Naturally sweetened and food-coloring free, this GAPS-friendly, paleo Mint Chocolate Chip Blender Ice Cream is healthy enough to eat for breakfast!
Ice cream year-round.
I know, I know, it’s only March. And just only, at that. But if you ask me (or anyone in my family) there’s no wrong time of year to have ice cream. Especially mint ice cream. We regularly have “nice” cream for lunch and snacks. And since I always sweeten with natural sweeteners, I don’t mind having ice cream on the menu.
Though to be honest I usually make it during nap time and don’t share. ‘Cause I’m a thoughtful mom and there really isn’t enough for 8 people and I don’t want them to have to argue about who got more… and stuff.
I’ll save the popsicles for the kids.
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An old favorite.
This fun and easy recipe happens to be one of my earliest. Way back when I was just blogging to have somewhere to store my recipes (and had NO idea anyone else was reading them) this happened for lunch with my then 1-year old. Even though I updated the recipe, I couldn’t get rid of these old photos. He’s just so. dang. cute. He still is, but I don’t tell him much anymore, ’cause that’s not cool in 8-year old. 😉
Besides being refined-sugar free, I also like to sneak as much nutrition into my ice creams as possible. Usually by the way of veggies. This Mint Chocolate Chip Blender Ice Cream boasts baby spinach! Even though most of my family enjoys spinach, I have a couple kids who won’t eat it. They will, however, eat this ice cream! #momwin
Mint Chocolate Chip Blender Ice Cream
If you don’t have any spinach on hand, you could use kale instead. Spinach is a little milder in flavor though, so just beware that the flavor might change. I love using my homemade coconut milk in this recipe, too, but you can totally use store-bought stuff. My favorite canned coconut milks are from Thai Kitchen, Native Forest, or 365. These brands have the fewest ingredients.
I also like to use my homemade chocolate chunks in pretty much everything. They’re super easy to make and sweetened with honey, so they’re safe for paleo and GAPS lifestyles. Of course, if you want to just use regular dairy-free chocolate chips, you can do that as well.
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Mint Chocolate Chip Blender Ice Cream
Free from grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and refined sugar.
- 12 oz. coconut milk (I like to use my homemade coconut milk)
- 1/2 c. organic baby spinach leaves (you can use frozen spinach if you want)
- 1/4 c. honey
- 1 t. peppermint extract
- 1/4 c. dairy-free chocolate of choice (I like to use my homemade chocolate chunks)
- about 18 ice cubes
Place everything in blender (I use my Blendtec) and blend on high until smooth and creamy.
Refrigerate leftovers for a smoothie later, or freeze them and re-blenderize them with a tad more coconut milk for more ice cream!
This looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try it!
Thank you, Cheryl! I hope you enjoy it!
Omg I have all of those ingredients on hand! Will make for sure!
I hope you enjoy it, Joni!
Love the spinach sneak-in. I’d drink this for breakfast or dessert!
I’m totally with you. I can eat ice cream any time of the year and this looks fantastic! It’s my favorite flavor.
Oh gosh I’m making this TODAY – seriously on snow day from school number 8 or 9 today…March 5! I need some ice cream! Thanks!
Haha! I hope it soothes your spirit it, Renee!
So easy and delicious! A treat for sure!
This looks yummy, thanks!! Could I add avocado or would it change the flavor too much? We’ve used avocado for chocolate pudding, other smoothies, etc. but I’m not sure if it tastes right with peppermint extract. Any thoughts? Thanks!!
Yes! Avocado goes great with mint! I actually have an avocado mint nice cream recipe here, if you want to try that instead. 🙂
Love the color and how simple this is. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!
Thanks! It’s especially perfect if you live where it’s war, in March. 😉 Haha.
Yum! Can’t wait to try this! Love how you have added some spinach in there!
Yay for the frozen spinach option. My kids will loooovvee this!! 🙂 🙂 I love how healthy it is!
I hope they do, Megan! 🙂
This is the perfect treat with a healthy surprise ingredient for Saint Patrick’s Day 🙂 Mint chocolate chip is my hubby’s fave!
LOVE how you made this green with spinach! Totally trying this!
I hope you enjoy it, Kiran!
I love all of the healthy ingredients in here, and that it’s so easy to make in a blender!
GENIUS!!! Nice cream with hidden spinach and it will give it a green glow! Mint chip has always been one of my faves, I will bust this out for my niece and nephews!
I hope they enjoy it, Holley!
That looks so delicious! Totally love it!
Thank you, ChihYu!
I love how easy and healthy this is, plus it’s hard to beat hidden veggies and they make this such a lovely color!
Exactly. 😉 Hidden veggies for the win!
My daughter’s favorite thing ever is mint chocolate. Can’t wait to try this with her.
I hope she enjoys it, Tara!