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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

It is so hot here!

Can someone please invent the Ice Cream Diet?

Where you eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? A few of you told me there already is an ice cream diet. Why am I surprised? After all, there’s a grapefruit diet, a cabbage soup diet, even a No White Foods diet. So why not ice cream?

healthy mint chocolate chip ice cream

Why not, indeed.

Hey, it can still be a healthy diet.

After all, there’s always this: Spinach Ice Cream.

Yay! We can now follow an ice cream diet and be healthy at the same time. So go ahead and embrace your new healthy ice cream diet right away, by devouring a gigantic serving of the following recipe for healthy mint chocolate chip ice cream. I guarantee that, by the time you finish your serving, you won’t feel hot anymore.

And if it happens to be cold where you live… please send some of your cold weather to me in Texas. I’ll happily mail you our hot weather in return!

mint chocolate chip ice cream

Maybe I wouldn’t want to be on an all-ice-cream diet. I’d miss my pancakes and oatmeal too much! Not to mention salads, beans, and even spaghetti. But if I were to eat ice cream all the time, mint chocolate chip—my favorite, as a kid–would probably be the flavor I’d consume most often.

Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

(Makes 1 huge serving)

  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • scant 1/16 tsp salt – don’t omit
  • pinch uncut stevia OR 1 tbsp sugar of choice
  • 1 cup milk of choice – See note below
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips OR sugar-free chocolate chips (recipe on page 199 in the book)
  • 3-6 drops pure peppermint extract, or as desired
  • optional, I like to add 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • optional pinch spirulina or natural food coloring

*This ice cream has a very light texture when made with almond milk. For a creamier texture that’s more like real ice cream, use coconut milk–the kind that is full-fat and comes in a can, not a carton–or cashew cream. To make it look like real ice cream, scoop out with an ice cream scoop.

Mix the ingredients together, and pour into ice cube trays or 2 shallow containers. Freeze. Once frozen, pop the blocks out of the container and blend in your Vitamix. (If you don’t have a vitamix for vitamix ice cream, you’ll probably have to thaw longer, but you can still get a yummy ice milk. Or try this healthy ice cream in your ice-cream maker.) Feel free to add more chocolate chips, post-blending. But be sure to add the 1-2 tbsp before blending!

View Mint Ice Cream Nutrition Facts


Serving suggestion: Serve with a side of fresh mint. And…

healthy shamrock shakes

Accompany it with this recipe: Healthy Shamrock Shakes.

Milkshakes are allowed on the Ice Cream Diet, right? There’s spinach in this milkshake too!

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Published on July 6, 2011

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  1. Allie says

    Yup, peanut butter diet, I’d be all over that. But hey, if you stick to the mint-chocolate chip ice cream diet, you’re ALSO hitting up the no white foods diet–two in one! Gotta be a good thing, right?

      • Sarah says

        Well, you never know! Hey to the commoner, chickpeas in a blondie doesnt sound appetizing, but oh what they r missing out on!

          • Nichole says

            peanut butter-banana sandwiches are my favorite kind of sandwich 😡 It’s not even that weird-sounding..
            also, if anyone could stick to the ice cream diet, i could probably do it. i love ice cream and basically eat it every day (but not as a meal..). Mint chocolate chip was my favorite when i was younger too, but I’ve since grown to love other flavors..

          • Megan says

            They were worried they would like it too much. No complaints from you, right? More nutella for you.

  2. katie @KatieDid says

    this looks heavenly with the weather we have right now too! I’d take sweltering heat over being cold any day though! I would invent the hummus diet. I eat it spoonful after spoonful all day anyways.

    • AnnaBananaBelle says

      oh my gosh that is too funny! I am not buying it though I don’t think it would help anyone lose weight.

  3. Lindsey @ Why Just Eat says

    Me, I’m happy with regular common sense. I just wish someone would invent a locking mechanism to put on chip bags, cookie boxes and brownie pans that only allowed you to remove a certain number of items each day before it locked solid for 24 hours.That would be VERY helpful.

    • AnnaBananaBelle says

      Actually there are now cookie jars that can lock you out until a certain time. I don’t have one but i wonder if that would be helpful.

  4. L. says

    I would be on the ALL-CARB diet. Take that, Atkins!

    I’m definitely going to try this ice cream. Looks delish!

