Mint Chocolate Chip Vegan Ice Cream

This mint chocolate chip ice cream is lusciously creamy and refreshingly minty: and it’s vegan too! Here’s how to make delicious vegan ice cream at home.

Vegan ice cream

Looking for something to beat the heat? Here in Indiana, temperatures are soaring. We whipped up a bit of ice cream the other night and it hit the spot! Unlike a typical ice cream, this version is made with coconut milk. This means it’s vegan and it’s quick and easy to make since it doesn’t require heating a custard over the stove. It’s also naturally sweetened with some agave syrup (though adding chocolate does cancel out a bit of the natural sweetness!). Keep reading for our vegan ice cream recipe: mint chocolate chip flavored, which is my childhood favorite!

Why vegan ice cream?

Neither Alex nor I eat strictly vegan / plant-based. So you might be wondering, why vegan ice cream? But since there are so many traditional ice cream recipes out there, we enjoy the challenge of experimenting with creating delicious dairy free ice cream. Also, it tends to sit better with my stomach than the dairy version. And to us, vegan ice cream is just as good as the real thing! We’ve got a few other vegan ice cream flavors: Jamocha almond fudge, salted chocolate pistachio, and straight up dark chocolate, but we decided we needed another one. And this one’s my childhood favorite: mint chocolate chip! For years, this was the only flavor that I would order.

How to make vegan ice cream

The secret to this mint chip vegan ice cream is…full fat coconut milk! And in this case, the mint chocolate flavor covers it so it’s not too coconut-y, just rich and refreshing. Cornstarch also helps to give the vegan ice cream more of a body. And simmering the mixture until it is thick and using liquid sweetener like agave or maple syrup also helps for a creamy texture. And the flavor? As I noted, though it’s made of coconut, this version is not too coconut-y. The mint helps to balance it out. And you’re left with a really, really good mint chocolate chip vegan ice cream!

What’s the best ice cream maker?

What’s the best ice cream maker? Alex and I use this 2 quart ice cream maker and love it: it’s a great holiday or birthday present to ask for if you don’t want to splurge for it. Churning the ice cream takes about 15 minutes. After it’s done you can eat your ice cream right away for a soft serve texture. Or, follow the instructions in the recipe below to freeze it to a hard ice cream texture: it takes about 4 hours to freeze up!

Have you tried making ice cream at home? Let us know in the comments below!

Looking for more vegan desserts?

Outside of this mint chocolate chip vegan ice cream recipe, here are a few more of our favorites:

This vegan ice cream recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Vegan Ice Cream


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 quart 1x

Description

This mint chocolate chip ice cream is lusciously creamy and refreshingly minty: and it’s vegan too! Here’s how to make delicious vegan ice cream at home.


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Ingredients

  • 2 15-ounce cans full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 2 ounces vegan dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. Freeze the ice cream maker base overnight.
  2. In a small bowl, mix 1/2 cup coconut milk with 2 tablespoons cornstarch and set aside.
  3. Add the remainder of the coconut milk to a medium pan. Warm the coconut milk over medium low heat for a minute or two, whisking to incorporate the solids. Then add the agave syrup. Whisk in the cornstarch mixture. Heat until it mixture is thickened, 6 to 8 minutes (do not boil). Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and peppermint extract.
  4. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a 1-gallon Ziplock bag. If churning immediately, place the bag in an ice bath for 30 minutes until cool; if churning the next day, refrigerate 4 hours or overnight (either way, the mixture should be as cold as possible before churning).
  5. Churn the ice cream in the ice cream maker until it thickens to the consistency of soft serve. Meanwhile, chop the mint chocolate. Add to the ice cream maker in the last 2 minutes or so.
  6. Eat immediately for a soft serve consistency, or for a hard ice cream texture, freeze using the following instructions: press a piece of parchment or wax paper into a sealable container, then scrape the ice cream into the container using a spatula, making sure to scrape in the bits frozen to the edges of the ice cream maker base. Freeze for 4 hours for a hard ice cream texture.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Vegan Ice Cream, Mint Ice Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip, Mint Chip Ice Cream, Vegan Mint Ice Cream

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

16 Comments

  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    July 26, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Love this! Mint chip has always been my favorite flavour!

  • Reply
    Eileen
    July 26, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Coconut milk, you say? Hmm–very interestingI I especially like the “you don’t actually have to make a custard” aspect. (And no green food coloring?? I’m shocked, shocked! :) )

  • Reply
    thyme (sarah)
    July 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Wonderful recipe…we’re looking for ways to cut out the sugar and dairy so this would make a great substitute for when we want something sweet but don’t want to blow it nutritionally.

  • Reply
    Joyce Long
    July 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Looks scrumptious! That’s my favorite ice cream flavor. Actually chocolate and mint anything is my favorite!

  • Reply
    Lisa
    July 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    This is a must-try! Sounds so easy to make, oh dear wish me luck!

  • Reply
    Riley
    July 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Mint chocolate chip is my absolute favorite!

  • Reply
    Heidi @ Food Doodles
    July 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Mmmm, delicious! Mint chocolate chip is still one of my favorites :) And I love that this one doesn’t have that funky green color!

  • Reply
    Courtney Jones
    July 28, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    oh thank you, thank you, thank you!!! :) I’ve been looking for a good recipe for coconut milk ice cream to try. Regular dairy ice cream makes me sick most of the time, so I’ve been eating a lot of coconut milk ice cream this summer. But, since i love homemade things better than store bought, I was hoping to try my hand at a homemade version of coconut milk ice cream. Cannot wait to try this recipe out! Especially since mint and chocolate are involved :)

  • Reply
    Bernadette @ B3HD
    September 22, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Finally! A use for all that mint I grew and all that coconut milk I have stockpiled (smile)

  • Reply
    Beloved
    November 18, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I made this and it was awesome! It was so hard to find a recipe without peppermint candies (and artificial pink color), so thank you so much.

  • Reply
    Kim
    July 17, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    So excited to try this. What’s mint chocolate? Is there a brand of mint chocolate bar? Thanks.

    • Reply
      Alex
      July 18, 2013 at 9:38 am

      You could use any chocolate — I think we used a Lindt mint chocolate bar. Hope you enjoy!

  • Reply
    Chloe
    June 28, 2018 at 11:48 am

    I have looked and looked and there isn’t a mint chocolate bar or chips or candy including Lindt brand that is dairy-free. They all have milk of some sort in them. Read the ingredients! You can’t say this is dairy-free.

    • Reply
      Alex
      June 28, 2018 at 11:52 am

      Hi!

      You could definitely use regular chocolate since the ice cream is flavored. You could also purchase a vegan mint chocolate bar like this: https://amzn.to/2tMgcdg

      Hope that helps!

  • Reply
    Heather
    May 18, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Hello! Could I sub powdered Swerve for agave, and also a non starch for cornstarch? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Alex
      May 18, 2019 at 3:17 pm

      Hi! Sorry, we haven’t tried it with this subs so I’m not sure! Let us know if you try it.

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