Healthy Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Not only is this recipe sweet, creamy, and tasty; it just so happens to be one of the best chocolate combinations imaginable. Mint and chocolate definitely tie with peanut butter and chocolate as the perfect match.

Therefore, it was time to recreate my favorite ice cream flavor as a kid into a healthy alternative. I mean the only thing better than a cup full of mint chocolate ice cream on a hot day is… nothing, so I just had to make this for you all.

healthy vegan mint chocolate chip ice cream

Healthy Vegan Green Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large banana, frozen
  • 1/2 avocado 2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs
  • 1/2 cup non dairy milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • a few handfuls frozen spinach (just freeze a bag of organic spinach previously)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 mint leaves or 1/4 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon stevia
  • 1/2 cup ice

Directions: Place all ingredients into a high speed blender or food processor and blend together until smooth.

Makes 1 serving.

Healthy Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Notes: feel free to leave the cocoa nibs out of the smoothie and stir them in at the end, so you can enjoy some chocolate in each bite.
Or boost this ice cream by adding some protein powder or anything else you may find delicious.

I promise you can’t taste the spinach in this recipe – scouts honor. If you wish – you could just use green food coloring if you’re completely turned off by the spinach.

Bute, let’s not get it twisted – this isn’t real ice cream. There isn’t any cream or sugar in this so it won’t taste like actual ice cream. It is in fact, a lot better for you than a bowl of processed food. As well as being refreshing and tasty.

It’s a wholesome and nutritious Snack that I just adore because it’s filled with real and simple ingredients. Not only that but it tastes delicious. So good, so ridiculously simple, it makes for perfect Snack to enjoy in the Summer…or anytime.

Now go blend one up yourself and don’t blame me when you get addicted to this healthy treat.

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Do you like re-creating versions of your childhood favorites?

Favorite chocolate combination?

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  1. Mhmm that looks so perfect for the heat! Mint and chip ice cream is definitely one of my favorites. Mine making a coffee flavored one for me? ;)

  2. Oh this sounds like a great ice cream and smoothie combination! I love smoothies in hot weather but often only have time to make them on weekends.

  3. I can’t wait to try this! I love all things mint chocolate. Looks perfect to summer!

  4. Yay! So happy you posted the recipe! Supposed to be 33 degrees (but feels like 45) in Toronto so I will definitely be making this today!!!

  5. YUM!!!!!!! that is all.

  6. Mint and chocolate is such a great combo. Mmmm :) I’ve been loving smoothies lately, too! It’s just too darn hot.

  7. Yay…I can’t wait to try it! It looks awesome! My fav ice cream flavors are definitely chocolate chip mint and chocolate chip cookie dough!

  8. Don’t you apologise Lisa…you take all the time you need :)! My favorite ice cream flavor is a toss between vanilla, choc chip cookie dough, cookies & cream and mint choc chip…mmm!

  9. Mint chip ice cream for breakfast? Yes, this needs to happen ;)
    Favorite ice cream flavor? I have so many… cookie dough, cookies n’ cream, caramel, and good old chocolate are some of my tops though!
    And I like most all chocolate combinations ;)

  10. Oh yumm, what a great combo!! I love the avocado in it, it gives this creamy texture, so delicious! I am not a fan of real ice cream, so this is my perfect substitute!

  11. This is amazing! I will be making this ASAP and be sure to let you know how it goes :)

  12. That looks so good! It’s been crazy hot here (humidity is supposed to reach 45 degrees…insane) so I’ve been dipping into my Coconut Bliss daily (note to self: buy more this weekend). This does look awesome though! Mint and chocolate is a fabulous combo, but I’d have to say that chocolate and peanut butter is the best ;-) Favourite ice cream flavour though? Tough one…I’d have to say cookies and cream or chocolate chip cookie dough.

    • Eeek. Sounds too hot! I LOVE coconut bliss, so good! This would probably be even more awesome made with full fat coconut milk – yum.

  13. Something about mint chocolate chip ice cream just screams “SUMMER” to me. It’s good to have a healthified version as a lighter snack!

  14. Oh man I need to make this! I’ve seen it a few times and always want to try it. And I cant imagine a better way to cool off! (other than a pool I guess…)
    Sorry you’re feeling badly, but I’m sure you’ll work through whatever is going on. Email if you need/want!
    Never feel bad about a little bloggy break–sometimes its just what you need to get the creative juices flowing again. Love you gorgeous!

    • It’s always delicious. Thanks for the support, just a lot going on, I mentioned a few posts ago – it’s just hard to get back in a normal routine when something big happens in life.

  15. Can you ever go wrong with the mint + chocolate combo?! It’s one of my favourites – be it in bar form or banana softserve. I bet the addition of avocado makes yours extra rich and creamy.
    Favourit ice cream flavour? That’s a tough one and I’d say it changes depending on which flavours are on offer and what I’m feeling like. Generally, I’m all about fruit flavours like mango but I’ve had some pretty awesome others like Rübli-Kokos (think Carrot-Coconut cake) and peanut butter chocolate, too. Only these aren’t all that popular around here (yet) so hard to be found – even more if we’re talking vegan choices though all of the above mentioned were.
    Happy Wednesday, Lisa!

    • Same here – it’s always a favorite of mine!
      And it’s also almost impossible to choose a favorite ice cream flavor, there’s just too many to choose from!

  16. I LOVE recreating things that I loved not only as a child, but even just a few years ago or before I went dairy free!! This looks and sounds delisssshh and perfect for summer days!! I don’t like cream based foods when it’s hot out anyway!

