One of my friends inspired me to try my hand at a great, healthy ice cream. My favorite ice cream when I was young was mint chocolate chip. I would never consider ordering anything else. However, since sugar doesn’t work for me anymore- mint chocolate chip ice cream is just not an option anymore- or is it.
A couple of years ago, I purchased an inexpensive 2-Quart ice cream maker. I never really got brave enough to try making ice cream without the traditional sugar, milk, and cream until recently. I mastered vanilla and chocolate using coconut milk, xylitol, stevia, vanilla, and cocoa powder. I was pretty amazed that the coconut milk turned into a nice creamy ice cream. The best part is that it is dairy free and sugar free!
Last night, I thought I would get a little more daring and attempt a mint chocolate chip ice cream. The result was just what I needed to bring back those childhood memories of the ice cream shop.
Here’s the recipe:
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream- Sans Sugar and Dairy
1 cup xylitol
1 teaspoon peppermint flavored liquid stevia
1 1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 handfuls cocoa nibs
Mix the first 4 ingredients with a hand mixer until xylitol is dissolved. Add cocoa nibs and put into the ice cream maker (follow your machines instructions). Mine took about 25 minutes and came out with a soft-serve type texture. Transfer to a glass container, cover, and freeze for a firmer ice cream.