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Spinach Ice Cream?

The spinach will be our little secret; I swear you cannot taste it at all!

Spinach Ice Cream

It’s an ice-cream version of a recipe posted a few weeks ago.

This recipe: Mint-Chocolate Milkshake.

(That shake is one of my fave recipes on the whole blog!)

mint ice cream

Finally the weather’s getting warmer. When I discovered that the temperature was a perfect 74 degrees, I decided to celebrate: with ice cream. Taking advantage of the waning spring-break hours, I invited two friends over to eat ice cream on the patio.

Yes, I really did serve spinach ice cream. And yes, my friends really did eat it all up! I honestly don’t even know why they allow me to feed them anymore, for how many times I’ve snuck funny things into their food—tofu chocolate mousse, spinach ice cream, kale milkshakes…My friends laughed when I told them the truth (after they finished eating). Then they requested more. (For theirs, I replaced the cacao nibs with regular chocolate chips. I know not everyone shares my love of those bitter little crunchies.)

Spinach Ice Cream


One of my Raw Dessert Recipes.

  • 2 frozen bananas, as ripe as possible
  • 2-3 drops pure peppermint extract
  • scant 1/16th tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup or more frozen spinach (I used 40g) (If you don’t like spinach, you can sub food coloring or omit completely.)
  • scant 2 tbsp milk of choice (I used almond milk)
  • chocolate chips or cacao nibs

Blend everything together in the Vita-Mix. (If you don’t have a high-powered blender, just add more liquid; it won’t be as ice-cream-like, but it’ll still taste good!) Use an ice-cream scoop for authentic-looking ice cream.

Not a fan of spinach?

If you prefer, try this recipe for real Healthy Mint-Chip Ice Cream.

(The above link is also much healthier than traditional mint-chocolate chip ice cream… but it doesn’t have spinach! So check that one out if you still don’t trust me about spinach ice cream!)

stir fry

After my friends left, I continued the St. Patrick’s Day theme (and the leafy-green theme) with dinner. It’s just a simple stir-fry over bulgur. But the mache greens look like four-leaf clovers! I also ate a spoonful of raw cashew butter, straight-up. Anyone else like eating nut butters straight-up?

How do you get your daily servings of leafy greens?

And thanks for all the feedback about My FAQ Page.

I really appreciate it!

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Freya says:

    LOVE IT!!!
    I eat a lorra lorra green smoothies – I say eat, not drink, cos they are soo thick 😛 best way to do it IMHO!

  2. VeggieGirl says:

    Whoa, fun idea for the spinach!

  3. Spinach icecream… now that is impressive hah. I love eating nut butters straight up, if I could only live off one food for the rest of my live it would be peanut butter!

  4. Hannah says:

    ooh wow! I’m always lovin’ spinach snuck into things, It’s so healthy and easy to blend into whatever. plus, it is such a nice green : )

  5. Gillian says:

    This is a genius idea! I would love to try this on my man and keep it a secret :)

  6. That ice cream looks perfect! Mint masks flavors well, so I believe that you ant taste the spinach. Definitely trying!

    I get my greens in a salad or two nearly every day. :)

  7. Cat says:

    Love it! I made a very similar ice cream for earth day last year!

    I bet your magic shell recipe would go great with that!! I have spinach in my smoothies almost every day and like to have a salad before lunch and dinner every day if possible. It was ingrained in my brain by my parents from an early age…

  8. SO CLEVER!! and it looks fabs- can you ever take an ugly picture of food? .. i can answer that: NO
    its actually SO GOOD when i find ways to sneak leafy stuff in my food- i LOVE veggies but i aint a HUGE fan of leaves!

    1. lol I’m emailing you. Look out for it…

  9. Rebecca says:

    This blew my heart! When I got my tinsels out, they told me to eat soft foods for 2 weeks.. so guess what I ate for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks:

    MINT CHOCOCHIP icecream :) my favorite ice cream. And such a good way to get some greens :) just what I need, i’m defs trying this tonight

  10. Disturbed says:

    That looks a-maazing!

