It was a close call between Cookies n’ Cream and Chocolate Chip Mint for my favorite ice cream growing up, but I think Chocolate Chip Mint was my first love. So creamy and decadently chocolatey, while also giving that refreshing minty breeze. I can feel it dripping down my hands as we speak (some things never change).
I’ve had so much fun partnering with Inspired Greens this year to come up with innovative ways to get our daily greens. From Huevos Rancheros, to creamy Artichoke Dip, and now Ice cream, our goal has been to think outside of your regular salad to make it easy and delicious to get your greens! They make it so much easier with their environmentally responsible greenhouses that allow us to have fresh, local greens all year round (something that is not otherwise possible in Canada – but no, we still don’t live in igloos).
The team was a little hesitant when I wanted to make an Inspired Greens Ice Cream – so you’re not alone if you’re in the same boat – but luckily they trusted me on this one because it turned out SO GOOD!!
I was actually pretty sceptical of the banana ice cream trend when I first heard of it. It seems like a “diet” food, pretending to be something delicious, but would likely leave you wanting more… I couldn’t have been more wrong! I tried it by accident when my sister was making a smoothie but ran out of milk and I couldn’t believe how cool, creamy, and super satisfying it was! This is not about a replacement for ice cream – because what’s better than scanning the 30 flavors at your favorite beach-side ice cream shop in the summer!? – but simply to give you more options and a really tasty way to get more fruit and vegetables onto your plates (or cones)
You can eat it right out of the blender for a soft-serve type treat, or stick it back in the freezer for a few hours if you want to scoop it out like traditional hard ice cream. Either way, it is goooood.
Every bit as creamy and delicious as my childhood favorite Chocolate Chip Mint ice creamy. This frozen treat packs the extra benefits of fruit and greens without sacrificing any of the satisfaction. Kid Friendly. Vegan.
- 5 bananas, halved and frozen
- 2 cups Inspired Greens Butter Lettuce
- ½ cup milk of choice
- ¼ cup mini dark chocolate chips
- ½ cup fresh mint, packed
- Place banana, greens, mint, and milk in a high speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth. You will likely need to stop throughout and use your tamper or a spatula to scrape down the sides and keep it blending as you go.
- Once blended, add the chocolate chips and stir to combine evenly throughout the mixture. Eat immediately in a bowl or cone, or place in a parchment paper lined loaf pan to harden for 4-6 hours. Enjoy!
- Opt for a dairy-free milk alternative and vegan chocolate chips to make the recipe vegan!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Desserts, Snacks, Breakfast
- Method: Frozen
- Cuisine: European
Keywords: healthy frozen treats, Summer Recipes, Canada Day, Independence Day
I hope you enjoy! If you try it out, I’d love to see! Tag me on Instagram @lindsaypleskot with #makefoodfeelgood! Happy sticky summer afternoons.
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