June 7th is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. We don’t know why and we’re not sure how such a splendid food holiday came into existence. Research yielded no results of the holiday’s history or origin, but we’re glad it exists because we love ice cream and we love chocolate. Put them together and what do you get? Happiness. Pure, chocolatey happiness that’s perfect for cooling down on a hot summer day.

Believe it or not, but chocolate ice cream is actually the second most popular ice cream flavor in the United States, second only to vanilla (which we also love). Traditional ice cream recipes call for eggs, cream, and sugar, but there are a lot of different ways that we can make vegan ice cream. Vegan ice cream can be made with bananas, like in this Watermelon Banana Ice Cream.  We can also make vegan ice cream from full-fat coconut milk, like this 4-Ingredient Strawberry Ice Cream or we can make it from cashews like this Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Ice Cream. We can even make it from cauliflower and avocado! Pretty wild, right?

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We love all ice cream, but today, in honor of National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, let’s celebrate just one flavor. Get ready to bookmark every single one of these 10 rich, creamy, and dairy-free chocolate ice cream recipes.

1. Raw Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

raw chocolate ice cream sandwiches

Don’t treat yourself to just any ice cream sandwich! Treat yourself to one of these Raw Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches! Not only is it chocolatey and delicious, but it also contains the energy boost you need to get through your day (or at least, to get you to your next ice cream sandwich bite)! It’s nothing short of amazing, between the rich, chewy crust and the dense coconut ice cream on the inside.

2. Cacao Nib and Mint Chocolate Ice Cream

cacao nib and mint ice cream

If you are looking for a really rich and decadent vegan ice cream dessert, this Cacao Nib and Mint Chocolate Ice Cream recipe just might be it! It’s made from full-fat coconut milk and cashews, meaning it’s extra creamy and indulgent. Cacao nibs give it crunch and mint gives it a cooling tingle that’ll chill you out on a hot summer day.

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3. Mocha Ice Cream Sandwiches

mocha ice cream sandwiches

These Mocha Ice Cream Sandwiches are the perfect warm weather treats for coffee and chocolate aficionados. With the classic combo of cocoa and espresso, these vegan ice cream sandwiches are sure to give you a nice pick-me-up while letting you keep your cool.

4. Mudslide Ice Cream

mudslide chocolate ice cream

Inspired by the classic cocktail, this Mudslide Ice Cream is rich, chocolatey, and boozy with a hint of coffee. Throw it in a blender with some almond milk and you’ve got yourself a frozen mudslide. Plus this recipe only has six ingredients. Boozy and ice cream with only six ingredients?!? Yes, please.

5. Easy Banana-Cacao Ice Cream

easy banana cacao ice cream

This amazingly easy recipe for raw Banana-Cacao Ice Cream is made entirely from natural ingredients. Bananas, almond milk, cacao, and maca powder, and a scoop of chocolate protein powder, as well as healthy nuts and seeds are what make up this decadent treat. This is the best healthy dessert or an awesome way to start your day.

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6. Creamiest Chocolate Ice Cream

creamiest chocolate ice cream

If you’ve never tried making your own dairy-free ice cream at home before, the Creamiest Chocolate Ice Cream ever is the place to start! This dreamy vegan treat harnesses the power of cashews and coconut milk to achieve ultimate creaminess. You won’t believe it until you taste it!

7. Deep Dish Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake

deep dish chocolate peanut butter ice cream cake

The crust of this Deep Dish Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake is made of hemp seeds, flax seeds, cacao, and dates; and the filling is a blend of bananas, dates, cashews, coconut oil, and cacao. A swirl of peanut butter and raw chocolate sauce is spread on top, along with a sprinkle of cacao nibs and hemp seeds. This is 100 percent pure raw food goodness right here. It doesn’t get any better than this.

8. Decadent Caramel Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

chocolate banana caramel ice cream

Enjoy the summer heat with cold desserts, such as this Decadent Caramel Chocolate Banana Ice Cream. Frozen bananas are blended with caramel chocolate powder or plain cocoa powder and then topped with a homemade caramel sauce. Drizzle the sweet, sticky sauce on top of the ice cream and serve with whipped coconut cream and a cherry on top.

9. Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Banana Blizzard

chocolate peanut butter banana blizzard

The beauty of this Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Banana Blizzard is that it’s actually very healthy when compared to most store-bought ice creams. It uses frozen bananas as the base with organic dark chocolate, cacao, dates, and peanut butter added for extra flavor and creaminess. This is a great recipe to try with kids and adults alike because they can choose what ingredients they want to have swirled into their blizzard. Don’t like peanut butter? You can try almond butter or other nut butters instead. Try experimenting with topping ideas to come up with a truly unique blizzard creation that you can make right in your own home!

10. Sachertorte Ice Cream Cones

sachertorte ice cream

Sachertorte is a famous Austrian dessert that was invented at the Hotel Sacher in Vienna. It’s a chocolate cake layered with apricot jam, covered in silky chocolate ganache, and served with a puff of whipped cream… You can imagine why people loved it so much, right? However, these Sachertorte Ice Cream Cones are sure to give the original cake a run for its money. You don’t need to buy a ticket to Vienna in order to try this amazing dessert!

Chocolate is the best. Are we right, or are we right?

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