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The Best Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Ice Cream

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With refreshing mint flavor, rich dark chocolate, and an ultra-creamy texture, this is the best Ninja Creami mint chocolate chip protein ice cream! Low sugar and high in protein, this decadent ice cream tastes like the real deal while being much healthier for you.

Plus–let me show you a trick for getting those melt-in-your-mouth chocolate flakes!

This is a dish of mint chocolate chip protein ice cream garnished with extra chocolate chips on a gray backdrop.

Move over traditional ice cream! High-protein homemade ice cream is the best invention of the 21st century.

Okay, maybe that’s a little over-the-top, but it certainly deserves significant recognition.

Mint chocolate chip is my kids’ favorite flavor, and it’s a close second for my husband (he loves chocolate peanut butter swirl the most). Even though mint ice cream was not too difficult to make, we had a hard time with the chocolate chip portion for a while.

See, I don’t like ice-cold chocolate chips–they have no flavor. They’re also hard to chew.

I was dreaming of those melt-in-your-mouth chocolate flakes that are common in brands like Breyer’s. I knew I could figure this out if I kept working on it.

Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream in glass bowl without extra chocolate chips.

So in my recipe testing, we found the perfect solution! We use melted chocolate on a mix-in spin, not chocolate chips.

Now I know what you’re thinking–doesn’t it harden into a clump?
Not if you work quickly! You CAN end up with those melt-in-your-mouth chocolate flakes instead of hard chunks of tasteless chocolate.

I have the full step-by-step for how to do this below. So give it a try! This is the perfect guilt-free mint chocolate chip ice cream that your taste buds will thank you for.

Ingredients for Mint Chip Protein Ice Cream

To make this amazing high-protein Ninja Creami mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe, we will use some of my favorite ice cream ingredients:

Cottage Cheese or Greek Yogurt – Either is fine. I use 2% cottage cheese in most of my recipes, but whenever I’m out of cottage cheese, I sub in plain Greek yogurt and it works wonderfully.

Vanilla Whey Isolate – Everyone thinks fat is what makes ice cream creamy, but when it comes to protein ice cream, it’s the PROTEIN that makes it creamy! Using enough protein powder eliminates iciness and gives you a thick, delicious ice cream. The quantity of powder given in this recipe is specifically for a whey isolate. If you use a different kind of powder, amounts may vary.

Vanilla Bean Paste – I love to use this in ice cream to get vanilla bean specks throughout, but you can also use vanilla extract if you wish.

Allulose – Granulated allulose is my natural sugar substitute of choice. Allulose has a pleasantly neutral taste. However, you can certainly replace this with monk fruit sweetener, stevia, erythritol, etc. Just make sure your sweetener blend is meant to be a 1:1 sugar sub. If it is not scaled for 1:1, then the quantity you need will vary from this recipe.

Mint Extract – Just use 1/8 to 1/4 tsp mint extract in your creami to get the right mint flavor–you only need a little bit! Whether you use 1/8 tsp or 1/4 tsp will depend on your brand. Some are stronger than others. Extracts containing spearmint are usually milder than those containing peppermint.

Skim Milk ​- I recommend ultra-filtered skim milk because it’s higher in protein and lower in calories. However, unsweetened coconut milk is my second choice.

Dark Chocolate ​- This is what we will use to melt and create our chocolate flakes.

To make this high-protein mint chocolate chip ice cream, you need a Ninja Creami ice cream maker, an immersion blender, and a way to melt chocolate (I use the microwave).

Ninja Creami Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream ingredients on wooden cutting board.

Protein Ice Cream Instructions

Follow the steps below to make your own Ninja Creami mint chocolate chip protein ice cream:

Immersion blender in Ninja Creami pint container on a food scale.

1. Mix & Blend

Add all of the ingredients except for the chocolate to a Ninja Creami pint container. Add more milk if needed to reach the max fill line. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth.

open freezer showing ninja cream ice creams

2. Freeze 24 Hours

Cover & place pint in the freezer on a level surface for 24 hours.

Installing a pint container in the Ninja Creami Ice Cream machine.

3. Spin Cycle #1

After the pint is thoroughly frozen, install it in your Ninja Creami machine per the manufacturer’s instructions for your model. Spin on “Lite Ice Cream.”

Rubber spatula stirring melted chocolate in a small dish.

4. Melt Chocolate

While the ice cream is spinning, add your dark chocolate to a microwave-safe dish. Microwave in 30-second increments until melted, stirring in between.

Pouring melted chocolate into the Ninja Creami pint container.

5. Add Melted Chocolate to Pint

When the first spin is done, check the texture of the ice cream. If it is at least 50% of the way to your ideal texture (looks like ice cream, but may not be perfectly smooth yet) make a wide hole in the center of your ice cream that reaches the bottom of the pint and scrape the melted chocolate into it. Quickly get the lid assembly back on and install it into the machine, then press the “Mix-In” button.

If your ice cream is still powdery and not yet looking close to edible, then do one spin cycle with the “Re-Spin” button before adding the chocolate.

Installing a pint container in the Ninja Creami Ice Cream machine.

6. Mix-in Cycle

When the ice cream is decently smooth and the chocolate chips are melted, work quickly to make a well in the center of the ice cream that goes down deep to the bottom. Scrape the melted chocolate into the well, then quickly place lid back on the pint and install it back into your machine. Press the “Mix In” button. Your guilt-free treat is ready to enjoy!

