When I was young, ice cream was one of my favorite treats – I was quite the sugaraholic and indulged a little too often. Now that we've gone sugar free due to candida, I have turned to homemade ice cream like Chocolate Almond Chip, Mocha Chip, Lemon Poppyseed, and this recipe – Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.
I've always loved the flavor of mint and chocolate together.
When I was young, my family lived on the East Coast and one of our favorite things to do was to visit the local Friendly's Restaurant. Now, when it came to dessert, I never could make up my mind which flavor of ice cream to get, so invariably I always chose The Sampler — 4 small scoops of ice cream in a dish (so I could agonize over choosing 4 flavors instead of just one :-)!)
Mint Chocolate Chip was always in the mix.
And whenever we bought ice cream at the grocery store, it was almost always Breyer's Natural Mint Chocolate Chip that we chose.
And believe me, it never lasted very long :-).
Fast forward to my life now with a son who has a life-threatening allergy to dairy and a family that is almost completely off sugar.
Well, were in Chicago recently and we splurged on a pint of dairy-free, no sugar added coconut milk ice cream.
A pint was on sale for “only” $3.59 (the regular price was $6.59!). Now, I don't typically pay $3.59 for a pint of anything.
But it sure was good and was a fun breakfast (yes, we ate it for breakfast :-)!) for all of us one morning, but my mind was already thinking about how I could make my own!
(I haven't figured out the cost per pint, but I can assure you that it is nowhere close to $6.59, or even $3.59 per pint :-)!)
Now you too can make amazing ice cream that is:
- artificial anything free (including no fake green food coloring!)
- and tastes great! Regarding the green food coloring, one of the first things we avoided when our family started to go more natural with our diets was artificial food coloring.It really amazes me how “addicited” our modern society seems to be on foods being bright and “fun.” Sadly, these colors have been shown to cause issues for people. And with all of the toxins in our environment today, why add something else to the mix?I do enjoy making food fun when I have time, however, and so figuring out ways to add natural food color to dishes has been a favorite thing for me to experiment with in the kitchen. Here are some examples of that.:
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Ice Cream Maker Tips:
I used the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker for this recipe. It worked fine, but you really have to have the mixture chilled prior to making desserts in this maker. Otherwise, it will be quite runny (albeit yummy) and will need to be solidified in the freezer if you want it to be scoopable.
If you decide to freeze it and it gets too hard to scoop, try this handy anti-freeze ice cream scoop.
Ready? Here goes!
A Homemade Ice Cream Recipe that is dairy free and tastes amazing!
- Milk: See Easiest Homemade Coconut Milk for a great homemade coconut milk option. Other milks will work as well as coconut milk, but for alternative milks, coconut and almond are among the better choices as they have more fat content and will have the resulting product be more creamy.
- Sweeteners: I used granulated sweeteners, a half and half combination of xylitol and erythritol. You can use whatever you like to suit your dietary needs. Of course, with stevia extract, you will need a lot less (between 1/4 – 1/2 tsp – see How to Use Stevia). You could also use 1 tsp liquid stevia (here’s how to make your own). I always find that combining alternative sweeteners results in the best flavor. You can also use honey or maple syrup for AIP.
Please note: I know that many “whole foodies” disdain the use of xylitol and erythritol, but we have candida and I have few acceptable options for sweetening. I seem to be having some adverse reactions to stevia and so I am working with what I can :).
- Chocolate Chips: Here are my Homemade Chocolate / Carob Chips and my Homemade Mint Chocolate / Carob Chips. Here is a great sugar-free store-bought option for chocolate chips.
- Thickener: You probably will be fine not using a thickener as long as you use MCT oil. Otherwise, it is recommended, but not necessary.
- THM: This recipe qualifies as an “S” for those on the Trim Healthy Mama plan as long as you use gelatin if using a thickener.
Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (dairy free with sugar-free option)
- 4 cups organic coconut milk
- 1 cup xylitol
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1-3 Tbsp organic MCT oil (optional - for creaminess)
- 3/4 tsp organic peppermint extract
- 1 Tbsp gelatin (or arrowroot; optional - as thickener)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp organic dried parsley flakes (optional; for coloring)
- 3/4 cup chocolate/carob chips (add more or less, to taste - you could use mint chips for a double-mint treat)
- Place all ingredients (except chips) in blender (NOTE: if using gelatin, let it "bloom" in the coconut milk for a few minutes before you add the other ingredients).
- Blend until smooth (if you do not have a high-powered blender [aka Vitamix] and you are using a granulated sweetener, you may wish to heat the milk and sweetener in a pan until the sweetener is dissolved).
- Place in ice cream maker and process according to directions.
- When ice cream is starting to solidify, add chips and allow maker to mix in chips thoroughly.
- Scoop up and enjoy!
What is YOUR favorite ice cream flavor?