Vegan Peppermint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Kevin and I have been busy bees this week!

The weather’s been hot, the sunscreen is running on empty, ice cream has been flowing, and our backyard projects are finally coming together.

Among other things, we dug a 24″ deep trench for the conduit cable for our new bug zapper.

Take THAT mosquitoes. Mwahaha. I know it sounds evil, but you should see the size of the mosquitoes this year.

And when I say “we” I mean Kevin did while I was off making dairy-free recipes (like this ice cream) for the hot weather!

And, look at the columnar aspens we have in the backyard!

I see them out of the corner of my eye when I’m in the kitchen and keep thinking it’s a person. Scares me every time.

This weekend is the weekend to end all projects. It’s the go big or go home weekend.

If we stick to the plan, we should have grass, mulch, gravel, stepping stones, a garden in our front yard, hedging, and flowers by the end of the weekend.

I think it’s fair to assume that I’ll be knee deep in dirt from Friday afternoon to Sunday night. But we’ll finally have a yard when all is said and done!

Okay, on to the ice cream.

Mmm… dairy free, sugar free, vegan ice cream.

Remember, Kevin hates dried fruit and knew that I’d put dates in this recipe. After polishing off his second bowl, he said he would willingly take this stuff through IV. Caution: it could have been the heat stroke talking.

One thing we’ve been trying lately is adding cashews, protein powder, and chickpeas to our ice creams. I didn’t try it with this recipe, but you definitely could give it a whirl.

Vegan Peppermint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free

A healthy vegan peppermint chocolate chip ice cream made with just 6 ingredients.

Yield: 3 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cans of lite coconut milk
  • 6 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • handful of raw spinach
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs

Directions

Combine all ingredients but cacao nibs in blender until smooth.

Freezer style: pour into 2 freezer safe bowls, stir in the cacao nibs, and place in the freezer for at total of 1.5-2 hours, removing every 30 minutes to whisk so that it doesn’t set into an ice cube. When it gets to a soft serve ice cream consistency it’s done!

Ice cream maker style: place mixture in your ice cream maker, drop in cacao nibs and allow to churn until desired consistency is met. If you’re like us and can’t wait, serve straight from the ice cream maker. If you have patience, place the ice cream in a freezer safe container and allow to freeze for 1-2 hours before serving.

Optional: try adding 1/4 cup cashews to the blender to make the ice cream a bit “creamier”

I grew up in a small town which; at the time, had about 7,000 residents and the best ice cream shop in the province, MacKays Ice cream. Dairy Queen had nothing on this place.

Our parents would let us stop at MacKays every Sunday on our weekly bike rides through town. I went for the cookie, brownie, deep chocolaty ice creams. My dad on the other hand, loved his tiger ice cream. That stuff still grosses me out to this day.

My sister would go ga-ga over bubble gum, and my mom loved her vanilla bean.

Amazing that I can remember that.

Now a-days I love a good lavender, fruit based, or peppermint ice cream. I do still have a soft spot for brownie pieces though.

Maybe brownie should be the next ice cream contender in our kitchen?

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

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  1. Yummm! And only 6 healthy ingredients makes it an awesome treat in the summer heat :)
    I like seasonal ice cream flavors, like pumpkin and mint in the fall and winter or watermelon or coconut in the summer!

  2. I’ve always loved peppermint chocolate chip! Which is ironic, because the chips always drove me nuts, getting stuck in my teeth – but I loved mint :P
    Your yard is looking great – you must be glad that the end is in sight, too :) It’s going to look fantastic when it’s all said and done, and the ice cream looks like such a refreshing eat after a long hot day working on it ;)

  3. I don’t get the tiger tail thing either. It grosses me out!!! This ice cream on the other hand, looks amazing. I like that you give the freezer alternative to making it, but I still want an ice cream maker. I actually was looking at them and they’re pretty reasonable in price. All the more reason to go and get one! My favourite flavour is probably cotton candy. I’m still trying to figure out if there’s a way to replicate the flavour in healthy form…

  4. Good luck with the home projects! We’ve got some of that planned for this weekend too.

    I love cookies and cream ice cream — it was what my parents always bought (when we actually had ice cream in the house) and I absolutely love it — especially when there are big chunks of cookies in there.

  5. Oh my gosh. Mint chocolate chip is my favorite flavor of all time!!!! AAHHHHH!!!!! Love this :D And I have tried freezer methods before, but it just isn’t the same I guess. I’ll have to try your method…or just buy a darn ice cream maker!!!!

