Mint Choc Chip Mousse or Ice Cream

Mint Choc Chip Mousse or Ice CreamMint Choc Chip anything was not really my favourite growing up as a child. The mint always tasted a bit artificial to me. In a previous recipe, I had made a mint choc chip smoothie which I loved from the very first taste. So it made me wonder how it would taste as a mousse or ice cream. Now I’m loving mint choc chip everything. I think the real taste of mint is so much better than the packet mint flavours you find in the supermarket.

This recipe has once again been designed to be easy and simple. It is so quick that everyone can give it a try. The ingredients in this dish are nourishing and whole for the body. The main ingredient is fresh mint and I have started growing a little bit in the garden in a pot. In the last house we lived in I managed to kill a lavender plant because I grew mint a couple of feet away from it. So I’m keeping it in a pot and hoping for a good crop.

Now we have a pot of mint in the garden we are re-discovering its spicy taste and invigorating scent. Mint is found in many products including toothpaste, sweets, chocolates, ice cream or tea. When used in cooking, fresh mint can add flavour and nutrition to different dishes. Chewing on whole mint leaves may have certain health benefits and it could help to prevent some medical conditions.

Fresh mint contains trace amounts of iron, a mineral needed to make red blood cells. Mint also has small amounts of fibre, vitamin A and potassium. When you add fresh mint to your diet the leaves add trace amounts of nutrients as well as a bold flavour.

The second main ingredient I want to mention is raw cacao. As I have mentioned before raw cacao has amazing health benefits which include, improving memory, helping to increase your bliss levels, reduce heart disease, shed fat, boost immunity and create loads of energy.

Raw cacao contains nearly four times the antioxidant content of processed dark chocolate. Processed and raw cacao are two separate foods. Dark processed chocolate is made with roasted cacao, sugar, milk and other ingredients that are turned into a solid food. Studies have found that by adding dairy this actually blocks the absorption of antioxidants in chocolate. The benefits are only found in the raw form.

With these two main ingredients this is a healthy and delicious dish. We find it so much more refreshing than shop bought anything and it’s so quick to make. Once you have prepared all the ingredients it takes no time at all to whip up this mint chocolate chip mousse.

Serves 4

Equipment needed

  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board
  • Tablespoon
  • Food processor

Ingredients needed

  • Fresh mint x 1 large handful
  • Raw cacao powder x 4 tbsp
  • Raw cacao beans x 4 tbsp
  • Avocado x 1/2 medium
  • Bananas x 2 medium
  • Dates x 4 pitted
  • Maple syrup x 4 tbsp

Method

  • Place all the ingredients, except the raw cacao beans, into the food processor and blend together for about three to five minutes.
  • Next add the raw cacao beans and pulse for a further minute.
  • Finally, remove from the food processor and place in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.
  • If making Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream place in the freezer and stir every hour for about six hours.
  • Remove from the freezer 30 minutes – an hour before serving.

Mint Choc Chip Mousse really is that simple and if you try it, I promise, it will be delicious too. It’s just so easy and when you eat it enjoy!