  11. Aaaaaah this is SO amazing!! I need some peppermint extract STAT!! 😀

    I like greens EVERY way!! I’ve yet to find a way i DON’T like!! I think i’ll be getting my servings in ice cream form from now on… 😉 And Katie, eating nut butter straight up is not only normal, but totally recommended!! 😛

  12. The color is beautiful! I am loving on spinach lately in and on everything!

  13. I seriously can’t even handle how excited I am right to make that! lol! :)

  14. Lindsey in CO says:

    I’ve tried quite a few of your recipes and I’m always impressed – but spinach ice cream scares me. I’ll try to talk myself into it. LOL :)

    Yesterday Annika and I made roasted hazelnut butter in the food processor – yum! Totally worth eating straight-up!

    As for getting in my daily greens, I like to toss some kale in whatever soup I’m making. It is mild enough that I can usually get it past the kid and husband without too much complaint.

    1. You can easily leave the spinach out, too! :)

  15. Why have I never added spinach to my banana soft serve! I get tonsss of leafy greens via green smoothies and salads. But I could never say no to this ice cream!

    Slash giiiirl I eat nut butters straight up ALL the time! Often it tastes best that way:)

  16. i have a shamrock shake (kale or spinach + avocado + fresh mint and almond milk) and i try to eat a big salad every day. however, i love my greens so it isn’t too hard!

  17. katie says:

    this looks so good! LOVE it! I love you and your yummy recipes!!!

  18. Kiersten says:

    I’ve thought about trying to puree spinach and add it homemade ice cream before. I never actually had the guts to do it though, lol. Now I may have to try it. (I can’t believe your friends let you feed them either. My family is wary of my food even when it doesn’t have something “weird” in it)

  19. I eat greens in salads and stir-fries, but I also like to add a handful to smoothies — why not? I can’t taste them and it is so easy to do.

    I love how GREEN that ice cream is!

  20. awesome! I’ve also been thinking of turning a green monster into an icecream. i actually did it all last summer but just called them really thick smoothies :p

  21. Namaste Gurl says:

    How fun is wholemade mint ice cream without an ice cream maker! That’s the major plus about Vitamixs…..
    Have you tried avocado in a smoothie? The texture and taste it gives to smoothies is absolutely amazing; i think you’d love it! Or try shredded coconut! :)

    1. lol I just can’t bring myself to like avocado!
      P.S. Did you get my email?

  22. All of the above! I love my greens in smoothies, salads, soups, stir fries, steamed however I love them! That mint ice cream looks great – a good natural food colouring would be some spirulina!

    1. I’ve never tried spirulina! I’ll have to look for it!

      1. Amanda says:

        Spirulina is super-healthy and visibly great for the skin! :)

        That’s the plus…on the minus side, it has a *very* strong flavour. It’s completely vegan…but it tastes like fish food, bleugh. Not too surprising, considering it’s the main ingredient in most…fish food.

        I used to gulp down my daily dose of spirulina powder mixed with water and sweetener, whilst holding my nose tightly, then immediately grab a toothpaste laden brush and go crazy (tongue included). Would follow with an (unhealthy) diet coke just to get rid of any aftertaste burning through the toothpaste. It’s *that* strong…so not sure what it would be like in a recipe.

        The health benefits are too good to miss, so now I take the weaker but less hard-work tablet form.

        Thank you for the recipes Katie – looking forward to trying them. :)

  23. Tina says:

    Hi Katie,

    I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of months now and love it! Ever since you told the “Brocci, more brocci…” story, my 6 and 4 year old ask me to read your blog to them every morning. I wanted to say a special thanks for your PMS chocolate. My 9-month old who is still nursing gets really miserable when I have dairy or soy, and the only thing that has been a real sacrifice for me has been chocolate! There are very, very few chocolate items that don’t have soy lecithin in them! Ever since finding your blog, I’ve been making PMS chocolate, freezing it in bar form and breaking it apart for chocolate chips. I don’t want to be melodramatic or anything, but you may just have saved both of our lives! (Or at least made mine a whole lot better! And you know what they say, when Mama’s happy, everybody’s happy!) :)

    I also want to thank you for the recommendation of the Nu-Naturals vanilla stevia drops. I’d given up on finding a stevia that I could stand, but with your rave review, I decided to give it one more go, and I’m so glad I did!

