Conventional ice cream is definitely a no-go on Paleo. Store bought ice cream is loaded with non-Paleolithic items like milk, sugar, and cream, and that’s if you go with a brand that doesn’t add a lot of extras like corn syrup or whey protein. But don’t fret if you love ice cream, because there are plenty of Paleo chefs out there that have come up with workarounds for ice cream that doesn’t contain these unauthorized items, and keeps it Paleo friendly so you can enjoy it without feeling like you’re cheating or going off course.
1. Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
One of the most popular ice cream flavors is chocolate chip cookie dough so we just had to start our list with this one, as it will satisfy the most sweet toothed caveman and cavewoman wannabes out there. The trick is that she’s using a special recipe for chocolate chip cookie dough that is specifically for Paleo. With that in place it’s just a matter of hatching a plan to make the ice cream without any dairy, and she’s opting for coconut milk mixed with maple syrup to make it all work.
2. Easy Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream
Let’s get down to basics. Chocolate ice cream is undoubtedly one of the most popular single-flavored ice creams out there, and shares company only with vanilla and strawberry. We’ll cover strawberry next, but first let’s pay homage to chocolate. If you ever get the hankering for a bowl of chocolate ice cream on a hot summer’s day, this will allow you to partake in it without forsaking your Paleo eating desires. That’s because it’s using coconut milk, bananas, and cacao powder in just the right amounts to pull it off and fool you into thinking you’re having the real thing.
3. Strawberry Ice Cream
Here’s a beautiful strawberry ice cream that you can turn to when you want something sweet and fruity, but you don’t want to be so bad that you feel guilty after eating it. The best part is that it uses easy ingredients like frozen strawberries and coconut milk so you don’t have to take any elaborate steps to enjoy this. They even make the fresh strawberries optional garnishes and they don’t factor into the actual ice cream base. They’re using the popular method of coconut milk and a little sweetener to mimic ice cream’s texture and taste.
4. Frozen Fudge Bars
The author of this recipe was sick of seeing so many unnecessary ingredients packed into fudge bars that were marketed as having no sugar added to them. So she came up with a fudgesicle recipe that really cuts out all of the stuff you shouldn’t be having while on Paleo, keeps things simple, and makes sure that you still get the fudge bar experience you’re wanting. A great treat to have on hand if you make them in batches, and worth the trouble of investing in the plastic popsicle maker that houses these while in the freezer.
5. Coconut Lime Ice Cream
If you’re a fan of lime you’ll definitely want to try this lime-infused ice cream. Like many of the recipes you’ll find on this page it’s going to get its coconut flavoring from the use of coconut milk. And to make sure this has the smoothness and silkiness of ice cream they’re using an avocado. This also means you’re getting all of the benefits that an avocado provides, and that regular ice cream surely doesn’t provide, like potassium, fiber, healthy fat in the form of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat, and added protein. Oh, and of course there’s lime juice used for natural lime flavor.
6. Chocolate Peanut Butter “Buckeye” Ice Cream
This recipe is giving a nod to the Buckeye state by trying to capture the essence of Buckeye candies that are made out of peanut butter and chocolate. The way she’s figure out to bypass the peanut butter is to use sunbutter made from sunflower seeds. That’s because peanuts aren’t allowed on Paleo because they’re a legume. No biggie, there’s a good substitute for nearly everything you’re not supposed to eat on the Paleo diet, making it one of the easiest diets in the world to follow.
7. Blackberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Here’s a yummy blackberry ice cream that is loaded with chocolate chips so that you can have a nice cool fruity treat and also satisfy your chocolate craving. It’s best to stick with dark chocolate chips for the antioxidants they contain, and the milk and sugar they have far less of than milk chocolate chips. They’re making sure to use organic blackberries, and you should too, as this helps you to avoid all of the toxins that are built in to conventionally grown fruits and vegetables, and that were not around in the time of early man.
8. Vanilla Hazelnut Ice Cream
Here’s a super simple way to make a nice dish of vanilla hazelnut ice cream, without resorting to dairy or other stuff that will gunk up your system. This uses coconut milk as the main ingredient and goes a step further and uses coconut cream for added taste and texture. The hazelnut flavor comes from hazelnut butter, so you don’t have to worry about preparing any nuts. Raw honey provides all the sweetness you could want, and you don’t have to worry about any industrial-grade sugar, fructose, sucrose, or God knows what else being in there.
