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Mint Chip Irish Cream Ice Cream

Mint Chip Irish Cream Ice Cream ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthier #Irish #dessert #recipe

This recipe is an interesting balance of decadent and healthy ingredients to make a delightfully creamy mint ice cream laced with Irish cream liqueur and little bits of minted chocolate that’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day (or any day when you want a little mint chocolate ice cream).

Really I never know where I’ll end up when I step into my kitchen to concoct something. Once I get into the groove of creating, little ideas pop out of nowhere until … there. It’s done! I started out to make a coconut avocado ice cream and ended up with this minty chocolate Irish cream creation. Yeah, that was an interesting tangent. My mind is a strange place to visit sometimes.

There is an avocado in this ice cream, but you won’t taste it. It’s just lending a bit of creaminess to the mixture and also helps keep your heart healthy. The coconut milk boosts the heart healthiness and adds disease and cancer-fighting superpowers. A bit of Irish Cream and creme de menthe liqueur add a little fun Irish twist to the classic mint chip ice cream taste. I used Brendan’s Irish Cream, but I imagine that the Bailey’s Irish Cream (or Bailey’s Mint!) would be really good in there too.

Mint Chip Irish Cream Ice Cream

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 3 - 4 cups of ice cream

Mint Chip Irish Cream Ice Cream

Ingredients

    For the ice cream:
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 can coconut milk (the full-fat version)
  • 1 cup half & half (I used fat free half & half)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup Creme de Menthe liqueur
  • 1/4 cup Irish Cream liqueur (I used Brendan's, but Bailey's would be wonderful too)
  • For the mint chocolate "chips":
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 Tablespoon coconut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

Instructions

  1. Cut open the avocado, remove the pit, then using a spoon, scoop the contents out into a blender. Add the rest of the ice cream ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Put in an ice cream maker and get it started.
  3. While the ice cream is chilling, in a small bowl or saucepan, melt the chocolate chips with the coconut oil. Stir in the peppermint extract. Drizzle the chocolate into the churning ice cream in a thin stream. Let the ice cream finish churning till it's "done".
  4. Enjoy immediately ... or if you want a firmer ice cream, freeze for a couple hours in the freezer before serving.

Notes

RECIPE SOURCE: http://www.sumptuousspoonfuls.com/

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Mint Chip Irish Cream Ice Cream ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthier #Irish #dessert #recipe

This recipe was shared at Real Food FridayWhat to Do WeekendsSunday DinnerWeekend Re-TreatMunching Monday, Tuesday’s TableTuesday’s Table Ice Cream SocialHearth & Soul Bloghop and Happiness is Homemade.

 

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9 Responses

  1. Makes my mouth water and such healthy ingredient. To think its ice cream that we usually think is unhealthy. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Friday Blog Hop. Hope to see you next week! Have a wonderful healthy day!

    March 17, 2014 at 8:54 am

    • Ann

      Thanks Marla! I try to “healthify” everything if I can without sacrificing taste 🙂

      March 17, 2014 at 6:29 pm

  2. Thanks for posting this recipe.

    March 17, 2014 at 8:11 pm

  3. Thanks for sharing on Tuesdays Table. The ingredients for this recipe are very interesting. I make a lot of ice cream, and love using liqueurs for both flavor and improvement of texture. Coconut milk is great in ice cream, too. Ice cream making is a bit of an obsession for me, and I have lots of recipes, for anyone interested: http://ouroneacrefarm.com/cooking-post-index/

    March 18, 2014 at 9:06 am

    • Ann

      Thanks for your comments and for sharing your recipes! I’m excited to look through them 🙂

      March 18, 2014 at 9:24 pm

  4. Wow! This sounds amazing… and I think you are now officially my hero. 🙂
    I LOVE mint chip ice cream… and you’ve made it better!
    ***rushes to the store for Irish Cream***

    March 21, 2014 at 9:48 am

    • Ann

      Yay that makes me so happy! Thanks Christine 🙂

      March 21, 2014 at 8:19 pm

  5. Yum! This ice cream looks so good. Great for a party. Thanks for sharing!

    March 21, 2014 at 10:47 pm

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