    OK, one last thing – sorry to be long-winded! My 6 and 4 year olds think spinach smoothies and spinach ice cream are the best desserts ever. Smoothies are definitely our delivery-method of choice for greens around here. And if you’re ever out of mint extract, you can always just put fresh mint in with the spinach for even more green goodness. We like it both ways, and the fresh mint is free from the garden so we often go that route.

    Thanks again. We all love you around here!

    1. Oh wow, Tina, your comment made me smile SO SO much! And wow, you must have super-smart children to love spinach smoothies already. Can they come teach my mom? I have to put the smoothie in a dark glass for her to drink it, because she just cannot get over the green!

      Now I want to try your fresh-mint idea! *Runs to add “mint” to her grocery list*

      1. Tina says:

        Happy to make you smile! Spinach does make for super-smart kids, you know! When I make spinach smoothies for people who have a hard time with the green, I always make a strawberry banana one and add about a quarter cup of fresh grated beets for a full Vita-Mix blender. I know it sounds weird, but it makes for the most gorgeous strawberry-red color, it totally covers the green of the spinach, and the beets actually add a little sweetness. (I, of course, never tell the secret ingredient – everyone always assumes the strawberries made it so beautifully red!)

  24. Michaela says:


    I have question what kind of peppermint exctract do you use?

    Thanks a lot

    1. I just use McCormick pure peppermint. Make sure it says “pure” though, not imitation :).

  25. After the luck I had with your mint choc chip milkshake, I’m sure this is delicious!! You really can’t taste the spinach at all – the peppermint flavor is so strong. I eat nut butter straight up all the time – usually after a really tough workout, I crave it!

  26. Cathy Lange says:

    I go to a dairy farm here in Massachusetts that makes ice cream from asparagus, and it is totally awesome:

    1. Woah, that sounds hilarious! I know there’s also a festival (in TN?) where they make garlic ice cream!

  27. Wow! I want that ice cream now! It looks delicious.

  28. Lauren says:

    Wow this is a totally genius idea. I am in awe. I can’t wait till I have kids one day and can trick them with all sorts of healthy treats like this! Haha!

  29. Spinach in smoothies is the best way to get those greens in every day for me…I wouldn’t mind it in this ice cream, though!

  30. Renée says:

    YUM, making that asap.
    I’m also about to attempt the skinny fudge babies, I shall report back soon to let you know how they turn out!

  31. Oh my gosh, I love it! Great idea! :-)

  32. Brandie says:

    Except for the fact that I pretty much hate mint, that ice cream sure looks good! If it were just the spinach ice cream sans mint – Yum! :)

    That’s actually how we get our leafy greens in around here most of the time – well – not ice cream but blended, lol. Green Smoothies!! And esp. since the vegan 2 yr old of the house will NOT eat salad (“I don’t like salad Mommy” hahah!) He gets his in a smoothie. I swear, if I put it in a smoothie, he will DRINK it. Praise God he wouldn’t get greens otherwise!

    I personally like organic baby spinach or mixed field greens as fresh salad, with veg topinngs (‘shrooms, scallions, LOTS tomatoes! and usually nooch on top!) Or wilted. Also super yum. Collards anyone? MMmmmmm I have some too – now I must go eat them!

  33. Kelsey says:

    Genius! That looks so yummy!! :) Btw, I have given up sugar/sweeteners for lent and I’m totally scouring your blog as you have SUCH great sugar-free ideas!

