Dairy-free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (low-carb)

This Dairy-free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe is the perfect refreshing treat for summer or anytime! Plus it's sugar-free and keto and has a vegan option so it works for almost any special diet.

Dairy-free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. Vegan, low carb, AIP, paleo, and THM:S!

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 creams 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.

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 :-).

Why I Needed to Make this Dairy-free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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 vegan mint chocolate chips ice cream that is:

  • dairy-free 
  • sugar-free
  • 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.

ice cream maker

If you decide to freeze it and it gets too hard to scoop, try this handy anti-freeze ice cream scoop.

black anti-freeze ice cream scoop

Ready?  Here goes!

A Homemade Ice Cream Recipe that is dairy free and tastes amazing!

dairy-free mint chocolate chip ice cream in a glass bowl

Recipe Notes

  • 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 a half and half combination of powdered 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 teaspoon - see How to Use Stevia). You could also use 1 teaspoon 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.
  • 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 the MCT oil.  Otherwise, it is recommended, but not necessary Use arrowroot for a vegan option. Glucomannan would work as well, but the amount would have to be adjusted and I haven't tried it.
  • 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.
  • Creaminess Ingredient Alternatives: Other oils will work as well but don't use an oil with a heavy flavor, such as regular olive oil.
  • Topping Idea: For an extra special Mint Chocolatey treat, top with the Chocolate Mint version of this Homemade Chocolate Shell.
mint ice cream in a bowl

Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (dairy free with sugar-free option)

Make this Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe at home and skip the ice cream parlor prices! Low Carb with AIP options.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: AIP, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Keto, Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan, whole30
Keyword: vegan mint chocolate chip ice cream
Servings: 1.5 quarts approx.
Calories: 324kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 334mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 5mg | Net Carbs: 3g

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is merely an approximation. Optional ingredients are not included and when there is an alternative, the primary ingredient is typically used. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts since they have been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

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  1. oooh! Dairy free me loves this idea! thank you!

    Would you like to share it at our Weekly Playdate link party (for kids and families!)
    Cheers,
    Lori
    Come & Play :: Playdate

  2. yea! what a fantastic recipe. I have a daughter who is allergic to milk, so this alternative will be great. Much appreciated! I sometimes share dairy-free recipes on my blog as well. 🙂

  3. sounds amazing. i love mint choc chip ice cream. i grew up in n.j. and friendly's was a favorite restaurant of mine too. in fact, every year i go back to visit i stop in for a Reese's pieces sundae. thanks for sharing.

    1. Oh, how fun! If I remember correctly, I really liked Chocolate Almond Chip. Oh well - just check out their website. Looks like things have changed quite bit!

  4. my guess is that this was all eaten up...becasue I made coconut milk icecream and set it in the freezer while we were eating...and it turned into a rock. I mean solid.
    Good arm workout, though!
    Looking forward to trying this recipe!
    Blessings!
    LIB
    https://bit.ly/kL7GTp

    1. Actually, I added a small bit of guar gum to my first try (so that may have helped a bit) and am going to try gelatin with my next batch. Our first batch was WAY to runny and so we had to freeze it to make it scoopable. A thawed rock is still a yummy rock :-). And anyhow, it doesn't take much to eat up 1 1/2 quarts of freshly made ice cream, does it :-)?

  5. Oh, this sounds wonderful. I know it would go fast around here. Breyer's natural mint chocolate chip is a favorite in this house!! 😀

  6. I LOVE mint-chocolate ice cream - but never eat the "real" stuff anymore b/c made from pasteurized milk and has a ton of sugar.

    Thanks for sharing a sugar-free version!

  7. I wonder what's the taste of that. so curious about it. but it looks so yummy , so tempting. want to try that. =)

  8. this sounds amazing! i seriously will make it this weekend!!!!!!!! thanks so much for sharing :0)

  9. Love,Love,Love this combination. I have lots of mint in the garden and this will be a great recipe to try. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back real soon.
    Hope you have a great week end!
    Miz Helen

  10. MCC is hands down my fav as well!! I don't have an i ce cream maker, hopefully soon. Thanks for a great recipe. Have a wonderful holday, friend.

  11. That sounds sooooo scrumptious! I don't have an ice cream maker (yet), but I'm sure I can figure a work around. Think I'll try it with raw coconut nectar for the sweetener. 🙂

  12. Thanks for all the options. I am always looking for sugar free options. This just looks wonderful and is one of my fav ice cream flavors. Come over and visit us today. We have a wonderful chilled soup and a great give away from the Fairy Hobmother.

