Almost-Instant Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Soft Serve {Frozen Treat Week}

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By now I’m sure most of you have heard of banana soft serve. (If not, you will absolutely die when you try it.)

Also called “yonanas”, banana soft serve is frozen banana blended with whatever flavorings (like vanilla extract, cocoa powder, espresso powder, etc.) or add-ins (like toasted almonds, coconut, chocolate chips, etc.) you like. The best part is that it has the same creamy texture as soft serve ice cream. (The first time I ever saw banana soft serve was on Gena’s brilliant blog, Choosing Raw.)

As you can imagine, this delicious treat is incredibly versatile and completely perfect for when you want ice cream but don’t want ice cream. (Ladies, you know what I mean.)

Frozen Treat Week

Even without anything added, banana soft serve is fantastic with its natural sweetness and super creamy consistency. This version with avocado combines that that super creamy consistency with a bit of added richness for an even more satiating treat.

The thing to remember about any kind of banana soft serve is to make it right before you want to eat it…it does not keep well, even in the freezer! But it is to die for when it’s first blended.

Spinach also adds vitamins, minerals, and fiber to this recipe, but truth be told, I used it mainly for natural green coloring. (Don’t worry, you can’t taste it!) I could see occasional tiny little flecks of green in my soft serve (along with some small specks of chocolate), which didn’t bother me at all; however, if it’s not your thing and you don’t mind your soft serve being a much lighter shade of green, just omit the spinach and the 2 tablespoons of water.

A big thank-you to Brandy and Katie for organizing this event, and another thank-you to KitchenAid and King Arthur Flour, the sponsors of today’s fabulous giveaway! (Take a look at the giveaway widget below for more giveaway details.)

Here are the other participating bloggers’ frozen treat posts today:

Rachel Cooks

Chocolate & Carrots

Sweet Remedy

Cooking with Books

Nutmeg Nanny

Eats Well With Others

Foodie with Family

Katie’s Cucina

Cook the Story

The Baker Chick

Damn Delicious

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Almost-Instant Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Soft Serve {Paleo}
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Yield: 2 servings
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup (1/4 oz/7 g) baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 medium avocado, pitted and skin removed
  • 1 packet (about ½ teaspoon powdered stevia) stevia (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon pure mint extract (adjust to taste)
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 very large banana, peeled, chopped into 8 pieces, and frozen
  • 3 tablespoons chopped good-quality dark chocolate (see Note)
Instructions
  1. Add the baby spinach and water to a food processor and pulse a few times.
  2. Add the avocado, stevia, vanilla extract, mint extract, and salt and process until nearly smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Add the frozen banana and pulse a few times to break it up a bit, and then process until completely smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  4. Add the chocolate chips and pulse 3 times.
  5. Serve immediately.
Notes
Chocolate: To keep this paleo and vegan, use dairy-free, stevia-sweetened dark chocolate.

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  1. says

    I feel like i always WANT ice cream but don’t WANT ice cream. It’s a very complicated emotion lol. The mint chocolate flavor is such a classic and a HUGE favorite in my apartment! Definitely need to try this healthier version!

  2. says

    Yes! There is a soft server fruit place here in NYC that I adore- and actually am basing Friday’s recipe off of a smoothie that I get there!

    This looks so healthy but also totally delicious- perfect for those hot days where something rich is overkill!

  3. says

    I would totally take a bowl of this right now! I know when I put avocados in my smoothies I love the creaminess it’s brings. I imagine in ice cream it’s even better!

  4. says

    Faith – this is so interesting. I will definitely try…
    I have an old {heavy} Champion juicer, my friend tells me to put frozen bananas through it. I haven’t tried but I am now convinced it will work.
    And heart healthy too. YAY. Great recipe.
    LL
    P.S. Thanks for the tweets…

  5. Terri says

    This looked amazing so I tried it. It had a wonderful mint aroma while preparing it but when finished, it tasted like guacamole with chocolate chips : (

    • says

      Terri, Oh no, I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it! I found the predominant flavor of this to be mint, banana, vanilla, and sweetener, which completely masked the flavor of avocado and spinach (especially since the recipe calls for so little spinach, and the spinach is optional anyway). It’s flavor didn’t remind me of guacamole at all, especially since it doesn’t have necessary ingredients that make guacamole taste like guacamole – such as garlic, cilantro, and/or lime juice…but the color is definitely similar to guac (especially if you leave out the spinach). That happens when you’re trying to avoid fake dyes though; colors are more natural, but definitely not the same shade that we might be used to. You could always increase the amount of mint, banana, vanilla, or sweetener if you want a sweeter treat. Or if the shade of green from the avocado is off-putting, you could make it with a reduced amount of avocado at first; maybe start with 1/4 of an avocado and work your way up until you get used to the color and consistency. I hope this helps!

  6. Suzanna says

    This was awesome! I served it up very casually to my eight year old son and 2 of his very picky friends and the devoured it…feeling lucky to have ice cream in the middle of a “regular” afternoon! Thanks for the recipe.

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