Monday, July 16, 2012

Paleo Minty Magic Shell

No, neither ice cream nor magic chocolate shell are paleo foods in the true sense of the word. I've bumped into quite a few disputes on the subject of "paleo-ified" treats, and the discussion often gets a bit heated.

I don't make any claims to be the purist eater or cook, but everything I make and share is made with clean ingredients that do fall under the paleo umbrella. I don't really care that caveman didn't eat ice cream, but rather that when I offer my kids the occasional treat it's one that's made without refined ingredients, gluten, dairy, etc.

This treat was enjoyed by four kids and two adults this past weekend; the caveman's teenage son actually thought he was eating "regular" ice cream with bottled magic shell!

I used the vanilla ice cream recipe from The Spunky Coconut's new Dairy-Free Ice Cream cookbook. I love all three of Kelly's cookbooks. While she is not 100% paleo (she does use beans in some things), all of her recipes are free of gluten, grain, dairy, soy, casein & refined sugar. And every last one I've made has been a hit.

For the magic shell, I wanted to recreate my favorite mint flavor that I remember from childhood. Next time I will experiment with real mint, but this time I simply used a little mint-flavored stevia. My kids had never seen Smuckers' unhealthy version before, so they were simply amazed when the coconut oil hardened on their ice cream!

Minty Magic Shell

1 cup coconut oil
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
10 drops mint stevia

Combine all ingredients in a small pot over low heat. Warm until the chips are melted, stirring to combine. Keep in refrigerator and reheat when ready to use.

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