Mint Chip Ice Cream (Dairy-Free, Keto, Vegan, Paleo)

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Creamy (not icy) Homemade Mint Chip ice cream! Tastes like the real deal, but there’s NO dairy and NO sugar! (Keto/Low-Carb, Vegan, Paleo)Mint Chip Ice Cream (Dairy-Free, Keto, Vegan, Paleo) PrettyPies

Mint Chip ICE CREAM! That’s made with healthy ingredients?! Is this even reality? I am on cloud 9 right now because this ice cream tastes REAL, but it’s dairy-free and sugar-free!!

I’m gonna be churning out ice cream ALL. Summer. Long. It’s already surpassed 100 degrees last week. (WHY Texas?? I love you, but you’re too hot.)

Homemade ice cream is my new BFF to get me through this unbearable heat. She’s super cool (literally). And she doesn’t hurt me (and my crazy stomach). She makes me HAPPY. We get along juuuuust fine. ;)Mint Chip Ice Cream (Dairy-Free, Keto, Vegan, Paleo) PrettyPies

Can I tell you a secret?

Promise you won’t get mad. You know I had to do this. I had to add vegetables to this ice cream to make it naturally GREEN. I’m not a fan of artificial coloring (cuz that nasty stuff is not good for you), but I AM a fan of FOOD as food coloring πŸ˜€

So what’s the secret veggie? SPINACH. Fresh tender baby spinach. Just one little handful is all you need to give this mint ice cream it’s rightful color. It just tastes better when it’s the right color, don’t you think? ha. 

But not only does it make it prettier, it adds a boost of health benefits, which is always a plus! I can barely get my kids to eat spinach any other way, so I’ve gotta HIDE it in stuff. And ice cream is one thing they will definitely eat.

DO NOT WORRY. YOU CAN’T TASTE ANY SPINACH FLAVOR. Promise. Just delicious pretty ice cream!

Ok one word of caution, if you add TOO MUCH spinach to try and make it super green or even more healthy, it’s going to make it have a slightly *Icy* consistency (since veggies have lots of water hiding in there). Just an FYI. Chocolate Shavings - PrettyPies.com

I don’t want ROCKS in my ice cream, do you??

Rocks! That’s what happens when you add in chocolate CHIPS to ice cream. They get unbearably hard and feel like little rocks in your dessert. You can’t even TASTE the flavor because they’re too frozen.

What’s the solution? Chocolate SHAVINGS. If you’re not familiar with them, it’s SO simple to make them:

  1. Grab a bar of your favorite chocolate and a sharp knife.
  2. Graze down the side of the bar with the edge of the knife, just like you’re shaving your legs (but down instead of up.) That’s IT.

The result is delightfully delicate pieces that DO NOT get crunchy and hard in the freezer. They add just the right amount of texture plus all the delicious chocolate flavor that pairs so well with mint!

ps. be sure to use *mint* extract, not peppermint. There is a difference πŸ™‚ Oh and if you love mint chocolate, you’ll love this Mint Chocolate Fudge.Mint Chip Ice Cream (Dairy-Free, Keto, Vegan, Paleo) PrettyPies

REAL-DEAL Dairy Free Creaminess

Want perfect soft and creamy ice cream that’s just like the real deal? Be sure to check out my RULES, TIPS, & SECRETS for making homemade dairy-free ice cream 

In that post you’ll find lots of info compiled to help you achieve the IDEAL consistency, and AVOID having your ice cream stick like crazy to your ice cream maker and/or turn into a block of ICE in the freezer.

>> What flavor ice cream should I make next? Let me know in the comments. I’ve got quite a list going. Hopefully I can get through all of them by the end of summer πŸ™‚

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If you make this recipe, be sure to tag me on Instagram @emily.likes.food #prettypies I LOVE to see what you make! πŸ™‚

Mint Chip Ice Cream (Dairy-Free, Keto, Vegan, Paleo)

Creamy mint chocolate bliss just like the REAL DEAL. You won't miss the dairy and sugar.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 242kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 13.7 oz can coconut milk full fat *not lite*
  • Heaping 1/3 cup natural almond butter + pinch of salt, if unsalted
  • Small handful spinach optional
  • 2 Tbs vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp mint extract
  • 1/8 tsp pure stevia powder
  • 1 oz dark chocolate shaved (sugar-free or 85% dark)

