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Before you start this conversation about ice cream, have you seen the show "Casual?" It's a Hulu original made by the same people who created "Juno." Main characters: perma-bachelor, a recently divorced psychologist + her 16-year-old daughter. FABULOUS. The plot: just getting through this life. My interest: Super smart and witty dialogue and socially awkward interactions.
Love it, watch it, make it your addiction.
… Along with this paleo and mint ice cream with chocolate chips.
Fridaaaay! Dessert day (+ wine / beer / drink)!
Do you do what I do and try to consume alcohol and no dessert (less dark chocolate daily, of course, and the occasional occasion to drink wine) during the week and then enjoy the whole weekend? There may not be a rhyme or reason to take such a sweet approach, but it's my theory and I'm sticking to it. In any case, I try to manage my desserts in the same way that I manage my real food: in a healthy way, without dairy, gluten or cane sugar.
When I was growing up, my three brothers and I often shook our heads when it came to food preferences. Can you imagine being my parents? Preparing cohesive meals for four fiery, stubborn ruffians like mules without hearing complaints? Such a situation never existed. Fortunately, we were all easy to please in the dessert department, and we all agreed on a mutual love for chocolate chip mint ice cream. So we had it in stock. Forever.
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Mint ice cream with chocolate chips. So diplomatic
From my point of view, the mint chocolate variety is a delight for all tastes. Fresh, sweet, creamy, refreshing, splashed with chocolate … it really hits the spot on a hot summer day. Should we go ahead and do it dairy-free, cane sugar-free, and egg-free (read: paleo and vegan)? Sure, my babies!
There's a secret gem hidden inside this paleo ice cream and chocolate chips. Spoiler alert: it's a avocado.
You're no stranger to avocado-based dessert. We made vegan vegan lime pies without baking and vegan lime ice cream last summer, and earlier this year, we cut with healthy 4-ingredient chocolate mousse … everything in it – zat’s right – zee avocado. Why avocado? The fat helps bind together and create a creamy texture without the need for actual cream / dairy, and the flavor of the avocado is so subtle it's easy to mask with the flavor you're looking for. In this case: the mint flavor.
Making this ice cream (or should I say, good cream?) Is the easiest thing you've done in weeks. Just mix all the ingredients (except the chocolate chips) in a blender, mix until completely smooth, and pour into your ice cream machine. Once the ice cream starts to thicken, you can pour your chocolate chips (this ensures the mix is fine and doesn't sink to the bottom of the ice cream machine). Once the ice cream has finished whipping, you can serve it directly from the manufacturer for a smooth consistency or freeze for a few hours if you want to get a real ice cream consistency.
If you don't have an ice cream maker, you can skip it and pour the ice cream base into a freezer-safe container. Freeze 5 to 8 hours (until solid), then defrost 5 to 8 minutes before taking out and serving. If you can stir the ice cream every 1 to 2 hours, that will help the ice cream freeze evenly and turn creamy.
To add matcha powder or not to add matcha powder? For some additional antioxidants and a pinch of green tea flavor, you can 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of matcha powder. If this is going to be your first choice with matcha powder, I suggest keeping it at the end of the light to see how you like it, then make it stronger. Just add it to the blender with the rest of the ingredients if you decide to do it!
Tools I used to prepare this recipe:
- Blendtec blender
- Cuisinart refrigerator
- Ice cream tube O Sliced bread or (to store ice cream)
Psst! If you're not on a dairy-free, sugar-free diet and are looking for a real mint chocolate chip ice cream, check out my homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe at ehow.com
Paleo Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Preparation time: 15 minutes.
Total time: 15 minutes
1 (14 oz.) Can whole coconut milk
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup * or more to taste
1 small ripe avocado, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-¼ teaspoons pure mint extract
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 to 3 teaspoons matcha powder Optional
1 cup mini chocolate chips **
Place your ice cream maker bowl in the freezer overnight (or follow your ice cream machine's specific instructions before preparing the ice cream base).
Add all the ingredients except for the chocolate chips to a blender. Mix until completely smooth (Note: if you add matcha powder, you will need to mix longer for the powder to incorporate.) Taste the flavor of the mix and add additional pure maple syrup if desired.
Set up your ice cream machine and pour the ice cream base into the bowl. Turn on your ice cream machine and let it stir until it is very thick, about 30 minutes. With the ice cream machine on, add the chocolate chips and continue beating until the ice cream machine starts to bog down, about 10 more minutes.
Serve the ice cream immediately for a smooth consistency, or transfer it to a freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 2 hours. Thaw 5-10 minutes before taking out and serving.
Instructions for No Ice Cream Maker:
Prepare the ice cream base by mixing all the ingredients (except the chocolate chips). Pour the ice cream base into a freezer-safe container. Freeze for 3 hours, stirring every hour if possible. Add the chocolate chips and then freeze another 3 to 4 hours, until solid. When ready to serve, thaw ice cream 5 to 8 minutes before removing.
* You can replace maple syrup with honey ** To keep this vegan recipe be sure to use vegan chocolate chips
Healthy dairy-free ice cream recipes:
- Paleo Coffee Ice Cream
- Vegan lime ice cream
- Sweet Milk Ice Cream (Paleo)
- Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream with Coconut Milk
- Rum Raisins Coconut milk ice cream (Vegan)
- Dairy Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream