As you know, we grew mint this year. In fact, had I not asked everyone on Facebook and Twitter whether or not we should put our mint in a pot, and had everyone not warned us that it would grow like crazy, we’d probably have a backyard taken over by mint. At this point in the summer our mint is no longer thriving (I think we got too much rain), but a few weeks ago, when it was, I made mint chocolate chip ice creamand this mint chocolate chip smoothie (after all, mint and chocolate is my second favorite flavor combination, other than peanut butter and chocolate.).
I put my smoothies in a martini glass because I’m cool like that. Just accept it. Yes, this is a virgin smoothie.
Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie
2 Tbsp chia
1-cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 Tbsp. chopped dark chocolate chips
1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup loosely packed fresh mint
1/4 cup chopped ice (optional, but I like my smoothies cold!)
4-6 drops liquid Stevia
- Mix the chia and almond milk in a small bowl, and allow to form into a gel in the fridge. This should take ~40 minutes. Be sure to stir every 10-15 minutes.
- Mix all the remaining ingredients in a blender or Magic Bullet, from the chocolate chips through the Stevia drops.
- After blending the ingredients, add the chia gel and stir until well incorporated (you may also wish to add everything together in a blender and just pulse a couple times). Garnish with a few extra chocolate chips and some mint if you wish.
**NOTE: If you are following a low FODMAPS diet you will be happy to know that this is low FODMAPs!
This was just so refreshing out on my back porch one 90-degree day. I sipped on this for about 30 minutes, and then came in to find chocolate all over my face. It was glorious.
Estimated Nutrition Facts for 1 smoothie
Nutrition Highlights: ~5 grams plant-based omega-3 (from the chia seeds), excellent source of fiber (whoa!), vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and calcium.
Question: What’s your favorite sweet or savory combination of flavors? I’ve told you my two favorites; chocolate and peanut butter, and chocolate and mint. But then there is also ketchup and mustard (Nick thinks I’m crazy to combine the two condiments on things like hotdogs. But I think he’s crazy for not combining!).
Thanks for reading!
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