Dairy-Free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Summer is officially here, and ice cream is everywhere. It’s almost unavoidable with the captivating billboards featuring new flavors at your nearest fast food joint, the fliers from the ice cream shop that just opened down the street, and the musical ice cream trucks at every turn (yes, they still exist).

Yet for those of us with dairy allergies, ice cream brings back memories of stomach aches and skin rashes. Sound familiar? Read on, because this dairy-free mint chocolate chip ice cream is easy to make, uses simple ingredients, and serves as a heavenly substitute for the ice cream you grew up with.

Whether you live a dairy-free lifestyle or just want a healthy alternative to sugary ice cream, let this recipe refresh you during those sizzling summer days.

Ingredients:
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ cup coconut cream or ¾ cups softened creamed coconut
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 drops peppermint essential oil
  • ½ cup chopped dark chocolate
  • OPTIONAL: ½ cup spinach
Instructions:

Blend avocado, banana, coconut, vanilla, peppermint and spinach in a food processor until creamy. Gently fold in chocolate.

Freeze for 2-4 hours, until solid. Thaw for 5 minutes and serve!


About the Author

Carrie Vandelac is a health coach and wellness blogger at www.CarrieVandelac.com. She’s on a mission to make whole foods simple and to help people find lasting healing through food. After suffering from ulcerative colitis for seven years, Carrie revamped her diet and is now symptom-free, medication-free, and oh-so-happy. Carrie believes in real food, a good night’s sleep, and laughing until you cry. You’ll find her reading, hiking, belting out a tune, or performing in a local theatre production. Say hi on Facebook, Twitter, or her blog. She’ll give you a warm welcome and tell you that your hair looks nice today.

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