Chocolate Chip Mint Smoothie
An ultra dreamy chocolate chip mint smoothie-- the sweetness and richness of the coconut milk allows the base of this smoothie to be mostly spinach, while still being very indulgent! A healthy green smoothie that tastes like a milkshake.
Prep Time5 minutes mins
Cook Time0 minutes mins
Total Time5 minutes mins
Servings: 2 small or 1 large
- 1/2 cup coconut milk full fat, canned
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt or plain greek yogurt
- 2 bananas chopped and frozen
- 4 cups spinach fresh or frozen
- 6 ice cubes
- 20 grams whey protein unsweetened/unflavored - or use your favorite protein powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2-1 teaspoon peppermint extract peppermint extracts vary in intensity - so start small!
- 2 tablespoons 85% dark chocolate chopped, or sub dark chocolate chips
Add the liquid ingredients first, followed by the rest of the smoothie ingredients, leaving out the chocolate chips. Process until very smooth and creamy, and the spinach is fully incorporated.
Add the chocolate, and pulse 5-6 times until the chocolate is broken up, but still in chunks.
Top with more chocolate chips, and enjoy while it's thick.
**Peppermint extracts vary greatly. The first one I tried was a pure peppermint, and it was way too strong. Right now I am using Queen's, an Australian brand. If you haven't used peppermint extract before, start out with a small amount, and add more to taste.
***If you're used to sweet things, you might want to add 1-2 teaspoons of honey to this smoothie. I don't think it needs it.
Meal Prep for Smoothies:
Can I use a flavored or vegan protein powder?
I love BioChem Whey Protein Isolate. I buy the natural/unflavored one. It has a great flavor, and adds "fluff" to smoothies (a great texture!). I add it even when I don't need extra protein (just a tablespoon really helps) because it makes the texture so much creamier. I highly recommend trying it! Plus, it's grass fed dairy.
However, use whatever protein powder you digest well. An unflavored or vanilla option will work in this smoothie.
Make it Dairy Free / Vegan:
- When you have bananas starting to spot, peel and chop them and put them in a freezer safe container.
- If you buy large containers of spinach, but find yourself with half of it rotting before you use it, remember to pack half of it in a plastic bag and toss it in the freezer. Frozen spinach is perfect for thick smoothies!
Can I use fresh peppermint?
I have tested this smoothie with fresh peppermint. It gives the smoothie a "grassy" flavor rather than an ice-cream flavor. If you do not use peppermint extract, a very small dab of peppermint oil will work (dab some oil on a toothpick, do not try to pour peppermint oil).
For the Family:
I love giving my toddler smoothies, and this Chocolate Chip Mint Smoothie is his favorite. It's so easy to pack them with nutritious ingredients, and make them taste like a treat. This is a great one if your child doesn't want a green smoothie, because mint is supposed to be green! And they are most likely familiar with mint ice cream, and this matches the color.
Make this a green smoothie bowl (or even a smoothie in a cup) with toppings! Try:
- Substitute coconut or soy yogurt in place of the Greek yogurt. You can also just omit the yogurt and add additional coconut milk.
- Use collagen or a vegan protein powder in place of the whey protein.
Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 94mg | Potassium: 1094mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 5736IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 176mg | Iron: 6mg