9. Moose Tracks Ice Cream
This is a very popular ice cream choice, and it would normally be a no-go on Paleo because you can’t have peanut butter because you can’t have legumes. They use a special almond butter cups recipe to circumvent the use of peanut butter cups, and it’s game on. The end result is a bowl of legit Moose Tracks ice cream without having to compromise your goals and set yourself back. There’s no dairy, and only high quality chocolate being used so you aren’t subjecting yourself to big candy brands that pump their chocolate full of sugar and additives. The bonus is you don’t feel gross after you eat a bowl of this.
10. Blood Orange “Dreamsicle” Ice Cream
Don’t worry, there’s no blood in this, but if you’re not familiar with blood oranges it’s high time you become acquainted. They have a unique flavor to them, and in this orange creamsicle inspired ice cream recipe they simply can’t be beat. Like many Paleo friendly ice creams they’re using full fat coconut milk to produce the creaminess of ice cream. The blood orange provides the orange flavor akin to an orange creamsicle, and you’re in business. This is one creation that is great on a hot day, but can also be enjoyed year round when you want to reminisce.
11. Almond Joy Sunday
Love Almond Joys but can’t have them because you’re following the Paleo plan? Here’s a way to circumvent having to eat a mass produced candy bar whose ingredients list contains such lovely things as copious amounts of corn syrup and other impure sugar sources, as well as partially hydrogenated oils, aka trans fat. This Almond Joy ripoff will give you the taste sensation you need without loading you full of stuff your body doesn’t need, and doesn’t know how to process, since it’s not technically food. There are so many fillers and additives in an Almond Joy that it’s no wonder it looks and tastes so good, it’s all chemically doctored to do so.
12. Coffee Ice Cream with Salty-Sweet Almonds
Early man didn’t know what he was missing when it comes to coffee flavored ice cream. There’s a bit of a debate over whether coffee is strictly Paleo, but if you’ve decided that it’s OK on occasion then take full advantage of this recipe because it’s using a cold-brewed coffee and it let’s you play around with how much you want to add so you can really get your coffee fix with this. The pairing of crunchy and nutty salty and sweet almonds works wonderfully, and also does a good job of adding healthy fats to the equation.
13. Ice Cream ‘Cannoli’
These are beautiful faux cannolis that are really made with ice cream and require no baking whatsoever. There is a generous amount of nuts and seeds being used, so you are getting plenty of healthy fats, as well as omega-3 fatty acids from items like flax seed and hemp seed. There’s also pumpkin seed, which is getting more and more media attention for its healthy properties, and cashews which provide plenty of monounsaturated fat. Healthy fats are an important component of the Paleo methodology, so you don’t want to miss out on them and you’ll want to be sure to get your daily intake.
14. Lemon-Kissed Blueberry Ice Cream
This recipe is nice because they made it a point to use organic coconut milk, which brings it closer to the type of food that would have been eaten before the Neolithic era came and messed everything up. This incorporates a good amount of fruit and fruit juices, so you might want to enjoy this on a day when you haven’t had too much fruit, and want to cover it in one sitting. Paleo relies mostly on a mix of meat and vegetables, with fruit playing a peripheral role, but still being important due to its antioxidants and fiber.
15. Pomegranate-Dragon Fruit Sorbet
This calls for Greek yogurt, so if you’re unable to handle this dairy product well you should look to sub out the ice cream portion of this recipe with one of the others on this page that uses coconut milk instead. The rest of the ingredients it asks for are Paleo friendly, and if you want to lighten things up with a sorbet instead of an ice cream, this is one way to go. You’re getting a nice mix of dragon fruit and pomegranates, both of which have plenty of healthy benefits to round out your Stone Age diet.
16. 5-Minute Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
We like things that don’t take up a lot of time, but come out tasting great. This is one of them. The cool part about this recipe is that they give you a 4 minute option to just have banana ice cream, or you can go deluxe, spend an extra minute and whip up chocolate banana ice cream. If you’re a chocolate fiend like we are you’ll likely tack on the extra minute and add the cocoa powder. Can’t get much simpler than 2 ingredients and no ice cream maker needed.
17. Raspberry Swirl Coconut Ice Cream
Coconut ice cream is pretty popular in the world of Paleo ice cream, and it’s because coconut milk does such a decent job of filling in for all the non-Paleo stuff you see in regular ice cream. Here they’ve included coconut cream, which really helps to pull off the diary switcheroo. By swirling raspberries throughout you’re sure to get a nice bit of sweet and tart goodness with each bite of coconut ice cream. This leaves you with a light and satisfied feeling, rather than feeling weighed down and gross with potential indigestion from typical ice cream.
