We received an ice cream maker for Christmas, and I anticipated making lots of ice cream. But then in January, I got sucked into the whole Paleo thing and thought my ice cream eating days were over. Thankfully, there are some great “Paleo”(ish) recipes out there. These still contain some sugar (in the form of honey), but are a pretty yummy treat.
My kids liked this ice cream and were shocked/horrified to learn the green coloring came from … spinach! The recipe below is from the Unrefined Kitchen — I pretty much made it as proscribed, except that I doubled the ingredients. I should add, this was my first attempt making any kind of ice cream, and although it came out fairly soft, it still tasted great.
Paleo Mint Chip Chocolate Ice Cream
Slightly adapted from the Unrefined Kitchen
- 2 cans full-fat coconut milk
- 1 cup baby spinach leaves, lightly steamed
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 1.5 to 2 tsp. peppermint flavoring (start with less and add more if needed)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3/4 cup Dark Chocolate Chips — I like the Enjoy Life Brand, or you can also make your own
I cooked my spinach using a steamer insert in a pot — it took about 5 minutes to get it good and wilted.
Combine spinach and honey in a blender and blend on high until the spinach pulverized. I used a Vitamix and it ground it up pretty good. If you can still see flecks of green and if bothers you, you can strain it out with a strainer/ cheesecloth.
Add coconut milk, peppermint and vanilla and blend on medium to combine. Taste and adjust flavors if needed.
Pour mixture into ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s directions. In my case, it was simply pour it in and turn it on.
When the mixture reaches a soft-serve consistency, add in the chocolate chips. I let my mixer do the work, you could also mix by hand.
Enjoy right away or stick in the freezer to enjoy later!
Yield: ~4 cups..ish (I put it in 48oz yogurt tub to freeze and it was about 75% full).
Most ice cream makers require that you pre-freeze the bowl — usually for up to 24 hours before use. So, make sure you’ve got your ice cream maker bowl good and frozen before you start this endeavor!