Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie – Gluten-free + Vegan

by tastyyummies

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie - Gluten-free + Vegan

With the abundance of fresh mint in the yard, I decided I had to find a smoothie to make that would really highlight the mint. And what goes best with fresh mint? OK, that isn’t really a serious question, we all know the answer… it’s chocolate.

I created a quick and very easy mint chocolate chip smoothie that you would swear cannot be good for you, until you hear there is a full 2 cups of baby spinach in there. If Mark hadn’t walked into the kitchen while I was making it, I know I could have totally convinced him it was some type of junk food. But when he tasted it and I asked him what he thought, his reply was “this is so amazing, but I saw you put something green in there, what was it?”. He couldn’t believe that is was baby spinach. There is no weird texture or taste, at all.

The spinach brings a beautiful shade of green to the drink, but besides a serving or two of your daily veggies, it also supplies you with many wonderful benefits like Vitamins K, A and C. Plus spinach is a great natural anti-inflammatory. Additionally, spinach is found to have a new category of health-supportive nutrients called glycoclycerolipids, studies are now showing glycoglycerolipids from spinach can help protect the lining of the digestive tract from damage — especially damage related to unwanted inflammation. Read more about the benefits of spinach here.

This smoothie is creamy with a really nice fresh mint flavor and the little flecks of chocolate are perfect. If you don’t want to blend the chocolate chips in or you don’t want the little bit of sugar from them, instead just blend in a tablespoon or two of good quality unsweetened baking cocoa or even shavings of a good quality unsweetened chocolate. I didn’t have any unsweetened chocolate on hand or I would have went with that.

This would be a great smoothie to serve the kids (or your hubby) to sneak in a ton of veggies.

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie - Gluten-free + Vegan

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1 Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy July 31, 2012 at 3:54 pm

oh my gosh Beth, that sounds super! and so sneaky healthy too!! :) those are the best recipes! i could definitely go for a tall glass right about now:)

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2 tastyyummies July 31, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Ha, I love sneaky healthy, especially if hubby will eat/drink it without suspecting a thing! Yeh, I am with you I could definitely go for a glass right now. Maybe this will be tonight’s dessert :)

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3 ingrid August 1, 2012 at 4:47 am

Just added sneaky spinache to my grocery list for today! Also thanks for the information you post about ingredients, I find that really interesting.

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4 Gabby @ the veggie nook August 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Delicious! I love when healthy tastes like dessert :) I’m loving the smoothie kick you’re on right now too.

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5 SerenityNow October 23, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I just tried it! This was great. I substituted the milk with a handful of walnuts, cacao nibs for chocolate chips, and agave nectar. My husband also loved it.

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