Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

This Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is creamy, sweet, fresh and minty…  and secretly good for you too!  You’d never know it’s all natural and high protein with no sugar added!

Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Personally, I don’t like chocolate chips inside my ice cream.  They turn rock hard like little pebbles.  I prefer to top my ice cream with chocolate chips right before serving.  You can do either or, it’s just a matter of preference.

Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream [low sugar, high protein, gluten free]

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6+1/4 cups

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Calories per serving: 130 (vs. 300 in Häagen-Dazs)

Fat per serving: 7g (vs. 19g in Häagen-Dazs)

Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream [low sugar, high protein, gluten free]

This (secretly healthy) Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is perfectly minty, totally refreshing, and surprisingly good for you. You'd never know it's all natural and high protein with no sugar added!

Ingredients

    Mint Ice Cream Recipe #1 (made with fresh mint):
  • 32oz Low Fat Organic Cottage Cheese
  • 16oz Organic Half and Half
  • 1/2 cup Organic Mint Leaves, packed
  • 1 tbs Stevia Extract
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Mint Flavor (alcohol-free)
  • 8 drops Liquid Chlorophyll (or Natural Green Food Coloring)
  • ~1/3 cup Mini Dark Chocolate Chips**
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  • Mint Ice Cream Recipe #2 (made with mint flavor):
  • 32oz Low Fat Organic Cottage Cheese
  • 16oz Organic Half and Half
  • 1 tbs Stevia Extract
  • 1 tbs Vanilla Paste
  • 4 tsp Mint Flavor (alcohol-free)
  • 32 drops Liquid Chlorophyll (or Natural Green Food Coloring, or 1/2 cup Organic Baby Spinach)
  • ~1/3 cup Mini Dark Chocolate Chips**

Instructions

    For the Mint Ice Cream Recipe #1 (made with fresh mint):
  1. Freeze your ice cream maker bowl for 24+ hours (I used the KitchenAid Stand Mixer Attachment)
  2. In a very large blender, add all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips. Puree until very smooth, and until the mint leaves are completely emulsified. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. The next day, place your frozen ice cream bowl onto the stand mixer and turn on the lowest speed. Carefully pour the ice cream "batter" into the bowl and churn for about 15 minutes. Add the chocolate chips if you like them inside the ice cream (personally, I don't like chocolate chips inside, I like to sprinkle them on top right before serving)
  4. Scoop the soft-serve ice cream into a freezer-proof container and freeze for 2-4 hours, or until it has the firmness you like.
  5. Scoop into bowls and serve with extra chocolate and a fresh sprig of mint!
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  7. Mint Ice Cream Recipe #2 (made with mint flavor):
  8. Freeze your ice cream maker bowl for 24+ hours (I used the KitchenAid Stand Mixer Attachment)
  9. In a very large blender, add all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips. Puree until very smooth. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  10. The next day, place your frozen ice cream bowl onto the stand mixer and turn on the lowest speed. Carefully pour the ice cream "batter" into the bowl and churn for about 15 minutes. Add the chocolate chips if you like them inside the ice cream.
  11. Scoop the soft-serve ice cream into a freezer-proof container and freeze for 2-4 hours, or until it has the firmness you like.
  12. Scoop into bowls and serve with extra chocolate and a fresh sprig of mint!

Notes

**If you want a sugar free/low carb version, just use sugar-free chocolate chips!

This recipe is: sugar free/low sugar options, low carb, high protein, gluten free and eggless!

http://dessertswithbenefits.com/healthy-mint-chocolate-chip-ice-cream/

When this ice cream is frozen completely it turns into a rock. hard. brick.  To thaw it, leave it at room temperature for about an hour or place in the refrigerator overnight.  Not gonna lie, I ate this for breakfast, so leaving ice cream on the counter for an hour while I’m starving would be pure torture.  I have found that when I put ice cream in the fridge overnight it has the perfect texture by morning!  Sometimes when I leave ice cream on the counter to defrost only the edges will scoop smoothly, but when it defrosts in the fridge the texture is much more even throughout.

If you want to shorten the defrost time, simply add 3-4 tbs of your favorite vodka to the recipe.  I like using flavored vodkas in my ice cream (my favorites are marshmallow and whipped cream).  Don’t worry though, your ice cream won’t taste like alcohol!

Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Here is a nutrition label comparison between storebought ice cream and my healthy ice cream:

(The Häagen-Dazs® nutrition label is on the left, The Desserts with Benefits label is on the right)

Unhealthy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream nutrition label - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits  Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream nutrition label - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Wow.  WHAT a difference, eh?  For the same amount of ice cream, my healthy homemade version has less than 1/2 the calories and nearly 1/3 the fat.  Not to mention, 21g of protein with no sugar added!

Can you believe 1 cup of storebought ice cream has just about 1/4 cup of sugar in it?

A QUARTER CUP!

IN ONE SITTING?!

Insanity.

So I’ll take my Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream ice cream over other ice creams any day.  I think this is so healthy it probably qualifies for breakfast.  Well, it better, because I had a few scoops for brekky  ;)

Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Labels: Chocolate, Cottage-Cheese, DIY, Eggless, Gluten-Free, Half-and-Half, High-Protein, Ice-Cream-and-Fro-Yo, Low-Carb, Low-Sugar, Mint, Nutrition-Label, Sugar-Free

Comments (2)

  1. carmen ☮: June 7, 2014

    Looks absolutely terrific! I actually like the rock hard-ness of the chocolate chips. In fact, I freeze them & eat them as a dessert itself. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

  2. dessertswithbenefits: June 8, 2014

    Thanks Carmen!!
    I guess the chocolate chip thing is an acquired taste for me then… I’m starting to think I’m just a picky eater, haha ;)
    -Jess

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