If you like mint chocolate chip ice cream, then you are going to love this choc mint smoothie. It’s dairy-free, has no added sugar, and is 100% guilt-free. Plus, it’s plant-based, requires only 5-ingredients, and is ready in minutes! Say hello to your new favorite healthy protein smoothie or milkshake! It’s so good, and y’all are going to love it.
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🌱 Mint Chocolate Origin
Culinary student, Marilyn Ricketts, entered a competition in 1973 to provide an ice cream dessert for Princess Anne’s wedding to Captain Mark Phillips at Westminster Abby. It was this contest where Mint and Dark Chocolate became a classic combination.
To make this mint smoothie, you will need some simple ingredients which you might already have.
Cashew Milk. We love cashew milk in this recipe because it has a deliciously creamy, rich flavor. Other non-dairy options that would work well are oat milk or almond milk. Dairy milk also works too!
Spinach. Adding spinach does not add any flavor to this smoothie. It does give it that nice green color, though, and a nice nutritional kick.
Mint Flavor. We use Frontier’s Co-Op Mint Oil to bring out that refreshing mint flavor in this smoothie. Peppermint extract also works well too! Just a couple of drops go a long way.
Banana. We used a frozen banana for this smoothie to create that rich, creamy and cold smoothie texture. If you don’t have any frozen bananas, add 1/2 cup of ice along with 1 ripe banana.
Cacao Nibs. We use Cacao Nibs in place of Chocolate Chips. They are made from crushed cocoa beans and are highly nutritious. Cacao nibs have a bitter, earthy flavor like unsweetened dark chocolate, and are less processed, which we love for this smoothie.
Protein Powder. We always add protein powder to our smoothies, but it’s optional. We add protein to make it more filling. Our go-to is Orgain Organic Vanilla Protein.
This smoothie is easy to make as long as you have a high-speed blender. 😉
Blend it up. To a high-speed blender, add frozen banana, cashew milk, mint extract, spinach, cacao nibs, and protein powder of your choice (optional). Blend on high until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed.
Time to Serve. Pour smoothie into a glass, add some extra cacao nibs on top and enjoy!
Do you need ice in a smoothie?
You typically do not need ice when using frozen bananas in a smoothie. If you use a fresh ripe banana, adding 1/2 cup of ice is the perfect amount to make a cold and thick-textured smoothie.
How long do smoothies last?
Smoothies are best when fresh, but you can refrigerate leftovers for 3 days or store leftovers in the freezer for up to 1 month.
This Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie is healthy, creamy, minty, thick, and delicious! We hope you all love our smoothie recipe. Enjoy! ♡
Blend it up. To a high-speed blender, add frozen banana, cashew milk, spinach, 2 drops of mint oil, cacao nibs, and protein powder of choice (optional). Blend on high until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed.
Time to Serve. Add the blended-up smoothie to a glass and enjoy!
If you use a ripe banana that was not frozen, and the smoothie is thin and not as cold, I recommend adding 1/2 cup of ice to the blender.
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