What's your favourite ice cream flavour?
For me, it was always mint chocolate chip. I mostly got ice cream from Baskin Robbin's as a kid and I can still taste the sweet, creamy and minty dessert.
That was before I found out that dairy and I are definitely nothing close to BFFs.
But hope is here and it's in the form of this Chocolate Mint Smoothie.
This smoothie might as well have Nostalgia as one of the main ingredients, that's how much it makes me think of childhood summers and long walks through my neighbourhood to get ice cream and that magical feeling of knowing you wanted a treat and could have anything you wanted.
It can be tough to get through certain times of the year when you have food allergies. Some of those times are holidays, of course. You miss traditional pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving along with white bread stuffing, and you wish you could give into all your Christmas sugar cookie cravings. It feels like other people have it so easy.
But of course, you can work with your allergies, make your own healthy treats, control the ingredients, and still be happy.
So that's where this smoothie comes in.
Made with almond milk (but you can use any non-dairy milk that you want), cocoa powder, fresh mint, and sweetened with coconut sugar, this is a healthy way to give into your cravings for good old-fashioned mint chocolate chip ice cream.
This is definitely more dessert-oriented but you could still enjoy it as an afternoon snack on a really hot summer's day when you really need something sweet, cold and creamy.
Plus this smoothie has hemp seeds, which thicken it up really nicely and give it some healthy protein and fat, too.
What was your favourite ice cream flavour as a kid?
Chocolate Mint Smoothie
- 1 cup almond milk (or any non-dairy milk)
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- a few sprigs of mint
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- Wash and dry your mint leaves. Tear them up super fine so they blend easier.
- Blend your ingredients together until smooth and creamy.
- Taste and add more sweetener if you want.