Easy Gluten Free Dairy Free Rocky Road Ice Cream (No Machine!)

[pinit][pinit] It’s still August, so ice cream is still a food group. We’ve gone hog-wild with no-machine gluten free ice cream, no doubt. But we haven’t yet done justice to … more »

[pinit]Gluten Free Dairy Free Ice Cream: Rocky Road (No Machine!)[pinit] It’s still August, so ice cream is still a food group. We’ve gone hog-wild with no-machine gluten free ice cream, no doubt. But we haven’t yet done justice to no-machine gluten free dairy free ice cream. I present to you … dairy free rocky road ice cream. No machine, no gluten, no dairy, precious little coconut backnote flavor. Deep chocolate, with all the charms of rocky road and the smoooooooth texture of the very best ice cream. And this time … no sweetened condensed coconut milk to simmer and fuss and then cool. BOOM!

Gluten Free Dairy Free Ice Cream: Rocky Road (No Machine!)

Now, I toasted the chopped walnuts (a few minutes over medium-high heat in a dry cast iron skillet does the trick) but that is really not necessary. If you keep it super simple, this will take just a few precious summertime minutes to throw together.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Ice Cream: Rocky Road (No Machine!)

The inspiration for this ice cream recipe is brought to you, lovingly, by last week’s Marshmallow No Bake Cheesecake. I told you I’d be experimenting.

I made homemade marshmallow fluff, because I’m something of a lunatic. And anyway it just happens to taste fantastic (on & in everything, including on a spoon). But it really is absolutely not required. I mean, unless you really want to. But the major commercial brands (Kraft + that Fluff brand or whatever it is that comes in that enormous tub that my grandmother used to eat out of with a spoon, and with no shame whatsoever) are safely gluten free. That part is up to you. Making this gluten free dairy free ice cream? Mandatory. Here’s how:

Prep time: 10 minutes       Cook time: 15 minutes       Yield: 1 1/2 quarts ice cream

2 cans (14 ounces each) coconut milk, refrigerated for at least 24 hours*

6 tablespoons (30 g) Dutch-processed cocoa powder (I use Rodelle brand)

1 packet (1 scant tablespoon) unflavored powdered gelatin

1/2 cup (4 fl. oz.) cool water

1 cup (200 g) sugar

1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

3 ounces dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips

3 ounces walnuts, roughly chopped

3 ounces marshmallow fluff (store-bought or homemade)

*You must use full-fat coconut milk. Thai Kitchen brand coconut milk and Whole Foods 365 brand coconut milk both work well consistently for this application.

  • Remove the two cans of coconut milk carefully from the refrigerator, without shaking them at all. The solid should have separated from the liquid during chilling, and you don’t want to reintegrate them. Remove the lids from the cans, scoop out only the solid white coconut (reserving or discarding all of the liquid), and place it in a large bowl. Add 4 tablespoons (20 g) of the cocoa powder to the coconut, and with a hand mixer (or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment), whip on high speed for about 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy and nearly doubled in volume. Place the chocolate whipped coconut cream in the refrigerator to chill for about 10 minutes.

  • The next step is to make a marshmallow base, into which you will fold the coconut whipped cream. In a small bowl, place the gelatin and 1/4 cup (2 fluid ounces) water and mix to combine well. Set the bowl aside and allow the gelatin to swell as it stands. Once the gelatin has swelled, transfer it to the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl to use with a hand mixer).

  • In a medium, heavy-bottom saucepan, place the remaining 1/4 cup (2 fluid ounces) water, sugar and cream of tartar, and whisk to combine well. Cook the sugar mixture over medium-high heat until it reaches the softball stage, between 238°F and 240°F, on an instant read thermometer. Remove the saucepan from the heat immediately, and pour the cooked sugar mixture down the side of the bowl of the stand mixer into the gelatin mixture. Whisk to combine (the mixture will bubble) and allow the mixture to cool until the mixing bowl is no longer hot to the touch (about 5 minutes). Add the vanilla and salt, and beat the mixture on medium-high speed with the whisk attachment (or with a hand mixer) until the mixture is white, thick and glossy. It should nearly triple in size. It is ready when the mixture pours off the whisk (or beaters) very slowly when the attachment is raised. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons (10 g) cocoa powder to the bowl, and beat again with the whisk attachment to combine.

  • Remove the whipped coconut cream from the refrigerator and add half of it to the large bowl of marshmallows. Fold the coconut cream into the marshmallows, taking care not to deflate either the cream or the marshmallows. Add the remaining coconut cream and fold in again gently.

  • Scrape the mixture into a 2 quart freezer-safe container. Gently stir in the chocolate chips, walnuts, and the marshmallow fluff. Cover tightly and freeze until firm (about 6 hours). Serve frozen. It will not need to thaw at all to be scoopable.



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  • Jennifer Sasse

    Once again a home run! this looks so yummy I can’t stand it.
    BUT I procured some zucchini this weekend from my bestie so I’m making the cake and the chocolate chip cookies this week! so excited!!!

    • Jennifer Sasse

      Not that I do not want to make this but my waist line can only handle zucchini right now!! :)

      • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole Hunn

        I hear you, Jennifer! And anyway I think we really have established that the zucchini is most certainly not going to make itself. ;)
        xoxo Nicole

  • Nicole McGee

    This looks fantastic and thankfully dairy-free. Any suggestions if I wanted to substitute the sugar? For example, if I were to use honey or stevia, how much would I need to use?

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole Hunn

      Hi, Nicole,
      I’m sure you could make the marshmallow base with honey, but I haven’t done that myself so it would take quite a bit of experimenting as it isn’t a straight-up substitution. Stevia will not work.

