Espresso Chocolate Chip Ice Cream {Dairy Free}

PaleoGluten Free

My wildest dessert dreams can true with this Espresso Chocolate Chip Ice Cream; its dairy free, sugar free and absolutely amazing! Win! | www.joyfulhealthyeats.com #paleo

A creamy slightly sweet Homemade Espresso Chocolate Chip Ice Cream made with coconut milk and honey, three words – pass a spoon!

When Mike and I first got married we went through some “stuff” like most people do their first year of marriage. Except unfortunately, most of the “stuff” we were going through was MY “stuff.” *sigh*

I was petrified that Mike was going to one day decide that I was not good enough for him, he was going to find some other girl, and leave me. Every time he would talk to a girl, speak of a girl, or even look at a girl I thought it was because he was looking at the other “options” out there. No matter what he said to me, how many times he told me he loved me or reasoned with me logically it would not sink into my head that he was not going to leave. That when he said “I do” to me on our wedding day he meant it, there was no other option. I am the only option.

My wildest dessert dreams can true with this Espresso Chocolate Chip Ice Cream; its dairy free, sugar free and absolutely amazing! Win! | www.joyfulhealthyeats.com #paleo

I was consumed with FEAR of abandonment. Even as I write this and think back to those days it hurts. It was like something or someone had a grasp on my heart in this area and was not willing to let me go. It was planning to take me and my marriage down with it.

I reached an all time low when we went to the opera one night with some of Mikes work friends. At intermission we went out to get some drinks, and while we were standing in line talking to some friends I was absolutely convinced that Mike was checking a girl in line. It was breaking my heart and there I stood in line, so visibly upset that I was crying. So, we had to leave the opera early. Mike was beyond frustrated. He had never ever done anything that would make me not trust him or imply that he was looking elsewhere. We got in this huge fight on the way home from the opera. And as I was changing in our closet I literally fell down on my knees sobbing.

My wildest dessert dreams can true with this Espresso Chocolate Chip Ice Cream; its dairy free, sugar free and absolutely amazing! Win! | www.joyfulhealthyeats.com #paleo

I could not take living a life consumed with fear. Thinking that around every corner is heart ache, living in “protect mode.” It was exhausting. I just sat on the floor crying in a ball and praying, asking, begging, pleading for God to take this fear away from me. That I would see the plans He has for me, not the horrible life I was convinced I was going to have.  Well, he answered that prayer. He took away the fear. Not immediately, but He gave me the strength to fight those untrue thoughts and I am able to live in freedom from that!

But, just like an alcoholic needs to be vigilant in being sober, so I have to be on guard against those lies that start to creep into my head.

Just yesterday some of those thoughts came into my head and started to bring me back to a place I didn’t want to go. I woke up that morning literally feeling the same heavy weight on my chest that I had so many years ago, knowing that those lies are knocking on my hearts door asking to be let back in again. I refuse!

My wildest dessert dreams can true with this Espresso Chocolate Chip Ice Cream; its dairy free, sugar free and absolutely amazing! Win! | www.joyfulhealthyeats.com #paleo

Immediately, I grabbed my devotional, my Bible, and worship music. I turned on the music and these are the words that came on.

In every season, in every change you are there
In every sorrow, you are my strength you are near
A peace in the storm, your voice I will follow
In weakness I rise, remembering you hold my world

I’m holding on to hope, holding on to grace, fulling letting go
I surrender to your ways
The anchor for my soul, Father you will never change
I love you I love you

And I will remember your promise forever
My strength, my defender, I can count on you
You are my savior, my hope and my shelter
Your love is forever, I can count on you

Immediately all the tension that was in my chest and heart subsided, that fear that was whispering in my ear was silenced and there was peace.

My wildest dessert dreams can true with this Espresso Chocolate Chip Ice Cream; its dairy free, sugar free and absolutely amazing! Win! | www.joyfulhealthyeats.com #paleo

I write all this, not to have you feel sorry for me. I would not change this struggle for the world, it has made me who I am today. But I write to pour my heart out to you, in hopes that it encourages yours. Living in fear or worry is never a good place to be, it holds you in shackles and binds you to those things you fear. There is no life in that, only pain and heartache. Arise and fight back, and if you need a sister to help you! I am right here, just send me a note!

Ok, so now. How in the HECK do I transition from me crying on the keyboards to this amazingly delicious and dairy free Espresso Chocolate Chip Ice Cream made with Coconut Milk? Any ideas?

How about this… we just eat our feelings? Yes? No?

