One of my all-time favorite ice cream flavors is mint chocolate chip. The trickiest part is getting just the right amount of mintiness to the ice cream. Too much and it tastes like toothpaste. Too little and it tastes bland and flavorless. I’ve experimented with a lot of different mint flavors and amounts and have come up with just the right mint flavor! For this recipe, I used a protein shake and a sugar substitute to keep the protein high and the added sugar low.
This recipe comes in at 302 calories, 30 grams of protein, 4 grams of sugar, and 7 WW points. See the recipe card at the bottom of the post for all nutrition facts.
Using the Ninja Creami frozen treat ice cream maker is a great way to make all of your favorite ice cream flavors! You can use just about anything to make ice cream. You can make the traditional ice creams that use whole milk or heavy cream to get a thick and creamy texture or you can use protein shakes, fruit, dairy substitutes, or sugar substitutes to make sorbets, milkshakes, and keto or low-calorie treats. Regardless of your diet, you can modify just about any recipe to fit your needs.
You’ll notice that I recommend that you chop up the chocolate chips before adding them in as mix-ins. I’ve tried numerous recipes with chocolate chips and no matter the brand, they always come out VERY hard and they are hard on your teeth. I’ve used magic shell (which works GREAT!!!) as a mix-in and recently started just chopping up the chocolate chips. The chopped chocolate chips are my favorite way to get bits and pieces of chocolate mixed throughout the ice cream, while still being able to eat it without hurting your teeth. It’s quick and easy to chop them up by hand (no high speed blender or food processor needed) but it really does make a huge difference in my ice cream recipes.
What’s the best mint flavor to use in ice cream?
There are lots and lots of different mint extracts and oils available for purchase. But, you really need to be careful with which one you are using in your ice cream. If you pick the wrong one or use too much of it, the ice cream becomes almost inedible. I prefer to use peppermint extract over spearmint or mint extract. Peppermint tastes less like toothpaste to me. I have also found great success with the Lorann Oils and they make one called mint chocolate chip. That’s the one I used in this recipe and it turns out great every time! If you don’t have the mint chocolate chip one, you can use peppermint extract instead. And, remember that a little goes a VERY LONG WAY! It might not look like you are using enough of the extract or oil, but always stir the mixture and taste it before adding more. You can always add more but it’s very difficult to take away the flavor.
You’ll notice that some mint chocolate chip ice creams are green and some are white. And, there’s really no benefit or difference in flavor between the two. It’s a matter of preference. A lot of ice cream manufacturers have started eliminating food dyes in their recipes or just prefer white ice cream over green. So, if you like your mint ice cream to be white, don’t add the food coloring. If you like it to be darker green, add more food coloring. Feeling festive? Add blue or red food coloring!
Tips for making Ninja Creami Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Ice Cream
Ice cream can be icy if there is little or no fat, dairy, sugar, or stabilizer/thickener in the recipe. If you are making a recipe that is low in sugar, fat, dairy, etc., you can let the ice cream sit on the counter for a few minutes, microwave it for a few seconds, or run the outside of the container under warm water before processing it. This can help cut down on the iciness of the ice cream.
It is recommended to freeze Ninja Creami bases for 24 hours so that it is frozen solid evenly throughout. Some have frozen for less time and have had good results. The ingredients in the base recipe could also impact the actual required freezing time. But, as a rule of thumb, 24 hours is recommended.
Yes! You can!! But, just freezing a protein shake and making ice cream out of it does not provide the best texture or flavor. I recommend adding additional things like extracts, pudding mix, guar gum, fruit, etc. to help with the flavor and texture of the ice cream.
It can be green or white, or any color really. The ice cream turns green from food coloring. There is no difference in flavor between green mint chocolate chip ice cream and white mint chocolate chip ice cream.
A lot of Ninja Creami recipes that come from the book that comes with the machine use heavy cream. When overmixed, the heavy cream starts to turn to a butter-like consistency. This results in a greasy or waxy feel on the spoon and in your mouth. To eliminate this issue, use half and half instead of heavy cream in all recipes from the book.
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Add Food Grade Vegetable Glycerin To Make Leftover Ice Cream Scoopable Right Out of the Freezer
*Add 1 Teaspoon to full fat/full sugar bases *Add 1.5 teaspoon to high protein bases *Add 2 teaspoons to low sugar/low fat lite bases. Freeze and process per the recipe. Take the leftovers out of the freezer and scoop without having to reprocess.
Original and Deluxe Ingredient Measurements
Use the multiplier below to adjust quantities based on the machine that you own. 1X=Original 16 ounce 1.5X=Deluxe 24 ounces
Ice Cream Base
- 11.5 Ounces (326 g) Vanilla Protein Shake
- 2 Tablespoons (2 Tablespoons) Swerve Sugar Substitute (Granulated-Allulose Blend)
- ½ Teaspoon (½ Teaspoon) Mint Chocolate Chip Lorann Oil (or peppermint extract)
- 1 Teaspoon (1 Teaspoon) Vanilla Bean Paste
- 4 Drops (4 Drops) Green Food Coloring
- ¼ Teaspoon (¼ Teaspoon) Guar Gum
- 2 Tablespoons (2 Tablespoons) Zero-Sugar Chocolate Chips (Chopped)
- 1-2 Tablespoons (2 Tablespoons) Unsweetened Almond Milk
Make the Ice Cream Mixture
- Freeze on a level surface for 24 hours. Your freezer should be between 9 and -7 degrees Fahrenheit. To avoid getting a bump on the top of the frozen mixture, freeze with the lid off of the container.
Process the Ice Cream
- After 24 hours, remove the pint container from the freezer.
- Place the pint container into the outer bowl of the Ninja Creami and then process on "LITE ICE CREAM."
- If the ice cream is dry or crumbly looking, pour in a tablespoon or two of unsweetened almond milk and then respin. You may have to repeat this process a couple of times.
- Dig a well down the center of the ice cream and pour in the chopped chocolate chips. Process on mix-ins.
- Remove the pint from the machine and enjoy!
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