    1. Ooo good luck! Definitely, I have a lot of sugar-free recipes. Now if you gave up chocolate on the other hand… you might not have liked my blog very much this month! 😉

  34. Veronica says:

    LOL–I think the more apt question would be “who doesn’t like eating nut butters straight up! I don’t know anyone that doesn’t. I loooove nut butters, especially peanut and almond. My problem is stopping at one spoonful. I could eat half a jar in one sitting. I like your take on mint chocolate chip ice cream–I need to try that on my hubby–it’s his fave ice cream flavor! I’ve made the banana soft serve icecream before by just blending up frozen banana (I use a food processor) but have never added anything else. This is a great variation! I mostly get my greens through salad too, but this is my favorite way to make kale (, and I’m going to make colcannon for St. Patrick’s day using kale instead of cabbage.

    1. Ooh wow, I am ALWAYS excited to find new kale recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  35. I used to make spinach pina colada popsicles for my kids when they were little

  36. My comment cut off… strange…

    I love that you called this chocolate MINT so no one would think twice about the spinach.

    I’ve been hesitant to try it with banana… because I can’t imagine the two flavors together.. but I’ll try just about anything!

  37. Hannah says:

    I need to try that!
    I always eat nut butters strait up….I think that’s why I go through them so fast, haha!

  38. Wow, you really crank them out don’t you?? I’ve been subscribed to your blog for a couple of weeks and the deliciousness just keeps coming, this looks wonderful!

    1. If only there were more hours in the day! I feel like they keep piling up on me. I think up new recipes way faster than I can write posts for them all :-?.

  39. I have mint choc chip softserve recipe, too, but I dont add anything that looks green to it :) Just the peppermint and I call it a day. I figure some of the high end mint choco chip ice cream isn’t actually green colored, so I skipped the greens. Don’t tell anyone :)

  40. I steam a mountain of broccoli (with leeks, beans, peas and red cabbage) for dinner just about every day… no, make that EVERY day!
    I can’t get enough spinach, usually sauted with mushrooms and pesto… but love the green monster thang too… :-)

  41. Aisha says:

    Katie, this looks so great; I’ve tried the banana “soft serve” before and aways wondered if it would work with spinach added in–one question, do you think it would taste the same if I used fresh spinach instead of frozen?
    Love your blog and your creativity!

    1. It will work just as well!! I just use frozen because it makes the smoothie colder. But I’ve done fresh before. It’s good with peaches too, although you might have to add a little sweetener.

  42. Kari says:

    Those little four-leaf greens are so freaking cute! I love this idea for some St. Patrick’s Day dessert.

    I sneak things into my friends’ food too. Tofu’s a favorite, Example, vodka penne: “What do you mean that wasn’t cream? You fed me tofu? Well I never.” Sometimes it’s best not to tell them until they’ve finished, good call.

  43. You are so creative! I usually get my greens in salads and stir frys…I know I need to expand my horizons!!!

  44. Oh my gosh. This is the best idea ever. I’m definately going to make this for St.Patty’s Day

  45. It looks so tasty and precious! My favorite way to consume spinach is this recipe, with added greens: (

    Chocolate PB Banana Shake


    -1 Banana

    -10-15 almonds

    -non dairy milk (use less for a thick shake & more for a medium thick shake)

    -2 tbsp PB

    -1 or 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

    -1 tbsp sweetener (agave, honey, sugar etc.)

    -1 serving silken tofu

    -1/2 cup ice



    Place everything in a blender. Mix until completely smooth. Enjoy!

    As always, you can add: coconut butter or coconut flakes, vegan chocolate chips, peanuts, and marshmallows

    Btw, made a milkshake of yours yesterday. It was very good :)

  46. I love green smoothies to get in spinach! I also use it daily in my lunch for wraps/sandwiches or a salad here or there. I love salad but hate making them. They never taste as good at home!

    This looks fabulous! I would never think to add the mint extract. Great thinking as always, Katie!