  6. That looks so good! GReat job on making it look like mint choc chip (love the handful of spinach trick!) but being vegan, GF, and only 6 ingredients. Nice!

    The yard and the projects…can’t wait to see how it all comes together and huge mosquitoes? Oh gosh I remember those types of bugs..they are like small children they are so big…haha!

    :)

  7. Ok, I really really really want to try this out, the only thing that I’ve made since going 90 to 95 percent plant based is soft serve banana and it is delicious!

    Thank you, and by the way your photography skills are amazing!!

  8. I can’t wait to try this! I love that you used spinach in it. Mint was my childhood favorite (not that I don’t love it still), but my favorite now is salted caramel. Or vanilla with peanut butter swirls. Or that new Ben & Jerry’s Late Night Snack – it had potato chips in it!!!

  9. This sounds amazing! I’m a vanilla girl through and through. It may sound boring, but I love adding different flavors to it (mostly caramelized bananas). I also love my brown sugar oatmeal ice cream! I love oatmeal, so this is just another way for me to get away with eating it!

  10. What a great recipe! I’m definitely going to try this one. I like that you told us how to do it with a freezer…I don’t have an ice cream maker, so I’ve never tried to make any ice cream that doesn’t have a frozen banana base.

    • I’ve tried almond milk ice cream and it was a total bust. Soy milk may work.

    • You can make the recipe with out it an ice cream maker! In fact, I kinda like it better… go figure.

  11. Yum, I love mint chocolate chip ice cream – it’s probably one of my favs :) Although I always hated how the chocolate chunk kinds never melted nicely so I made a version with chocolate mixed with coconut oil so they would melt. So yummy, but it didn’t photography very nicely, haha. I think I have to make it again because I loooove mint and chocolate.
    Love seeing your yard updates. And I’m totally up for some revenge on some mosquitoes. I don’t know about you guys but they have been awful down here!

  12. Honestly, I just love plain vanilla!!! I’ve been making my own ice cream lately and loving it :) I do raw milk and cream with maple syrup and really good vanilla. It’s the right amount of sweet without crazy amounts of sugar. I’ll be making blackberry ice cream tonight though with freshly picked berries from our property :)

  13. One word: AMAZING!!!
    I heart choco mint ice cream – but not the dairy allergy side effects.
    Can this be done without an ice cream maker?

    • Yes, it can! The directions for the freezer version are part of the recipe. Good luck!

  14. Ah, this looks so good! I love the colour, and peppermint+chocolate is such a great combination!
    My favorit ice cream flavor is pistachio with chocolate chip <3 Havent had it since I cut dairy years back though.. Please create one for me :D

  15. I wonder if almond milk can be used in place of the coconut milk…? Or is the fat in coconut milk that makes this ice cream actually creamy? I would have never thought to add dates to ice cream as the sweetener!

    Only when summer rolls around do I really start wishing I had an ice cream maker… and a Vita-Mix for making smoothies… Sigh! As for favourite ice cream flavour: it’s hard to choose! I think chocolate chocolate chip or plain chocolate wins for me (or Belgian chocolate), but when I visit a Cows ice cream store (a P.E.I. company!) I always, always get bubblegum! Although I can’t anymore since I’ve developed an allergy to egg yolks… :(

    Gorgeous photography here, by the way. Love the mint garnish – so pretty!

    • I’ve tried making almond milk ice cream and it’s been a total fail each time. It just gets really icy. As for the ice cream maker, I think they’re highly overrated. If I’d have known how they actually worked, I don’t know if I would have bought it. I included non-ice cream maker directions and I actually prefer that method! And thanks for your kind words, Jenny :)

  16. I was just at MacKay’s this weekend after a kick ass hike, I love that place. Your photography is so playful and amaaaaazing!

  17. I didn’t realise you could make ice cream without a proper ice cream maker! Ahh the possibilities! Thank you for opening my eyes! :) My favourite flavours tend to be anything chocolate based! Love the idea of peanut butter ice cream but have never tried it… a project in the making perhaps! :) Have a great weekend getting your garden sorted!

  18. Anything with chocolate fudge swirls and cherries- maraschino ( sp? :) ) or bing tops my list of outrageously yummy ice-cream flavors..

    With maraschino cherries –
    Chocolate Cherry Cordial was my fave for a l-o-n-g time. Deep Chocolate ice cream base, rich chocolate fudge swirled throughout, and chunks of maraschino cherries.

    With bing cherries –
    I loved Winter White Chocolate from 31 flavors. It had a White Chocolate ice-cream base, chunks of dark chocolate shavings swirled throughout, chocolate fudge swirl, and juicy pieces of bing cherries.

