Chocolate Mint Tea Ice Cream

Chocolate Mint Tea Ice Cream

This chocolate mint tea ice cream is filled with superfoods that will make you feel good!

 

I adore ice cream and I’m always coming up with new ways to make it with my favorite healing foods. When I was young mint chocolate chip ice cream was one of my favorites and I always asked for it when my family went to Baskin Robbins for a special treat. I really liked how the cool mint flavor complimented the bites of sweet chocolate and the bright green color was a plus.

 

My version of mint chocolate chip ice cream blends fresh mint leaves, raw cacao, Zhena’s mojito mint green tea, coconut milk, vanilla, and avocado into one delicious refreshing ice cream.

 

The avocado and coconut milk create a lush creamy texture that melts on your tongue and tastes divine. All of the ingredients in this ice cream are superfoods that taste great and have fantastic health benefits.

 

Once the ice cream finished churning,  I stirred in some chopped up dark mint chocolate to take this ice cream over the top but feel free to make the ice cream without it because it’s good either way.

 

Avocados

Avocados are one of my favorite fruits because of their great taste and impressive health benefits! Avocados contain an amazing amount of carotenoids including beta-carotene, lutein, alpha-carotene, and zeaxanthin that function as antioxidants which all work together to fight inflammation, strengthen your immune system,  and protect your body against free radical damage.

 

Avocados are an excellent source of healthy fats including monounsaturated fat and alpha-linolenic acid an omega-3 fatty acid. Avocados are nutrient-rich with high levels of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, potassium, folate, and fiber.

 

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is a great dairy-free milk to use in this ice cream. Coconut and its milk have so many health benefits that I could go on and on but I will say that one of the most important health benefits of coconut is that is contains lauric and capric acid which are important medium chain fatty acids. These medium chain fatty acids have potent anti-microbial and anti-viral properties which will protect and strengthen your immune system. Medium chain fatty acids are also used by our body for energy rather than being stored as fat.

 

Once you add the raw cacao, fresh mint, vanilla, and green tea you have a superfood treat that will fill your body with tons of healing nutrients guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

 

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? If you would like to contribute to the conversation, please take a moment to leave a comment.

 

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Chocolate Mint Tea Ice Cream

Vegan, Paleo, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free

Makes 2—2½ pints
4 cups organic regular coconut milk
2—Zhena’s Mojito Mint tea sachets
1 cup organic coconut palm sugar (My favorite brand)
Seeds from 1 vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon unrefined sea salt
1 small avocado
8 large fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
Optional: 1 —3 ounce organic fair trade mint dark chocolate bar chopped into small pieces

 

1. Place the coconut milk in a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat until hot and simmering. Add tea sachets, turn heat to low and steep tea for 3 minutes.
2. Remove tea sachets and stir in coconut sugar, vanilla bean seeds or extract, and sea salt. Pour tea milk into a heat proof container and chill for several hours or overnight.
3. Once done chilling take tea milk from refrigerator, place in a blender and add avocado meat, mint leaves, and raw cacao powder blending until smooth.
4. Place ice cream in chilled ice cream container and freeze according to ice cream manufacturer’s directions. Once ice cream is done stir in chocolate pieces if using and enjoy immediately.
5. This ice cream will last for 2-3 weeks stored in an airtight container in the freezer. Once you freeze the ice cream in your freezer, you need to let it sit out for around 20 minutes to get soft before serving.

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Comments

  1. Thank you Shelley for this recipe;)
    I love chocolate and although I have eliminated sugar since the last 6 months I will do this recipe using stevia;)
    Mint and chocolate is so tasty I love chocolate and orange too as a blend…
    Best wishes!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Patricia, This recipe would be fine with stevia and it will be completely sugar-free so you can stick to your plan. Mint and chocolate is one of my favorite pairing. Enjoy!

  2. Hi Shelley,

    Sounds and looks like deal, hmmmm!

    I love avocado and ice cream and food that is good for you. I am really a pro healthy food.

    Looks like you have a great blog here. It’s my first time here, I am trying to visit as many blogs as I can in this group and another I belong to as well.

    I will definitely try this recipe out and check your blog. Thanks for sharing.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Slyviane, Thanks for visiting my blog and welcome! I’m glad you’re into healthy foods and I will be sharing more tasty recipes in the future so check back.

  3. Hi Shelley,
    WoW…..I love avocado’s and thanks for explaining the benefits of it. I wasn’t paying attention to my urges of eating them. Now I know why.
    Yummy
    Donna
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Donna, You and I share a common love of avocados and I enjoy finding new ways to add them to my recipes for all the great health benefits they offer and because they taste great.