18. Paleo Chocolate Fudge Swirl Ice Cream
If fudge swirl ice cream was one of your favorite flavors before you went Paleo, it’s time to bring it back to the table and start enjoying it again. You won’t be disappointed because Paleo kitchen artists have been able to come up with amazing ways to bring you chocolate fudge, so it’s just a matter of swirling it through the ice cream so that you get them both in every bite. They provide both the necessary recipe for the fudge, as well as the ice cream and then show you how to put them all together so you can enjoy this tonight if you want.
19. Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream
Don’t let the strange look of rhubarb throw you off. It’s actually pretty yum and going Paleo is all about trying new things that you might not have had before, or giving things another try if you didn’t really care for them before. Rhubarb looks like celergy from an alternate reality, but doesn’t taste like it at all. In fact it’s often used in desserts like rhubarb pie. It’s totally Paleo, so you can enjoy it without regrets, and it plays nicely in this strawberry ice cream offering.
20. Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream Pie
What’s better than ice cream? A whole stinkin’ ice cream pie, that’s what! This creation is worthy of praise because they’ve delivered a way to enjoy pie and ice cream at the same time instead of separately via Pie à la Mode. The way they’re able to pull this off without using any dairy, and only using all natural forms of sweetness is impressive. There’s even almond flour being used for the crust to deliver the real feel of a pie. The best part is they sort of cheated, as this is using store bought ice cream that is dairy free and falls under Paleo OK-ness.
21. Raspberry Bliss
If you’re a big fan of raspberries you’ll likely become a big fan of this ice cream. It’s a unique blend of raspberries (of course), macadamia nuts, and bananas. The nuts provide a nice amount of healthy fats, the raspberries load you up with antioxidants, and the bananas give you fiber and potassium so rather than setting you back, this ice cream is actually moving you forward. They give you the option of adding chocolate nibs to this to make it truly blissful. As an added bonus there’s a recipe for a basic chocolate ice cream recipe on the same page
22. Dairy Free Mocha ‘Ice Cream’
This is a great mocha ice cream that is pretty simple all by itself. You can use it as a base for you own mix-ins that you can think of adding, like nuts, or raisins, or other Paleo friendly toppings that taste good on ice cream. It’s using egg whites where most dairy free ice creams we’ve seen use coconut milk, so this is going to come out with a little different texture, and would be good for those that don’t want to use coconut milk for their ice cream. Like a true caffe mocha it’s using both chocolate and coffee extract for the full effect.
23. Instant Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
When like fast recipes, and nothing says fast like instant. They cut some corners here by using pumpkin puree for the pumpkin flavoring, a banana for added flavor and texture, and the ever-present coconut milk that you should basically keep a supply of if you like ice cream because it’s used in just about every Paleo ice cream recipe worth trying. Instant really boils down to 15-20 minutes or so, which is still a record time for making ice cream from scratch. Because of its pumpkin essence this is a great ice cream to serve during the holiday season, or anytime in the fall.
24. Peach Ice Cream
When peaches are in season it just makes sense to make peach ice cream. The only problem is that if you try to make it the conventional way you’re asked to use cream and milk and that just doesn’t fly on Paleo. They’re using coconut milk and a big batch of peaches to get the job done here. They also say you can add Grand Marnier to this, but it’s optional. A Paleo purist would say that alcohol is not something Paleolithic man was consuming, but you have to make up your own mind on what you will and won’t drink while following the Paleo diet.
25. Cilantro-Lime Ice Cream
This is a cilantro and lime infused creation that was originally recommended for Valentine’s Day, but can really be enjoyed at any time throughout the year. There are a few unique aspects to this recipe that make it a bit different than many of the others you’ll find. It’s using coconut oil instead of coconut milk or coconut cream, and it’s also adding a good helping of cashews. When the cashews get blended up they take on that peanut butter consistency that is doubling as ice cream texture for this recipe. You don’t end up using too much cilantro, so it’s not overpowering, and neither is the lime.
26. Rooibos Tea and Date Ice Cream
Anytime you can incorporate a healthy and delicious tea like rooibos into ice cream, you’re on to something good. They’ve done a great job of hand-picking the ingredients on this list, and you’re treated to such things as organic medjool dates, raw organic honey, and organic bananas. As a Paleo eater you need to be very picky about what you eat, and going organic is one way to hold off on all the chemicals being using in conventional farming. It might not work at taking things back tens of thousands of years, but you have to work within the confines of modern times.
27. Cherry-Date Ice Cream
This is a nice cherry ice cream, and you don’t often see cherry ice cream options when looking for Paleo ice cream possibilities. This is incorporating one popular choice, coconut milk, and also another choice that you might see here and there, egg yolks. They point out that you should buy them from a trusted source since they are being eaten raw. Other than that it’s pretty much a classic mix of real cherries and dates, so no artificial colors or flavors, what you see is the actual way it looks with the light red coloring, the way you’d expect an all natural ice cream to look.
28. Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
No ice cream list would be complete without mint chocolate chip. It’s one of the most popular flavors because of the cool feeling it leaves in your mouth, and the special way that mint and chocolate go together. There are two versions of this recipe provided, and you’ll want to go with the dairy free version of course, to stay within Paleo guidelines. It’s completely Paleo friendly when you go with the suggestion of coconut milk, and sub in stevia, honey, or agave as your sweetener. Even the chocolate chips being used are dark chocolate.
29. Chai Ice Cream
If you used to enjoy the occasional chai latte before giving it up for your Paleo pursuit, here’s a way to bring it back in ice cream form. This recipe capture everything you love about a chai latte, and turns it into a cool treat you can have to break up the monotony of eating meat and veggies all the time. This of course is using real chai tea for the chai flavoring, so you are getting the Real McCoy here, and nothing artificial. The rice milk may be a point of contention for Paleo sticklers, but you’ll have to decide how you feel about using rice products.
30. Raw Blackberry Banana Ice Cream
When you eat raw foods you are keeping them intact so you can get all of their natural goodness without losing anything to the cooking process. You are also replicating what it was like back in early times when not everyone had ovens and stoves at the ready. They make a good point that this ice cream not only looks good and tastes good but is also good for you because it provides quite a nutritional package for you. There are plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in store for you in this ice cream, so you can enjoy without hesitation.
31. Maple and Chocolate-Bacon Crunch Ice Cream
Here’s an ice cream recipe that caters to the bacon lover in all of us. That’s right, they went and added bacon to this recipe just to show that when you cut out the dairy and the sugar you leave room for things like bacon. Don’t ask us how it works, but it just does, and this is one primal-inspired dish that you won’t soon forget. The savoriness of bacon combines well with the chocolate, and of course it goes well with maple syrup just think of the last pancakes you had where you dipped your bacon in the syrup.
32. Paleo Ice Cream Truffles
Nothing’s quite as cute as a truffle, and you probably thought your truffle eating days were over when you decided to go Paleo. Think again, and give these little guys a try. They’re completely Paleo friendly, right down to have no dairy and no artificially sweet things. The beauty of these truffles is that this only uses a short list of simple ingredients. It does use a pretty clever way to make these extra good, so you’ll have to check it out to see what they’ve done special to separate this from the other ice cream options you have.
33. Rose Water, Saffron & Pistachio Ice Cream
This is perhaps one of the more eclectic mixes of ingredients on our page of Paleo ice cream recipes, but it may have one of the best payoffs when you actually make it and eat it. The use of rose water is unique enough by itself, but they’ve paired it with saffron and pistachio, so your taste buds are in for quite an experience, without jeopardizing your healthy lifestyle. The nice thing is that this is a great finisher for tons of different types of meals, so you can have it whenever you’d like to cap things off properly.
34. Almond Butter and Jelly Ice Cream
This is a pretty cool recipe because it is trying to bring the joy of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to ice cream. It has the task of not using peanut butter because they’re legumes and therefore not allowed. It also needs to provide the taste of jelly without using sugar. As you can see they’re using almond butter in lieu of peanut butter, and the jelly flavor comes from strawberries, and your choice of all natural sweetener.
35. Cherry Garcia Ice Cream
Think Ben and Jerry are making ice cream according to Paleo standards? Nope. Their Cherry Garcia ice cream is full of things that you simply wouldn’t want to touch while on Paleo. Luckily they’ve come up with this amazing duplicate that brings you all the things you really like about the Cherry Garcia flavor, but without using any dairy products, or using any artificial flavors or industrial fillers. Perhaps one day we’ll see more Paleo friendly ice cream options in the freezer section of the supermarket, but these days you’ll just have to make it on your own until the rest of the world catches up.
36. Strawberry Brownie Sundae
Not fair, they’re using brownies in this ice cream sundae so they’re winning over the brownie crowd plus the ice cream crowd. And they’re over delivering by providing recipes for both that cuts out all the junk that you’d find in a traditional brownie and ice cream recipe, and subs in all natural ingredients that are in line with the Paleo path. In true sundae form they’re topping this ice cream with fresh strawberries, the aforementioned brownies, and chocolate syrup. But this is one sundae that won’t leave you incapacitated after you eat it.
