit has been used as part of Chinese medicine for thousands of years, the sugary commercial version is quite new to the market. This is because the actual monk fruit has some interfering flavors that rendered the monk fruit completely useless to be used as a sweetener or sugar alternative. The Japanese started to look at how they could extract the sugar from the fruit. And in 1995, Procter and Gamble patented a process to get rid of these interfering flavors so the sugars from the fruit could be extracted and be used.

It was not until much later that the monk fruit would be able to actually be grown commercially and processed into the monk fruit sugar that we have today.

To learn more about the monk fruit and how it is processed into sugar you can watch this very informative video by Lakanto. I use their brand of monk fruit in this ice cream recipe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9Q_TrNlJdY
Lakanto – Monk Fruit Sugar

Reasons Why We Love the Monk Fruit Sugar

Here is the reason why we love the monk fruit sugar:

  • Zero Calories – Monk Fruit has zero calories. This is similar to other sugar substitutes like Stevia.
  • Natural Sugar – Monk fruit is considered a natural sugar as the sugar is extracted from an ancient Chinese fruit called the monk fruit.
  • No bad after taste – Some sweeteners we have an after taste to them. No matter what you do, you always know it is a sweetener and things do not taste as good as real sugar. I find that monk fruit does not have the bad after taste.
  • Sweeter than sugar – Monk fruit is about 100 to 300 times sweeter than sugar so I find I just need to use a bit of it. Even if the package says you can use it 1:1 as regular sugar, I still find the natural taste of it sweeter than regular white sugar.
  • Gluten-Free – Monk fruit is 100% gluten-free.
  • Vegan – Monk fruit is also 100% vegan.
  • Non-GMO – Lakanto’s monk sugar is not genetically modified which makes it a great natural choice for a sugar substitute.
  • Healthy sugar alternative – If anyone has ever eaten any sugar-free candy as I have, and then about an hour or so later the bloating. gas and diarrhea will start, you know that not all sugar-free alternatives are equal and some are just downright unhealthy. With the monk fruit, I have never had this problem, so I find it to be a very good healthy sugar-free alternative. The reason is that monk fruit obtains its sweetness not from its natural sugar, but because of the natural antioxidants it contains. 

Where To Buy Monk Fruit Sugar

There are many places you can buy monk fruit. Many grocery stores and online platforms now carry it. We like to buy it from Walmart.com as they offer a very good price. You can find out more about buying monk fruit sugar from Walmart.com by clicking here.

The Three Kinds of Sugar
Three Kinds of Sugar

Other White Sugar Alternatives

Rarely do I make our ice cream with white sugar. If we do not use a sugar-like monk fruit sugar here are two other sugars I also use:

  • Cane Sugar – Cane sugar is a sugar that is produced from sugarcane. It is still sugar but is less refined and also better for you than regular white sugar. I like to use cane sugar in my ice cream as it gives it a kind of almost caramel taste. If you do not want to use monk fruit sugar you can consider using sugarcane for the same proportions.
  • Coconut Sugar – Coconut Sugar is another kind of sugar that is extracted from coconuts. Unlike white sugar coconut sugar does container some nutrients so it thought to be slightly better for you than white sugar.

Both cane and coconut sugars are better than regular white sugar for your health, but they also both have calories. Whereas, monk fruit sugar has zero calories.

Disclaimer – I am not a doctor, nor am I a monk fruit sugar expert. If you are not sure about using monk fruit as a sugar substitute or in your food, ask your doctor or health care provider.

I made this recipe as an experiment. I was driving home from my morning swim one day and I got to thinking about ice cream. I thought of how much I love ice cream – especially in the heat of summer – but I did not eat it due to the sugar content. Then the thought came across my mind that I should try to use monk fruit sugar (a zero-calorie sugar) with coconut milk to make an ice cream treat.

When I first tasted this sugar-free chocolate coconut ice cream I was pleasantly surprised and thought WOW – what a decadent and interesting combination -without the guilt of ice cream that is filled with sugar. Enjoy!

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