Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ingredients Needed:

  • dairy-free milk – I prefer unsweetened almond, cashew or coconut milk
  • nut butter – almond butter or coconut butter
  • 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). 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!
  • cacao nibs – the perfect chocolate chip!
  • 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.
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.

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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. 

Mason jar with a mint chocolate chip smoothie garnished with cacao nibs, granola and mint.

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

Brittany Mullins
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
4.67 from 9 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Smoothie
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 378 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond cashew or coconut milk
  • 1-2 Tablespoons almond butter
  • 1/2-1 cup frozen cauliflower rice
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • handful baby spinach
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 Tablespoon cacao or cocoa powder
  • 4-5 leaves fresh mint or 1-2 drops of peppermint extract
  • 1-2 medjool dates (optional)
  • 1-2 teaspoons cacao nibs
  • granola for topping (optional)

Instructions
 

  • 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!

Notes

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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1smoothieCalories: 378kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 27gFat: 21gSodium: 583mgFiber: 15gSugar: 9g
Keyword mint chip smoothie
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    15 comments
    1. Joy
      June 13, 2021 AT 8:53 pm

      5 stars
      This recipe surprised me. I wasn’t sure about the cauliflower but I tried it because I love chocolate and mint. I really enjoyed it.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 14, 2021 AT 10:48 am

        Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed this smoothie, Joy! Thanks for trying it and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    2. Rachel DeVaughn
      June 12, 2021 AT 8:01 pm

      5 stars
      liked the chocolate taste! love all the different recipes.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 14, 2021 AT 11:55 am

        I’m so glad this smoothie was a hit, Rachel! Thanks for trying it and leaving a review. I really appreciate it 🙂

    3. Taylor Byers
      June 10, 2021 AT 10:38 am

      5 stars
      WOW! The hidden veggies in this smoothie are a plus! Packed with protein too! I looove mint and having the fresh mint and chocolate combination tastes just like a mint chocolate chip milkshake but with less sugar and more superfoods! Love it!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 10, 2021 AT 2:09 pm

        Yay!! So glad you enjoyed this smoothie, Taylor. Thanks for tying it and for the review. I so appreciate it!

    4. Teresa Thorne
      June 10, 2021 AT 8:59 am

      5 stars
      There is something about chocolate and mint in the summertime that just gets me so happy.
      This was so refreshing after my morning walk today. Thank you

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 10, 2021 AT 2:11 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this smoothie, Teresa. Thanks for tying it and for the review. I so appreciate it!

    5. Amyb
      June 7, 2021 AT 8:43 pm

      5 stars
      Tried this tonight for a quick and easy dinner/dessert and it was amazing!!! Taste just like an Andis Mint without the guilt and kept me full and satisfied!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 8, 2021 AT 1:18 pm

        Woo! So glad you enjoyed this smoothie, Amy! Thanks for trying it and for the review. I so appreciate it!

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