Chocolate Candy Cane Ice Cream Sundae {gluten-free, dairy-free}

Chocolate Candy Cane Ice Cream Sundae - a special #glutenfree and #dairyfree treat!

Can you even handle that Christmas is less than a week away? I just finished all of my shopping today and now I can just sit back and relax. Bake cookies, drink eggnog, and wrap presents.

Are you ready?

Funny enough, I actually did almost all of my Christmas shopping online this year – rather stress free I’d say. And almost exclusively from Amazon. Amazon is my new obsession, well not that new really, because you can seriously get anything you want on there, and it all ships to you in two days.

Let’s take my little pup for example. This is her first Christmas, and let’s be honest since dogs are essentially our children, I had to get her presents to open. She needed a new collar (cute, huh?). And since she’s a chewer, I had to get her some new toys!

Anyway, I’d share the other gifts I got, but I hope my family actually reads this site, so I’m not going to risk it :)

Instead, I think I’ll just drown myself (and you) in chocolate and sugary goodies. Forgive me?

Chocolate Candy Cane Ice Cream Sundae - a special #glutenfree and #dairyfree treat!

I haven’t made ice cream since the summer, but when I made these brownie bites the other day, all I wanted was to crumble them up into little pieces and smother them in hot chocolate syrup. Obviously there needed to be an ice cream underneath.

Ice cream sundaes are simply the best, aren’t they? I mean ice cream is amazing, but then you can add whatever toppings you want and turn it into an incredible, mountain of a dessert. And I love how each bite can taste totally different.

The point of this ice cream sundae was to give you something to celebrate the holiday season with. I know that it’s winter and cold out and you might be mad at me for making ice cream, but just close your eyes (well actually read this first, and then close your eyes) and imagine this: a brownie on the bottom, topped with a layer of warm chocolate sauce, two scoops of candy cane ice cream, another layer of chocolate sauce, crumbled bits of more brownie and then crushed candy canes on top.

Now…are you closing your eyes? Can’t you taste it? Mmm…and I just finished eating one – I still have a smile on my face. Ice cream in the winter is definitely okay in my book.

Plus, here’s a step-by-step tutorial for you that shows each and every layer of this magical dessert. Enjoy it :) And pretty please tell me how it was in the comments below!


Chocolate Candy Cane Ice Cream Sundae - a special #glutenfree and #dairyfree treat!

Chocolate Candy Cane Ice Cream Sundae

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes


    for the ice cream:

  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 2 candy canes, crushed
  • for one sundae:

  • 2 scoops candy cane ice cream
  • 1/4 hocolate chips, melted
  • 2 brownie bites (made from 1 batch fudgy quinoa brownies, baked in a mini muffin tin)
  • Crushed candy canes


  1. Start with the ice cream base: blend all ingredients (minus candy canes) in a blender. Chill in fridge for at least two hours.
  2. Prepare ice cream according to your manufacturers instructions, adding candy canes when specified. Transfer to a glass container and move to freezer until completely frozen.
  3. While the ice cream is freezing, prepare your brownies according to instructions. If you choose to bake them in a mini muffin tin, you will like have to adjust the baking time slightly (try 12 minutes to start).
  4. Let brownies cool completely before assembling sundae.
  5. In layers, start with brownie, then chocolate sauce, followed by ice cream, another layer of chocolate sauce, the second brownie crumbled, topped with crushed candy canes.

  • Brandy Oswald

    Ahhh, this looks so good! I’m wishing I had some right now…and it’s 8:45 AM haha. I need my candida issues to go away so I can start indulging in delicious treats like this. Also, LOVE the tutorial!

  • Nube

    Hello Miss Queen of Quinoa,

    I love this recipe, however I don’t understand the first sentence of step 2.
    What do you mean about the manufacturers instructions?
    Do you use a special ice cream maker?
    I also have a question, I cannot seem to find xanthan gum here in Switzerland. Is there a substitute for this?

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Hi there! So basically, all ice cream makers have different instructions. I have the attachment for my KitchenAid mixer while others have standalone machines. They all will churn the ice cream differently and tell you when to add your mix-ins. That’s all it means :) And a substitute for xanthan would be guar gum, and if you can’t get that, I would suggest trying just a tiny splash of alcohol. It helps prevent the crystals from forming. Enjoy!

      • Nube

        Thank you so much!

        Have a Happy New 2014!!!

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  • afracooking

    This looks fabulous! Stunning!

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