Don’t you love advertising these days. The ads love making you want to have something right away. I drive by a dairy queen everyday and last year they debuted a grasshopper blizzard. Mint chocolate chip ice cream is one of my favorites so I instantly wanted one. Who cared that it was only nine on a cold March morning. I knew that I was going to make a healthier version at home. That weekend I made it and the kids and I loved it. It is a blizzard flavor that we have enjoyed so many times since I first made it. I make it quite often in the summer when I have a ton of mint in my garden. I am really looking forward to spring and a full garden with lots of mint and this blizzard.
One of the reasons I first fell in love with the vitamix besides the super thick smoothies (my favorite!) is the fact that I can make healthy ‘ice cream’ in a matter of minutes if I have frozen items at the house. I always have several types of frozen fruit for smoothies and I always have at least one bag of frozen banana’s in my freezer. I have made the ice cream with ice cubes that vitamix suggests, but I wasn’t a fan of the texture. I much preferred my smoothies that used frozen fruit instead of ice. Somewhere along the years of using my vitamix I heard about nice cream. I can’t remember the first time I made nice cream or where I heard about it however I am glad that I did, it has become a staple at our house. Most of my blizzards start with a banana nice cream base. It is so creamy and it is a naturally sweet base for any flavors that I choose to add to it.
I wanted my blizzard to have a green color so spinach was added in addition to the mint. I wanted crunch so mint chocolate cookies and cacao nibs joined the party. I know that it seems odd to have sea salt in an ice cream but it helps bring out the sweetness and balance the blizzard. I hope that you enjoy this blizzard as much as we do. Unless you are trying to get a good picture and can’t ~ you shouldn’t have a melted blizzard. I took way to long trying to get a picture while my kids enjoyed their blizzard nice and frozen.
Serves 3 Small portions or 2 large portions
1/2-3/4 Cup Almond Milk*
1/3 Cup Fresh Mint Leaves
1 Cup Fresh Spinach
Pinch of Sea Salt
1 teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract
1 Tablespoon Pure Maple Syrup
3 Bananas, sliced and frozen overnight
1 Tablespoon Cacao Nibs
5 crushed Mint Chocolate Cookies – I used grasshopper cookies***
1. In high powered blender** add almond milk, mint and spinach. Blend until the leaves are broken up – it does not need to be completely smooth.
2. Add sea salt, vanilla, maple syrup, and frozen bananas to the blender. Blend tamping down constantly until you have a smooth mixture. It should take about 30 seconds and you will have a soft serve consistency.
3. By hand stir in the cacao nibs and crushed cookies.
4. Transfer to serving dishes and garnish with more cookies or cacao nibs.
*Refer to the owners manual for your blender for liquid/frozen requirements.
**You can make this in your food processor. It will take longer and you might not need the full amount of liquid.
*** To make this vegan use a vegan chocolate cookie or only the cacao nibs.
Recipe inspired by Dairy Queen.