  47. I eat my nut butters straight up on a fairly regular basis… in fact, I usually polish off a spoonful of peanut butter before bed… keeps me full all night while I sleep!!! :)

  48. YUM!!! My family LOVES Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream!!! Now I can have some along with them!!! 😀


  49. Renée says:

    I made the skinny fudge babies using the directions you gave me and they taste great!
    The “batter” is a lot stickier than any I’ve made before, but I let them set in the fridge for an hour or two and they firmed up just fine :)

    1. Yay!!! I’m so excited you tried them… and that they worked! Yeah, the batter will be stickier because the nuts are dry and soak up the stickiness. But hey, sticky isn’t always a bad thing… look at caramels ;).

  50. BroccoliHut says:

    Great idea! I love my leafy greens–I most often eat them in salad form or in tofu or egg scrambles.

  51. Stefanie says:

    That looks good. It is a little richer in color then mint icecream but it looks tastier. My favorite way to eat my greens is in stir-fries. I also like to make kale chips.

  52. I had a huge green smoothie this morning. It’s my favorite way to get my greens!

  53. Christina says:

    Nut butter on a spoon?! Super yum :)

  54. that looks amazing! my favourite ice cream is mint chocolate chip but i can never eat it, so it makes me so happy that there is something out there that looks like it! i get my greens in the form of spinach in my smoothie every day. i also am having roasted veggie sandwiches for lunch this week and am adding some baby spinach to those. i should probably diversify my green intake :)

  55. Anonymous says:

    This isn’t about this post, but I didn’t really know where else to put this so I just decided to post it here anyway. I just wanted to say thank you so much for writing this blog, as it has really changed my life. I know it sounds silly but it is true. I have been recovering from a variety of illnesses recently and reading your posts has really changed my outlook. I won’t go into much about me, because really the point is to say thank you so very much, you will never know how much you have affected me. So I guess, regardless or whatever else happens, just know you have changed one person’s life for the positive

    1. Wow, I can’t even begin to thank you enough for such kind words! Truly, thank you!!! :)

  56. I always put spinach in smoothies so I can’t wait to make ice cream with it! Especially mint chocolate chip which is my favorite flavor!

  57. Tara says:

    That ice cream is so pretty, and so healthy too!
    I prefer to get my greens via hughjass salads. I eat one every day!!! A lot of people say “aren’t salads diet food? you’re not dieting!”, but the truth is I’ve always loved salad! My sister is 9 years old and asks for a salad for dinner every night. At least our parents got one thing right!!

    1. Haha people who say salad is diet food clearly don’t know how many calories are in places like Chili’s salads!

  58. bitt of raw says:

    I love green ice cream! Never made it mint though. Nice touch for St Patty’s.

    Made the raspberry fudge today. SO good! We both loved it.

  59. I am kind of LOVING the idea of “spinach ice cream”! I usually get my greens in by making GMs or creating salads with tonsss of toppings :)

  60. this looks amazing! i do something similar with my green protein smoothie, but never thought to add nibs and peppermint:)
    normally i get mine from a smoothie and some kale chips

  61. Gen says:

    I’d definitely eat spinach (or kale) ice cream!! hahahaha

  62. Youre so creative I love it!

  63. shannonmarie says:

    I love spinach n’ice cream. So much of my food is green. I put greens in just about everything. Maybe that’s why I don’t take as many pics for my blog. Of course, my salads are green, but so are my smoothies, shakes, puddings, n’ice creams, etc.

  64. OMG girl!!! That is blowing my mind away! It looks PERFECT for St. Patty’s Day 😀

    I normally get my greens through green smoothies or spinach salads, but I think I just found a new, even better, chocolate-covered way to get some greens 😉

  65. Anyone else like eating nut butters straight-up? Duh. 😉

  66. Patti says:

    Much healthier than using green dyes in the ice cream besides the nutritional benefits. I think avocado ice cream might work pretty good too if it could be kept from turning brown. I have had avocado smoothies in Morocco and they were wonderful, enough fat in them to be really smooth.

    1. I bet if you ate it right away, it would stay green!

  67. lisa says:

    i need to try spinach icecream!!

  68. Anon says:


    Someone has copied this recipe of yours without giving you credit.

