I grew up eating a big bowl of mint ice cream pretty much every night. It was sort of a family tradition and I’m convinced we had only positive side affects of satisfaction and happiness over the years of consumption because of our mental powers of mind over matter.

We weren’t worried that ice cream was a bad food so it wasn’t.

Everyone in my family has always been able to “eat whatever we want” and be healthy. A lot of that has to do with the fact that we all want to and do eat really good foods and enjoy an amount that fuels our bodies and minds and haven’t fallen into psychological traps of emotional and anxiety eating or restricting.

My parents are straight-edge hippies, (a term I made up to describe their practices of growing our own food, reusing and recycling everything from clothing to composting, without the cool-factor drug-doing reputation that goes along with the hippie generation) I thought my parents were extremely boring as they were stone cold sober my entire childhood. Meanwhile I snuck off to experiment with all kinds of mind altering substance in my early teenage years, (sorry Mom and Dad but I knew I was going to survive) for spiritual exploration and endeavors.

I was done with substance enhanced spiritual pursuits by the time I existed my teens also, but like many of my mentors and hero’s, I couldn’t imagine my spiritual and emotional development without the experiences I have had. Deepak, Ram Dass, Steve J, you know, the wacky fun ones with ideas about space, design, health and art. It’s necessary and hard to explain these ideas to caring parents.

Make Your Own Ice Cream!

Getting back to the ice cream, knowing what we know now about consuming large amounts of dairy and the affects on health, I’ve experimented with a few other ways to enjoy my ice cream fix without the dairy. Some experiments have failed, some have succeed, and this recipe is my favorite so far.

Coconut Mint Chocolate Ice Cream

You’ll Need

1 Can Coconut Milk (get the real stuff not the light or reduced fat)

4 Tablespoon coconut oil

3 Tablespoons raw sugar

1 Tablespoon coco powder

1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

1 Teaspoon peppermint extract

Now What

Combine in large bowl and stir

Freeze for 20 minutes

Stir

Freeze for 20 minutes

Stir

Continue Freeze & Stir until you have ice cream

Scoop into reusable ice cream carton

Serve and enjoy!