Mint chocolate smoothie! Not only is this smoothie a great way to change up your smoothie routine, it’s minty-chocolatey-chilly cold-delicious! It’s also low in sugar while being high in protein, and there’s spinach hiding in there that you can’t taste. Plus it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and corn-free. Woo hoo!
I was inspired in May when my husband and I spent a weekend in Berlin, Germany. It happened to be a unusually hot weekend during our visit and we strolled into a café late one afternoon to get an iced coffee. While waiting, I noticed a smoothie on their menu board that had mint in it. I couldn’t read the rest since I don’t speak German, but I thought that mint in a smoothie sounded really good! When we got home to Copenhagen, I bought fresh mint and started making smoothies with it.
I ventured away from my usual berry smoothies for something different and I thought mint would go well with chocolate, so I added some cacao powder. It tasted really good, but it looked like pea soup. Hey, I have nothing against pea soup. I did a blog post on my split pea soup. But I found that I was able to get a similar chocolate flavor without it looking so much like pea soup by using raw cacao nibs, which I love! The nibs create dark “specks” instead of changing the color of the smoothie from green to pea soup green. See the specks?
The chocolate pairs so well with the mint—and I load it up with LOTS of fresh mint leaves. Here in Copenhagen, I can buy the entire organic mint plant! It doesn’t get planted in the ground. It gets planted on my kitchen counter and I take the leaves off when I want them. This is what happens to the plant when I make mint chocolate smoothies. Waste nothing!
You can also buy mint leaves in a plastic container in the produce section your local food market. I was making the mint chocolate smoothie specifically to use fresh mint leaves. If you can’t find fresh mint leaves, you might be able to use mint extract. Although, I suspect it won’t taste the same. But if that’s what you have, make it and let me know!
As for the spinach, you can easily add it to smoothies without tasting it if you have another flavor that can overpower it—and the mint does that. A small banana is enough to sweeten and thicken the smoothie. It doesn’t taste like banana at all if you use a banana that’s good and ripe.
I use rice protein that is unflavored and unsweetened by TrueNutrition. Earlier this year, I was using their rice protein with stevia. However, I stopped using protein powder with stevia because I don’t like the taste of it.
This recipe is as easy as putting the ingredients in your blender and blending until smooth. I use my high-speed blender (Vitamix).
FYI, if I put a mint garnish on my Skat’s smoothie, he’d probably want to know what he should do with it. So, he doesn’t get a garnish.
Also, we never use straws to drink smoothies. E V E R. It’s fun to bust them out for pictures though. This is actually how I drank mine—in a whisky glass. Why? I don’t know. Why not? I did gnaw on the fresh mint. I love mint!!!!
You can also put it in a wine glass. We’re lacking in our glasses supply since half of my kitchen stuff is still in storage in Boston. But my husband had a lot of wine glasses when we got married. So, we use wine glasses for a lot of things: water, sparking water, smoothies, coconut yogurt parfaits. I also use a large beer stein for flowers since my vases are in storage as well. Use what you got!
I’m headed out tomorrow for another mint plant so we can have them on Saturday morning. Now go find a mint plant to destroy and let me know how your smoothies come out!
Mint Chocolate Smoothie
¾ cup almond milk
1 small frozen banana
2 cups baby spinach (loosely packed)
1 scoop (30g) protein powder
1 tablespoon raw cacao nibs
10-15 mint leaves
a couple of ice cubes
- Blend ingredients in a high-speed blender for 30 seconds or until smooth.
- You can substitute cashew milk, rice milk, coconut milk, or another non-dairy milk of your choice.
- I use a Vitamix, but a blender will also work. Note that if your blender can’t handle grinding up the cacao nibs, you can use 1-2 tablespoons of cacao powder. It will still be chocolatey, but your smoothie will just look a little more like pea soup. But that’s ok!
- I use unflavored/unsweetened rice protein powder made by TrueNutrition. This one is gluten-free, dairy-free, and corn-free. You can check their website to see all of the different powder options they can make for you.
- I usually make two smoothies and keep one in the fridge for the next day. But I like to make this smoothie fresh and drink it immediately.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (One serving): 316 Calories, 11g Fat, 61mg Sodium, 27g Carbohydrates, 7g Fiber, 8g Sugar, 31g Protein