Mint Choc Chip Gelato & Grasshopper Sundaes

I am having way too much fun with my “green” theme for St. Patty’s this week, especially as i’m using it as an excuse to make mint chocolate chip gelato and grasshopper sundaes! I think mint chocolate chip has to be my favorite ice cream flavor of all time, and this gelato recipe isn’t only a lot healthier than regular ice cream, it actually tastes better too!! In fact it’s probably the BEST mint choc chip i’ve ever had, which is a problem because I just can’t get enough; but at least I have my two small kiddos to help me eat it {they’re as addicted to it as I am!} I’m pretty sure you will be too!

Ingredients:
{for the Gelato; recipe adapted from amberskitchen} 
2 cups 2% milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
green food coloring (optional)
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
{for the grasshopper sundaes)
Thin mint cookies
Chocolate sauce
Mint for garnish

Directions:
In a large bowl, stir together the milk, cream, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, peppermint extract and food coloring until the sugar has dissolved and the gelato is the color you want it.

Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker, and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. {I poured the mixture into my kitchen aid ice cream maker, and churned it for 25 mins until thickened). Spoon the gelato mixture and chocolate chips into an airtight container and freeze for 2 hours.

For the Grasshopper sundaes, scoop the mint choc gelato into a bowl, add thin mint cookies, drizzle chocolate sauce on top and garnish with fresh mint 

Enjoy guys!
<3 Sarah