    Here’s the link:

    1. Thanks so much for letting me know this! I have no idea why someone would think it’s ok to do such a thing! I went to the site, and apparently she took my deep-dish cookie pie recipe too :(. I emailed her, so hopefully she’ll stop posting my recipes as her own. I have big plans for some of my recipes!

  69. Diane says:

    Is this made with store-bought frozen spinach such as those boxes of Birds-Eye Brand?

    1. Yup! :)
      (But you could steam your own, too)

  70. Barbara says:

    Can’t wait to try this ice cream.

  71. You are TOTALLY amazing!!!!! What a wonderful ice cream!!! I can’t believe it has spinach in it and you can’t taste it! I’m definitely trying this! I can’t wait! thanks so much for sharing the recipe! :)

    1. Aww you are so sweet! I hope you like it :)

  72. Jess says:

    This also works well with zucchini as the base for the ice cream!

    1. Oh wow, now I want to try that! Sounds fun!

  73. ATD says:

    Can you make this without banana? We can’t have them.. :(

    1. Try subbing Thai coconut meat (the white, triangular coconut, not the brown one). Or maybe even mango or pear? Let me know how it turns out if you do try! :)

  74. vicki says:

    I’m sure when you said frozen spinach, you were refering to raw frozen spinach… didn’t know if that confused anyone since cooked spinach is usually used from a frozen state. Or am I confused?

    I am a lover of the green smoothie for getting dark leafy greens in my diet. In fact, strangely, I’m not a big fan of salads. Prior to my discovery of green smoothies I NEVER got greens in my diet. I’ve gotten pretty lazy lately. I buy bagged organic fruit instead of fussing w/prepping fresh fruit, but I always use fresh greens. I found THE BEST organic delivery service. They deliver a box of goodies to my front door once a week for a very reasonable price.

    I spent a year drinking only baby organic spinach w/different fruits before I was ready to branch out into the darker and bitter greens. Today I can say that I not only love Collards, Rainbow Chard, Carrot Tops and Kale, but I’m a huge fan of Dandelion greens too! still don’t like salad though 😉

    1. I meant the kind that’s already cooked and comes in a package… but now that I re-read my recipe, it’s supposed to be a “raw” recipe. I didn’t think about that! Oops!!
      But I’m sure raw spinach would work fine in the recipe! :)

  75. Zoe Williams says:

    OMG! This was absolutely amazing!
    I prefer it right after mixing it when its more milkshakey.
    I topped mine with mint & darkchoco chips :)
    Now i need to try experimenting other ways of this :)

  76. Natalie says:

    This was an absolute treat Had to use fresh spinach and vanilla instead of mint – all out :/
    However it was still delicious.
    You’ve got quite the knack for raw foods and I have quite the knack for making them for my toddler and myself.

  77. Amy says:

    I get green leafy veggies in my smoothies! I put frozen pineapple, spinach and apple juice in the blender! super yummy!

  78. I love my nut butters straight up!! And I’m so jealous that you had 74 degree weather today…

  79. Devan Peterson says:

    I am so excited to try this ice cream!

  80. Emily says:

    Has anyone tried this recipe in an ice cream maker? I have a blender, but would really like it as an ice cream consistency.

    1. I haven’t, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. If you try, let me know how it goes!

  81. Nicole says:

    Celebrating St. Patty’s Day a couple of days late with this recipe. Yum! Thanks Katie….and nope, you can’t taste the spinach at all!

  82. Nasim says:

    this is AMAZING!!! I combined it with the mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe and I didn’t have mint extract so I used fresh mint. Katie you are AWESOME!!! thank you for all the wonderful yummyness!!!!

  83. K says:

    If I only have a regular blender, would this work in a food processor?? o.o

  84. MJ Schrader says:


    I made this today in the blender, although I had to use 1/2 a cup of milk for a regular blender, it was amazing! And another advantage is that if you don’t add the chocolate chips you can give it to dogs, like my Katie! She is a 12 week old English Cocker Spaniel,
    Thank you! 2 months ago I took “cookie dough dip” to a function and people kept asked me about the peanut butter dip. :)


  85. Christina Jean says:

    Do you have your kale milkshake recipe somewhere? I love kale and that sounds absolutely delicious!

