Has anyone else noticed that it’s almost impossible to find vegan mint chocolate chip ice cream? I know Enlightened and So Delicious each have one, and I’ve been able to get the So Delicious one (with no added sugar! love!), but they’re hard to find in my vicinity. I love peanut butter and cookie dough, of course, but sometimes you just want mint chip!
I know that a smoothie isn’t *exactly* ice cream, but I find that sometimes, a little bit of taste can be sacrificed for a whole lot of convenience, price, and nutrition.
Okay, so I am absolutely NOT selling this recipe, am I? It’s delicious, I promise, especially if you want to shake it up from the usual smoothies or curb an ice cream craving.
This one does use protein powder, but it’s optional. I’m still doing some research, but I’ve read about questionable ingredients in some protein powders, so I may start cutting it out of my diet. For now, I still have some in my pantry to use up, so it stays.
The color is pretty deep, definitely greener than your typical ice cream or green smoothie, but I really like how it turns out. I may try to top with berries for a nice Christmas colored variation!
You could definitely top with chocolate chips instead of cacao nibs, or whatever you normally put in a smoothie bowl I think the cacao nibs give it a really great chocolatey flavor.
Without further ado!
Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie (with Hidden Veggies)
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
-1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (almond, oat, and cashew are all wonderful)
-1 cup raw spinach
-1 scoop spirulina powder (I use Kos)
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 tsp peppermint extract
-2 scoops vanilla protein powder (optional, but recommended)
-cacao nibs or chocolate chips for topping
other toppings: chia seeds, coconut flakes, flaxseeds, etc.
- In your blender, add all ingredients except toppings.
- Blend until smooth. If it’s too thick, you can add a little almond milk; if it’s too thin, add some spinach and ice cubes. If you want to drink instead, add around 1/2 cup almond milk.
- Pour into your bowl and top with toppings!