  17. My favorite flavor of ice cream is either cake batter, chocolate chip cookie dough, or chocolate with peanut butter… I think. Lol I like them all! I love re-creating anything whether it’s from childhood or from a restaurant. If it’s a healthier version, even better! I must say I love chocolate on its own, but a little bit of peanut butter never hurts anyone… Unless you have a peanut allergy :D Keep your head up, beauty!

  18. I’ve made smoothies with peppermint extract! They always come out so delicious! Totally gonna try this :) Minus the banana and avocado though lol (allergic lol)

    • Ah, oh no to the allergies! Maybe you could add coconut butter or coconut flour instead of avocado and not sure with the banana…hmm…maybe mango or peach? I’m trying to think what would work there haha.

      • oo good idea! I’ll def try the coconut butter or flour and I have frozen peaches so that works! yea allergies such haha I miss my bananas :/ lol

  19. Such a unique recipe, thank you for sharing! I definitely need to try it sometime. My favorite ice cream flavor would have to be a classic vanilla, topped with some hot fudge, rainbow sprinkles and whipped cream! Yum!

  20. Yum…I just may make this dinner tonight!

  21. Great idea, Lisa! I love mint chocolate chip, it’s so refreshing and perfect for summer. And I love that you made it so healthy too! I’ll definitely be giving this one a try. But I might have to add chocolate chips too! :)

  22. Mint and chocolate = best combo! I love putting spinach in anything.. you totally can’t taste it especially when there’s a banana in the recipe.

  23. Ooo…I’m with you, mint + chocolate totally ties with PB + chocolate. I’m not sure which is better. My fave kind of ice cream is definitely mint chocolate chip….mmm!! Thanks for sharing girly!

  24. Mmmmm…. Mint Chip is my favorite! Love the banana avocado combo! Looks amazing!

  25. Lisa, I’m just catching up on your blog now and I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. My heart aches for you, friend. :(

  26. This summer I’ve really been enjoying Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream, despite not liking this flavour in a cake form. Usually my go to ice cream flavour is cookie dough, or if it’s soft serve I like the Chocolate Vanilla twist. When I was little I always picked out the “Prettiest” colours rather than the yummiest flavours, so I often left with Cotton Candy, Rainbow or Bubble gum! I’m definitely going to try this as my nighttime snack as I have a frozen banana ready to go.

    • strawberry shortcake ice cream sounds brilliant! I’d love to try that flavor. I’m usually not a strawberry ice cream lover, because of the artificial flavoring – but I’d totally try that.

  27. This looks so good! I totally agree with you – mint and chocolate is such an awesome flavour combination! But I also love chocolate and caramel together. In terms of my favourite ice cream flavour though, I’d have to say either mint chocolate chip or cookies ‘n cream!

  28. This is the perfect summer treat! Mint choco chip has always been one of my favorite ice cream flavors. That, and good old cookie dough :)

  29. mmm! I’m totally trying this! I love frozen banana! While it’s not exactly ice cream, it comes darn close!

  30. Been praying for you sweet girl! Love you! This looks delicious. I will have to make that soon!

  31. mint chocolate is an all-time favorite flavor for us :)

  32. This looks AMAZING and totally brought me back to my Thrifty Ice Cream Mint Chocolate Chip days…O how processed ice cream WAS so good back in the day! Thanks for sharing Lisa :) Happy to know you are starting to feel better LOTS OF LOVE YOUR WAY! <33

  33. Would this work in a magic bullet I wonder? And I wonder if/how protein powder could add in…I’m a bit lost because I soon want to start a “no egg and dairy” trial but I’m not a fan of beans or grains, and I do not wish to eat fish/chicken twice per day (once per day is all my stomach can handle I think). So, if I have protein powder at one meal, not sure how to protein and calorie up the next (again: not a fan of beans or grains).

  34. Mhmmmm… Banana Ice Cream is the best – so quick to prepare and so delicious. But first when I saw the green bowl, I thought you made my all time favorite: Coconut Spinach Icecream with Vanilla… that is to die for!

  35. Mmm awesome!! When I ate dairy, my fav ice cream flavor was mint chocolate chip. I have been on a hunt for a vegan version for months haha. I will definitely be making this!!!

  36. YUM! Cannot wait to try this recipe. I love love loove recreating childhood favourites…especially ice creams and cookies. My favourite chocolate combo is chocolate and coffee or chocolate and chilis. :)

  37. This sounds great. It’s almost like an ice cream/smoothie combo. Love it! Very creative :)

  38. The homemade ice cream looks great, and the best thing is you don’t even need an ice cream maker! I should turn up the central heating and give it a go! Although I’ve never considered avocado in it, that would provide some creaminess!

    My favourite ice cream flavour would have to be this fig and walnut gelato they sell seasonally. Tastes amazing, and worth the whole $6 for the single scoop! Glad I came across this blog!

  39. this is awesome Lisa and so weird that I was thinking of mint chocolate chip ice cream just yesterday :) great recipe <3

  40. What a great summer refresher! I make one with avocado around Shamrock Shake season… why didn’t I think of how refreshing mint would be in the summer months?! Totally making this ASAP.

    Thanks for linking up to Strange But Good! Would you mind linking back in your post too? :)

  41. Are you KIDDING ME with this?! I am completely obsessed with mint chocolate. I need to run to the grocery store to buy mint leaves… now. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe!

  42. I am totally trying this tomorrow. Tomorrow!

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