Chickpea Ice cream
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Recipe courtesy of Amanda Neal for Food Network Kitchen

Chickpea Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 8 hr 35 min (includes freezing and softening times)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 8 servings (about 4 cups)
Canned chickpeas are the secret ingredient in this easy frozen treat, lending creaminess and body without affecting the flavor. (We promise!) Be sure to remove the skins for the smoothest possible results. Pitted Medjool dates add just the right amount of sweetness, and vegan mint extract and baking chips are the perfect flavoring combo.



  1. Place the chickpeas on a clean dish towel or a couple paper towels and cover with a paper towel. Gently rub the chickpeas until they are completely dry and the skins start to fall off. Use your fingers to peel off any remaining skins (the chickpeas should easily pop out).
  2. Place the skinned chickpeas, coconut cream, dates and mint extract in a blender. Blend, stopping and scraping down the sides of the container with a rubber spatula as needed, until very smooth, about 1 minute. It's okay if there are some specks from the dates, but the mixture should be smooth and similar in texture to a thick milkshake. Add the food coloring and blend until combined (the color should resemble the inside of a ripe avocado). 
  3. Pour one-third of the chickpea mixture into a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan, then top with one-third of the baking chips, making sure to go all the way to the edges of the pan. Pour half of the remaining chickpea mixture into the pan, then top with half of the remaining baking chips. Add the remaining chickpea mixture, then top with the remaining baking chips. Cover the loaf pan with plastic wrap and freeze until completely firm, at least 8 hours and up to overnight. 
  4. Let the ice cream sit at room temperature to soften before scooping, 10 to 15 minutes. Scoop into bowls or vegan ice cream cones and serve.