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Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting Shots

A good-for-you frosting that can be used on cupcakes or cookies or can be eaten by itself, with NO shortening, no heavy cream, no butter, and no sugar needed. Recipe here:

This mint-chocolate cream is great for any of the following:

  • As a frosting for cakes or cupcakes
  • For peppermint ice cream sundaes or brownies
  • As a rich and decadent pudding or mousse
  • To make friends with leprechauns!

mint chocolate chip cupcakes

For a St. Patrick’s Day dessert, try it on my Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes.

But let’s get back to that fourth suggestion for a moment… As a school project when I was in second grade, our teacher gave us the task of constructing a leprechaun trap. I tried to sound grown-up, telling everyone I didn’t believe in leprechauns. Secretly, however, I was very excited and spent weeks creating what I thought was a surefire leprechaun trap, complete with golden-coin bait, a sticky-tape floor, and rainbow walls. If I remember correctly, there was even a cereal bowl filled with Lucky Charms.

It was quite an elaborate trap!

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On St. Patrick’s Day, I woke up extra early (think Christmas-morning early) and dressed for school at lightning speed, scowling as my little sister took her sweet time. When we reached the school building, I jumped from the car and ran through the halls to my second-grade classroom, which was still locked. Even the teacher hadn’t arrived yet. Impatiently, I tried to peek through the door’s small window, but it was impossible to see anything in the dark. Yet I knew he was in there… a real, live leprechaun.

You know how the story ends, right?

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Teacher arrives, opens the door, turns on the lights…

And no leprechaun.

Some of the golden coins are eaten, the cereal is strewn across the floor, and a handwritten note is left in each student’s box: Your trap was very good. But it was no match for me. Better luck next time.

I was so disappointed!

mint chocolate chip frosting

Now I would like to go back to that second-grade classroom and try again.

Even a cunning leprechaun won’t be able to resist the charms of these creamy frosting shots. Smile

I still believe!

mint chocolate frosting shots

Mint Chocolate Frosting Shots

(free of shortening, and can also be sugar-free)

  • 1 (13.5oz) can full-fat coconut milk – must be the canned type
  • 1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp pure peppermint extract
  • pinch pure stevia OR 1 tbsp powdered sugar, or to taste
  • optional: 1/8 tsp spirulina or a few drops green food coloring (I used spirulina)
  • optional: chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips

Open the coconut milk, and if it’s not already super-thick, leave the can in the fridge overnight. (Don’t shake the can before you open it.) The coconut milk should get very, very thick. (Every now and then, you may unfortunately encounter a can that just doesn’t have enough fat content and therefore never gets thick. I highly recommend Thai Kitchen Organic. Or, if you can find coconut cream at an Asian market or Trader Joe’s, you can use that instead – it will work every time! A hint is to shake the can when you’re at the store. If you can hear the liquidy contents swishing around, it’s probably too thin to work for this recipe.) Once thick, transfer only the thick and creamy portion to a bowl and whip in your sweetener with a fork, or with beaters if you want to be fancy and get stiff peaks like real whipped cream! (I used a Magic Bullet for the frosting shots in the photos.) Best to store frosted cupcakes in the fridge, or frost at the last minute, so icing stays firm.

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Do you remember any of your school projects?

I guess I was strange in that I kind of loved school projects. Puppet shows, paper dolls, skits, giant posters… the more elaborate, the better. And book reports? Yes, I loved those too!

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Published on March 6, 2013

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    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Thanks for pointing this out. I admit I am probably not as vigilant about avoiding bpa as I should be. Personally, I do use the TJ’s coconut cream now that there is a TJ’s in Texas! If you can find it, I highly recommend that one, both because it is bpa-free AND because you don’t have to worry about getting a “bad” can that doesn’t have enough fat.

    • Brittany says

      Hey, You should go on youtube and search leansecrets shamrock shake, it’s really healthy and It tastes just as good as the real thing!

  1. Angie says

    Looks great, I love mint! I wanted to share a story with you. My ten year old daughter wants to make a cake for me for my bday. She asked me where the nook was so she could go to your site for a recipe. Thanks for being part of the village! It’s so hard to try and raise kids with healthy eating habits and your recipes let us still indulge without the harm. God bless you!

