Fresh Mint Ice Cream with Ganache Swirl - dairy free & low carb, with AIP option

Do love mint and chocolate? This Vegan Mint Ice Cream is a truly special treat in several ways.

First of all, it's dairy-free and low-carb--but most of all, it's a Fresh Mint Ice Cream that, instead of typical chocolate chips, has a rich chocolate ganache throughout. Healthy and decadent!

cup and a pan of vegan mint ice cream

I have a super fun treat for you all today -- Dairy-Free Mint Chocolate Ice Cream, but not your normal Mint Chip Ice Cream. This one has 2 twists -- this vegan mint ice cream is made with Fresh Mint, and with melted chips that are turned into a ganache.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream and I have had a "thing" going for a long time now.

I've mentioned it in previous posts about ice cream, but the ice cream flavor of choice that we regularly had in our home was Breyer's Natural Mint Chocolate Chip. (Though my mother's favorite was Coffee, so sometimes we had Breyer's Coffee in the freezer, but not typically.)

I had a very (very, very, very) bad habit of sitting and eating in front of the TV after school while doing homework at the same time. NOT a good recipe for proper eating or studying (or recreation) habits, and no, I do not recommend that you allow your children to do the same thing.

I got straight A's every year, pretty much without fail (with the exception of the year that my parents' marriage started to dissolve) so it was hard for anyone to argue with me about a need to change, but anyhow..... it wasn't good.

I often wonder how much more I could have accomplished (or how many other more enjoyable things I could have done) should I not have wasted so much time that way.

Anyhow, we all know that eating while watching TV or doing something else (like working on your blog :)), lends itself to overeating. Well, that was seriously the case with me and the Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream.

Let's just say that there wasn't typically much ice cream left at the end of several of those sittings.

My mom would call what was left in the ice cream container after several of my ice cream eating episodes, "little mountains."

And she was right, but the emphasis really needed to be placed on the "little." Le sigh.

vegan mint chocolate ice cream in a pan with an ice cream scoop

Anyhow, I don't eat much ice cream any longer, and when I do eat it, it's low carb and dairy free. And well really, there aren't many options to buy low carb, dairy-free ice cream in the store or in an ice cream parlor. And when there are options, well -- talk about pricey.

So into the kitchen we go to experiment and create our own frugal and healthy solutions.

A New Kind of Mint Chocolate Ice Cream

This Fresh Mint Ice Cream is different, as I mentioned. Instead of mint extract, it's flavored with fresh mint leaves, and instead of the traditional chocolate chips, it's got a lovely chocolate ganache weaved throughout.

As a result, the flavor is a tad herby, which you may or may not like. If that's not your thing, you could cut the mint leaves in half and add in some mint extract, or just omit them all together and go for the mint extract for the whole thing. You'll still have a lovely dessert.

This recipe is inspired by Candace, my blogging friend who used to blog at Candida-free Candee. She had a Fresh Mint Ice Cream on her blog that had the traditional chocolate chips in it. I loved the idea of the fresh mint and put my own twist on it by doing a ganache instead of the chips.

The end result is a more "grown uppy" ice cream. Something that might be too eccentric for your littles (unless you use the mint extract, of course), but that should please most adults who enjoy mint.

vegan mint chocolate ice cream in black speckled cups

Recipe Notes

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Fresh Mint Chocolate Ice Cream with Ganache Swirl - dairy free, low carb, with AIP option

Enjoy a dairy-free mint chocolate ice cream made with fresh mint for a sweet, fresh and surprisingly delicious treat!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: AIP, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Keto, Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Freeze Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 178kcal

Ingredients

Ice Cream

Ganache

Instructions

Ice Cream

  • Blend coconut milk and mint in a blender (I used a Vitamix) until the mint is finely chopped. Alternately you can chop the mint very fine with a knife or chop in a food processor.
  • Transfer mixture to a pot and bring to a boil over low heat.
  • Once it reaches a boil, remove from heat and let steep for 1 hour.
  • Pour mixture through a cheesecloth-lined sieve or a fine sieve. You may need to do this twice. If you have a few flecks left that should be fine and shouldn't affect the final product.
  • Add in MCT oil, stevia, salt and lemon juice.
  • Place mixture in fridge until chilled, at least an hour or two. (This step will help in the churning process and should result in a better texture.)
  • Once mixture is chilled, measure out a ¼ cup and place it in a bowl. Sprinkle with gelatin or arrowroot and whisk until combined.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of boiling water to the mixture and whisk until dissolved.
  • Add gelatin mixture to ice cream base and whisk until combined. Allow to sit for few minutes.
  • Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and proceed according to manufacturers' directions.
  • Enjoy!

Ganache

  • While the ice cream is churning, make the ganache and let it cool completely before adding it to the ice cream.
  • Heat the chocolate chips and coconut milk over very low heat, stirring until melted.
  • In a freezer-safe container, scoop in 1/3 of the ice cream, top with 1/3 of the ganache, then layer another 1/3 of the ice cream, then 1/3 of the ganache, then the remainder of the ice cream and top with the remainder of the ganache.
  • Freeze until solid.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 319IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 3mg | Net Carbs: 6g

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    1. Hi there. AIP is autoimmune paleo or autoimmune protocol and MCT oil is Medium Chain Triglyceride -- it's one type of fat. More than 50% of coconut oil is MCT so it's typically extracted from coconuts.

  1. Mmm this looks tasty Adrienne! I've been wanting to try a coconut milk version of ice cream to see how it tastes. 🙂 In college, I would eat a big bowl of ice cream every night before bed lol. Luckily I never gained any weight (which is all I cared about back then), but I totally agree it's a BAD habit to get into. Ice cream is my vice in life. Good thing we can make it healthy right? 🙂

    1. Wow - that's amazing you didn't gain weight doing that!

      I love ice cream in pretty much any version so I'm totally with you on that!