Mint chocolate chip ice cream

It is time for an ‘ice cream’ recipe. I’m a massive fan of chocolate and mint, so what could be better than mint chocolate chip ice cream! This one is smooth, minty and creamy – yum!

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Just a couple of notes before you are even thinking about swapping ingredients…. (I am sure you know the feeling of finding a recipe you want to try but are missing an ingredient or two and therefore swap with something else). I was going to make some with young coconut meat (I’ve seen a recipe somewhere with that), but since there was nowhere to get a hold of it, I grabbed a regular (who-knows-how-old-it-is) coconut from my local supermarket and spent ages getting the meat out (which is not easy when it’s hard – young coconut meat is soft and scoop-able). However, let me just say, that was edible but not pleasant enough to eat more of. Then I tried coconut milk and decided it was too ‘soupy’. Third time is the charm it seems though. Coconut cream and banana did the trick!

VEGAN – GLUTEN FREE – LOW FRUCTOSE – PALM OIL FREE

Ingredients:

Makes approximately 1 litre of ice cream.

2 cans of full-fat coconut cream (400ml)

150 grams of glucose syrup (liquid glucose) (or 100 grams of dextrose as in the photo below, but it is nowhere near as smooth and soft)

1 banana, just ripe enough to eat but not gone spotty yet

2 large handfuls of fresh baby spinach (to give it its green color)

2 tsp of mint essence

Chocolate chips (make your own or try my fudgy chocolate or white chocolate – I make a big batch and store it in the freezer for moments like this 🙂 )

Directions:

Pour all the ingredients into the food processor and set at high speed until completely smooth (or as much as you want). I blended in-between but no need to.

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Then, you pour the mixture into your ice-cream maker for about 25 min. 5 minutes before time is up, add your chocolate chips and then pop into a container to set in the freezer for at least an hour.  This recipe keeps okay in the freezer (it doesn’t go totally hard due to the fat in the coconut, you just need to de-frost it for 15-30 minutes before digging in) but it definitely best if eaten straight away. Enjoy!

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Easy Thai Green curry

Before starting to eat sugar-free, one of our favorite take-away meals was a Thai Green Curry, but unfortunately they add refined sugar. So this recipe satisfies this craving and is super quick and easy to do to boot. The curry paste itself may have a bit of sugar but with 1 1/2 tablespoon used for this recipe, the one I buy makes it  less than 1 gram in this dish.

To make this vegetarian, swap the chicken for snow peas, bamboo shoots or firm tofu.

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This dish serves two people and takes 10 minutes of prep and 8-15 minutes to cook (depending on your rice) + 1 hour for the meat to marinate.

GLUTEN FREE – DAIRY FREE – LOW FRUCTOSE – PALM OIL FREE

Ingredients:

400 grams of chicken breast

1 tin of coconut cream (160 ml)

1 cup of rice, your preferred

2 cups of water

The juice of two limes

Leek, 3 inches dark green part, 3 inches white parts for colour, chopped in short stalks

1-2 tbsp of green curry paste (you can buy this in most supermarkets in a little jar

1 tbsp of oil (I used coconut oil, any oil which is good for high heat is good)

Cut the chicken into 1 inch cubes and marinate in the lime juice for at least an hour in the fridge (or put in the freezer a super quick dinner another day). Meanwhile, chop the leek and set aside for later.

Cook your rice according to instructions.

5 minutes before the rice is done, take the chicken out of the fridge and pop in a pan with the oil and fry at high heat for 3 minutes. Then add the paste, coconut cream and leek. Cook for another 1-2 minutes.

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Serve the rice with the Thai Curry on top and dinner is ready!

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