My wildest dessert dreams can true with this Espresso Chocolate Chip Ice Cream; its dairy free, sugar free and absolutely amazing! Win! | www.joyfulhealthyeats.com #paleo

At least this kind of ice cream you don’t have to feel guilty about! No sugar and no dairy. Yes, you heard me right and it seriously is amazing. Its like soft serve ice cream except way better and healthier for you!

Cuz thats how I roll!

The creaminess from the coconut milk mixed with raw honey for a sweetener and the fresh espresso is therapy in an of itself, add in the dark chocolate chunks and wowza! This ice cream will be gone in seconds, I promise!

P.S this is totally Paleo friendly and gluten free… What?!?

My wildest dessert dreams can true with this Espresso Chocolate Chip Ice Cream; its dairy free, sugar free and absolutely amazing! Win! | www.joyfulhealthyeats.com #paleo

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Espresso Chocolate Chip Ice Cream {Dairy Free}

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 30 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 cups
  • Category: Dessert, Paleo, Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 2 14.5 cans of coconut milk {just use the milk, not the water}
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 8 tablespoons of espresso
  • 3/4 cup of dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add coconut milk, honey, vanilla extract, and espresso. Heat through until honey is combined, approximately 3-4 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  3. Place espresso ice cream base with chocolate chip into ice cream machine, prepare according to manufacturer instructions.
  4. Store in the freezer in an airtight container.

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38 Responses
  1. Krista, I’m so sorry that you had to go through that. I went through a similar thing when my husband and I first started dating, I never thought I was good enough for him and I had a lot of self confidence issues. This ice cream looks fantastic and I love that is dairy free. A big bowl of ice cream always seems to make things better!

    1. Thanks Alyssa, but to me its part of what makes us who we are. 🙂 You my dear are incredible, and I know that bc I’ve met you! You and your husband are so cute together!

      So glad you enjoyed the ice cream recipe friend!

  2. First off, beautifully written and I am proud of you for pouring your heart out! From that afternoon in the hotel room as we talked about our struggles, you have helped me to see the light. That my past does not define me and I have no reason to be scared any longer. I am actually in the process of writing up my own story! So thank you for encouraging me 🙂

    1. Ohhhh… you totally made my day Meg! I love sharing recipes with people, but I am so much more passionate helping people see themselves the way God sees them. Beautiful! 🙂 So excited to read your story sweet friend!

  3. Oh Krista – I know that feeling all too well. Some warranted – some not. It’s not a good feeling & your mind takes you to places you don’t want to be & it can tear you apart from the inside out. Huge virtual hugs & I we can definitely eat our feelings with this tasty treat! Because – that’s how I deal with things way too often. It’s either gorge myself or starve – no in-between. Wish I could be there with you –

    1. Ohhh… virtual hugs back girl! I can so relate sweet friend, I know how hard it is so I will definitely be praying for you! But in the mean time yes, so dig into this ice cream! 🙂

  4. I’m so glad you found a way out Krista! That’s exhausting. I think every married woman has issues with this sometimes, it’s just something you have to be wary of with the divorce rate the way it is. I’m so glad you’ve found a way to cope! Jesus is the best. <–that sounds weird but I'm goin with it.

    1. haha… I’m going with it too girl! 🙂 It’s corny but so true, only thing that gives you peace in the storm! And your right, I really do think that alot of women deal with it, which it part of the reason I wanted to share ya know…. to let them know they are not alone and there is a way out (thats not divorce). Love you sweet friend, thanks for the words of life!

  5. This ice cream looks amazing Krista, I love that there’s espresso in it! And chocolate. Yum! Also, that was a beautifully written post, and awesome to hear how God has helped you through the struggles. I love reading those stories. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Gosh Krista, I just teared up reading this incredibly personal post. First thank you for opening up and showing us your vulnerability. That took strength and courage. We all battle our own demons every day don’t we. But I guess that’s just it, “demons” taking over our thoughts and actions. I always have to remember to trust in God because he is loving and truly wants us to be happy. How calming and reassuring to hear those words at the time you needed them most. AND the ice cream is the bomb!

    1. Your welcome girl! I truly think that if we share our stories more than healing will start to take place… ya know. Its when those things are kept secret is when they start to fester and turn into bigger things. 🙂

      You are so right God is loving and only wants God for us and loves us like crazy. 🙂

  7. Alice

    I wanted to get a recipe for ice cream and had my heart ministered to instead! I share the same story of freedom in a Jesus. Married 28 years, i never dreamed such peace existed! Thank you for sharing!!

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