~ These healthy, gluten-free, vegan chocolate-covered mint ice cream squares are super easy to make and perfect for cooling down or just to have as a low-calorie treat. ~
I’m sharing another recipe from my free ebook! They’re chocolate-covered mint avocado banana ice cream squares, and they are so good (and healthy)! Absolutely perfect for the summer heat.
I don’t know about you, but everywhere I’ve been this summer has been super hot. I’ve already shared a recipe for this quick and easy no-churn biscoff cookie butter ice cream, but that’s different from this recipe. That’s an ice cream recipe, and it’s not vegan or healthy or snack-shaped anything. This one? This one is.
It’s made up of a regular date base with dates and almonds and a bit of cacao powder, but the filling is the really amazing part. You guys all probably know about nice cream now – frozen bananas puréed into a soft-serve ice cream. In this recipe, I added a bit of coconut oil so that when it freezes, it resembles regular ice cream more than soft-serve.
Oh, and you know how I love watching chocolate set over nice cream? Yeah, this is 10x better. With the layer of chocolate at the perfect thickness, the chocolate satisfyingly breaks when you bite into it, and you’ll basically think that you’re biting into mint chocolate chip ice cream bar – but without any of the guilt.
Not only does are these guilt-free, but they’re nutritious, especially thanks to the super healthy fruit – avocado! Bananas are great, too, but avocados, man. I love them. You can’t taste them in this recipe, which is good for people who don’t like the taste of avocado (???). Either way, at first glance, avocados appear to be a fruit disguised as a vegetable that should be avoided at all cost. It is true that these green fruits are high in calories, but this is only because they are made up of fats – healthy fats. They’re also prized for their high nutrition value and their wonderful textures. Avocados have more potassium than bananas, and are loaded with fiber. In fact, a serving of 100g contains 14% of the recommended daily allowance, as well as 26% of the recommended daily allowance for Vitamin K. Also, avocados stand apart from other fruits because unlike most fruits, avocados are incredibly low in sugar, with only approximately 0.4g of sugar per whole avocado.
Interesting? I have one of these little about-the-ingredient paragraphs with every single one of my recipes in my free ebook, so go download it!
Chocolate-Covered Mint Avocado Banana Ice Cream Squares
(From Health-ified Chocolate)
Makes 15 squares
Chocolate Almond Base
- 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 0-2 tsp water, as needed
Ice Cream Filling
- 1 avocado, peeled and pitted
- 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 4 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 medium, ripe bananas
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 5-10 drops peppermint extract, depending on how strong you want the mint flavor to be
- Pinch of salt
- 3 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- For the chocolate almond base, add all the ingredients into a food processor and process until the mixture sticks together, adding water as needed
- Press mixture into a 8x8inch or 20x20cm baking pan lined with parchment paper
- For the ice cream filling, add all ingredients into a food processor and process until the mixture and blend until smooth
- Spread an even layer of the ice cream filling over the base and freeze while making the chocolate glaze
- Mix all the ingredients for the chocolate glaze together until smooth
- Pour the chocolate glaze over the ice cream layer
- Freeze the squares for at least 5 hours, until firm
- After freezing, allow the squares to thaw at room temperature for about 20 minutes, before cutting into squares using a hot knife
- Serve. Keep leftovers stored in the freezer