September 13, 2011

Healthy Mint Chocolate "Ice Cream"

healthy mint chocolate ice cream
A while ago I posted about one of my favourite ways to use up ripe bananas – in a one-ingredient “ice cream that’s made by simply blending frozen bananas in a food processor. When I first discovered this I was amazed at how easy and quick it was to make soft serve at home, and that it was completely guilt-free too!

The blog world has exploded with different versions of this amazing one-ingredient ice cream, some that keep it pretty guilt-free and others that add a bit more fat but still sound so delicious! When I saw this recipe for a mint chocolate version on Girl Cooks World, I knew I had to make it immediately. It helped that I happened to have a fresh bunch of mint to use up, and the other ingredients were pantry staples (there are always ripe bananas in my freezer).

I changed the recipe slightly by adding some cocoa powder so it would have a stronger chocolate flavour (hence the brown colour instead of green). The result was amazing! The mint and chocolate flavours really came through strongly, so you didn’t really notice the taste of the bananas. I think if you served this to an unknowing person, you would have a hard time convincing them it’s healthy because it tastes so good!

There are lots of other versions of banana “ice cream” out there that I’m dying to try next. Here are just a few if you’re looking for some inspiration!

Carrot Cake Soft Serve on Oh She Glows
Pecan Banana Ice Cream on The Slow Roasted Italian
Fudgsicle Soft Serve on Oh She Glows

Healthy Mint Chocolate “Ice Cream”

Adapted from Girl Cooks World

Serves 2


2 frozen ripe bananas, broken into chunks
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 tablespoons chopped mint leaves
1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips


Process the first three ingredients together until mixture reaches a soft serve texture. Add chocolate chips and pulse a few times until well combined.

Serve immediately for a soft-serve consistency, or put in the freezer to firm up first, if desired.


  1. There is a frozen banana in my freezer that will soon meet its destiny...

  2. @sara
    haha I think it would be very pleased to be used for such a worthy purpose :)

  3. Mint chocolate chip used to be my favourite ice-cream when I was younger. I haven't ever tried to make it myself, but I would love to try this. It looks awesome!

  4. @Isobelle
    Thanks! This is probably more chocolately than a traditional mint chocolate chip but I loved how the mint flavour was so fresh and strong. Hope you enjoy it if you try it!

  5. What a neat Idea .... I am really craving for ice cream .... but I did not want to have so many calories ... will try it out :-)

  6. @Saira
    Thanks Saira .. There are so many different variations of this you can do too, so you could have a different kind of healthy ice cream anytime you get a craving! :)


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