  4. YUM! Do you use the coconut milk in the cans? I never know if people are using real coconut milk or the coconut milk beverage stuff. :)
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Jessica, I used Native Forest organic classic canned coconut milk in this recipe. It is packed in BPA-free cans. I also make my own coconut milk with dried unsweetened coconut and water or from the meat and coconut water inside a fresh coconut. I have a recipe for both versions in my new cookbook which is coming out this summer.

  5. Your recipes always look and sound so divine!! I love avocado ( just got into eating them.. ) and of course I am an avid choc lover!! So I will put this on my ‘to make’ list of things… maybe once it is warmer I will be more inclined to make it!! You have such wonderful ideas!!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Holly! Avocado and coconut milk make the ice cream so creamy and of course I have to include some chocolate in the mix because like you I’m a avid chocolate lover. Let me know if you make it.

  6. This looks so yummy. I’m an ice cream nut, and chocolate is my favorite. I’ll have to look around here for some more recipes now that I know you are here.

    All the best,
    Leslie

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Leslie! Welcome to my blog. Ice cream is one of my favorite desserts too. I hope you enjoy this recipe. :)

  7. Oh Shelley, this recipe looks fabulous. I don’t think it ever would have dawned on me to add avocado to ice cream, but the way you describe it, the ease of the creation and the tastiness of the result makes me want to go out to get the ingredients before I even finish writing. :-)
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Michael! I’m happy to hear that my recipe makes you want to go out and get the ingredients. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. :)

  8. Shelley, your site has me very excited. I bought a Vitamix blender about a month ago and also watched the Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead movie as well, and that sold me on getting more whole raw plant food into my diet. I, too, love avocado and chocolate: I look forward to adding this recipe to my diet!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Steve, You will love your Vitamix blender it really is great for making all kinds of wonderful recipes. I own a Blendtec and use it every day and it makes adding more plant food into your diet a breeze!

  9. Yummy….. Shelley this recipe sounds amazing. Can’t wait to try it. I have never had ice cream with avocado before but I love avocados so am looking forward to whipping up a batch. I live in New Zealand and we pride ourselves in having delicious ice cream so am taking on a challenge with a family of avid ice cream eaters.

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thank you Doug! I’m also from a family of avid ice cream eaters so I’m always coming up with new recipes to tantalize our taste buds. The avocado adds a nice creaminess that replaces the need for eggs and heavy cream that is used in most traditional ice cream recipes. Enjoy!

  10. I’m always looking for healthy/healthier alternatives for my children. I’ follow a pale0-friendly diet, so I will sub the sugar for some Stevia per your recommendation. This recipe sounds wonderful!

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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Krista, The stevia should work fine in this recipe and fit into your paleo diet. I hope you and your children enjoy it!

  11. This recipe sounds good. My husband makes ice cream with coconut milk. The avocado is a new idea. I love avocado. We will have to try it.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Melodie, The combination of the coconut milk and avocado make the ice cream so creamy and it pairs nicely with the mint tea and chocolate. Enjoy!

  12. Hi Shelley:

    This tea ice cream looks absolutely delicious. I will have to give it a try some time. :)

    Kevin
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  13. I am drooling over this ice cream-I MUST make it! Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe on Allergy-Free Wednesdays!

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Laura, I was happy to share the recipe! Thanks so much for hosting Allergy-Free Wednesdays I love being a part of it. :)

  14. Hi Shelley,

    I am featuring this amazing ice cream this week on Allergy-Free Wednesdays :)
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  15. Hey Shelley,

    I must say … just LOOKING at your picture of your Chocolate Mint Tea Ice Cream makes me feel good, Lol! I’m an Ice Cream lover myself and so is my wife so I have printed this prescription out to be taken at the first sign of cravings. (Trust me … It won’t be long, Lol!)

    Thanks so much for sharing this cool treat with us.

    Kevin
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Kevin, I’m so happy to hear from a fellow ice cream lover! Next time you’re craving ice cream make sure you try my recipe!

  16. Hi Shelley,
    Your Chocolate Mint Tea Ice Cream looks great!
    I’ll try your recipe!
    Thanks!

  17. Shelley,

    I love avocados and I love coconut milk. I love how you make all your recipes so Healthy AND so delicious! It’s really quite amazing. I don’t have the time, energy or patience to create all your recipes, but I look forward to the day when I’ll be able to hire someone to make all your recipes for me! They are truly the best in taste and nutrition!

    Thanks for sharing!

    ~ Jupiter Jim
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Wow, thanks for the fantastic compliments Jim! I hope that you will continue to try some of my easier recipes so that you can reap all the health benefits along with enjoying healing foods that are truly satifying and tasty!

  18. Thank you Shelley for sharing! This one looks and sounds mouth watering. I am crazy about clean ice cream and make often my raw versions. Have to give yours a try too! Have a lovely day :)

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