Creamy Raw Chocolate Ice Cream and Superfood Chocolate Giveaway from Aloha
June 5, 2015

Creamy Raw Chocolate Ice Cream

I scream, you scream…OK OK, I won’t go there, but I do think you’ll all be excited about today’s giveaway. This is, I think, a community full of chocolate lovers, and the new superfood chocolate from Aloha is something to celebrate.

Aloha makes superfood products that are accessible, beautifully packaged, and incredibly tasty. The brand sent me their daily good green powder a few years ago, and I responded to them honestly by saying that green powders aren’t really my jam, but that theirs was the most palatable and well designed I’d ever seen. It was true: the taste of their powder struck me as particularly fresh, even if it wasn’t for me.

Aloha also makes an awesome vegan protein powder (hopefully I can share this with you in the future), as well as trail mix and coconut water powder. Virtually every single product features a savvy, approachable design, thoughtful and healthy ingredients, and plenty of user-friendly online information.

Aloha Chocolate Box

I was thrilled when Aloha reconnected with me and asked me if I’d like to try their new superfood chocolate. I expected it to be packaged pretty and taste great, and it met these expectations and more.

Aloha Superfood Chocolate

The chocolate is made with raw, organic ingredients, including the brand’s superfood greens. I may not love mixing green powders into water, but I am more than happy to eat them if they’re delivered in the form of sweet, smooth chocolate! Each bar has a full serving of fruits and vegetables, thanks to the greens.

Aloha Superfood Chocolate 2

The bars are also 100% vegan, and they’re made from 60% organic, fair-trade cacao. They’re rich in antioxidants, and they are sweetened exclusively with mineral-containing coconut sugar and maple sugar. Ingredients are as follows:

-Fair-Trade Raw Cacao Nibs/Beans
-Coconut Sugar
-Raw Cacao Butter
-Daily Good Greens Chocolate (Daily Good Greens Chocolate Blend: Fair-Trade Cacao, Coconut Sugar, Coconut Water, Peas, Maple Sugar, Spinach, Wheatgrass Juice, Moringa, Wild Blueberries, Raspberries, Sunflower Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Spirulina, Beet Juice, Vanilla Bean, White Button Mushrooms, Himalayan Pink Salt, Monk Fruit Extract)
-Raw Coconut Flakes
-Raw Cashews
-Vanilla Bean

Lots of good stuff in these bars, and the quality of ingredients is reflected in the bars’ taste. They taste, honestly, like milk chocolate. As a devoted chocolate lover, I’ve grown very accustomed to the bitter intensity of an 80% or higher bar. But I’ll be honest, I also love and miss the taste of milk chocolate, and these bars are the most authentic vegan representation of milk chocolate I’ve ever had–and they’re totally dairy free.

Creamy Raw Chocolate Ice Cream

For this post, I was eager to share a recipe that would show off the creamy, milk-chocolate flavor that struck me so much when I tasted the superfood chocolate bars. This creamy, raw ice cream was my tribute.

Creamy Raw Chocolate Ice Cream

It may be the best homemade ice cream I’ve made, which I guess isn’t saying much because I don’t tend to make ice cream that isn’t banana soft serve all that often. But trust me. It’s amazingly rich and decadent, thanks to all of the cashews, the coconut oil, and the cacao. I love the way the chocolate is prominent in the recipe without tasting overwhelming. And I love that, like all raw ice creams, this one is simply a matter of blending: no heating, no custard-making required. Here’s the recipe.

Creamy Raw Chocolate Ice Cream

Creamy Raw Chocolate Ice Cream

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Yields: 4 -6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups raw cashews soaked overnight and drained
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3-3/4 cup maple syrup agave, or yacon syrup (adjust based on how sweet you'd like it to be)
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder or natural cocoa powder
  • 4 1/2 ounces Aloha superfood chocolate 2 bars, melted (you can substitute your favorite vegan 60% or higher dark chocolate brand)
  • 3/4 cup almond milk

Instructions

  • The day before making, freeze the necessary parts of your ice cream maker.
  • Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender, using the tamp to help facilitate blending.
  • Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and freeze using manufacturer's instructions. Store in a freezer-safe container. Before re-serving the ice cream, give it plenty of time to soften; cashew and coconut based ice creams tend to get quite firm, so allow yourself at least 30 minutes of thaw time.

