Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream

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HEALTHIER CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM RECIPE
An oldie but goodie, you can’t go wrong with almost everybody’s favorite – chocolate ice cream!  We are giving you several different options for chocolate – depending on how healthy you want to go and what you have in your cupboards! We try to use healthier chocolate syrup, or the sugar free kind for diabetics. To be super duper healthy, try raw cacao and adding a sweetener of choice. Only difference between our healthy chocolate ice cream recipe vs your regular chocolate ice cream, is a nice (can’t even taste it!) addition of spinach! Note: This recipe makes a soft serve ice cream! If you want a hard chocolate ice cream like the photo, use the instructions for a “regular blender”. Check out our Blendtec and Vitamix helpful Ice Cream Tips. If you have a regular blender, not to worry – go ahead and make this without the ice, blend until smooth and then add it to your ice cream maker or freeze it for a couple hours for a hard version (pictured). Load up the bowl and give it to the kiddos, they won’t even know they’re having a dessert that you greatly approve of.  Shhh!  It will be our secret. Be sure to join our community for more healthy blender recipes!


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Chocolate Ice Cream
 
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Recipe type: Ice Cream
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces half and half
  • 1/2 cup hot chocolate mix -OR- 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup -OR- 1 tablespoons raw cacao*
  • 1 cup spinach (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cup ice
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into the blender in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. For Blendtec: Press the ICE CREAM button.
  3. For Vitamix: VARIABLE, speed #1. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to VARIABLE, speed #10, then to HIGH. In about 30-60 seconds, the sound of the motor will change and four mounds should form. Stop machine. Do not over mix or melting will occur. To firm to an ice cream consistency, place mixture in the freezer for at least 30 minutes; otherwise, enjoy immediately!
Notes
*If you use raw cacao (healthier) be sure to add sweetener of choice to taste such as 2-3 pitted/soaked dates, 1-2 Tbsp of raw honey, etc.

HEALTH BENEFITS & FUN FACTS ABOUT SPINACH
Spinach originated in ancient Persia and then was transported to China and down through Europe. Catherine de Medici, wife of King Henry II so loved spinach that she always made sure she had cooks who could prepare it especially for her. The term “a la Florentine,” which refers to any dish prepared on a bed of spinach, is attributed to her.

Spinach is a powerhouse of nutrition rich in many vitamins and nutrients. Experts have identified at least thirteen different compounds in spinach that provide antioxidant and/or anti-cancer benefits. Spinach rich in calcium and magnesium, helps prevent osteoporosis. It is also an excellent source of iron, which is critical for women in menopause and for people who have anemia or chronic fatigue syndrome. Spinach contains vitamin E, which helps slow mental decline and memory loss.

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  1. Dafni Gifford Doyle says

    Unless the hot chocolate mix and chocolate syrup are homemade, this recipe is actually REALLY not healthy, at all. Have you read the ingredients list on those? You can find store-bought ice cream with less ingredients. Healthy is such a loose term…

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Thanks for the comment Dafni and welcome to Blender Babes! We try to use mixes and syrups from natural food stores if possible, yes. :) I’d say this ice cream is “healthIER” than a lot of store-bought ice creams, but yes I agree with you it can be a loose term. We should write an article about what “HEALTHY” means to us. Thanks so much again for the feedback, we appreciate it! xoxo ~Blender Babes

    • Colleen Sommer says

      Half and half (I use cream or almond milk) spinach, vanilla, raw cocoa and ice. To me, that sounds healthy.

  2. Deja says

    I used trader joes fat free half n half and their midnight moo fat free chocolate syrup and this recipe was perfect in my Blendtec! Thank you BlenderBabes!!!

  3. says

    Just made this recipe, using the cocoa powder and honey, and the flavor is really good. However, the texture is not like ice cream at all. It's more like a creamy slushy because of the ice. Those pictures above are really misleading! We'll enjoy what we made but probably won't make this again.

    • Blender BabesLeslie Williams says

      Hi Natalie and WELCOME to Blender Babes! It should be a soft-serve consistency – spoonable but without ice chunks. It sounds like maybe it needed some more ice and blend time, but we can’t be certain! One way to make this would be to blend all the ingredients without the ice, then freeze it and stir a couple of times. Also, check out our ice cream tips for more on how to make the perfect ice cream – it usually takes a few tries to figure it out, but is super versatile and easy once you do! It’ll be different in every blender – which one are you using? Happy Blending!! :)

  4. says

    Hi Natalie and WELCOME to Blender Babes! It should be a soft-serve consistency – spoonable but without ice chunks. It sounds like maybe it needed some more ice and blend time, but we can’t be certain! One way to make this would be to blend the ingredients minus the ice, and then freeze it, stirring once or twice. Also, check out our ice cream tips for more on how to make the perfect ice cream – it usually takes a few tries to figure it out, but is super versatile and easy once you do! It’ll be different in every blender – which one are you using? Happy Blending!! :)