Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream {dairy free, soy free, gluten free, paleo} and tips for how to make your homemade ice cream soft and creamy | Vibrant Life Army Wife

I have been loving making homemade ice cream lately. I’ve made some traditional vanilla ice cream and a little more unconventional ice cream made from frozen bananas. Regardless of the method, it’s all good to me, mostly because I know exactly what’s in it. Dairy free store bought ice cream, although lacking the dairy, typically comes with a whole host of other wonky ingredients like guar gum, soy lecithin, carrageenan, and of course lots of sugar!

One of the problems with homemade ice cream however, is that it can get icy and hard. I certainly haven’t cracked the code on how to prevent this because it’s nearly impossible while keeping the ingredients 100% clean (this is where the refined sugar, stabilizers, and emulsifiers used in store bought ice cream come into play), but here are the tips and tricks I’ve learned during my ice cream making adventures.

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So you come up with this idea in your head to make some mint chocolate chip ice cream since you’ve got some fresh mint from your CSA basket that needs to be used up. And because mint chocolate chip ice cream is just delicious. And because it’s 3023750084 degrees outside in Texas right now. And because you just don’t need a reason to eat some tasty ice cream every once in a while.

You pick up some chocolate chips at the grocery store (Enjoy Life chocolate chunks to be exact since they’re your favorite) to use in your ice cream recipe. You don’t have any time to make the ice cream during the week because you have to work and do all the “grown up” things, so making the ice cream gets put off til the weekend.

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The Best Burgers Ever

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My husband is a genius when it comes to grilling burgers. He makes the juiciest and most delicious burgers. And it’s for that reason that I put burgers on our weekly meal plan almost every week! That and the fact that pretty much the only time he helps with the cooking is if there is grilling involved.

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Spaghetti Squash and Sausage Breakfast Casserole

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Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Although we didn’t have any parties or get-togethers, I had one of the best weekends I’ve had in a while, full of fun with friends, good food (as always), and Christmas movies! Yes, you read that right. I watched Christmas movies during Labor Day weekend. Four Christmas movies to be exact.

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