37. Avocado Paleo Ice Cream
It’s such a smart idea to use avocados in Paleo friendly ice cream because they provide just the right consistency for ice cream, and have so much going on in the way of nutrition that it serves quite a few purposes all at once. You’re essentially blending up frozen fruits along with an avocado in hopes that this will bring you to ice cream textured bliss. They’ve used pineapples and raspberries, two Paleo fruits that you can enjoy as you’d like. Just remember that fruit is not a major player in the Paleo diet so make sure it takes a backseat to veggies and meats.
38. Paleo Apple Pie Ice Cream
They say nothing’s more American than Apple Pie. And because standard apple pie is loaded with things that the body just can’t digest properly, it’s no wonder that America is one of the leading countries with an obesity problem. But here’s a healthy compromise that takes all of the goodness of apple pie, and leaves out the bad. The finished product is an ice cream that is like having Apple Pie a la Mode, all in one bowl. Coconut gets the go ahead instead of any cream or milk so it’s dairy free but you won’t even know. This is a Paleo dish you can share with non-Paleo friends and they won’t even complain.
39. Creamy Peach Sorbet
This is one of only two sorbets to make our list, and we know that they’re technically not ice cream, but they were so good we just couldn’t resist. And after all, sorbet is right next to the ice cream in the frozen aisle, so why not include them here. This one uses the trusted coconut milk to give it that creaminess that you expect from sorbet, and the peaches work great because they’re sweet, but not too sweet, and are definitely one of the fruits you can enjoy on Paleo. Yes, there are actually some fruits you can’t have on Paleo. Be sure to check our page of foods you can have on Paleo for more details.
40. Banana Ice Cream with Toasted Walnuts and Chocolate Swirl
You’ll often see bananas used in Paleo versions of ice cream because it has the right consistency. If you simply mash up a banana enough it starts to get all creamy, and when you freeze it it almost looks like ice cream all by itself. When you start adding things like coconut milk to the equation, as this recipe does, you are only making it more and more like real ice cream. The use of toasted walnuts here means that you’re getting a nice serving of healthy fats, and the chocolate swirl goes pretty far in making this seem like a classic serving of ice cream. It almost has that banana split feel to it.
41. Paleo Honey Roasted Macadamia Nut Ice Cream
Macadamia nuts show up a lot in Paleo recipes. Maybe that’s because they taste so great, and they are completely allowed according to the guidelines. The reason Macadamia nuts are still shied away from on most diets is because of their fat content, but Paleo eaters know that the fat they contain is the kind your body needs to function at its best, and actually serves to help you lose weight. By making them honey roasted they are making them even more delicious, while still sticking to fundamental Paleo tenets. Arrowroot powder is one ingredient that you won’t often see in ice cream recipes, but it works here to help bind things together.
42. Primal Salted Caramel Ice Cream
You can tell that this is primal in nature because of the ingredients they’re using. No iodized salt here, they’re using sea salt which is far better for the body and provides minerals it needs. They are also not using any caramel in this, but rather replicating it from other ingredients as to avoid the use of refined sugar that is found in caramel sold in stores. What this all leads to is an ice cream treat that you can enjoy without the guilt, especially if you used to like getting the caramel sundaes from McDonald’s before you decided to start eating Paleo.
43. Strawberry Coco-Banana Ice Cream
This is one of those recipes that has all of its main ingredients listed in the title. The coco refers to coconut, not cocoa, so don’t be surprised by the lack of chocolate. This is a fruity treat that serves up the best of strawberry ice cream as well as infusing coconut flavors and banana flavors at the same time. The best part is that all of these ingredients are good for you, so the stigma of ice cream being unhealthy can get flipped on its head when you’re doing Paleo. You should still go easy on it, because fruit is not something you want to overdo.
44. Banana Split Ice Cream Cake
We just had to include this recipe because it simply looks amazing. They’ve figured out how to make little mini banana split ice cream cakes so that you get all of the wonderful flavors of a banana split in one place. They’ve also cracked the code on how to do it all with no dairy to speak of and no wheat or grain products used in the crust. As if this wasn’t enough they give you a bunch of options for toppings so that you can customize these to your own liking while still keeping it pretty healthy and staying within the confines of what’s OK on Paleo.
45. Paleo Blackberry Rosewater Ice Cream
This is another ice cream recipe that uses rose water in it. It’s best to make up your mind on how you feel about rose water before using it in a recipe so that you know whether you will like it or not once it’s finished. Here they give you the option of adding more if you know you like it. The way it goes together with the blackberries used here is something special, and it was a good idea on their part to put them in the same dish. It uses coconut milk for the ice cream, and it gets its sweetness from honey, so this is an ice cream that is right on track with your Paleo lifestyle.
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