Healthier Mint Chocolate Chip ‘Ice Cream’

by Texas Homesteader ~
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Ice cream is one of RancherMan’s favorite desserts. And it really hits the spot on a hot summer’s day. 

But you can’t just eat ice cream every day. It’s not healthy! So I’ve been serving him a healthier frozen ice-cream-type treat. Only it’s made with frozen bananas instead of cream!


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Hot Summer Days

It’s hot. I mean REALLY hot. Like ‘it’s hitting around 100 degrees every day for the past week’ kinda hot!  WHEW

Now we’re in NE Texas y’all and to be honest, heat is just part of the game during the summertime. But I do whatever I can to combat the effects of the heat.

Things like making sun tea outside, using our homemade solar screens on the hot side of the house. And oh yeah – eating ice cream.

Traditional Ice Cream

Today I’m sharing tips on making delicious cold healthier ice cream in a mint chocolate chip flavor.

Now I know it’s just not healthy to eat tons of ice cream. But in moderation it’s a deliciously cool way to ward off that Texas summer heat. Our favorite actual ice cream flavor is Peach Ice Cream.

My peach ice cream recipe is simple & doesn't involve cooking a custard first. Just mix & freeze! #TexasHomesteader

But you can’t just eat ice cream every day. So I have a mock ‘ice cream’ (often called NICE Cream) that I make more often. It’s still a sweet frozen treat, just healthier.

Healthier Frozen Treat

I make my ‘ice cream’ healthier by using frozen bananas, non-fat milk and instant pudding mix. But lately I’ve been experimenting with flavors for RancherMan and me, and Mint Chocolate Chip is my favorite flavor.  

I make Mint Chocolate Chip 'Nice Cream' using frozen bananas, fresh mint, pudding mix, milk and chopped chocolate/nuts candy bar. #TexasHomesteader

When I first started making this frozen banana ice cream it was usually pretty basic chocolate or vanilla flavored. But as time goes on I like to experiment with more & more delicious flavor combinations.

I’ve experimented with various ways of making mint chocolate chip flavor too, but I’ve finally settled on what I believe to be the best recipe.

In past banana ‘ice cream’ recipes I’ve always used three frozen bananas. Although it was delicious to me, RancherMan felt that many bananas put a little too much banana flavoring in the ice cream. 

So I started experimenting with using only two bananas and it seems to work just as well for me with a better flavor balance for him.

Infusing Milk With Mint

To make this mint chocolate chip flavor I started out by infusing the milk with fresh mint from my garden. So first I harvested a few sprigs of mint, washed & dried them.

MINT CHOCOLATE-CHIP 'ICE CREAM' Made Healthier Using Frozen Bananas, Instant Pudding Mix, Non-Fat Milk And Fresh Mint Leaves #TexasHomesteader

I measured out 1/2 cup of milk, added coarsely-chopped mint leaves and placed the small jar in my fridge. There I allowed the infusion to, uh, infuse for about 3-4 days. 

The milk turned a delightful color of mint green which I was really hoping would color my ice cream minty-green as well. (Spoiler alert: it didn’t but…)

So now I’m ready to make my ice cream. First I bring out all my ingredients: My mint-infused milk, frozen bananas, instant pudding mix, vanilla, some minced fresh mint leaves and chopped candy bar pieces. 

You see, I bought a bag of those little snack-sized chocolate candies after Christmas for a song. Then I stuck them in the freezer for just these chocolate-added occasions. 

I unwrapped about 4 fun-sized pieces and chopped them up for this recipe. Mine were fun-sized Mr. Goodbars & they contain chopped nuts for a little extra uumph in my ice cream.

Making My Mint Ice Cream

I poured my mint-infused milk through a strainer to separate the milk from the mint leaves. I guess just because they had been sitting in the milk for a few days I thought I’d remove those leaves. But don’t worry, I’ll add plenty of fresh mint leaves to my ice cream mixture!

When all the milk had dripped through the strainer I pressed the leaves to make sure I got every precious drop.  Ummmm… it smells wonderful. 

I poured this minty deliciousness into my *Ninja Blender (Dang this thing is a no-churn banana ‘ice cream’ making beast!)

