MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP SMOOTHIE
This is my favorite quick and easy smoothie recipe for breakfast, lunch, or after a workout. I loved chocolate chip mint ice cream as a child. I remember the excitement I would get knowing our family was going out for an ice cream treat. Chocolate chip mint was my go to flavor. The mix of chocolate chunk pieces and the coolness of the mint is such a perfect balance.
I wanted to create a smoothie recipe that tasted just like my childhood treat. The protein of the almonds can be replaced by a scoop of your favorite protein powder. I change this up depending on what brand of protein powder I have available.
A few of my favorite protein powders are: Orgain Organic vegan vanilla protein powder, Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel Protein mix vanilla/coconut flavor, and Vega Protein & Greens plant Protein in vanilla. These are all dairy free protein powders, which is what I prefer over the typical whey protein powders out there.
Makes 1 servings
1/3 cup of almonds or 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
1 pitted date
1 cup of almond milk or milk of choice
¼ cup mint leaves or 1 tsp of mint extract
¼ of a small avocado
1 Tbs cacao nibs, plus more for garnish
1/2 cup of ice
Blend all the ingredients above in a blender. Garnish with extra cacao nibs and fresh mint leaves. Enjoy.