Healthy Ice Cream Alternatives | Mint Chocolate Chip ‘Ice Cream’ Recipe

I love ice cream. I mean, loooooooovvvveee it. Its cold, melty, comforting sugary goodness envelopes you after a rough day, soothes a broken heart and relieves PMS like no other. Since National Ice Cream Day (yes it’s a thing) is next Sunday – July 19th – and yes, it’s on my calendar, we’re coming at you with some yummy ice cream alternative recipes. You see, I had to give up dairy (it was a sad day), but the cravings for it were strong. This week on our Instagram – @gofitted – we’ll be featuring some of our favorite dairy-free ice cream alternatives and here on the blog, we will feature some of our favorite ice cream alternative recipes to help you curb that sweet tooth.

Healthy Dairy-Free Ice Cream Alternatives

A few of my favorite dairy-free ice cream alternatives are by So Delicious. They make to-die-for coconut milk based products and ice cream is one of them. Try this one and you can thank me later:

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The only problem is that it still does have 18g of sugar in 1/2 cup and for a recovering sugar-a-holic, that’s way too much. Forlorn, I would limit myself to a spoonful or two of it and try to exert the willpower; the problem is, we here at fitted. believe that life and its possibilities should be limitless (and I think ice cream could fit into that category).

Plus eating one spoonful just made me crave more.

So, I created a banana ice cream alternative (recipe coming soon) which was delicious until I got sick of the taste of banana. What’s a girl with a sweet tooth (but trying to curb the sweets) to do? And then I stumbled upon Spinach Ice Cream. Whaaaaa? How is that even possible?

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I was walking through Costco, and the Blendtec rep caught my attention. My favorite kitchen appliance is my Blendtec blender, so I usually swing by to see what goodness is being demonstrated. My little ears heard, “ice cream,” and I perked up. I made a beeline for the table, shoving people out of the way (not really, okay, maybe one person) to grab a cup of this green “ice cream” she was offering. Lo and behold, it was delicious. She explained what she put in it and said, “Google, ‘Popeye’s Ice Cream.”

 

I experimented with a few recipes I found and ended up combining a few of it together. I even snuck in avocado, and my 10-year-old loved every bite. I tried to take some pictures, but the family ate it so fast we were almost done before I remembered to grab my camera.

Blendtec has a video with the recipe, which you can find below. I made some with my own tweaks (recipe, with tweaks below).

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Healthy Ice Cream Alternative | Mint Chocolate Chip ‘Ice Cream’ Recipe

Ingredients:

3/4 C Half & Half (Didn’t have it, so I used creamer, but you could also use almond milk, coconut milk, etc.)
1/4 C Agave (I don’t like Agave and have heard that it may not be as great for you as everyone says it is, so I used a little bit of raw honey)
2/3 C Powdered Milk (Eliminated this completely; used an avocado instead)
2 C Spinach
1 1/2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract (I used 3 drops of Doterra’s peppermint oil instead)
2 1/2 C Ice Cubes
(I also added a handful of semi-sweet, mini gluten-free chocolate chips, though I’m sure any kind of chocolate would be fine).

Directions:

Add ingredients to jar in order listed, secure lid, select “Ice Cream.”

Tune in later this week where I’ll be posting my banana protein “ice cream” alternative. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Like us on Facebook for more updates!

Hanssie
Hanssie is the Communications Director for fitted. In her free time, she runs marathons to get medals, counts the days until her next cheat meal (as well as her macros), rescues big dogs and blogs about the divorced life when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com and follow her on her various social media sites (below).

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