    1. I don’t… but maybe you could switch the spinach called for in my Healthy Shamrock Shake with kale? If you try it, let me know how it goes!

  86. Brittany says:

    What does the 2 T in the milk part stand for probably dumb question but Im new

    1. tbsp
      sorry for the confusion!

  87. Miranda says:

    I just made this for my kids. My toddler was demanding marshmallows and cookie dough for lunch, so to satisfy her raging sweet tooth and my desire to feed her healthily, I made this. They can’t get enough of it! They’re asking for seconds! Thanks SO much!

  88. Jessi says:

    Hi Katie,

    First of all, I’m such a fan! Thank you for your creativity and hard work! I’m a personal trainer, and I recommend your site to my clients. :-)

    I’m using my mother-in-law’s Vita-Mix to make your spinach ice cream (which is so fabulous, and I just finished a bowl!), and I was wondering if you had any trouble-shooting or tips for the Vita-Mix. Like, order of ingredients, blending time and/or level?

    My end product is great in flavor, but the texture is just a little wetter than I’d like it to be and wetter than how your pictures look, and I end up re-freezing it. My bananas go in rock-hard frozen, as well as the spinach, and I carefully add the milk in bit by bit. By the time everything is combined, the “frozen-ness” of the bananas is no more, and I get a very liquid, ice-cream-less texture. I think it’s because it takes such a long time for my bananas to get whipped up in the Vita Mix?

    What do you think? Product or user error? Ha ha…

    I’d appreciate any suggestions! Again, thank you!

    Much chocolate love and Namaste, Jessi

  89. bobbi says:

    I tried the spinach ice cream with canned spinach, not a good thing. greenish brown ice cream is not appetizing to look at and it didn’t’ taste good either. while I do like many of your recipes, I won’t be trying this one again.

  90. Hannah says:

    I made the ice cream and it was really liquidy is there anything I can do to thicken it up?(I used cocaunut milk because Im allergic to dairy)

    1. re-freeze, then re-blend in a vita-mix (or blend-tec), but not regular blender.

  91. Mandy says:

    Hi Katie!!! LOVE your site!

    I was curious, what is the reasoning for the bananas to be really ripe? Is it just for extra sweetness or for texture? I’m only asking because it’s pretty rare that we have extra ripe bananas at home, as they get eaten up so quickly after we buy them! If it’s the sweetness, could I just add some agave nectar to it, or will that mess with the texture? & if it’s the texture, could I do something to help the not-so-ripe bananas along, such as maybe baking them in the oven first to blacken them? Sorry, I’m a total newbie with stuff like this!

    1. Just for sweetness, so yes adding agave would work! :)

  92. Crystal says:

    Just made this and it was delicious! I gave it to my sister and she was like “wait…WHY IS IT GREEN?” But after she tried it she loved it! One tip….never ever EVER use a spoon to pour the peppermint extract and then use the same spoon to taste the ice cream…..You see your life flash before your eyes.

  93. Esther says:

    Reading this post just before having a conversation on Twitter about kale doughnuts made me create … kale doughnuts. Just thought I would share since you were part of the inspiration! And hopefully you’ll enjoy. :)

    1. Haha I loved your post. So creative!

  94. Sunnie says:

    THIS! Oh my, now that I have a Vita-Mix I NEED to make spinach ice cream!!! 😀 I’ve been eyeing this recipe for months, but I was afraid that my little magic bullet wouldn’t be able to handle it! 😉

  95. can you sub the spinach for peas? thanks! :)

    1. Haven’t tried it… it sounds like a fun experiment!

  96. jan jones says:

    this may be the very thing that gets me my blendtec! I have been telling my husband I need one so I can grind everything into tiny pieces so the kids won’t see the healthy evidence in things. This ice cream would definitely not work in my cheap blender from Wal-Mart!!! I know you can’t taste it, but my kids imagine they taste anything they can see.