  5. Balancing Sylvia says

    Is it weird that I would love the sweet potatos and eggs diet??? Ice cream looks fantastic! Do you think you could die it green with spinach without altering the recipe/texture too much?

  6. Sarah says

    Hi Katie! Just wanted to say I LOVE your blog. it was one of the first blogs i followed. im 4 and im trying to live a healthy lifestyle ( its never too early). Most of my friends are junkies( most teens are), so its a challenge. But i think in the long run, i’ll be happy i did. You make it a whole lot easier- i mean blondies made with chickpeas that taste good, um..someone pinch me. Anyway, thank you so much for all you do and for introducing me to another fave of mine PBFingers!

    P.S.- I would love someone to invent a…oh yes!

  7. Kate says

    As of yesterday, you are my newest favoritest (not a word) person! Your creations are killing me because I am away from my kitchen and can’t start cooking until I return home. Also, my ADD personality is suffering as a result of clicking on link after link after link. Apparently, I start looking at one recipe and then somehow an hour later I have at least 10 windows open, all with delicious treats tempting me to sink my teeth into something sinful. I’m visiting my parents. While my parents’ pantry is never void of sweet treats, it is lacking in healthier options. I shall be brave and wait until I am safe in the warm embrace of my healthy kitchen! Can’t wait to try ALL of them out!

    Thanks for the recipes! Keep em’ coming!

  8. Lilly says

    follow your heart diet: love it, want it, eat it 🙂 I guess you could call is follow your gut, but it doesn’t sounds as nice. However, I would have no problem trying out your ice cream diet, looks so delish!

  9. Jessy says

    What about eat-whatever-you-want-as-much-as-you-want diet? It would be quite awesome if we could eat just about anything and it didn’t have negative effects on our bodies/health.

    PS: I saw your post about Quintessence’s famous Coconut Creme Pie and it made me drool – you should totally make more coconut-based recipes! 😀

  10. Lisa C. says

    How about the Fried Foods diet? Onion rings, mozzarella sticks, crispy fried everything! I’d love that :).
    I also love your voluminous vanilla ice cream, so I’m excited to try this one!

  11. Jenny says

    The blueberry diet.

    That was honestly the first thing that came to mind! Though honestly, I definitely don’t believe in diets… Well, the “short-term” ones aimed at weight loss, anyway! Hopefully I’m not being too much of a party-pooper in saying that! But if it’s used to define what you eat every day, like a lifestyle, of course I’ll use the word, haha. Yours is definitely a chocolate-covered diet! 🙂 The best kind.

    So, a question that I’m sure has been asked before or in your other ice cream recipe post: if we don’t have a Vita-Mix, these ice cream recipes won’t turn out like ice cream but more like a slushie or something…? Of course I’m sure they’re still 100% insanely delicious, but just curious about how to achieve the right texture!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Yup, they’ll be more like a Wendy’s frosty or a slushie because you’ll need to thaw the frozen blocks longer to get your blender to handle it. But I’m actually working on a Frappuccino recipe that is PERFECT for a non-Vita blender specifically BECAUSE it is slushy :).

    • Karine says


      I tried the other day Katie’s vanilla volume ice cream (which is made the same way, with almost the same ingredients) with my food processor, and it turned out good but a bit “grainy” and not very solid (pieces were falling apart as I tried to form scoops). But the taste was great!

  12. Lauren W says

    I NEED to make your ice creams! Its super duper hot here…I just need to find an ice cube tray that fits into my freezer 😉 Actually, not really kidding. Our little tiny apartment freezer is packed full……..Can’t wait until we move into our new house!

  13. Jenny$1983 says

    I don’t understand why the government keep rejecting my application for a subsidy to buy a Vitamix: I so clearly *neeeeeeeeeeeed* one, how can they be so cruel?

    Mint choc chip has always been my favourite flavour too! I actually made the raw mint shake yesterday, using kale instead of spinach (I had none and I usually knock back a Green Monster every day so it gave me no trouble – I love the flavour!), and it was so ridiculously yummy that I ate it in a kind of blissful trance – thank you! 😀

  14. Aja says

    You should make a separate section in your recipe page just for all your ice cream recipes. I still am yet to try them, but I can’t wait until I finally do!

    An ice cream diet would be amazing. People could add chocolate protien powder for chocolate ice cream or blend spinach in. It would totally be doable and healthy! I’m down for it.

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