Ice cream made healthy and easy!
We’ve all heard of banana paleo ice cream! But have you ever thought of avocado ice cream? Virtually tasteless, avocado was the key ingredient to making this holiday treat. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and the beautiful weather, we thought it was time to make some keto mint chocolate chip ice cream! Cool doesn’t begin to describe this dish- it forms before your very eyes and you don’t need an ice cream maker! Of course, you could speed up the process if you’ve got one, but we’re going to show you how to make low carb, paleo and delicious ice cream at home with tools you probably already have! The whole process took about an hour (which includes the time the cream sits in the freezer). You’ll need a bowl, an electric hand mixer or whisk, and flavors of choice.
You can, of course, throw in or omit any flavors, it’s all up to you. But since it’s St. Patrick’s Day, we decided to go with a cool, green dessert. Sticking to paleo principles, we didn’t use any food coloring. Instead, we blended in some avocado to get the beautiful green color you see! We also used EnjoyLife‘s chocolate chips! They’ve got only 2 ingredients- evaporated cane sugar and unsweetened chocolate. When you’re treating yourself, these chocolate chips are your safest bet to stay paleo! For a keto option, make sure to use Lily’s Chocolate Chips – they’re a tried and true alternative to sugary chips.
Tip: To make this one of our favorite keto desserts, try substituting the chocolate chips for cocoa powder, and the peppermint extract for a tablespoon or two of all-natural peanut butter. You’ll end up with a chocolate peanut butter ice cream that will satisfy your sweet tooth and help you meet your fat content for the day! Don’t forget low carb sweeteners like Stevia or erythritol!
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Mix it up a bit! Remember you can always use any flavors your heart desires! Here are some quick ideas:
– chocolate peanut butter
– lemon cream
– butter pecan
– vanilla and peanut butter (very delicious combo!)
– raspberry sorbet (raspberries are lower in sugar than most fruits)
– the tried and true paleo banana ice cream
– chocolate almond butter
– strawberries and cream (blend some frozen berries first and then pour them into your cream and beat!)
– Matcha green tea (this would give you the same green color as we achieved plus added benefits!)
And like most things on our site, these ice creams are all of course gluten-free!
Let’s whip up some paleo ice cream!
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 avocado
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp peppermint ext.
- Slice open your avocado and spoon it into your mixing bowl. Add your heavy whipping cream and sweetener, whether it be Stevia or honey or even some bananas! Add a little in at a time and do a taste test!
- Start beating or whisking your mixture. Make sure all the chunks of avocado are gone and the mixture starts getting thicker. If you're whisking by hand, you should start noticing it getting a little more difficult.
- Alternate putting the cream mixture into your freezer for about 10 minutes at a time and then whisking again.
- Tip: don't let your cream sit at the bottom of your bowl. Try to push it up against the sides of the bowl to increase surface area. The thinner your layer of cream is the faster it will freeze. If you leave it in a pile in the middle, the outer edges will start to freeze while the inside will remain soft.
- While still semi-soft, add in your chocolate chips and stir until evenly distributed.
- When taking the mixture out to mix, scrape the sides off with a silicone spatula to get every drop, and incorporate it into your total mixture. Repeat this process until you cream looks just ice cream! You'll notice using an electric hand mixer is out of the question when everything gets more solid. Use that same spatula to keep scraping and mixing.
- Let your paleo ice cream chill one last time, and then whip out your ice cream scoop! Place a few scoops in some cute ramekins and serve cold!
Loved this recipe? Let us know! Something didn’t quite turn out right? Ask us in the comments below or contact us– we respond to comments every day and would love to hear from you and help you out! And check out all our low carb desserts to learn to make more delicious and healthy meals!
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