  13. Ah, mint chocolate chip ice cream-- Breyer's, to be exact! My mom got me *hooked* on that when I was young, and it is still hands-down my favorite ice cream. I have been longing to make my own for years (I still need to afford me a good ice cream maker!), as I think it will be far more cost-effective for my large family than even buying Breyer's on sale (and of course even filling my deep freezer still it doesn't last very long...) Also for health factors (even using regular milk and real sugar, it would still be healthier than store-bought!). Thanks SO much for the recipe! I don't even need the "food coloring" (after eating Breyer's naturally white MCC all my life, "green" ice cream is just creepy to me...).

    An idea that I have had-- and when I do get an ice cream maker, I just may have to try this.... Currently, Breyer's has a mint brownie ice cream out. I do NOT like the ingredient list on it. What I'd love to do is take your base recipe for the mint ice cream, and instead of adding chocolate chips, add homemade brownie bits.... Oh I'm drooling now... excuse me as I wipe off my keyboard....

    1. Renee,
      We didn't need the food coloring either, but it was fun to add it in!

      I think your brownie ice cream recipe sounds great! Sounds like something I'll have to try!

      There was a great deal for $20 off yesterday on kitchen tools that I posted about - did you miss it? The ice cream maker would have been a steal! Keep your eyes peeled for one at a garage sale....or maybe another deal will come along like that. If you are subscribed to my site I'll post about it when it comes and you won't miss it.

      Take care!

      1. Adrienne, I saw the message about the discount, but can't justify spending anything right now. 🙁 I am wondering of they have good ICM's at Bed Bath & Beyond? I often get coupons from them. I used to have one, but it was one of the "salt and ice" variety, and I got really grossed out when I noticed gray streaks in our ice cream.... The can was aluminum, and the paddle was apparently scraping the side of the can and mixing that junk in with our ice cream.... I got rid of it and never could afford a "good one" after that. Some day! Some day! I'll try to start saving for the next great deal, so keep my posted! (I'm "saving up" for so many things right now, each pile gets maybe a quarter a week, LOL!)

        1. They probably still have the Cuisinart there. What kind are you looking for? We got one once @ a rummage sale, but I couldn't get it to work. I have to give it another test run. Hang in there w/ the money thing. I have a lot of money saving ideas on here so maybe they can help you lay aside some more. It's the only way we've been able to make it. Take care!

          1. Well, in my dream world, I'd have a 4-qt ice cream maker, with everything that touches the food stainless steel. I think they only make them that big of the kind that uses the salt and ice, which I also found extremely messy, impractical, and NOT yummy in the finished ice cream product! In reality, I'll probably end up with one of the 2-qt (anything smaller is TOO small; I'm feeding 11 every day, all day over here) ummm, (do they call it "frozen bowl"?) kind. I have also seen a "commercial" type one, with its own compressor that keeps the stuff cold so you don't have to pre-chill the bowl or the ingredients, but at $300 for a 1.5-qt capacity, that's not very practical for me, LOL! We can polish off one whole carton of Breyer's in one sitting, and that's with "reasonable" portions (I'm not talking like the Haagen-Daz commercials where the lady eats the whole carton by herself). So, 2qt seems the most reasonable size for us... we'd make a batch, and eat a batch, all at the same time. kinda like how we do bread....

            Anyone have any good ideas for what to do with eggplant? I have two in my fridge I need to use up for supper tonight....

            1. I don't know about the 4 qt sizes, but I have a compressor-type one that I might want to sell :-). The bowl doesn't come out for easy cleaning so I need to see what other kinds there are. The freezer bowl kind does have its limitations. Lots of planning required.

              Eggplant: doesn't really fit the "mint chip" theme, but how about slice thinly, brush w/ olive oil and spices and cook in the oven if you don't mind the heat. Otherwise, look up a recipe for baba ghanoush (sp?). It's a nice dip. Hope that helps!

  14. Thanks for this! My husband was just saying he wanted us to make homemade ice cream this summer. And my mom said she wanted us to try a dairy free ice cream for her 😉

    I am visiting from TILT today. Nice to "meet" you. Enjoy the rest of your week!

    Blessings,
    LaVonne