Minty Chocolate Smoothie

by Valerie on July 23, 2011 · 9 comments

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This heat wave is melting my brain and making cooking oh-so-unappealing.  The other night I came home with no interest in cooking and a powerful craving for mint.I pondered it as I had some Twin Oaks Tofu topped with pesto, and decided to try this smoothie combination. Unlike my other smoothies, there is no protein powder or seeds involved, so it is more like a runny milkshake – a chocolate minty shake, with 3 cups of spinach. I swear it works. 

Minty Chocolate Smoothie (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Soy-Free) – Make 2 10oz smoothies

  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water (you could also use coconut water)
  • 3-4 Tbsps raw cacao
  • 1/4 tsp mint extract (Simply Organics is supposed to be gluten-free, though the label does not reflect it. Flavorganics is definitely gluten-free)
  • 1/8 tsp plain liquid stevia
  • 3 cups fresh spinach, washed
  • 4-8 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients together. 

Note: I use a high-speed blender so I just throw everything in the Vita, but if you have a regular blender, you might want to blend the spinach and water  together first, and then add the remaining ingredients. 

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I am submitting this to the Monthly Gluten-Free Challenge, created and hosted by Linda of the Gluten-Free Homemaker – the focus this month is beverages, and submissions are accepted every Wednesday as part of Gluten-Free Wednesday.  If you are interested in additional smoothie recipes, here are a few from my archives:

I am also submitting this recipe to the following weekly events starting with:

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A new weekly event, which kicked off a couple of weeks ago and is just for summer, hosted by  Ricki of Diet, Desserts and Dogs, Summer Wellness Weekends. The concept behind Summer Wellness Weekends is “any good-for-you, whole foods, especially those with antioxidant properties or “functional foods” (ie, offering naturally medicinal or health-promoting qualities–such as garlic, coconut oil, all vegetables, fruits, herbs, etc.).”  Spinach and raw cacao are antioxidant central, so this recipe covers it. Also,

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Real Sustenance’s Seasonal Sunday event – since spinach is seasonal to summer, this recipe fits.

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A blog event hosted by Flip Cookbook called Sugar Free Sunday, which includes sweet and savory dishes made with non-refined sugars.

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Slightly Indulgent Tuesday with Amy of Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free – chocolate and raspberries is one of my favorite indulgent combinations.

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Real Food Weekly with Diane of The WHOLE Gang.

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1 Lauren July 25, 2011 at 3:15 am

This sounds really good? Where did u find the mint extract? I have coconut, maple and almond and use them all the time!

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2 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats July 25, 2011 at 3:20 am

Hi Lauren – thanks for stopping by – I used Simply Organic, which I think I bought at Yes! Market at 14th and V.

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3 Ricki July 25, 2011 at 11:35 am

That smoothie kind of screams out, "REFRESHMENT!". I love the combination of mint and chocolate–and that spinach is just a nice bonus!

Thanks for submitting this to WW this week! :)

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4 Raj @ Flip Cookbook July 27, 2011 at 12:26 am

Yum! I've never used mint extract either – definitely going to pick it up soon. I wonder if mint leaves would work too?

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5 Katie (quick cook rice) July 27, 2011 at 3:31 am

This smoothie recipe almost makes me forget that you mentioned Twin Oaks Tofu AGAIN! I still can't find it on my side of the bridge. :)

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6 Mary July 27, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Looks wonderful! Will have to try it. Great summertime recipe :)

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7 Carolyn July 31, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Mmmm I miss making smoothies.

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8 Linda August 2, 2011 at 7:46 pm

This sounds great, Valerie! I love mint and chocolate. I think I would try using mint leaves since I have a bunch in the yard. The heat has been awful this summer, hasn't it?

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