Coconut Chocolate Mint Chip Smoothie

This creamy chocolate mint chip smoothie is packed with coconut, cacao, mint and frozen riced cauliflower. It’s vegan, low in sugar and loaded with protein and healthy fats

Last summer I was hooked on low sugar smoothies made with frozen cauliflower rice like this malted chocolate cauliflower smoothie. One particular combo that I was obsessed with was coconut, chocolate and mint so I had to share!

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!

Chocolate mint chip smoothie in a mason jar with a stainless steel straw, being held by a women's hand.

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.

Overhead shot of a chocolate mint chip smoothie with granola in a mason jar with a stainless steel straw on the surface next to it.

Chocolate Mint Chip Smoothie Ingredients:

  • dairy-free milk – I prefer unsweetened almond, cashew or coconut milk
  • coconut water (or more milk)
  • coconut butter or frozen coconut 
  • frozen cauliflower rice – use store-bought or make your own
  • chocolate protein powderI love Nuzest’s Rich Chocolate Clean Lean Protein powder (use code eatingbirdfood for 15% off your order).
  • chia seeds
  • cacao or cocoa powder
  • fresh mint leaves or peppermint extract
  • cacao nibs
  • granola (optional for topping) I love topping my smoothie with a little granola so I have a few chewable bites that I can eat with a spoon… it makes the smoothie feel more like a meal.

Sweeter option: 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.

Overhead shot of a chocolate mint chip smoothie with granola in a mason jar being held by a women's hand with a stainless steel straw on the surface next to it.

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.

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If you make this coconut chocolate mint chip smoothie, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers who are thinking about making the recipe. 

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Coconut Chocolate Mint Chip Smoothie


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This creamy chocolate mint chip smoothie is packed with coconut, cacao, mint and frozen riced cauliflower. It’s vegan, low in sugar and loaded with protein and healthy fats


Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond, cashew or coconut milk
  • 1/2  coconut water (or more milk)
  • 12 Tablespoons coconut butter or frozen coconut
  • 1/21 cup frozen cauliflower rice
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 Tablespoon cacao or cocoa powder
  • 45 fresh mint leaves or 12 drops of peppermint extract
  • 12 teaspoons cacao nibs
  • granola, for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients except cacao nibs and granola in a high-powered blender.
  2. Blend until smooth. Add in cacao nibs and blend a couple seconds more. Pour into a glass, sprinkle with granola and cacao nibs and enjoy!

Notes

  • If you’re not using sweetened chocolate protein powder, feel free to add some sort of sweetness to the smoothie. 2 medjool dates or 1-2 teaspoons of maple syrup or honey should do the trick.
  • Feel free to add your favorite superfood ingredients to the smoothie as well. I love adding this adaptogenic mushroom blend.
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 378
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Sodium: 583mg
  • Fat: 21g
  • Carbohydrates: 29g
  • Fiber: 15g
  • Protein: 27g

Keywords: mint chip smoothie

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    5 comments
    1. Erica
      October 22, 2020 AT 2:15 pm

      This is exactly what I needed today! I was looking for something for lunch that was quick, lighter but still had some veggies in it, so I absolutely love that you use frozen cauliflower rice in this recipe!! Loved it–definitely will make this again! Thanks😁

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 24, 2020 AT 4:17 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad you loved this smoothie, Erica. Thanks so much for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    2. Carrie Humpherys
      April 20, 2020 AT 11:03 am

      It’s a great idea. The flavor wasn’t bad, but it lacked any sweetness at all. Perhaps her chocolate protein powder had a sweetener? Mine is unsweetened so if I had added a date or something, it would probably have been much better. The cauliflower makes it grainy, but I love the idea of sneaking it in there.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 20, 2020 AT 12:12 pm

        Ahh yes! Most chocolate protein powders are sweetened so that’s what gives this smoothie a sweet flavor. Hopefully you’ll get a chance to try it again with a sweetened protein powder or your sweetener of choice.

    3. Kimberly @ Foodtalko
      April 2, 2018 AT 5:25 am

      Mint chip milkshakes are my favorite! I love your healthier spin on the concept. ?

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