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Eat Well Apr. 17. 2015
Desserts

Green Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Apr. 17. 2015
Desserts
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Dietitian, Founder and CEO

Ice cream! I get really excited about ice cream recipes and this is probably going down as the best I’ve ever made…thus far. It’s that good. It’s not only a beautiful sage green color, but it has several things that I adore: coconut milk, rich in medium chain triglycerides (i.e. healthy saturated fats), fresh mint that soothes digestion, dark chocolate which is high in antioxidants, and greens from matcha and ALOHA Daily Greens. It’s the epitome of ice cream, thick, creamy, cold, and smooth; perfect for warmer days.

ICE CREAM, SANS CREAM

I first brought my favorite ice cream to the table during my first year of blogging- remember the Coconut Milk Ice Cream and BanaNO Cream? Also, can you take a minute and look at my photography back then, WOW, it’s times like those I’ve realized how far I’ve come with practicing and photography – anyways, those two ice cream recipes were both made with under 5 ingredients and are still my favorite go-to ice cream recipes. It’s a vehicle for antioxidants, healthy saturated fats, greens (spinach included), and a bit of carbohydrates. A promise of all promises, you will NOT taste the spinach in the ice cream – I repeat, you will not taste spinach in the ice cream; it’s there for color, added fiber, and nutrient goodness! Green Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream will soon be my third in rotation, it’s incredibly creamy, smooth, with flecks of ALOHA Superfood Chocolate peeking out from the sage green ice cream that give a hint of sweet and a new element of flavor.

I remember having mint chocolate chip ice cream as a kid (which was my favorite by the way!), and I assure you, they didn’t use any natural food colorings like I’m doing today with matcha and ALOHA Daily Greens! Remember my BFF matcha green tea? Matcha green tea powder is completely optional here since it gives it a beautiful green color, BUT I highly recommend adding matcha if you have it on hand. The flavor of matcha mixed with mint and coconut milk is sublime, it’s naturally a bit sweet and nutty which gives this ice cream a full bodied flavor without it being overpowering in matcha taste. This ice cream is full of greens and not just from matcha tea, but from fresh spinach (yes spinach in ice cream) and ALOHA Daily Greens which is really delicious for a greens powder and contains several servings of both fruit and greens in one packet! I’ve been loving these lately when I’m in a bind, running errands or bouncing from meeting to meeting – it’s really easy to forget to drink water or get your veggies/fruits on the go, so this has been really helpful for an energy boost!

 

Spring Green Ice Cream
Recipe Type: desserts
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
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Serves: 6 servings
Green Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is a unique spin on traditional ice cream made dairy free using greens, coconut milk, mint & vanilla featuring ALOHA
Ingredients
  • 2 cans full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint
  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 dates
  • 2 packets ALOHA daily greens
  • 1 bar ALOHA superfood chocolate, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. In a high speed blender, combine coconut milk, mint, matcha, spinach, vanilla, dates, maple syrup and ALOHA daily greens. Blend until completely smooth. The mixture should be thick and green from the matcha, spinach and ALOHA daily greens.
  2. Pour mixture into ice cream maker and prepare according to ice cream maker instructions. Half way through, add in chopped ALOHA superfood chocolate.
  3. Once ice cream has set in the ice cream maker, pop in the freezer to firm up for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, scoop ice cream into a bowl, add more chopped superfood chocolate if you’d like, and enjoy!

I highly recommend purchasing an ice cream maker, trust me you’ll use it so much in the spring and summer to make your own healthy homemade ice creams, and they’re really affordable! Here are my favorites: here and here. Don’t have an ice cream maker? After the blender step, what you’ll do is pour the ice cream mixture into a glass container or bread loaf pan lined with wax paper and freeze for a couple hours. Once you’re ready to eat, thaw the ice cream out on the counter or in the fridge for about 30 minutes to an hour and take a couple spoonfuls at a time to blend until smooth – it’s like soft serve! The latter technique obviously takes a little more planning and time, so that’s why I’m a big fan of the ice cream maker.

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I hope you all enjoy this recipe and I can’t wait to see your pictures on Instagram! A huge thank you to ALOHA for providing their amazing greens packet which have been a on-the-go staple for me these days! #nutritionstripped

Disclaimer: this is a sponsored recipe post, meaning I was compensated for this recipe and post, my opinions of this product are 100% of my own- I only share the best of the best that I truly enjoy and would find beneficial to you all as well!  Find more of Aloha on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

x McKel

The Recipe

Serves 6 servings

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cans full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint
  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 dates
  • 2 packets ALOHA daily greens
  • 1 bar ALOHA superfood chocolate, roughly chopped

Directions:

  1. In a high speed blender, combine coconut milk, mint, matcha, spinach, vanilla, dates, maple syrup and ALOHA daily greens. Blend until completely smooth. The mixture should be thick and green from the matcha, spinach and ALOHA daily greens.
  2. Pour mixture into ice cream maker and prepare according to ice cream maker instructions. Half way through, add in chopped ALOHA superfood chocolate.
  3. Once ice cream has set in the ice cream maker, pop in the freezer to firm up for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, scoop ice cream into a bowl, add more chopped superfood chocolate if you’d like, and enjoy!

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