    ((sigh)) I miss ice cream!!

  19. Yum, looks delicious! These recipes make me so happy that my birthday present from the boyfriend was an ice cream maker. I’m assuming you chopped the dates?

    The bowls you used are so cute, and your photography setup looks so bright!

  20. Love love love peanut butter chocolate ice cream! In fact, I cheated today and had it even though I can’t have dairy, peanut butter or sugar! Maybe you can teach me an alternate almond chocolate ice cream recipe?? But the peppermint one looks awesome too!

    • Hi Jocelyn, I’ve made chocolate almond ice cream before, just haven’t put it on the blog. All I did was mix: 1 can coconut milk, 3 medjool dates, 2 tbsp cacao powder, 1 tsp vanilla extract in a blender. Then stirred in 1/4 cup sliced almonds. Place in the freezer, or ice cream maker. Halfway through completion, add almond butter. You could also try sunbutter if you like the peanut taste. It tastes very similar. Happy indulging ;)

  21. Wow that sounds like one powerful bug zapper?! This is honestly the most imaginative ice-cream I’ve ever seen. I’m going to try the pan method first but this really makes me want to invest in a machine.

  22. Have your had any luck freezing this ice cream for longer periods and bring able to scoop it? I’ve been experimenting with all kinds and methods of frozen yogurts and I’ve creams (low fat, sugar free) and I haven’t yet yielded anything that’s not rock-hard after freezing. I’m determined though! What do chickpeas and protein powder do for your ice cream?

  23. Great recipe, I like the addition of the spinach, I’m always trying to cram a few extra green into all my recipes so this one will definitely be worth trying. I like to crumble Peppersmith natural mints over minty ice cream, gives it a bit of crunch and zing, especially the new lemon flavour (all natural, tooth friendly mints and gum, so no guilt).

  24. Ummmm…. *DROOL* – chocolate and mint together? While being dairy and sugar free? This looks great! Also, good luck with the rest of your yard project, yay bug zapper! :)

  25. Amazing recipe!! I added a drizzle of maple syrup and a handfull of cashews. TO DIE FOR. Thanks!!

  26. Seriously I adore your site! This recipe has me intrigued, it sounds so interesting with the mix of flavors! I am excited to try it:-) My favorite ice cream is pineapple, from a local shop in my hometown of Michigan:-) Take care, Terra

  27. This look amazing! I have some liquid stevia and I just got an ice cream maker and want to try this recipe! How much liquid stevia should I use to substitute for dates?

    • Just a couple of drops should do the trick! When we use liquid stevia in ice cream we add about 10 drops total. Enjoy!

  28. Ah, this looks fantastique! If my son weren’t sleeping, I would crank the blender right this moment…but soon enough!!

    Thank you for yet another great recipe!

  29. My favourite ice cream was always Chocolate Mousse from Baskin Robbins, which I would only get two, maybe three times a year. My favorite in the summer is Vanilla Bean or sherbet and in the winter it’s Peppermint. I’ts not Christmas without Peppermint ice cream and with chocolate chips or cocao nibs, I can’t imagine a better combo. Thank you so much for this recipe. Like I said on Facebook, it’s exactly the recipe I wanted the most for the ice cream maker I just got. So it will be the first batch made :)

    • Congratulations on your new ice cream maker. I can remember the day I got mine, I was so excited to get home and make ice cream until I realized you have to freeze the bowl for 2 days. Sad moment I tell ya.

    • Sure thing, you could use anything to sweeten the ice cream, really. Raisins, honey, brown sugar, brown rice syrup, stevia, whatever you have on hand.

  30. This was amazing. Used in my Vitamix 750 which mixed it before the kds knew it had spinach. Thy LOVED it. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    • That’s great, Lisa Marie. I’m happy everyone liked it :)

  31. Oh dear,hahaha, I tried this, and whisked it every 30mins:( sadly the outer side iced and the inner bit remained slushy. No soft swirl for me. Oh well, will try again soon.

    • Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that, Poorvi. I’ve made this recipe many times in my freezer and never had an issue. Did you divide the mixture into two bowls?

  32. Can you use stevia instead of dates?

    How many servings does this make?

    Can you freeze leftovers?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Chris – you are keeping me on top of my GAME! lol

      I’m sure you could use stevia – perhaps 1/4 teaspoon?

      Servings = 2

      Freeze… yes, then just defrost slightly and whip up again.

    • Thanks Vera! I’m happy you’re diggin’ the dairy-free!

  33. Thank you for this wonderful recipe! I was wondering could you also add almond milk instead of coconut milk ?

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