A chocolate ice cream cone resting in a glass with sliced bananas and other ingredients scattered nearby
Photography, Jocelynne Flor

Vegan Mint Chocolate Ice Cream

A scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream, with healthy benefits on the side.

Meredith Youngson, founder of Lake & Oak Tea Co. and author of Super Tonics: 75 Adaptogen-Packed Recipes for Sleep, Beauty, and Wellnessuses chaga powder to give this ‘nice cream’ added health benefits. “Nice cream is the plant-based darling of the ice cream world: frozen sliced bananas are blended up into a shockingly convincing, scoop-able icy dessert,” she writes. “This version channels flavours of Peppermint Patties and mint-chip ice cream, but sneaks in superfoods like cacao, chaga and hemp seeds for a chocolatey blend with benefits.”

A chocolate ice cream cone resting in a glass with sliced bananas and other ingredients scattered nearby

Vegan Mint Chocolate Ice Cream

Meredith Youngson's 'nice cream' channels the flavour of classic mint chocolate chip, but uses raw cacao, chaga and hemp seeds for added health benefits.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Canadian
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup plant-based milk plus more as needed
  • 2 large bananas peeled, frozen and sliced into 3⁄4-inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • tsp pure peppermint extract
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp chaga powder optional
  • pinch salt
  • cacao nibs or toasted coconut flakes for topping

Instructions
 

  • In a high-speed blender or food processor, combine all the ingredients except the toppings. Blend for 45 to 60 seconds, stopping often to scrape down the sides, until creamy and combined. If your blender or food processor is struggling, add a splash of milk to help move things along.
  • Scoop the mixture into cones or bowls and top as desired.

Notes

In the mood for a sippable treat? Add an extra ¾ cup plant-based milk before blending to make it a milkshake-style dessert.

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Excerpted from Super Tonics: 75 Adaptogen-Packed Recipes for Sleep, Beauty, and Wellness by Meredith Youngson. Copyright © 2023 Meredith Youngson. Photographs by Jocelynne Flor. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.
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