Mint Chocolate Chip Nice Cream (Paleo, AIP, Whole30, Vegan)
It’s a balmy 50°F outside right now which is totally ice cream weather in Minnesota.
I just returned from a long walk in the sun and there were many, many people walking and running in shorts and tank tops. We are insane, in the best possible way. (I was jacket-less although I did wear sleeves and yoga pants, yo.)
Have you made nice cream before? Frozen bananas tossed in a blender and magically pureed into truly creamy ice cream? It’s bizarre how well it works, which is half the fun. The other half, of course, is eating it. It’s so decadent-tasting, I swear. And it’s ready in minutes!
For this version, I added a few peppermint drops and even a couple of drops of green food coloring. There’s no added sugar and it can be fat-free (minus the chocolate), although I like to add coconut cream or avocado oil for extra creaminess. Your call.
This recipe hails from The 30-Minute Paleo Cookbook, currently available for preorder. (Check out this lovely review at Minneapolis/St Paul Magazine!) It has a desserts chapter! I don’t share tons of desserts (my cravings fall on the savory side), so I was excited to pull together a collection of fast-and-healthy treats for you.
Every recipe in the book comes in under 30 minutes, which keeps baked goods very simple. and makes a treat as easy as this a no-brainer. Pretty much all of the dessert recipes are kid-prep-friendly and several would make healthy after-school treats.
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Have fun with the nice cream recipe and if you’re here in Minnesota: HOLD ON, SPRING IS COMING.
Mint Chocolate Chip Nice Cream
Note: If you’re AIP and can’t eat dark chocolate, you could skip it, or make these AIP-compliant carob chips. For Whole30, skip the chocolate.
Active time: 5 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
This quick dessert puts the creamy magic of frozen bananas to terrific use. Make sure the bananas are starting to have brown spots for the creamiest result. I love the addition of coconut cream—the solid cream in a can of full-fat coconut milk—for extra creaminess, but you can skip it if you’d like to keep the nice cream lighter.
2 overripe bananas, peeled, halved, and frozen
1/4 cup coconut cream (or 1 tablespoon avocado oil)
1 drop green natural food coloring (optional)
1/8 teaspoon real peppermint extract
Pinch sea salt
3 tablespoons Paleo chocolate chips or coarsely chopped dark chocolate
- Make the nice cream. Combine the frozen bananas, coconut cream (or oil; if using), food coloring (if using), peppermint extract, and salt in a blender. Blend, using a tamper if necessary, until completely smooth.
- Finish and serve. Add the chocolate and blend briefly to break up the pieces a bit. Serve immediately.
Per Serving: Calories: 289; Fat: 17 g; Protein: 3 g; Total carbs: 35 g; Fiber: 5 g; Sodium: 10 mg; Iron: 5 mg