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Vitamix Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream recipe

First of all, I know it’s been awhile since I last wrote an entry. What can I say? I am a very busy lady. Truth be told, while there’s so much going on in my life, there was nothing that stood out to me worthy to post in terms of my happy healthy. What makes me tick? Something unique and delicious that I KNOW is good for me. And something that my kids ask for repeatedly. That’s when you hear the bells. This post is about a $475 blender I bought today (Did I really just do that?!). I pretty much stalked the Vitamix demos at Whole Foods for the past month. Every time I saw one, I camped in front and watched the guy take spinach and kale and avocado and other green things and turn them into something amazing. That’s what this is about: a $475 investment in healthy ice cream.

At each stalking, I was able to get a sample of this ice cream. Except it’s not ice cream. It’s made with avocados instead of cream. I tried it several times in my crummy blender and while it worked and tasted great, the consistency wasn’t as good as the demos at Whole Foods. But no one cared, because I just created magic and every night can be ice cream night. (Side note: we haven’t gone to JP Licks in a few weeks because my kids want me to make this at home).

Here’s what you need:

1/4 avocado

1 tbsp raw agave nectar (to taste)

1 tsp organic peppermint oil

1 very large handful of spinach (for color and nutrients) (I used fresh basil one night since we ran out of spinach and oh boy….)

2 cups of ice

a handful of mini chocolate chips.

In that order and blend away. The chips go in after you get the ice cream to the consistency you want. You will be AMAZED how much this tastes like mint chocolate chip ice cream. It’s incredible. Play around with the ingredients and make sure you have the peppermint oil because that is key. You can try it in your own blender and it will work. It might frustrate the heck out of you if the ice cubes don’t crush and mix like you need them to, but that’s ok… you can handle it.

I finally bit the bullet and made the investment today. Not only because I want to spare myself the frustration, but because there are 100′s of other recipes that I can be tapping into now that I have this magical machine. I’ll let you know if the investment pays off. I have already saved about $50 in JP Licks visits. I need to tackle another category.

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