  2. Emma says

    Funnily enough, I did a project on the history of chocolate in what you would call third grade – it was so interesting!

  3. [email protected] OmNom Love says

    Sooo making this on St. Paddy’s day! Or today. 😉 I’ve yet to try your chocolate and pumpkin frosting shots, but I have made plain vanilla coconut whipped cream (It was delicious!). Mint chocolate sounds much more exciting! 😀

  4. Kimberly says

    I’m laughing at the story about the leprechaun traps. My kiddos put out traps every year too but their traps are a bit different… instead of trying to catch the leprechaun, they try to convince him/her to put his/her gold into the trap. Every year they’ve found some “gold” coins in there so it must work. 😀

  5. Ashley @ Blissful Basil says

    In third grade, we did a year-long class project that involved us petitioning to have a postage stamp dedicated to grandmother’s, in general. It was quite the class project and we ended up being written about in newspapers and even had a news story filmed for CNN! In the end, we never got that stamp approved but it was quite memorable 🙂

  6. LisaR @ Who Stole My Baby? says

    I have a question. How do you eat a frosting shot? With a spoon? Or do you kind of suck it out of that little paper thing or use your tongue to lick at it? Because I don’t want to look like an idiot when I make this. But it would be funny to watch my friends try to figure it out.

  7. Lisa says

    Oh my gosh, these look truly amazing!!! I’ve made “ice cream” with coconut milk, but never thought of frosting. These are perfect for St. Patty’s day coming up too, of course:)

  8. Ali @ Ali Eats Clean says

    These look so good! I’ve tried your chocolate frosting shots before and I loved them, so I can’t wait to try these since I like mint flavored anything.

  9. Jacque Foster says

    I love the idea of a leprechaun trap project! Every year my friend overturns chairs and tables, rearranges pictures on the wall, hanging some upside-down, spray-paints her kids’ hair green, paints their faces with green paint, puts clover-themed socks on their feet, puts green food-coloring in their milk and performs other acts of mischief around the house, blaming it on the leprechaun come morning. The kids have to go to school like that on St. Patrick’s Day. I love it! (Sorry I didn’t answer your question–this idea is too good not to share, though. 🙂

  10. Amy @Fun With Family and Fitness says

    This looks so yummy and super easy to make! I just need the can of coconut milk and I’m ready to go! 🙂

  11. Katy @ Katyskitchen says

    I think one of my favourite school projects was one in Hawaii. I guess it was more of a class activity than a project. We made a local treat- spam musubis. I definitely did not eat mine…gross! But the fact that we were “cooking” in school was so much fun!

  12. Gini says

    I have to give your kudos on your new site and all the recipes you post. I am as far from vegan as you can get, but even I am willing to try your redesigned recipes. My niece and her boyfriend are vegan and he owns a vegan restaurant in Syracuse, NY. I have to say some of the stuff I have sampled hasn’t been the best, but I have had vegan choc chip cookies and we very impressed. I can’t wait to try your recipes. Who knows, maybe I will be willing to give up my red meat. Thanks again!

  13. Mallory says

    This is probably something I should know, but how do you get spirulina by itself? Is it a powder? I always just see it included in things I buy =) but I’m OBSESSED with making anything I can green!!

  14. Anna @ Your Healthy Place says

    I love that you used spirulina for the green! Now that I’ve had the chocolate version of these frosting shots I’m ready to try every variety ;). I love the idea of using these in homemade ice cream…mmm…

  15. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning says

    I have been obsessed with the chocolate-peppermint combo lately (thanks to NuNaturals!) and having something with it almost every day. Usually it’s a “healthy” shamrock shake or simply just putting a few drops of chocolate and peppermint liquid stevia into some plain Greek yogurt. Mmmmmm.
    I love the idea of frosting shots (because I’m way too old to do “real” shots!)

  16. Violet says

    The regular grocery store near where I live has coconut cream, it’s just in kind of a weird location. They keep it in what I think they intend to be the “weird people ingredients” section, along with ghee, vanilla pasta, and cacao nibs.

    • Violet says

      ^and I live in a small town. point being that even if u don’t live near a Trader Joe’s u still might find coconut cream

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