Who else loves a scoop of cooling mint ice cream? It can be just what you need on a hot day and when you are craving something that is sweet and smooth. However, for many people they worry about whether mint ice cream is the best thing for their health. The good news is that there are tons of mint ice cream recipes out there that utilize lower calorie ingredients to help you still have your sweet tooth without sacrificing your diet plans! Plus, let’s face it, everyone needs to enjoy a little something sweet from time to time.
Calories in a Scoop of Ice Cream
A regular scoop of ice cream is often considered a medium scoop. There is about 133 calories in one of these scoops. This breaks down to 46% fat, 47% of carbs and 7% of protein thanks to the dairy that is found in ice cream. So in reality, a scoop of ice cream from time to time is not going to be unhealthy. Just, don’t go overboard and eat numerous scoops.
Mint Ice Cream Recipe
For those who are wanting to make their own mint ice cream, they are going to find that there are several recipes out there that they can use in order to get this cool, delicious treat. Here is one that is tried and true.
- 1 cup of heavy cream
- 2 cups of half and half
- 1 large handful of fresh mint leaves, roughly about 1 cup
- 4 egg yolks
- ½ cup of sugar
- 4 ounces of dark chocolate
- 2 teaspoons of neutral oil (canola or sunflower)
Heat the cream and half and half in a saucepan until simmering. Them remove from heat, add the mint leaves, cover and let steep for 2 hours. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together, then set aside. Strain the mint leaves and add the yolk sugar mixtures to the pain. Put this back onto the stove and heat over low-medium heat, stirring frequently until this thickens and coats the spoon that you are using. Strain again and remove any bits that remain, then chill overnight.
Churn according to the ice cream maker that you have. While this is churning, melt the dark chocolate with the oil in the microwave and mix until smooth. Then pour the chocolate in a thin stream over the ice cream when it is done almost churning. Place in a freezer safe contains and freeze for a few hours before serving. You can opt to eliminate the chocolate if you only want mint ice cream.