Espresso Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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Prep Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 30 mins

This dairy-free Espresso Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is a cool and creamy treat that will cool you down on a hot day. It’s full of espresso flavor and chocolate chips!

A Container of Homemade Espresso Ice Cream with a Metal Scooper Inside

Espresso Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

A creamy slightly sweet homemade espresso ice cream made with chocolate chips, 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.

Espresso Beans Pouring Out of the Package

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.

Espresso Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips in a Teal Bowl

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!

A Metal Scoop Scooping Up a Serving of Espresso Ice Cream

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.

A Bowl of Espresso Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Next to Some Espresso Beans

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?

A Bird's Eye View of a Bowl of Espresso Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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?!?

Espresso Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips in a Teal Bowl

Espresso Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • yield Yield: 4 1x
  • category Category: Dessert
  • method Method: Freezer
  • cuisine Cuisine: American


This dairy-free Espresso Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is a cool and creamy treat that will cool you down on a hot day. It’s full of espresso flavor and chocolate chips!



  • 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


  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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34 Responses
  1. 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!!

  2. tanya

    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. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      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. 🙂

  3. Laura @Petite Allergy Treats

    Not gonna lie, I came for the ice cream-which is just amazing and allergy friendly! but…

    Krista, you are such an amazing person who really seems like you have it all. (And you do

  4. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    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!

  5. Karen @ The Food Charlatan

    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. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      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!

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