This cold and creamy chocolate mint smoothie will conjure up images of mojitos and heaping scoops of classic chocolate chip mint ice cream.
I’ve always had a thing for the chocolate and mint flavor pairing. Chocolate chip mint ice cream? I like it. Chocolate mint tea from Trader Joe’s? I’m a fan. (Unfortunately, I believe the latter is a limited-time seasonal offering during the winter only, for those intrigued.)
As the weather begins to slowly but surely warm up here in the Northeast (and blizzard warnings seem to finally be a thing of last season <– love that I can say that now that it’s officially spring!), I’ve reverted back to my daily smoothie ritual. Breakfast, lunch, or snack, no matter — a smoothie usually makes its way into my day at least once during the spring and summer months.
While whipping up one such post-yoga smoothie over the weekend, a brilliant idea popped into my head: why not see if I could come up with a chocolate chip mint smoothie? A fresh pop of mint seemed like a great way to welcome in flavors reminiscent of warmer times (ahem, mojitos) and the chocolate was, well, the obvious pairing (at least in my mind).
The best part? This recipe is healthy, doesn’t contain a drop of actual ice cream or added sugar, and is full of protein that will keep you full for hours — yet it tastes remarkably like the real deal. Read on to get the recipe for this cool and refreshing drink. I highly recommend you give it a go!
Protein-Packed Chocolate Chip Mint Ice Cream Smoothie
Makes two 8-10 ounce smoothies [<5 minutes prep time]
16 ounces vanilla coconut milk (or other milk of choice)
2 frozen bananas (or 2 regular bananas + ice)
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
2 servings vanilla protein powder
1-2 drops peppermint extract
1 cup fresh spinach
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
+ You can use any type of milk you prefer (cow’s milk, almond milk, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, etc). I used vanilla coconut milk because it’s what I had on hand and liked the subtle sweetness and vanilla flavor it contributed, so that is my recommendation for this recipe.
+ Serving size will vary on protein powder depending which brand you are using. Read the box to determine 1 recommended serving, then double it. I used the scooper that was provided with my protein powder.
+ I used pure peppermint extra with a built in dropper. If the bottle you are using doesn’t contain a dropper, then very carefully add 2-3 small drops (warning: you only need a VERY small amount) and adjust to your taste.
+ The chocolate flavor comes through with the cocoa powder, but feel free to sprinkle in 1-2 tablespoons of chocolate chips or cacao nips. I’m going to try that next time!