Mint Choc-Chip Ice-Cream: Dairy, Sugar, Soy, Egg & Grain Free
A perfect snack with hidden- (but you wouldn’t know it!)- greens, for the cheekiest of toddlers and adults alike.
At dinner time when we were young and had eaten all of our vegies or least had emptied our plates (we had a trusty cat that would sit under our chairs and eat anything from meat to steamed pumpkin!)… then we were permitted the privelege of dessert which while sometimes consisted of stewed home-grown mulberries, mangoes or peaches with freshly baked sweet pastry – other times it was good old ‘Pauls’ or ‘Peters’ ice-cream, scooped straight out of the plastic container. One flavour I remember loving in particular was the Mint Choc-Chip Ice-Cream. It was green in colour with chocolate flecks throughout. It probably contained all sorts of ingredient that you wouldn’t catch me eating these days – but to a child not yet of age, it was absolutely delicious and a fabulous treat.
So the other day – when my little almost-three year old was snooping about looking for something to eat, I suggested that we make ‘ice-cream’. He was elated by the idea and so keeping in mind that he was due a serving of ‘greens’, I set about making ‘mint’ flavoured ice-cream. I used purely natural ingredients – fresh mint leaves, frozen bananas, pistachios and kale (but baby spinach would be just as good). I added cacao nibs to give it a little oomph both in flavour and presentation and after whizzing it together in my mightly powerful Vitamix blender, the job was done with big smiles and full little tummies all round… and maybe even the best part was knowing that my little guy had eaten a very healthy and substantial serving of (hidden) greens.
Preparation time: < 5 minutes
Blending time: < 1 minute
- Vitamix/ thermomix or a powerful blender or food processor
- 2 tbsp chilled coconut cream*
- 1 cup kale or baby spinach leaves, firmly packed
- ½ cup fresh mint leaves, firmly packed
- 2 medjool dates, pitted
- 2 frozen bananas
- ¼ cup raw pistashio nuts (optional)
- 1 tbsp cacao nibs + extra to garnish
*chilling the coconut cream will separate the water from the cream. Once chilled, discard the water and use the solidified cream.
- Add all ingredients to a Vitamix or other powerful food processor/blender or thermomix.
- Whiz until smooth and consistent with soft-serve/ice-cream.
- Garnish with extra cacao nibs.
- Serve immediately.