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Dairy Free Chocolate Gelato

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Chocolate gelato is a fun alternative to chocolate ice cream.  If you need to avoid dairy, this dairy free chocolate gelato is a great alternative.   Just a few simple ingredients and some time in the freezer results in a super rich and delectable dessert.

Chocolate Gelato

When I saw that this week’s Sunday Supper was all about “Free” recipes, I almost decided to skip it.  We are very fortunate to be food allergy free in our home so I don’t have many recipes without sensitive ingredients.  Then I remembered this chocolate gelato recipe I made a few years ago.  The recipe really threw me for a loop because aside from some chopped up chocolate, it didn’t contain any other dairy.  With this week’s “Free for All” theme, I decided to go ahead and make this recipe completely dairy free.

I originally used chopped up milk chocolate for this gelato.  This time I substituted dairy free mini chocolate chips for the regular milk chocolate.  I used Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips that are dairy, nut and soy free.  I actually had these in the house as they are my preferred chocolate chips because they are soy free.  I try to avoid soy out of  GMO concerns – not because of allergies.

I honestly didn’t notice any difference in the gelato when using the dairy free chocolate.  If you aren’t dairy free, this would be a great recipe to make when you want homemade ice cream, but don’t have any “fancy” dairy products in the house. It is very, very rich so small servings are better.  This is best if eaten with a day or two of making or ice crystals form on the gelato.

Chocolate Gelato


  • 1 cup diary free chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Put the milk chocolate and cocoa in a blender or food processor.
  2. Bring water and sugar to a simmer in small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar.
  3. Pour the hot syrup in to the blender/processor. Pulse 4-5 times until the mixture is smooth, but not foamy.
  4. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and salt and pulse once more to combine.
  5. Transfer mixture to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until very cold.
  6. Whisk the chocolate mixture, then transfer to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturers instructions.
  7. Pour mixture in to an air tight container and freeze until firm (at least 2 hours).
Don’t forget to check out the rest of this week’s “Free For All” Sunday Supper recipes!


  • Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Nut & Soy Free Brown Rice Breakfast Pudding by girlichef
  • Dairy & Nut and Sugar Free Blueberry Tangerine Muffins by Vintage Kitchen
  • Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Nut, and Soy Free Homemade Mango Jam Recipe by Masala Herb

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  • Susan
    June 23, 2013

    Yum, I love gelato and your recipe seems easy enough for even me. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday.

  • Miz Helen
    June 22, 2013

    Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Megin
    June 17, 2013

    This sounds wonderful ~ I’m going to give it a try. I’m linking up my GF Vegan Breakfast Cake, too!
    I’m visiting today from CRAFT.

  • I worked for a while in a deli that made their own gelato. I miss it. Thanks for the recipe, Camille!

  • Nancy
    June 13, 2013

    Camille, I CAN’T believe that this rich, creamy, decadent gelato was made without any dairy! My mind is officially blown. It looks just as perfect as regular ol’ lactose-filled ice cream. I wish I had a giant bowl right now – the richness doesn’t bother me. Bring it on, I say 😉

    • Camille
      June 13, 2013

      Thanks, Nancy! I was so confused the first time I made it… looking for the dairy but nope – none! 🙂

  • Courtney
    June 13, 2013

    Wow! I’m so impressed. I never knew you could make gelato dairy free. I’ll definitely be trying!

  • Laura
    June 13, 2013

    Oh wow that looks so rich, I wish I had a bowl of that right now.

  • Liz
    June 10, 2013

    Your gelato looks so rich and beautiful! Who knew it could be made without dairy? Not me!

  • Sunithi
    June 10, 2013

    Nice ! Love this dairy free version ! seems easy to make too !

  • Family Foodie
    June 10, 2013

    Oh I just love gelato. Yours looks incredible!

  • Jennifer
    June 9, 2013

    Yum! I love it! I have been on an ice cream making kick and now I want to make your gelato!

  • Sarah Reid, RHNC (
    June 9, 2013

    I may have to make some of this over the summer! The fam loves gelato for sure

  • kathia Rodriguez
    June 9, 2013

    A must try definitely

  • Wow…this is gorgeous gelato! It’s almost like frozen fudge…but I can only imagine how good it is. I need to make this ASAP…it’s time to get my ice cream freezer out from under the cabinet.

  • Renee
    June 9, 2013

    Oh my how your gelato looks so dark and rich and chocolate-y! Nice that it is dairy-free. Sometimes full on ice cream is too heavy and this is a great alternative.

  • Erin
    June 9, 2013

    This looks divine! Pinned to try it later..a must 🙂

  • Laura Dembowski
    June 9, 2013

    I can’t believe this gelato is dairy free. It looks soooooo creamy!

  • Diana
    June 9, 2013

    This looks and sounds delicious! Love the addition of almond extract… which I’ve only had in baked goods, but really love the flavor it adds. Fun!

  • Amanda
    June 9, 2013

    I would eat this for breakfast – right now. Yum!

  • Jen
    June 9, 2013

    Wow! This looks SO creamy that you’d never know it was dairy free!

  • Paula
    June 9, 2013

    Dark and creamy, exactly the way I like my chocolate ice cream! And not a drop of dairy, amazing.

  • The Ninja Baker
    June 9, 2013

    Yay! Sooo happy to see another food blogger concerned about GMO issues. (Do you hear the thundering applause?)

    Anyhow, Camille, your dairy free chocolate gelato looks as if it’s been imported from Italy! Thank you for sharing your recipe. The tips about the crystals are helpful, too. Although I don’t think there will be a problem having the fancy ice cream disappear in 2 days =)

  • Bea
    June 8, 2013

    i love,love,love your recipe for Dairy Free Chocolate Gelato as one of my girls is crazy about chocolate and this will make her day 🙂 Now I just need to get an ice cream maker 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe.