Cherry Ice-Cream with Rosewater and Dark Chocolate


Those of you who are regulars to my website, will know that I like to keep things as simple as possible.  Partly because I do my own washing and cleaning so a one dish recipe makes my life easier on so many levels, but also because I personally don’t like complicated recipes that require fiddly gadgets and techniques.

I do own an ice-cream machine, and yes they make life really easy (assuming I remember to freeze the bowl) but to be honest, freezing the fruit then processing is just as easy and zero ice-cream machine required. 

Being summer in the UK berries are abundant and all the markets and stores are just bursting with them, and what better use of these beautiful sweet berries than to enjoy them in a healthy dairy-free ice-cream?!

Just a few quick facts about cherries, they are rich in antioxidants, a great anti-inflammatory, and those of you who suffer from gout can not go wrong with a good dose of cherries.  If you battle with sleep, then use sour cherries as they are high in melatonin (a hormone produced naturally as part of our sleep-awake cycle).  They are also a fantastic way to balance insulin, so diabetics this is also a winner for you.


The most time consuming part of this is pitting the cherries, but trust me it is worthwhile.  Once they are pip free, pop them into a container and freeze overnight or longer (I like to keep a stash in the freezer for emergencies)


Once frozen, separate the cherries with a knife


Transfer them to a food processor or blender and add a tin of coconut milk


Once blended and smooth, add the maple syrup, lime juice and rosewater, mix again


Pour into a freezing container, sprinkle with choc chips


Mix them in gently, then return to the freezer for about and hour….dish, serve and ENJOY





Cherry Ice-Cream with Rosewater and Dark Chocolate
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
12 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
12 hr
  1. 800g fresh cherries
  2. 1 tin coconut milk
  3. Juice of 1 lime
  4. 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  5. 1/2 tsp rosewater extract
  6. 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  7. ***Use raw cacao chips for a Vegan or dairy free chocolate option or Raw Halo
  1. Remove the pips from the cherries and freeze overnight.
  2. Break up the frozen cherries, then in a food processor or blender, blitz really well until smooth.
  3. Add the rosewater, maple syrup and lime juice, mix again.
  4. Pour into a freezable container, stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Freezer for an hour or until firm, dish and serve.
  1. If you don't like the taste of rosewater, simply leave it out.....(but you don't know what you are missing!)
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5 thoughts on “Cherry Ice-Cream with Rosewater and Dark Chocolate

    1. Thanks so much Anissa, hand on heart it is incredibly simple to make, and a massive hit with the family. No matter how much I make, it is never enough xx

  1. HI
    Made this this afternoon and it is just fantastic. Did it from start to finish in ten minute…. cheat was buying pre frozen pitted cherries (great as I can make it out of season!).

    Thank you and thank you to Free-From heaven for including it in this months magazine.

  2. I just made this and died over the rose flavor, I’ve never thought to add it to ice cream and am loving it now. Thanks for the recipe!!

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