Chocolate Chia Ice Cream!

August 1, 2014 · 82 comments in Ice Cream

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(Quickly wanna say thanks for all the kind words on my 3rd blogaversary post a couple of weeks ago!)

I thought that this week I’d go for something a lot more fitting weather-wise. ICE CREAM. Well, maybe it’s ice cream but it doesn’t involve cream, eggs or even cornstarch. Technically  it should have one of those names that brands have to use when they make sketchy diet ice cream and call it ‘frozen dessert’. But, uhhh, that’s not an incredibly appetising name.

Let’s stick with ice cream.

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Chia seeds have become somewhat of a trend recently (I say recently but it’s been over a year. It takes a while for these types of trends to reach the UK). I’ve never been a fan of them due to the slimy texture they take on once soaked in liquid. They absorb water and swell to form a gel which thickens whatever liquid they’re in. Still, no matter how much fruit or flaked coconut you throw on that shiz it’ll always look like my worst nightmare.

This year I’ve noticed that people have been exploiting the properties of the seeds to thicken mixtures and create jam, fruit curds and pudding. Some of these types of recipes involved soaking and then blending them to create a smooth and creamy texture. Sounded much more like my cup of tea!

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As ice cream base is pretty much flavoured custard, and custard = pudding, I saw no reason why I couldn’t make a smooth chocolate chia pudding and then churn it in an ice cream maker. And guess what!? It TOTALLY worked. Yeah okay you didn’t have to guess that because there are pictures and a blog post. Even my mum, a chia pudding sceptic like me, said that it was the ‘Best chia has ever tasted!’ .

The even greater news is that those little seeds are super good for you (as you’ve probably heard x100 ) so if you’re missing out on eating them because of the texture thing, you don’t have to any more! As always, chocolate saves the day.

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Recipe inspired by Jessica’s (How Sweet Eats) Whipped Double Chocolate Chip Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Ice Cream!
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 2/3 cup milk (2%, cashew, almond or coconut work well)
2 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
4 pitted medjool dates
optional: chocolate curls, cacao nibs for serving

Stir all the ingredients (except for the dates) together in a medium jug until completely combined. Stir in the dates then chill the mixture overnight (or for at least four hours).

Pour the soaked mixture into a high powered blender and blitz until completely smooth. The mixture should be thick and creamy. Transfer the mixture back to the jug and chill until you're ready to churn it.

Churn the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturers instructions. Transfer the churned mixture to a lidded container and freeze until firm enough to scoop. Serve with chocolate curls (created using a peeler on a bar of chocolate) and cacao nibs if you want!



{ 66 comments… read them below or add one }

Emily @ Cortado Chronicles August 1, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Genius. So trying this when my current stash of coconut milk ice cream in the freezer runs out (probably won’t take too long…)


Nazia @ This Baker Girl Blogs August 1, 2014 at 7:37 pm

I’ve been seeing chia seeds everywhere but this is the first I’ve seen it in icecream. Will definitely have to give this a try!


Tom @ Raise Your Garden August 13, 2014 at 12:14 pm

I agree I’ve never seen chia seeds in ice-cream. Looks wonderful!


Lauren at Keep It Sweet August 1, 2014 at 7:39 pm

I seriously love this idea! Can’t wait to try it, Izzy!


Maryna August 1, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Oh, gushhh! ! Ice cream of my dreams – almost fat free!! The only thing, is that i’m not sure if i can find chia seeds in Ukraine. As soon as i do find , this ice cream would be the first thing to do)


Kezia August 1, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Izy, you are a genius! I love this idea, and what I love even more is that I have all of the ingredients in my kitchen as of right now. Yay!


Todd August 1, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Brilliant!! Just like you and your mom, chia seeds were never my cup of tea. Ice cream (and chocolate) is the perfect vessel.


Sabrina - A spoonful of Photography August 1, 2014 at 8:52 pm

This is awesome! One could never intrigue me with some kind of chia-anything but photos where I can almost feel the chocolate melting in my mouth wouldn’t even leave me doubting for a second. Thanks for the great inspiration and maybe a little chia-love in the future (in form of this icecream of course!) :)


Thea @ Baking Magique August 1, 2014 at 9:29 pm

This is AMAZING!! I have to try this. Have you seen this enywhere else or have you come up with this recipe all by yourself?? :)


cynthia August 1, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Dude. This is just so genius (not to mention GORGEOUS). And um, 100% health food I’m pretty sure.


Our Food Stories August 1, 2014 at 9:59 pm

oh my…this looks so delicious!! would love to have it now :D


Jade Sheldon-Burnsed August 1, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Dang, girl, dang.


Jo~The Nectar cafe August 1, 2014 at 10:30 pm

I’m not a fan of chia pudding either (it reminds me of some nasty tapioca pudding we used to have at school!) but this sounds awwwwesome! I’ll totally be making some of this over the weekend. Thanks love! x


Jodie August 1, 2014 at 10:40 pm

I’m with Kezia – totally genius idea and I have all the ingredients right now!!! I am solo going to try it right away.


Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts August 1, 2014 at 10:55 pm

Wow. So perfect!! (adore your photography too!)


renee (will frolic for food) August 1, 2014 at 11:04 pm

this ice cream = chia pudding gone sexy. i bet this would make some dope pudding pops, too!


Lauren @sweetdashofsavory August 1, 2014 at 11:39 pm

beautiful photos, as always:)


Aysegul - Ice August 2, 2014 at 12:01 am

Oh what a genius idea to use chia seeds and medjool dates. Great healthy ice cream..


Billy August 2, 2014 at 12:47 am
Georgia August 2, 2014 at 1:37 am

Pinterest worthy photography and a very clever recipe!
I will definitely be trying it as soon as the sub arctic weather in Australia subsides :)


Millie l Add A Little August 2, 2014 at 1:45 am

Yum! This looks amazing – SO SMOOTH!!! I bet adding some chopped nuts would taste amazing!! Or peanut butter mmm


Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files August 2, 2014 at 1:52 am

I am one of the ones that is obsessed with chia seeds but totally genius to throw them into ice cream. I am all over this! Pinned.


Alessandra // the foodie teen August 2, 2014 at 6:44 am

I keep seeing chia ice cream recipes floating around – I think it’s a sign! This looks absolutely delicious!


Alexandra August 2, 2014 at 9:02 am

Amazing! The consistency looks divine. Pure genius xxx


Sophia August 2, 2014 at 9:13 am

It took me a while to use chia seeds for anything other than vegan baking and to throw some extra nutrients into my mixer when making smoothies. Like you I initially found chia pudding so unappetising but must admit it has grown on me this summer – soaked in a little almond milk and a pinch of salt over night, topped with lots of berries and a drizzle of maple syrup it is actually quite nice (in a bircher muesli kind of way I guess).

As for this chocolate ice cream? What an amazing idea. So many dairy free or vegan recipes rely on coconut cream and as much as I like this in curries and some desserts I definitely don’t like it everywhere. I will totally have to give this a try!


Lauren August 2, 2014 at 1:15 pm

woah oh wow this sounds amazing and looks just like the real deal – I need to make this pronto
Lauren x
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Christine@ Apple of My Eye August 2, 2014 at 6:06 pm

I’ve always been a little on the iffy side of chia seeds since I just can’t get over the slimy texture and how they get stuck in your teeth. I think it’s so awesome that you’ve discovered that they taste great in ice cream! What a fun way to use them and your photos are drop-dead gorgeous :)


Medha @ Whisk & Shout August 2, 2014 at 6:32 pm

This looks awesome! I have a friend who is obsessed with chia seeds and she made this weird chocolate chia thing and it was really gross and it kind of turned me off of chia seeds for a while but this looks like dessert recipe to get back into the chocolate/chia combination. So pretty!


Anne August 2, 2014 at 6:48 pm

This looks amazing!!! I would love to make it… Except I don’t have an ice cream machine. :/ Any ideas?


Boozy Epicure August 2, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Awesome idea. I’ve been using chia seeds in smoothies – ice cream sounds even better! Lovely photos too!


Jessica@TheMindlessMusings August 3, 2014 at 12:11 am

I was just thinking about chia seeds and now I know a use for it other than the basic “chia seed pudding” way. I can’t wait to try this!


PassTheKnife August 3, 2014 at 3:59 am

Brilliant!! This is the best chia recipe I’ve seen by far too! I can’t wait to try this!


Liren August 4, 2014 at 2:30 am

So smart! Chocolatey and creamy, without the guilt! What a brilliant use of chia seeds!


Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough August 4, 2014 at 2:32 am

So many holla hands emojis for this ice cream!!!


Jess @ Sweet Menu August 4, 2014 at 7:32 am

Oh yummy! Loving this! And your photography is as amazing as always!


Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today August 4, 2014 at 10:16 am

I can’t stop staring on your beautiful props. And of course ice creams. It’s so hot, that it would be a nice relieve.


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 4, 2014 at 1:03 pm

This ice cream is gorgeous!! And such a neat flavour. Yum!


Jessica Komoroski August 4, 2014 at 1:34 pm

OH MAN – I am obsessed with this idea! What a great way to make ice cream a little less “guilty” :-)


Katie @ Produce on Parade August 4, 2014 at 5:38 pm

This is totally creative, unique, and very, very cool! Chia in ice cream? Who knew!? :)


Thalia @ butter and brioche August 5, 2014 at 8:35 pm

craving a scoop.. (make that a bowlful) right now. you can never go wrong with a good chocolate ice cream! love that you used chia too…


Erika August 5, 2014 at 9:17 pm

So….Izy. This is by far the most brilliant ice cream I’ve seen this summer–make that EVER. I can’t believe how incredible it looks!!! As soon as I get back to Houston, I AM TRYING THIS. Love love love your photos as always!!! YOU ARE AMAZING.


thefolia August 6, 2014 at 12:01 am

Are you kidding me this looks AMAZING. Can’t wait to try now! I do not like the texture of chia so this one wins in my book. I also made a cauliflower/apple/chia based pizza crust today. Happy Nesting.


