One of my favorite flavors of ice cream used to be Mint Chocolate Chip. And, this plant-based smoothie version is just as good. You can even make it thicker and serve as ice cream.
You won't believe how frozen banana takes on the texture and flavor of ice cream. It's perfect for this cacao mint smoothie! Add a little vanilla for a vanilla version. Of course, using mint flavoring for this mint chocolate chip smoothie recipe is an option, especially if mint is currently out of season.
Non-dairy milk is perfect for plant-based recipes. I always like to make a batch of fresh almond or oat milk to have on hand. Having these plant-based essentials available in your pantry is recommended to make preparing your meals that much easier! Here are 7 Tips and Timesavers for Plant-Based Cooking in a Flash and tips on How to Stock Your Plant-Based Pantry
Want to make your own plant-based milks? Check out my article How to Make Delicious Homemade Nut, Seed and Grain-Based Milk
For this healthy chocolate mint recipe, I did use the fresh mint leaves. Fresh mint can be very strong, so use sparingly until you have just the right amount.
Try these other healthy and delicious plant-based alternatives:
- Cherry Chocolate Smoothie
- Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
- Watermelon Salad with Tofu Feta - Mint inspired
- Strawberry Salsa - Mint inspired
Adding the kale or spinach to this chocolate mint smoothie recipe helps to increase the nutritional benefits without affecting the flavor. Read more about introducing more leafy greens into your diet in my article series Get Your Leafy Greens On Part 1 and Part 2.
Oats are a great addition in plant based smoothies because they are full of soluble fiber and help draw cholesterol out. Nothing wrong with that!
These cacao nibs are the best and can be purchases at Amazon. They have no sugar at all, so they are quite bitter if you eat them plain, but I find they are fantastic in smoothies. I like that little bit of crunch.
You can purchase these cacao nibs here.
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This recipe is Certified Plantricious because it meets the following guidelines.
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- Must be whole food plant-based, contains no animal products
- May be minimally processed
- No added oil
- No added sugars
- No artificial additives or preservatives
- Sodium (mgs) to Calories ratio, 1 ≤ 1
- Total Fiber to Calories, 3g ≥ 100 calorie