Mint Chocolate Nice Cream

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~ Mint Chocolate Nice Cream ~

This Mint Chocolate Nice Cream couldn’t be easier! It’s basically frozen bananas that are blitzed in a food processor until they’re super creamy.  Then maple syrup, fresh mint leaves, dark chocolate and a touch of mint extract is added to the mix.  It makes for the perfect guilt free snack!Hi everyone!  How’s it going?  What a lovely week hubby and I had!  We had a little staycation vacation and the weather was FABULOUS!  Like, the best summer we’ve had in years.  We were tourists in our own province, doing lots of sightseeing and checking out tons of restaurants. Stayed tuned for my next monthly favourites for some gorgeous shots.  And super exciting news is that just last week I was featured on Food Bloggers of Canada!  There’s a little Q & A so check it out if you wanna know a little more about me!

Have you ever heard of ‘nice cream’?  Apparently, it’s all the rage now and all the cool kids are eating it.  I actually don’t know if that’s true, but we’re gonna pretend that they are.  But, honestly, do we even care?  Anywho, I am LOVIN’ this Mint Chocolate Nice Cream.  I can get my ice cream fix without having to indulge in a bazillion calories, which totally works for me cause I reeeeeeally don’t want to have to work out extra in the summer.  If I’m being truthful, I probably don’t want to work out anytime, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.  There’s only so much I can eat before I can’t fit into dem pants, feel me?

Preparation

The prep for this Mint Chocolate Nice Cream was only about 5 minutes.  Then, you just place the mixture into the freezer to cool off for a few hours and then get scooping.  I experimented with this recipe for a bit (oh, the struggles, right 😉 ? ) and am super happy with this result.  When I initially made this, I put waaaaay too much mint extract in there.  Let me tell you – too much of a good thing is definitely not a good thing.  It was way too minty…I’m talking fresh minty breath for days minty.  When too much mint is added it tastes bitter and nobody wants that!

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The mint in our little herb garden is thriving so well.  I mean, I’ll never use it all  before the season ends.  Of course with all that mint lying around, I opted to use actual fresh mint in this nice cream with just a touch of mint extract to really bump it up.

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If you don’t want to use fresh mint or can’t access, feel free to use just mint extract.  I would recommend starting with a 3/4 tsp and taste accordingly.  Remember, you can always add more, but you can’t take out 🙂

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I didn’t use food colouring here as I was going for a more au naturel feel, but if you really want that green colour, feel free to use some; I would suggest using a few drops at a time cause a little goes a long way.

What’s your favourite ice-cream flavour?  Hands down it’s mint chocolate chip for me, but close  is chocolate chip cookie dough and strawberry.  But, really, can  you go wrong with any flavour??

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Until next time, take care and chit chat again soon 🙂

P.S. If you missed my last recipe, you can check it out here.

P.P.S If you think this Mint Chocolate Nice Cream will make your belly happy too, please be sure to hit that little Pin button down below.  Many thanks, you guys! XOMint Chocolate Nice Cream (vegan, gluten free, dairy free) - girlheartfood.com

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Mint Chocolate Nice Cream
This Mint Chocolate Nice Cream couldn't be easier! It's basically frozen bananas that are blitzed in a food processor until they're super creamy.  Then maple syrup, fresh mint leaves, dark chocolate and a touch of mint extract is added to the mix.  It makes for the perfect guilt free snack!
Mint Chocolate Nice Cream (vegan, gluten free, dairy free) - girlheartfood.com
Prep Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 3-4 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 3-4 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Mint Chocolate Nice Cream (vegan, gluten free, dairy free) - girlheartfood.com
Instructions
  1. Place bananas in food processor and blitz for a minute or two. Bananas will look a bit crumbly. Stop processor and scrape side and continue again for a minute or two until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add remainder of ingredients and blitz a minute or two until ingredients are combined. If you want more mint flavour, add a little mint extract at a time. Remember, too much will make it bitter. Pour into a pan (I used a standard sized bread pan lined with wax paper. Freeze 3-4 hours. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If you don't want to use fresh mint or can't access, feel free to use just mint extract.  I would recommend starting with a 3/4 tsp and taste accordingly.  Remember, you can always add more, but you can't take out 🙂

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36 thoughts on “Mint Chocolate Nice Cream

  1. Cindy Rodriguez says:

    This is the healthiest-sounding ice cream that still sounds kid-friendly at the same time…I’m not sure how your brain came-up with this creation, but I’m not complaining.

    I’ll let you know whether my kids are able to tell the difference – with the neutral banana flavors, I honestly don’t think they’ll be able to!

    Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. David @ Spiced says:

    How in the heck did I miss this post? I love mint chocolate chip ice cream! Laura isn’t a fan, so I usually reserve my mint chocolate chip cravings for whenever we go out for ice cream…so basically a summer weekend. But now I can just make this one at home…and there are way less calories here than in traditional ice cream. Sign me up for a bowl…or a cone…or both! Speaking of mint, I get it. Our mint garden goes bonkers every year, and I have a hard time using it up. Our go-to’s are mint sweet iced tea and mojitos. 🙂
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  3. Jolina says:

    Whoa is that what it is? (Am I not part of the cool kids??) I see nice cream recipes all the time but oops I kind of just skip them because I don’t know, I like calories? HAHA! This looks so easy. And healthy! And yummy! And wow look at your herb garden 🙂 This year we attempted to grow our own in little pots and thank goodness they’re all still alive (we have a history of killing plants but that story is for another day haha). We love plucking some out and using fresh herbs. Very Ina Garten, eh? Hope you having a great week!

  4. heather (delicious not gorgeous) says:

    i was firmly against nice cream. come on, blended frozen bananas?! and then i had a passionfruit banana nice cream, and now i’m very pro-nice cream (: this one sounds especially tasty and refreshing! also, that q& a was super cool. i know about nothing about newfoundland, so can’t wait to read more about its culture and food!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Right?! How could you not like? Thank you so much, Heather! Happy you enjoyed the Q & A! Newfoundland definitely has a cool food culture…lots of interesting (and delicious) things 🙂

  5. Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness says:

    Great minds think alike, because I just shared a recipe for raspberry chocolate chip nice cream today, and had a recipe published for Shape last week for mocha chip nice cream! 😉 I’ve been loving it lately, and I’m always up for the mint + chocolate combo. And yes, extracts are tricky right? Such a tiny bit goes a longgg way!
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  6. Milena | craftbeering.com says:

    Welcome back from vacation. Sounds like you lucked out – great weather always seems to help with seeing things differently where you are, and having all that time on your hands to check out new eateries is great! Love your ‘nice’ cream! I always enjoy fresh mint incorporated into desserts and have never been able to grow any successfully. They say mint grows like a weed. Yeah, right. Not for me(:. But I had garlic chives luck this summer:) – figured out that all they wanted was to be in the shade… Lol.
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thanks Milena! We truly did luck out with the weather and it definitely does make all the difference! We have so much luck with mint and it grows like crazy, but basil? No way! I always have trouble growing that one! Funny, right? Have an awesome week 🙂

  7. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen says:

    I’m pretty sure you’re right that all the cool kids are eating nice cream, which is prob why I haven’t tried it yet :). But I need to remedy that because I looooove mint chip ice cream! Like, LOVE! However, I also love fitting into my clothes. . .So glad you had a great stay-cation. Have a fantastic week!
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  8. annie@ciaochowbambina says:

    Okay…so Lauren was at a wedding over the weekend and as part of the dessert table the couple shared these incredible monster donuts that are a specialty from this little place out of Buffalo – long story short – they had trays left at the the end of the night, and had Lauren bring one home… I think you see where this is going – I need your Nice Cream now! Truly! More than ever! I love the combination of mint and chocolate! One of my favorites! This is happening, my friend!! Have a lovely week! XOXO
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  9. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    Looks like you had a great staycation! Those are always so much fun. And so is nice cream! I made it the first time about 5 years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’m loving the flavor of this mint chocolate version. I think I could eat this just about every day, and then some! After all, it’s healthy and has fruit, so it’s my kind of treat! Pinned! Hope you have a great week!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      We totally did, Gayle! Love this this is so guilt free so I can eat an extra scoop and not mind 🙂 I could eat every day too! Thanks for the lovely comment and Pin and have a great week too!

  10. Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop says:

    I love this idea of a super healthy ice cream! Mint chocolate has always been and will always be my favorite! I love other flavors too, but mint chocolate is always one I come back to again and again. Congrats again on your feature in Food Bloggers of Canada! It was fun reading all about you! 🙂

  11. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says:

    I saw some of your photos on social media and it looked like you and the hubster had a great staycation and birthday celebration!! And I read your interview!! Loved it, congrats sweets!! I happen to LOVE me some nice cream, and boys favorite ice cream is mint chocolate, so this is like a combo of both of us in ice cream form!! Lol. LOVE IT! Pinned! Cheers, girlfriend!
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  12. Sues says:

    I think it IS true that the cool kids are eating nice cream! But yours looks WAY better than the average nice cream. It looks and sounds awesome!!

    Glad you had a good staycation… those are my favorites!!
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