Lexie August 6, 2014 at 8:06 pm

This looks amazing, can’t wait to give it a whirl! xx


Abby @ The Frosted Vegan August 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm

I can’t wait to stick my face in this. <3


molly yeh August 8, 2014 at 4:32 pm

PERRRRRRFECT. i have been wondering what to do with these chia seeds that are sitting all lonely in my pantry.


Julia Olsen August 9, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Wauw, just love chocolate. This ice cream recipe sonuds great! Good job! :-)


Karyn August 9, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Where do the dates come in? They’re not in the directions at all…


Izy August 12, 2014 at 11:10 am

There’s a line in there about adding the dates after stirring together the other ingredients, I promise!


ukhils August 12, 2014 at 11:32 am

1st paragraph!


Michael Shawn Majeed August 11, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Wow, this looks yummy.My mom’s birthday is coming up, I have to make her try this hahah! Thanks for the great recipe!


Emily of Sugar Plum August 12, 2014 at 3:33 am

This ice cream looks sooo smooth and creamy and chocolatey. I need some in my life.


Izzy August 12, 2014 at 11:05 am

This looks delicious, I love your photography!


Shikha @ Shikha la mode August 14, 2014 at 12:02 am

This recipe is blowing my mind – who knew?! Do you have a Vitamix for all your blending needs?


autumn August 15, 2014 at 12:38 am

I love the idea of using chia seeds as the thickener in ice cream! That never would have occurred to me. I feel like the blending in freezing probably helps the chia seed texture situation too. Major dessert smarts!


Abbie @ Needs Salt August 15, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Holy. My jaw literally dropped when I saw this ice cream. It looks so incredible. Your photos are incredible. Your dishes are gorgeous. Everything about this is like perfection. I can’t wait to try it!
And I love that no cashew butter or canned coconut milk is involved. Revolutionary!
Pinning for later. (;


Jess @ The European Food Philosophy August 17, 2014 at 7:36 am

That ice cream looks so yummy I’m drooling! Fabulous job!


Ashlae August 17, 2014 at 2:35 pm

I’m not a fan of the texture of chia seeds in general, but I actually prefer the whole seeds in my pudding instead of the ones that are blitzed (whaaaa?). BUT! I need to try this ice cream because mixing my favorite indulgent ingredient (chocolate) with my favorite healthy ingredient (chia) is a match made in dessert heaven. <3 Fist bumps to ya, woman.


Anja August 17, 2014 at 4:47 pm

I made it and it was TO DIE FOR! It was my first homemade ice cream, my first time working with chia seeds and it worked perfect, I am so happy!
I used like twice the amount of regular, smaller dates (because expensive ;) ), regular 60% chocolate and no maple syrup because the kind of hazelnut milk I had on hand is lightly sweetened with rice syrup.
I found it hardens quite a bit when you store it in the freezer, but I ate most of it directly out of the ice cream maker so that didn’t matter much.
Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

I have another question concerning your book: I’d really like to buy it, I just wondered which kind of measurings you included? Cups, oz, grams? I’m german and I’d love to see grams.. :D
Congrats by the way! We are the same age and I adore you so much! *fangirling*

Anja :)


Kate @ ¡Hola! Jalapeño August 17, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Wow, this looks super good! Just picked up a bag of chia seeds for the first time yesterday-now I know what I’m making! Thanks for the inspiration and beautiful photography!


Kartik @ Bakeology 101 August 18, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Would this also work with ground flax seed? I remember that flax seed is commonly used in baking too.


Tamara August 20, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Can I just say thank you? This looks so amazing! Chocolate and chai and ice cream.(kind of just sounds like the title) I just stumbled on this and I am so excited that I did! Thank you for sharing this!!


Vickie August 21, 2014 at 12:47 pm

sounds amazing :)

Reply August 24, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Great idea. Thanks for the tips.


Becky September 5, 2014 at 12:57 am

Hey, I just tried your recipe and pretty liked it! Check out if you like: (There’s a translation button on the right side.)
All the best, Becky


Gregg September 7, 2014 at 5:14 am

What a great idea with the chia seeds. Chia seeds are so versatile and you pictures make it look so delicious. But of course with chocolate, maple syrup and vanilla it has to be. I will try this – thanks!


Moa September 9, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Oh my god, I am easily going to do this soon! I actually happen to lika chiaseeds, but I have never tried to mix the pudding. It sound delicious!


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