Needless to say, I couldn’t help myself with a little shaved chocolate garnish here.

Creamy Raw Chocolate Ice Cream

I know that a lot of you don’t have ice cream makers, so I just wanted to mention that David Lebovitz’s post on how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker is super helpful. I used the method he describes until I finally got an ice cream maker, which was only last year. Definitely worth checking out, not only for this recipe, but for any homemade vegan ice cream!

If you’d like to give the superfood chocolate a taste, here’s your chance. The folks at Aloha are offering one CR reader a 6-pack of their superfood chocolate, which is a $49.00 value. Use it to make ice cream, pudding, brownies, or pie. Or just savor it, piece by piece. The giveaway will run for two weeks, and it’s open to US and Canadian readers only.

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Creamy Raw Chocolate Ice Cream

Enjoy the recipe, friends–and enjoy the weekend ahead. I’ll be back on Sunday.

xo

This giveaway is generously sponsored by Aloha. All opinions of the product are my own.

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    126 Comments
  1. Would love to try making this ice cream 🙂 always a good excuse to get out the ice cream maker!

  2. I’d enjoy Aloha’s superfood chocolate straight up or with a tad of almond butter spread on top

  3. I would love this for my chocolate chunk brownies! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    Erin

  4. I would enjoy these bars simply – by breaking a piece off in the evening as a pre-bedtime snack!

  5. This ice cream looks amazing! And I’d love to say that I would use this chocolate to make all sorts of fancy recipes but, honestly, it sounds so yummy that I’d most likely just chomp into it plain.

  6. This recipe looks amazing. I don’t have my own ice cream maker, but my mom has one that she keeps at my parents’ house by the Chesapeake Bay. So whenever I next go out there to visit, this ice cream recipe must happen. And if I have the actual Aloha chocolate to use for it, that’d be even better.

  7. Those chocolates look too good and too inspiring to eat. 🙂 I will need to stack up on my cashews soon and try this as an alternative to the banana based delight.

  8. Wow this ice cream looks delicious can’t wait to try it out and the chocolate bars are so adorable with the sweet words on them! I would eat them alone and probably pair them with fruit or homemade sweets!

    🙂

  9. I eat a piece of chocolate everyday! So I would definitely stick these in my lunchbox or as some dessert. I would love to make your ice cream recipe as well!

  10. I would eat most of it straight up, but I’d certainly keep some to try in ice cream: it must be absolutely delicious, and perfect for hot summer days!

  11. LOOKS AMAZING!!! I would love to make this for my boyfriend! I would probly add some almond butter as well to shake things up a bit more! 🙂

  12. Straight up. I eat a few squares of dark chocolate every night and it’s one my favorite treats!

  13. Oh that ice cream and chocolate look so dreamy… Yum!
    I haven’t seen Aloha products anywhere – I’ll have to keep an eye out as I’m always looking for protein powders… and well, chocolate ha ;p

  14. Oooooh! Looks absolutely lovely! Dark chocolate of this quality needs to be eaten nice and chilled from the fridge…..or freezer….or on top of raw icecream….or in the car….or for breakfast. Delish!

  15. This chocolate sounds interesting! I haven’t really missed the taste of milk chocolate, but that’s probably because I haven’t had it in so long!

  16. Honestly, I’d prob just end up eating the chocolate straight from the wrapper, but if any made it past that, this recipe would def be what I’d make with it!

  17. I love all chocolate, and I would be super excited to try Aloha’s! I would probably honestly just eat it plain.

  18. I think high quality chocolate must be eated on its own, letting it slowly melt in your mouth.

  19. I always love to have a small square of chocolate at night as dessert, would love to try their chocolates!!

  20. This chocolate sounds amazing!!!
    I would melt a square or two down & drizzle it on some oatmeal energy bars, for a little decadence to the every recipe,

  21. As a maker of vegan truffles I’m pretty picky about my chocolate, and have yet to try aloha’s… But I love the message that is written right on it!

  22. Well, I’m drooling ! I never thought of coconut oil in ice cream, but I suppose it adds richness

  23. This chocolate looks incredible! I would love to use it to create more healthy vegan desserts. My daughter’s birthday is coming up and she’d be thrilled to have a beautiful chocolate cake with chocolate nice cream.

