Chocolate & Basil Nice Cream

Chocolate and Basil Ice Cream (Raw, Dairy-Free, Fruit-Sweetened)

Sometime last year I was talking to my blogging pal Brandi from The Vegan 8 on instagram about my love of basil in everything and our shared love of salted chocolate, and she suggested basil and chocolate as a combo to try. I thought it was intriguing. I was already a big fan of chocolate and sage, and basil with all kinds of fruit (especially in ice cream), but chocolate and basil was a new one for me. She mentioned she made some brownies with that combo once... Very interesting it all sounded!

So I turned to my natural flavor testing playground -- nice cream -- and made a chocolate and basil breakfast ice cream. And loved it. So simple, unique, and refreshing. The basil flavor in this is quite subtle, but adds a beautiful depth of flavor. So bringing this out of the archives because it's summer again and my basil plants this year are so abundant I can't help but include this lovely herb in everything again...

P.S. If you like basil in sweets, you might like this blueberry basil nice cream or this balsamic strawberry basil ice cream oldie as well...?

Chocolate and Basil Ice Cream (Raw, Dairy-Free, Fruit-Sweetened)

Chocolate & Basil Nice Cream

  • Author: Audrey @ Unconventional Baker
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving
  • Category: Ice Cream
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Dessert


A simple chocolate vegan nice cream with an unusual flavor twist -- basil! Have fun experimenting with a new flavor combo that's refreshing, and instant!


  • 3 frozen bananas
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • a BIG dash of salt (I like my chocolate salted!)
  • a handful of fresh basil leaves
  • optional: a bit of maple if you want it sweeter (I didn't use any)


  1. Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender into an ice cream consistency (use your tamper if using a Vitamix to help you along). Enjoy straight away!
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