I have enjoyed so many amazing smoothie recipes on the Green Smoothie Challenge see my last post for all the details. It has my creative juices flowing and I keep having ideas for new flavors. Earlier this week I wanted a chocolate mint smoothie but I didn’t have fresh mint at the time so I used my NuNaturals peppermint stevia drops and that was very tasty. However, I still had fresh mint in the back of my mind so I picked up a bunch to experiment with.
My experiment worked. This was a delightful way to start my morning. Not too minty – light and balanced. So fresh. At the very end I added in Cacao Nibs for a little bit of chocolate speckled through out the smoothie. Love it.
I couldn’t decide which smoothie photo I liked best so you get both of them! Other than the fruit and liquid I don’t really measure when I make smoothies. I eye ball the greens and ice and go by how it looks. I always taste the smoothie before I pour it into my jar – that way I can add things to it if need be. After my initial taste test of this one I added in more mint and more ice. Fresh mint is very delicate in flavor so it takes quite a bit to flavor a 32 ounce smoothie!
Chocolate Mint Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk – I use Whole Foods 365
- 1/4 cold water
- 2 large handfuls fresh baby spinach
- 1 handful fresh mint leaves, stems removed – about 1/4 of a big bunch – adjust to your taste
- 5 drops NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia Drops* or to taste
- 2 large bananas frozen, cut into slices
- 1 1/4 cups crushed ice or ice cubes
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Cacao Nibs
Place everything except the cacao nibs in the blender and process until smooth and creamy. Taste and add more mint leaves, sweetener and ice if desired. Add in the cacao nibs and process for just seconds to break them up enough that they will fit through the straw but not totally blend them up so you can still see little flecks of nibs through out the smoothie.
Makes 32 ounces of smoothie.
*If you don’t have NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia drops use 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and Stevia to taste
Notes: Next time try mini chocolate chips and add 1 Tablespoon Chia seeds or Flax seed for added nutrition.
Happy Healthy Weekend Everyone!
Do you like chocolate mint flavor?