Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie
Do you or you family members love mint chocolate chip ice cream, or milkshakes? I know in this house I have three little ones who all look forward to our ice cream outings because it means yummy mint chocolate chip ice cream or a shake. They just love the green color, flecks of yummy dark chocolate, and of course the flavor. I admit, I enjoy it too but I do not love the artificial color so I made it my mission to make my kids a naturally green Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie.
The beauty of making smoothies is that you can use froze fruits or ice to achieve a thicker, icier texture. This can very well mimick a milk shake or even soft serve ice cream. For this Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie I am sharing today I made it thinner for myself. However, it is super easy to thicken it up with a frozen banana.
If you love that all too popular “green, high-calorie shake” from a top fast food joint, you will appreciate this healthier swap. It is actually make with pure mint extract (just a touch), spinach, a ripe banana, and almond milk (or regular cow’s milk). Wondering how it would taste with coconut milk though?
Making this Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie is as easy as adding all the elements to your blender, and finishing it off with a touch of chocolate. I used some extra dark chocolate a some semi-sweet chocolate chips. You could even blend a small quantity of dark chocolate or cacao to make this a mega treat. Today, I added a few chips to the bottom of the cup for that yummy last sip, and shaved a little dark chocolate over the top. As long as you don’t go overboard with the chocolate and use a darker variety this will remain healthier vs typical mint chocolate chip milkshakes.
Here is how to make this Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie
Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie
- 1 large overripe banana *use frozen if you desire a thicker, icier smoothie
- 1/2 cup baby spinach *use frozen if you desire a thicker, icier smoothie
- 1 tablespoon square of 70% or higher dark chocolate or 1/2of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 tsp Pure mint extract
- 1 cup almond milk
- Add all ingredients to your blender, and blend until thick, and creamy
- Reserve a few chocolate chips for the last sip as a treat- you can also shave a little dark chocolate or sprinkle some cacoa over the top.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy *makes one 12 ounce glass
This Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie is a guilt-free way to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day or anytime of the year where you want a less fattening, healthier smoothie. Pin this for later:
I love that you added spinach to this! I am definitely making this combo for the kids.
Toni | Boulder Locavore says
I would love to try this! It looks delicious! Such a great way to start my day!
Mmm that does sound like such a great smoothie. I love making festive holiday recipes with my kids. I might invite them in after I add the spinach so it can be our little secret.
This is something my husband and oldest daughter would love. They love mint flavor. I’ll have to make some of them for them.
Liz Mays says
I’m definitely liking these ingredients. I need more leafy greens in my diet anyway and I just love mint flavor!
Smoothies are one of our favorite treats. I will have to give this recipe a try on the weekend I am sure it will be a big hit.
I need to make this. I have coconut in my fridge that I’m sure will taste delicious with this.
Jeni Hawkins says
This smoothie looks amazing. It has so many things that i love!
Mint chocolate chip is my favorite flavor ever. This sounds just amazing. I am totally going to make this. Thanks so much for sharing