Fudgy chocolate ice cream with soft pillowy vegan marshmallows, chocolate, and slivered almonds. Is there anything better? This vegan Rocky Road ice cream tastes just as good as the dairy kind, but it’s completely dairy-free! Plus it’s easy to make using just 5 ingredients (plus mix-ins), and it’s crazy-good.
This ice cream is made with a base of coconut milk (the full fat kind from a can) which gives it the perfect thick creaminess that we all want in our ice cream. Not a huge fan of coconut? Don’t worry, there isn’t a strong coconut flavor. In fact, it’s hard to detect the coconut amidst all the chocolatey goodness. I myself am not a big fan of store-bought coconut ice creams, but after playing with a lot of homemade vegan ice cream recipes, I’ve found that those with a coconut milk base have the best consistency, creaminess, and taste the most like dairy ice cream.
Why This Vegan Rocky Road Ice Cream Recipe is So Awesome
Simple, easy, and fun to make
Customizable amounts of candy, chocolate, and nuts
Free of preservatives, additives, and anything you don’t want
Fun activity to do with the family
Do You Need An Ice Cream Maker In Your Life?
Friends. How did I go a full decade as a vegan without an ice cream maker? I was gifted this Cuisinart ice cream maker over the holidays this past year (thanks, Andy!) and have been blown away by how easy it is to make my own vegan ice cream from scratch. In minutes.
Okay, the whole process takes some time because things need to chill and freeze, but the actual hands-on work is so simple it’s crazy. Totally worth every minute for the taste.
Tips For Serving Up Your Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe
The most obvious choice is to just spoon this dairy-free ice cream right out of the machine and into your mouth! But, we’re civilized, right? (hmmmm…might be debatable) Anyway, if you’re looking to elevate the enjoyment of this delightful and decadent dessert, here are a few of our favorite tips:
Glam It Up with Fancy Glasses – Nothing makes ice cream look more magnificent than a pretty cut glass filled with creamy goodness. Short and stocky or elongated and elegant, you can’t go wrong!
Opt for Ice Cream Sandwiches – Super easy to do, friends! Take two of your favorite vegan cookies, add a large scoop of vegan rocky road ice cream inside, and top with another cookie. Press well and wrap in freezer page or place in a freezer-safe container. Free for about 30 minutes, grab, and enjoy! Mix it up by using a different cookie on the top and the bottom! Whoa.
Equipment You’ll Need For This Dairy-Free Frozen Dessert
To make this recipe you’ll will need an ice cream maker and a blender. It’s also helpful to have containers to store the ice cream in (I love these), but any Tupperware containers or silicone bags will work in a pinch.
¼cupalmonds, raw or toasted; sliced, slivered, or finely chopped
Advance Prep: Freeze the ice cream maker bowl for at least 24 hours before beginning (or follow ice cream maker directions). This is an essential step for getting the right ice cream consistency!
In a blender, add the coconut milk, cocoa powder, agave nectar, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt and blend until completely smooth. Pour into a bowl, cover, and set in the fridge for at least 1 hour to chill (longer is fine too).
Set up your ice cream maker with the fully-frozen canister, turn it on, and gently pour in the chilled soupy chocolate mixture. Allow ice cream maker to run until the mixture turns from soup to thick soft serve. This usually takes about 10-15 minutes, but look for visual signs of readiness and follow your ice cream maker's instructions as the time can vary significantly.
Meanwhile, prepare the add-ins so they're all ready to mix in as soon as the ice cream maker is done. In this case, measure out the marshmallows and chop up the chocolate and almonds.
As soon as it's ready, using a spatula, quickly scoop all the soft ice cream into a storage container and gently fold in the prepared marshmallows, chocolate, and almonds. The ice cream will be very soft (similar to soft serve) and will melt quickly, so work fast and transfer to the freezer as soon as you're done!
Do not store the ice cream in the ice cream maker's basin. That tub gets so cold in the freezer that it will be near-impossible to get the ice cream to soften enough to come out of it when you want to eat it. You can use a generic plastic tupperware or you can find reusable pint ice cream containers online.
Yes, most commercial dairy ice cream contains not only cornstarch to thicken the mixture, but also gelatin. Gelatin is not vegan.
What flavor of ice cream is Rocky Road?
Rocky Road is usually a blend of chocolate ice cream with marshmallows, nuts, and chocolate.
Where does the name Rocky Road come from?
It all started after 1853 in Australia when traveling businessmen were having a hard time selling candies and chocolates. They decided to mix them up and see if they would sell as something new. Because this “new” treat was first tried out around the rough and rocky terrain area of Melbourne, they used the name “rocky road” to describe it.
Vegan Rocky Road Ice Cream photos and recipe by Michelle Cehn for World of Vegan. Recipe and photographs copyright of World of Vegan™, all rights reserved. We want to thank our amazing recipe testers Taylor Gillespi and Aubree Summers for helping us perfect this recipe! Please note that this article contains affiliate links which means shopping through them helps lights on at World of Vegan!
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Can I use something besides agave?
You can use pure maple syrup instead of agave syrup 🙂
Thank you for your quick reply!
Hello, I did make this with the agave syrup and wow this is an amazing recipe. I would recommend this to anyone vegan or not. Super rich and better than dairy rocky road that I remember eating a long time ago. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us.
So yummy homemade ice cream
I want to eat this every day!
Me, too! The more chunks, the better! lol
This recipe is sooooo good! I love it!
I love this Vegan Rocky Road so much – just the perfect amount of chocolate and creamy sweetness!
this vegan rocky road turned out sooo good! so sweet and the texture was spot on!
Awesome! So glad you liked it, Andrea!
Such a delicious ice cream recipe!!
Isn’t it the best?
I DREAM about this delicious ice cream!! A must-make!!
I’m glad I don’t make it too often because I would eat it all day long…lol!
need this ice cream asap!
Super tasty and easy to make. Thanks for the tip on using a plastic tub
I need an ice cream maker asap! This sounds so good and looks crazy delicious. Saved for future usage!!
One of my favorite ice cream recipes ever. I keep mini Dandies vegan marshmallows on hand specifically for this!
Best ice cream base ever!
Ever since I went vegan, this ice cream has been one of my cravings! It tastes amazing!
I love any ice cream that has yummy treats added to it – especially anything that has a different texture. The marshmallows add such a lovely, squishy element and the nuts add the perfect crunch. Plus, ice cream is ALWAYS better with chocolate bits! The BEST ice cream I’ve had in a while!
How is one can of coconut cream? 400ml ? What should be the fat % of the cream to be used in the icecream?
I’ve been on such an ice cream making kick lately, and this is the BEST one I’ve made yet! Soooo good, I might have to make more this week, because it doesn’t last long in our house.
I made a batch of this and we all devoured it! So good!