Delicious Chocolate Gelato Recipe No Ice-cream Machine 6 Steps

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Chocolate Gelato Recipe

Chocolate Gelato Lab Recipe is easy to make together with kids in the kitchen. It’s eggs-free. And, it works without ice-cream machine, just a blender! We tested the recipe with kids and it taste delicious!

PREP TIME: 10 min.

COOK TIME: 25 min.

COURSE: Frozen Dessert

CUISINE: Australia, Gelato, Egg-free, Ann Readon Fusion Cuisine


AUTHOR: Adapted from Ann Readon @HOWTOCOOKTHAT recipe

KEY WORDS: no ice-cream machine, eggs-free, learning the science of chocolate!


  • 600 millilitres (2 1/3 cup plus 1 Tbsp and 1 tsp) whole milk
  • 150 millilitres (1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp) heavy whipping cream
  • 180g (1/2 cup) superfine sugar
  • 50g (1/3 cup plus 1 Tbsp and 1 tsp) skim milk powder
  • 60g (1/2 cup) cocoa powder
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 1 tsp orange extract 
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum 
  • optional: fresh orange zest & black tapioca pearls for decor


  • Blender
  • Microwave (or melt on a bowl over a pan of boiling water)
  • Ice cream mold


  • If using ice-cream machine, no need to add xanthan gum
  • Dark chocolate with orange, sea salt, or other flavors will work for this recipe


  1. Mix dry milk, cocoa powder, & fine sugar together into a bowl. 
  2. Melt the chocolate & cream using a microwave (30 sec stir, 20 sec stir, 10 sec stir, repeat 10 sec stir until melted)
  3. Add milk, orange extract, and the chocolate mixture into a blender and mix for a few minutes.  NO ICE-CREAM MACHINE add the xanthum gum to the blender and skip the 4th step. The mixture will thicken slightly
  4. Cool the blended mixture completely and then add to the ice-cream machine. 
  5. Transfer the gelato to a container, press plastic wrap onto the surface of the gelato. Place in the freezer for 4 hours.
  6. Decorate with fresh orange zest and cooked black tapioca pearls (bubble tea black bubbles). 
  7. Enjoy!

Go to the Chocolate Science Lab to learn the chocolate science !

Written by Anna A. Block

Anna A Block is an educator, entrepreneur, and a mother of three little girls ages 7 and under. She believes in a beauty and power of ordinary, daily mundane. It is where the magic happens and memories created for a lifetime. And, it takes only 20 minutes of "pure" time to tell a story, play, read, talk, make or learn something together. Anna is fluent in English, Ukrainian, Russian, and is learning Hebrew. To know more about Anna, visit her website: AnnaABlock.com or read about her on About Us page.


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