  97. jessica jones says:

    just found your recipes and am super excited to try this ice cream! I have a question, your recipe says 1/4cup froz spinach, but you used 40g. How much is 40g in cups? might be a dumb question but I was curious. the more greens I can add in without messing up the ratio/consistency the better!


  98. Anonymous says:

    I learned this from the vitamix sales rep I met at our local Wegmans – but just used 1/4 cup apple juice concentrate, 2 cups of spinach, pineapple (or other fruit), and ice. I’ll have to try this version!

  99. Meghan says:

    any suggestions to replace banana?

  100. Sarah says:

    How strong is the actual banana taste in this recipe? I wouldn’t mind eating them but I really don’t like the taste! Does the mint cover most of it up?

  101. Ana says:

    D E L I C I O U S!

  102. Glitz&GlAmber says:

    Hi Katie! I lovelovelove your website! I’ve tried several of your recipes and have never been disappointed! I love pretty much anything chocolate and I love how allergen friendly your recipes are considering I have so many of them! It’s hard to find so thank you so much for what you do! You have a real talent and gift :) please keep up the fabulous work!
    So I was just wondering if there’s anything I could sub for the bananas with? I don’t have any and reallyy want to make this! Maybe almond milk? Canned coconut milk? Ah I don’t know…What do you think would work the best? I adore ice cream and have missed it so much since having to be dairy and gluten free! Plus I love finding ways to sneak spinach, kale and veggies into things without tasting it! I would so appreciate it if you could let me know what you think I could use in place of the bananas when you get a chance! Thanks so muchh :) I hope you are enjoying your Sunday!
    God bless,
    -Amber :)

  103. Julene says:

    I made this over the weekend for my father who is in the hospital and has been craving ice cream, but really can’t have the regular stuff just now. It tasted delicious, which is really all that mattered to me, but the color was a little….sickly. Kinda baby poop greenish/brown. Do you think it was a difference in spinach or was it because I blended in the semi-sweet chocolate chips? I just used regular frozen spinach. I’d love to make it again because it was so yummy, just would be nice if it was prettier.

  104. Illyria says:

    Would you mind so much as to put the nutritional info link on here please :)

  105. Lianna says:

    I find it so hilarious that you can’t taste the spinach! I love it! For this recipe I didn’t use chocolate chips, but I added 2 tbs cacao powder instead. Oh and I used my Cuisinart food processor, so it was kinda like frozen yogurt. What a great way to get a serving of veggies! My dad will never know! XD

  106. Leah says:

    How could I adapt the recipe for popsicle molds? Some coconut milk and more peppermint, so that the flavor isn’t watered down?

  107. Rachelle says:

    LOL, my daughter tasted it and said “it tastes like a smoothie”. Except she didn’t like it. And yet she drinks spinach/kale smoothies as part of her meal almost every night. Ours looked very different than the picture here. Oh well.

  108. Hannah says:

    Can you use Kale in this?

  109. cristina says:

    Hi Katie,
    I made your ice cream.
    It was fantastic! I changed the recipe a little bit.
    And now, my grand-daughter want it for her snack!

    1. Thank you so much for making it!

  110. Jenelle says:

    I just fed this to my anti-veggie 4 year old (without the chocolate chips) and he loves it. Muahahaa mom wins again. Thanks, Katie!

  111. Marissa says:

    I love your recipes :) just made my son the mint chocolate chip ice cream and he loved it!!!! I can’t believe I never thought to do something so simple!!! I make them a green smoothie almost every day w almost the same ingredients but ne Ed thought to make ice cream!!! Genius 😉

  112. Anna says:

    Thinking of trying this with mint leaves instead of extract. Do you think that’s worth a try?

  113. Tressa says:

    First – everything of yours I’ve made has been delicious. I love it all!

    Where do you get your cacao nibs? What kind? I fall into the “lovers of cacao nibs,” but haven’t ever found them. I’m either looking in the wrong place or never think to look when I’m in the right place! :)

    1. Unofficial CCK Helper says:

      Try whole foods or a health food store. Ask a store clerk. Or you can buy on amazon.