This creamy mint chocolate chip smoothie is packed with mint chocolate flavor and extra thick and creamy thanks to frozen cauliflower rice. It’s vegan, low in sugar and loaded with protein and healthy fats.
If you like mint chip ice cream, you will adore this smoothie combo. It’s rich and flavorful from the coconut and cacao, but also thick and creamy from the frozen cauliflower rice. I know you probably think I’m crazy for saying that cauliflower rice is going to make your smoothie thick and creamy, but trust me. It’s like magic!
Frozen Cauliflower vs. Frozen Banana
I feel like frozen cauliflower is the new banana when it comes to making smoothies super thick and creamy. Literally cauliflower makes the texture so smooth it’s almost velvety. And it does this without making your whole smoothie taste like cauliflower or adding a a ton of sugar. It’s pretty awesome!
Just FYI — one banana has around 15 grams of sugar where as one cup of frozen cauliflower has about 2 grams. Obviously, if you’re watching your sugar intake or trying to keep your blood sugar balanced, cauliflower is the better choice.
Can I Use Frozen Cauliflower Florets?
In general I’ve found that frozen riced cauliflower works better than frozen florets for smoothies because it blends up easily and quickly. Some stores, like Trader Joe’s, carry riced cauliflower in the freezer section but you can easily make your own too. Either buy a package of fresh riced cauliflower and freeze it or buy a whole head, pulse it into rice using your food processor, place in freezer bags and freeze.
dairy-free milk – I prefer unsweetened almond, cashew or coconut milk
chocolate protein powder – I love Nuzest’s Rich Chocolate Clean Lean Protein powder (use code eatingbirdfood for 15% off your order). If you’re not using sweetened chocolate protein powder, feel free to add some sort of sweetness to the smoothie if you prefer. Two medjool dates or 1-2 teaspoons of maple syrup or honey should do the trick.
baby spinach – this adds additional nutrition and a pop of green color
chia seeds – add some fiber to your smoothie!
cacao or cocoa powder – cacao not only adds a rich chocolate flavor but is also packed with powerful nutrients; including antioxidants, fiber, magnesium, and iron.
fresh mint leaves or peppermint extract – adds a refreshing taste!
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Blend: Blend all ingredients except cacao nibs and granola in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
Add: Add in cacao nibs and blend a couple seconds more.
Serve: Pour into a glass, sprinkle with granola and cacao nibs and enjoy!
Sweetener – if you’re not using sweetened chocolate protein powder, feel free to add some sort of sweetness to the smoothie if you prefer. 2 medjool dates or 1-2 teaspoons of maple syrup or honey should do the trick.Smoothie upgrade – feel free to add your favorite superfood ingredients to the smoothie as well. I love adding this adaptogenic mushroom blend.