I have discovered a lucky pot ‘o gold at the end of the rainbow…tis this mint chocolate chip cream pie!
Mint Chocolate Chip Cream Pie
A few posts ago, I created a peanut butter cream pie that got tons of hits on my blog!
It is truly delicious and definitely worth checking out!
Because St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, I wanted to have a “green” recipe for you all.
What better than another cream pie recipe?
Promise you won’t turn your nose up when you read this.
The secret ingredient in my mint chocolate chip cream pie is…spinach!
Yes, spinach is what I used to create the green color. It is safe, all-natural and, believe me, there is absolutely no hint of spinach flavor. Trust me!!
When my husband saw the spinach puree, he wasn’t too sure about it.
His opinion changed quickly after tasting the creamy green filling! He is so supportive and told me this pie would be a winner.
How To Make Natural Green Food Coloring Using Spinach
There are only a few steps in making spinach puree (green food coloring). Here goes!
- Boil 3 cups of water in a pan on the stove
- Add 2 handfuls of raw spinach to boiling water and allow to boil for about 20 minutes
- Drain water and put wilted spinach leaves in a small blender or use immersion blender to blend into puree
- Pour puree into small bowl and set aside until needed
If you are interested in the wonderful health benefits of spinach, check out what Dr Axe has to say right here!
Who Shrunk The Spinach?
It’s crazy that 2 big handfuls of spinach only make around 2-3 Tablespoons of puree.
As spinach cooks it wilts until it becomes hardly anything.
I’m telling you…this puree makes the perfect green color!
You could add more than I did, but the more puree (or liquid) you add, the less firm your pie will be.
(side note: if you absolutely cannot handle the thought of spinach in your cream pie, by all means, add a couple drops of green food coloring!)
What You’ll Need To Make A Mint Chocolate Chip Cream Pie
As I take another bite of my pie, I think it’s time to tell you what you need to make it. Agree?
- almond flour
- THM Gentle Sweet (I used my homemade xylitol-free version of Gentle Sweet)
- cocoa powder
- cream cheese
- heavy cream
- peppermint extract
- spinach puree
- sugar free chocolate chips (I used Lily’s)
There is a little Irish in my blood. I also have a close friend whose family came overseas from Ireland when they were just kids.
Whether or not you are from an Irish heritage, I hope you enjoy this little blessing.
I am not the author of this blessing, but I’d like to dedicate it to my friend, Stephanie and her family!
An Irish Blessing
May there always be work
for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold
a coin or two.
May the sun always shine
on your windowpane.
May a rainbow be certain
to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend
Always be near you.
May God fill your heart with
gladness to cheer you.
-An Irish Blessing-
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