Spinach Mint Choc Chip Ice-Cream
250 ml milk
250 ml cream
3 tablespoons mild honey
6-8 long sprigs fresh mint, leaves only
2 large handfuls spinach
pinch fine sea salt
100 dark chocolate, chopped fine or cocoa nibs
Step 1: Bring cream and mint to a boil. Remove from heat, cover and let steep for one hour.
Step 2: Over medium heat cook spinach in a few tablespoons of water just until it wilts but is bright green. Quickly rinse the spinach under cold water then puree to get the green juice out of the spinach.
Step 3: Squeeze the spinach juice out of the spinach into the milk. Chill.
Step 4: Strain the mint from the cream through a sieve, pressing down to extract all of the mint flavor. Combine the milk mixture and the cream mixture.
Step 5: Whisk in honey and salt to taste.
Step 6: Churn in an ice cream maker until thick and then stir in chopped chocolate. Chill covered for several hours to set.
**If you do not have an ice cream maker you can follow this method:
Step 1: Once the ice cream base is ready, pour the mixture into a plastic container or bowl large enough to hold the mix plus some excess.
Step 2: Freeze for about thirty minutes and then scrape at the mixture with a fork until it is all broken up and mashed together. Place back in the freezer for another thirty minutes or so and then scrape again.
Step 3: Continue in this fashion until ice cream is frozen and icy. The more your scrape the smaller the ice crystals will be and the finer the texture of the dessert. Stir in the chopped chocolate once the ice cream has firmed up.
Step 4: Scoop out the ice cream and fill Little Mashie Pouch.
Cheats way: Alternatively you can place the whole mixture into a Little Mashies reusable silicone bag and then freeze it. When you want to eat the ice-cream simply pull the bag out from the freezer and pop the frozen block into a high speed blender. Blend on high for 30 seconds and it will become like a very thick smoothie and you can eat it as ice cream!
Even if it seems impossible, chocolate is food that is in the same time tasty and healthy. Maybe it's not a great baby food but for kids if you give them real (additive free chocolate) it can be a delicious treat! It protects our heart and is rich in antioxidants, important for our immune system. Adding some spinach, you are providing your child with a lot of benefits that traditional choc mint ice cream doesn't have. Spinach has the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and thanks to wealth of vitamin K it helps the bone health.