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This paleo cookie dough ice cream is a delicious healthy summer dessert recipe, loaded with rich cookie dough chunks and tender chocolate pieces. Considering how delicious this paleo cookie dough ice cream recipe is, it’s surprisingly easy! Bound to become a family fave. Save this recipe for later with Pinterest.

Two cones of paleo cookie dough ice cream

I don’t know who decided to stir tender bites of chocolate chip cookie dough into rich vanilla ice cream, but I’d like to shake their hand. Whoever they are. Wherever they are. I need to meet this person. 

There’s something about that creamy vanilla base with the chewy chunks of cookie dough that make it a safe bet in almost any situation. How can you go wrong? Answer: you just can’t.

I recently shared my recipe for a healthy cookie dough that’s paleo and vegan, making it safe to eat by the spoonful (On the couch. In pajamas) and knew I just had to turn it into a paleo cookie dough ice cream. But there were a couple prerequisites to this recipe:

Cones of paleo cookie dough ice cream
Paleo cookie dough ice cream with a scoop
  1. There had to be tons of cookie dough bites in there. No skimping!
  2. The base should have extra chocolate bites, because… because.
  3. It should be rich and creamy and shouldn’t taste vegan, paleo, or healthy. But it needed to be vegan, paleo, and healthy, of course.

The paleo cookie dough ice cream recipe that came out of this dreamlike state, envisioning myself with a pint of the stuff balanced on my belly, was way beyond what I was expecting. The tender cookie dough bites! The creamy vanilla base! The tender little chocolate pieces swirled in there! Ugh, I just can’t get enough.

The most surprising part of the whole thing is that this vegan cookie dough ice cream recipe is actually quite easy to make. You simply stir together the healthy cookie dough recipe, scoop it out into little teaspoon-sized balls, blend a few things together in your blender, then freeze. Tumble in the little chilled cookie dough balls, and you’re set. Healthy summer dessert perfection.

Hand holding a cone of paleo cookie dough ice cream

You’ll love this paleo cookie dough ice cream recipe, because no one would know it’s dairy-free or refined-sugar-free! The base is oh so creamy and rich, perfectly sweetened, and positively loaded with those highly sought-after cookie dough chunks. You might have to hide it from the kids to get any yourself, though… fair warning.


Stir in regular chocolate chips instead of the chocolate swirl mixture for a chunkier ice cream.

Skip the chocolate swirl altogether if you prefer a super traditional chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.

I’m allergic to nuts. Can I skip the cashews?

You can, but it won’t be as creamy or delicious. If you’re allergic, though, substituting coconut cream (the white part of a can of coconut milk) should work fine!

Scoops of paleo cookie dough ice cream in a bowl

Can I skip the bourbon?

You can, but the ice cream won’t stay as soft and creamy after freezing for a while. It’s a very small amount and really helps deepen the flavor, too!

Where can I find dairy-free chocolate chips?

I can find Enjoy Life chocolate chips at my local Sprouts and Whole Foods. Sometimes even a well-stocked standard grocery store!

Help! My ice cream didn’t reach that “soft serve” texture after freezing in the ice cream maker.

Almost certainly, your ice cream maker bowl was not cold enough. Make sure you freeze it at least 12 hours, preferably 24, in a freezer that’s not overly full. Make sure your ice cream mixture is very cold before churning, too.

Two cones of paleo cookie dough ice cream
Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
4.80 from 5 votes

Paleo Cookie Dough Ice Cream (Vegan, Healthy)

Prep 15 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total 2 hours 45 minutes
This paleo cookie dough ice cream is a delicious healthy summer dessert recipe, loaded with rich cookie dough chunks and tender chocolate pieces. Considering how delicious this paleo cookie dough ice cream recipe is, it’s surprisingly easy! 
5 cups


Ice Cream Base

  • ½ cup raw cashews soaked in water at least 6 hours if you don’t have a high-speed blender
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 1 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk or cream preferably cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons refined coconut oil melted


  • Combine all ice cream ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until completely smooth. Pour into an air-tight container and chill until very cold.
  • Measure out ¾-1 cup of the healthy cookie dough. Scoop out small balls with a teaspoon, roll them lightly, and freeze on a plate or baking sheet.
  • When ice cream mixture is very cold, churn in an ice cream maker, according to manufacturer directions. Meanwhile, combine ⅓ cup chocolate chips and 1 ½ teaspoon coconut oil in a small bowl. Microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring very well in between each burst, until totally melted and smooth.
  • When ice cream mixture has the texture of soft serve, after about 25-30 minutes, slowly drizzle in melted chocolate-coconut oil mixture, to create a chocolate chip swirl. After all chocolate mixture is incorporated, add in the chilled cookie dough bites. When well combined, scrape mixture into a parchment-lined loaf pan or other freezer-safe air-tight container.
  • Freeze for 1-4 hours or until desired consistency.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1cupCalories: 312calProtein: 3gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 5mgPotassium: 160mgTotal Carbs: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gNet Carbs: 32gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 2mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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  1. The taste is great, but in the ice cream base there have formed some oily clumps, which makes the structure kind of weird. Was there supposed to go coconut oil in the base (besides from the swirl)? Or did I just misunderstand?

  2. thank you this recipe looks promising!!!
    when you say chill in the first step do your mean the freezer or the fridge??

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