Instructions

  • {Remember to place ice cream bowl in freezer for 24 hours or until completely solid.}
  • Blend all ingredients (except chocolate!) very smooth in a small blender. Taste and adjust if needed (more stevia, mint or salt)
  • Chill mixture. Place blender container of ice cream mixture in the freezer for about 1 hour prior to churning so it gets very *very* cold, but not frozen.
  • Pour mixture into ice cream maker and churn for about 10 minutes (or until thickened to soft serve consistency)
  • Add in a few Tbs of chocolate shavings at the end.
  • Transfer ice cream to a loaf pan or shallow dish, sprinkle with 1 more Tbs chocolate shavings on top and freeze about 1 hour or until solid.
  • Before serving, thaw on the counter 5-10 minutes.
  • Dip ice cream scoop in water to make scooping easier. Garnish with additional chocolate shavings. ENJOY.

Notes

Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I may earn a small commission from qualifying purchases made through referral links in this post (at no additional cost to you).Β 
Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk (always buy FULL FAT. The low fat is watered down and will be icy) Buying in bulk on Amazon makes it cheaper πŸ˜‰
Bulk Supplements Pure Stevia Powder - I love this brand because it's ONE ingredient and it does not have strong aftertaste or weird metallic taste. Just pure natural sweetness. Yum.
Mexican Vanilla: hereΒ for Incredible flavor!
To store:Β  Keep frozen & wrapped in cling wrap to prevent freezer burn. Should be good at least 1-2 months in the freezer.
Nutrition Facts: Via MyFitnessPal: 242 cal/21g fat/4g net carbs/4g protein per serving.
Sweetener swap: You may use any DRY powdered sweetener you like (coconut sugar for non-keto) or the equivalent of 1/4 - 1/3 cup of sugar.
If using sugar or sugar equivalent, you may not need as much nut butter.
Liquid sweeteners are not recommended, as they usually make the mixture too icy.

21 comments

  1. Jenna says:

    Wow this looks so good! My favorite ice cream as a kid was tiger tail, basically orange ice cream with big swirls of black licorice. I would loove to see that flavour πŸ™‚

    • Emily says:

      Woah!! I’ve never seen that one but it sounds really cool! I definitely love orange. Growing up go-to was always orange sherbet. Yummy!

  2. Shaaron Hanna says:

    Hi — this looks and sounds wonderful but I am wondering why you just didn’t use mint leaves for the mint flavor nad to help add some green to it, rather than using spinach for the coloring?

    • Emily says:

      I thought about that! But mint extract was more convenient, cheaper, and easier to control the amount of flavor. Plus you’d need a ton of mint leaves to get enough green. But you totally can use mint leaves if you want!

    • Emily says:

      Yes you can. See my notes under the recipe about using a different sweetener πŸ™‚
      Oh and always taste the mixture before freezing it to make sure it’s sweet enough for ya.
      If you try it, I’d love to hear how it turns out!

  3. Laura says:

    Making this tonight because mint chocolate chip is my son’s favorite. Love that it is dairy free and made without sugar alcohols to sweeten. My favorite ice cream flavors are black walnut (I think I could just add walnuts to your vanilla recipe to make this flavor), strawberry and chocolate almond.

  4. Penelope says:

    Hi Emily

    Thanks so much for these delicious looking and sounding recipes – I can’t wait to get ‘baking’. Is there a reason you say not to use peppermint? I see that the Pure Mint Extract that you use has peppermint and spearmint in it?
    Many thanks
    Penelope

    • Emily says:

      Peppermint extract will make things taste like candy canes, which is not my favorite and not true to mint chip flavor. But you can use whatever extract you like! πŸ™‚

  5. Penelope says:

    I meant the McCormick Pure Mint Extract that you use in some of your other recipes – like the Mint Chocolate Fudge πŸ™‚ It wouldn’t let me ask the question on that page lol
    Thanks and Merry Christmas
    Penelope

    • Emily says:

      Unfortunately that would make the ice cream really hard. Can you tolerate any other nut/seed butters? Cashew butter or sunflower butter would be good. Or you can just use more coconut cream πŸ™‚

  6. Lucy Copeland says:

    Hi there. This is an amazing find. Im so excited . Could one just use real mint to flavour the icecream? Perhaps infused in the coconut milk if I warm it a little?

    • Emily says:

      Absolutely! You can just blend in some fresh mint leaves into the cream base. I’m not sure of the amount, but you can start with a small amount and always add more πŸ™‚ Taste as you go. Hope you enjoy!

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