Then I bring out my two frozen bananas and chopped them into about 1/4″ coins – it just makes it faster & easier to get everything smooth if the bananas are chopped a bit first. 

I add about a tablespoon of vanilla and a few sprigs of fresh washed mint from my garden and blended everything until smooth.

When it’s all smooth I add my instant vanilla pudding mix (I make my own homemade instant pudding mix but you can use the 4-oz commercial stuff if you like) Then I quickly blend again until smooth and voila!

The ‘ice cream’ is already pretty thick so I poured it into freezer-safe containers. I made Rocky Road flavor for RancherMan & this Mint Chocolate Chip flavor for me. 

So I take those chopped chocolate pieces and stir them into my Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream, and into the freezer it goes.

I pulled the ice cream out when it had been in the freezer about an hour and gave everything another good stir. This keeps your ‘ice cream’ from freezing too solidly. 

Then I put it back into the freezer & when it was fully frozen I served it up good and cold.  Ummmm… minty-delicious cooling from the inside out!

And this recipe is so much less expensive than buying commercial ice cream. Not to mention it’s healthier and has much less landfill-bound trash. SCORE! 

Here’s my recipe:

Healthier Mint Chocolate Chip 'Ice Cream'

We like a cold treat and ice cream is RancherMan's favorite.  Here's how I make a delicious healthier mock ice cream using frozen bananas. #TexasHomesteader

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, ice cream, mint, nice cream
Prep Time 5 minutes
Freeze Time 4 minutes
Servings 2 people


  • 2 peeled & frozen bananas, chopped into 1/4" coins
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 4-oz box Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
  • 1/2 cup Milk, infused with crushed fresh mint leaves
  • 4 Mini Chocolate Candy-Bar Pieces, chopped fine
  • Additional Mint Leaves, optional


  1. Bring out frozen bananas and chop into approximately 1/4" rounds. Strain mint leaves from infused milk and add milk and frozen bananas to blender or food processor. Add 1 tablespoon vanilla and optional mint leaves if desired and blend until smooth.

  2. Add instant pudding mix (or 1/2 cup of your own homemade instant pudding mix) and blend again until thoroughly combined. Pour into freezer-safe container and stir in chocolate pieces.
  3. Freeze for about an hour, then bring ice cream out of the freezer and stir more solidly frozen outer section of the ice cream into less-frozen inner section and return to freezer until completely frozen.

Serve up & enjoy a cold treat!


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9 thoughts on “Healthier Mint Chocolate Chip ‘Ice Cream’

  1. Katy SkipTheBag

    Yum! I have made it with bananas, but not added pudding before. I’ll have to try that. Thanks for posting on the #WasteLessWednesday Blog Hop!

  2. Beverly

    Wow, love this ice cream concoction. With the exceptionally warm days, this would go well.
    Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon,

  3. Ashleigh

    The heat struggle is real! Thanks for sharing a way to help beat it!

    I’ve chosen to feature this post on the next Peace, Love, Link up! Grab a button and stop by tomorrow for more sharing fun!

  4. Elaine

    Banana ice cream is all the rage now for it’s health benefits!! Love Mint and chip!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Pinned!

  5. Melissa Ruddy

    We make banana ice cream around our house but I love the idea of the mint -infused milk. This is a different and delicious sounding take on it.

  6. Bonnie V

    I love the idea of using fresh mint to make the ice cream. The pudding mix is also a neat idea. I’ll have to try your homemade pudding mix. I’ve been looking for an instant pudding recipe.

  7. Lara @ MommyKazam

    Thank you, can’t wait to try this! Mint chocolate chip has always been my favorite, I never thought of trying to make it out of banana ice cream. 🙂

  8. denise

    thanks for sharing, yummy.

  9. ColleenB.

    Your ice cream looks divine. Now that the temps have gotten higher, I have been so hungry for a dish of ice cream and you my dear aren’t helping me out on bit by showing me this. :} Thanks for sharing your recipe.
    I used to store bags of chocolate chips in the freezer and have found that it’s not a good idea to store chocolate in the refrigerator or the freezer as it looses it’s flavor, etc.


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