  24. i can think of so many ways i’d love to use this aloha chocolate! definitely to make this ice cream, and also the “hippie” crispy bars that the bojon gourmet posted on her blog a few weeks ago.

  25. I’ve tried both the Aloha daily good greens and protein powder and love all the flavors so far! I cannot wait to try their chocolate too! I”m sure it’s nothing less than amazing and I love that it’s sugar free.

  26. I would love to eat this chocolate plain whenever I get a chocolate craving (which is all the time)

  27. How would you like to enjoy Aloha’s superfood chocolate?

    I would like to use it to make chocolate pudding or yogurt, all vegan of course from avocados and cashews and bananas.

  28. I love this chocolate and love to give it to my 5 and 2 year olds! Looking forward to trying their protein powder too.

  29. I would like to try it with making homemade ice cream – I have been doing that with cashew butter and honey, I haven’t gotten one certain recipe – it is fun to experiment – I love your recipe and would like to try it! I’m sure I’d gobble one bar as fast as I could unwrap it – just ’cause it sounds delish!!!

  30. I will take this chocolate in any form 🙂 What a great product! Thanks for this and for sharing the link on how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker.

    Thanks also to you and Aloha for the giveaway 🙂

  31. My favorite way to eat chocolate is dipped in crunchy almond butter or with some cashew butter and goji berries or mulberries and pink salt! I’ve been dying to try this stuff! As a college student my budget doesn’t allow me to order it though hah! Thank you for the opportunity!

  32. At current I am a vegetarian and my husband is flexitarian but he is merely a couple hairs away from admitting he is vegetarian. I enjoy making several vegan dishes and would love to incorporate more recipes and foods in our diet that is vegan. I know it is better for us. Please send!

  33. I think I’d try to savor every bar and try something different. Eat one for pure pleasure, then the others in recipes. Thanks for the give away!

  34. Going straight to make this ice cream! Have always wanted to try aloha chocolate! Would love to have the bars for this recipe. … Match made.

  35. I always thought eating it plain was the way to go, but this ice cream recipe may have me change my mind!

  36. I’d eat it straight out of the box…with good intentions of saving some for chocolate chia pudding…mmmmm

  37. I enjoy a square after dinner everyday. But only raw, organic and dark chocolate. I love the super greens in it! Great idea!

  38. I would eat it straight out the box and maybe save a little to melt and drizzle over my favorite vanilla ice cream….yum!

  39. This ice-cream looks divine!

    Is the giveaway only open to US residents, or is it open to international readers?

  40. This looks delicious. I would make some chocolate avocado mousse with one of these bars. Can’t wait to try this ice cream recipe!

  41. I would like to enjoy Aloha’s superfood chocolate alongside some raw almonds, walnuts, or macadamia nuts. I love pairing high-quality chocolate with nuts, and Aloha’s superfood chocolate would be the best way to enjoy this combination.

  42. The health benefits make it a great nibble as is, but the level of sweetness is also perfect for melting down or shaving for recipes!

  43. Oh man! I wouldn’t be able to stop eating this while I’m making this ice cream. Six bars would last a weekend at my house!!! Looks amazing!!!

  44. Oh yum!!! While this ice cream looks amazing, I would probably eat the chocolate straight up before I had a chance to make anything with it hahaha. This chocolate looks really great!

  45. I would definitely eat the chocolate straight up!! The ice cream does look delicious though.

  46. I would probably eat it plan, chop it up and put it in granola, or bake some cookies/muffins with it!

  47. I would definitely use these bars to make ice cream! This looks like a delicious and nutritious treat I could share with my friends.

  48. I tend to think the best use for good chocolate is just to eat it plain-preferably in little bits straight out of the freezer 🙂

  49. That ice cream looks amazing, but I have a feeling we’d end up eating all the chocolate straight from the package before we took the time to make it at our house!

  50. Your ice cream looks so smooth and creamy! I can’t handle it:) I have heard good things about Aloha’s protein powders and now I want to try the chocolate. Never did I think peas would be an ingredient in chocolate….but I kinda like that they are! I don’t have an ice cream maker (Yet!) but I made an Ice cream recipe from Dreena Burton in the blender and it turned out awesome. I’ll have to check out the video you lined to, thanks girl!

  51. Oh man I’ve been wanting to try the Aloha chocolates! I’m pretty sure I would devour them straight from the box! And if any last I think some chocolate chip cookies or brownies are in order 😉