    • Mare Masterson

      Nicole, I was taught 1/2 cup or 3/4 cup honey to 1 cup sugar – depending on how sweet you want.

      • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole Hunn

        There is chemistry involved here, Mare, so the sweetness is not really the issue. Thanks!

  • Lynn

    Where did you get your bucket and what type of texture does the ice cream have? Thank you.

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole Hunn

      As I discuss in the post, Lynn, the ice cream is smooth and creamy. The bucket is just a 2 liter lidded plastic container. You can find them on amazon, or in most cooking supply stores.

  • Anita

    When you say “Remove the whipped coconut cream from the refrigerator and add half of it to the large bowl of marshmallows. Fold the coconut cream into the marshmallows, taking care not to deflate either the cream or the marshmallows” are you referring to the marshmallow fluff or actual marshmallows? If “actual” marshmallows they aren’t listed in the ingredient listing. I’m ITCHING to make this recipe, but reading the instructions really carefully so I don’t screw it up! Thanks for Dairy free and GF ! Can’t wait!

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole Hunn

      Hi, Anita,
      I just modified the instructions slightly to indicate that, when you cook the sugar and pour it into the swelled gelatin, you are making homemade marshmallows. So there aren’t marshmallows listed in the ingredients, per se, but the gelatin + cooked sugar = marshmallows. I hope that helps clarify things!
      xoxo Nicole

      • Anita

        Thank you so much Nicole. I love all your recipes and so far have never tried a bad one. So that is why I bought your books! Love them!

        • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole Hunn

          Pleasure, Anita. I like your attention to detail, and your desire to follow a recipe closely. Thank you for your support of my books!
          xoxo Nicole

  • Nana J

    You are my kinda “girl”!! We don’t do anything with high fructose corn syrup (AKA: Karo syrup) etc and having your recipe for homemade marshmallow fluff is fantastic. It opens up so many old recipes for me and I thank you. We have been loving your no machine ice creams all summer especially the first one to which we added 3/4 pkg of butter brickle or toffee chips that were gluten free. That took your wonderful ice cream to the moon!! You should try it sometime.

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole Hunn

      I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the no machine ice creams this summer, Nana J! I like to avoid using corn syrup because it is messy and I know a lot of people don’t like it (especially those with a corn allergy), but for future reference, Karo corn syrup is not the same as high fructose corn syrup, which is the cheap sugar that we all try to avoid these days.
      xoxo Nicole

  • Mare Masterson

    Is is 1 packet and 1 scant tablespoon of gelatin, or just 1 scant tablespoon? I am assuming “scant” is a proper measure (not heaping) tablespoon. Rocky Road is hubby’s favorite, so this will definitely be happening in my house!

    I want to know where you got your bucket too!

    On another note, I made your banana pancake muffins for a pot luck brunch on Saturday (using coconut milk and without butter/sugar). Hit with all — hubby only got 1/2 one before they disappeared. Picky daughter who does not have to eat gluten free has already asked for them again!

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole Hunn

      1 packet of gelatin is approximately 1 scant tablespoon of gelatin, Mare. Scant does not mean “not heaping.” It means “just shy of full.”

      • Mare Masterson

        Thanks, Nicole. I’ve never used gelatin before, so I wasn’t sure.

  • Donia Robinson

    Oh no you didn’t. Chocolate ice cream with marshmallow fluff is my favorite flavor. And I’m so excited to not have the sweetened condensed step! I’m off to put some coconut milk in the fridge!!

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole Hunn

      Oh yes I did, Donia! And I read that “di-int.” ;)
      xoxo Nicole

      • Donia Robinson

        {With zip-zag arm motions and snaps}

        You know, I posted that comment about the brand of coconut milk I use (Native Forest), and then this latest shipment of TWELVE cans I got from Vitacost is letting me down. Still good for my morning smoothie, but definitely not separating. I think it has something to do with where the coconut milk was sourced, yada yada. But sadly, it means my rocky road ice cream days will have to wait until my next order of coconut milk. :(

        I have been making do with the individual molten chocolate cake. Why oh why did you have to make it so easy that I memorized it? And can whip it up before my oven even preheats to 350???

        • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole Hunn

          I’m working on the visual of the zig-zag arm motions. The snaps, those I get. Twelve dud cans sucks, Donia! When you said that you always have success with that brand, I thought I remembered hearing mixed results with it but I thought I must have been wrong. Guess not. :( Sorry about the easy cake recipe. I’ll try not to do that again. ;)
          xoxo Nicole

          • Donia Robinson

            Like a “Z” in the air. I know you know it…

            I still like the brand because I buy it primarily for smoothies (so the separation issue doesn’t matter), it’s organic, and the can is BPA free. But I may have to rely on organic Thai Kitchen if I need to get my ice cream on!

  • http://www.melskitchencafe.com/ Mel

    This recipe is completely unreal and THEN you had to go and add that cute cursive writing to the top picture which basically means I have to try this. I’m nearly undone by the homemade marshmallow fluff so I need to explore that post immediately. I, for one, will be making this “as is” without any substitutions because I don’t want to mess up a good thing. Amazing, Nicole!

  • Kimberly

    Would agar agar work in place of the gelatin? I’d love to make this for my family (and possibly church functions), but the gelatin isn’t Kosher :-/

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole Hunn

      I haven’t worked with agar agar enough to answer, and I haven’t tested this recipe with any substitutions, either, Kimberly. You’ll have to experiment!

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  • Cassandra Wolf

    Is there any way to make this without coconut milk? My family loves rocky road ice cream, however my husband has an aversion to coconut, also we do not require a dairy free home.

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