This is a dish of mint chocolate chip protein ice cream garnished with extra chocolate chips.

Tips & Variations

For more protein ice cream ideas, check out my full collection of Ninja Creami recipes which houses all of my favorite ice cream flavors. There’s sure to be a flavor perfect for you!

My decadent protein dark chocolate ice cream is a favorite, as is my coconut protein ice cream and my sugar-free cookies & cream flavor.

overhead shot of chocolate protein ice cream for ninja creami in dish
dish of ninja creami coconut ice cream scoops with shredded coconut on wooden table
dish of ninja creami cookies and cream ice cream with sandwich cookie pieces

Nutritional Information

This recipe makes 1 pint. For one serving of this recipe, the nutritional info is as follows:

  • Calories: 424
  • Protein: 62 grams
  • Fat: 8 grams
  • Carbs: 43 grams (24 grams is from the allulose which could be subtracted to give you a net count of 19 grams)

Recipe Notes

Make sure you freeze the ice cream base for 24 hours before spinning.

If you don’t finish the whole pint, flatten the top with a spoon before putting it back in the freezer. Then you can spin it again (use “Lite Ice Cream” with one re-spin if needed) the next time you want to eat it.

Alternatively, you can microwave the pint container for 30 seconds. This will not be the same creamy texture, but it will make your ice cream scoopable.

Need to Troubleshoot?

If you’re having issues with your Ninja Creami machine, check out my Ninja Creami Troubleshooting Guide.

FAQ

How can I lower the calories in this Ninja Creami recipe?

I know many recipes out there advertise lower calories than what some of my ice creams come in at, but I do want to point a few things out:

1) My recipes make a FULL pint. Many of the lower-calorie recipes are simply using a protein shake, or 1 scoop of protein in 1 cup of liquid. Yes, that is lower calorie, and it’s also only half the amount of ice cream. It’s also icier and doesn’t taste very good.

2) These lower-calorie recipes are lower in protein, and therefore higher in iciness unless they’re adding a lot of pudding mix or xanthan gum, which I prefer not to include in my recipes. While those additions can lower iciness, they can add different unpleasant textures. Since we are not using heavy cream, cream cheese, whole milk, etc in this healthy ice cream, a high protein content makes a huge difference in achieving the perfect creaminess without the use of texture additives.

That said, if you’re looking to cut back calories on this mint chocolate protein ice cream recipe, you could swap out the milk in the recipe for unsweetened almond milk. Another option is to only use 1/2 cup of nonfat skim milk and then fill the rest of the way to the line with water.

What is the difference between green and white mint chocolate chip ice cream?

The only difference between green and white mint ice creams is the food coloring. Mint extract is not green, but many people associate mint flavor with the green color so it can be a fun touch sometimes.

Nothing’s Better than a Mint Protein Ice Cream!

If you try this delicious high-protein mint chocolate chip ice cream, please leave a comment and review! It means the world!

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This is a dish of mint chocolate chip protein ice cream garnished with extra chocolate chips.
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The Best Ninja Creami Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Ice Cream

This high protein, low sugar mint chocolate chip ice cream with melt-in-your-mouth chocolate flakes makes for a creamy, rich, and satisfying treat!
Prep Time10 minutes
Freeze Time1 day
Total Time1 day 10 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy ninja creami recipes, healthy treats, high protein, Ninja Creami, Ninja Creami Protein Ice Cream, ninja creami recipes
Servings: 1 pint
Calories: 424kcal
Author: Holly Lee
Cost: $5

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 100 grams 2% cottage cheese or Greek yogurt – about 1/2 cup
  • 50 grams vanilla whey isolate protein powder 1 1/2 scoops
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tbsp granulated allulose
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract some may only need 1/8 tsp–see notes
  • 1 cup skim milk ultra-filtered recommended
  • 18 grams dark chocolate or 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients except for the chocolate to a Ninja Creami pint container. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth.
  • Cover the pint and freeze on a level surface in the freezer for 24 hours.
  • After the pint is thoroughly frozen, install it in your Ninja Creami machine per manufacturer's instructions for you model. Spin on "Lite Ice Cream."
  • While the ice cream is spinning, add your dark chocolate to a microwave-safe dish. Microwave in 30-second increments until melted, stirring in between.
  • When the first spin is done, check the texture of the ice cream. If it is at least 50% of the way to your ideal texture (so looks like ice cream, but may not be perfectly smooth yet) procede with the next step. If your ice cream is still powdery and not yet looking close to edible, then do one spin cycle with the "Re-Spin" button.
  • When the ice cream is decently smooth and the chocolate chips are melted, work quickly to make a well in the center of the ice cream that goes down deep to the bottom. Scrape the melted chocolate into the well, then quickly place the pint container back into your machine. Press the "Mix In" button.
  • Your mint chip protein ice cream is now ready to enjoy!

Notes

For some brands of mint extract, 1/4 tsp might be too high and give an unpleasant aftertaste. If you notice that in your ice cream, you can dial back to 1/8 tsp. 1/8 tsp may not be strong enough for other brands, so it’s really going to depend on what you buy. I do not recommend going higher than 1/4 tsp, and make sure to measure carefully. Mint extract isn’t like vanilla where a little extra can be tasty–too much can ruin the ice cream!

Nutrition

Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 62g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 585mg | Potassium: 775mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 681IU | Calcium: 561mg | Iron: 6mg

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