Creamy Mint Chip Smoothie Recipe (Bowl Option)

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Try this Mint Chip Smoothie! A delicious, quick, and easy breakfast packed with plant protein, greens, and healthy fats. It tastes like a mint chip milkshake, but healthier! Vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free.

a mint chip smoothie in a bowl

What Makes This Recipe Great

Try this delicious, healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie next time you’re in need of a quick breakfast that looks like it took way longer to make than it did 😉 It’s an ode to classic mint chocolate chip ice cream, made from plants and nourishing ingredients to fuel your day! 

You get your plant protein, greens, healthy fat, and fruit all in one delicious smoothie bowl, plus toppings of choice. Not into smoothie bowls? You can make this a sippable smoothie too! A fun, delicious smoothie full of nutrients that kinda feels like dessert- Yum!

This recipe is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, no added sugars and oil-free! I’ll provide substitutions for any missing ingredients in the recipe card, and you can always refer to this smoothie bowl guide for tips to take your bowl to the next level. 

Ingredient Notes

  • Frozen banana: Make sure you have super ripe bananas!
  • Frozen spinach: Fresh spinach also works, but frozen spinach will add to the thick texture if you have it available! You can also freeze your fresh spinach along with your bananas. This is where we get our fun green color!
  • Fresh mint leaves: Alternatively you could use peppermint extract. 
  • Vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • Cashew butter or almond butter: Or another nut butter of choice. 
  • Plant-based milk of choice: You can use unsweetened vanilla almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, cashew milk, or soy milk as desired.
  • Vanilla plant protein powder (optional): I like to add this for flavor and also extra creamy/thick texture.
  • Organic Cacao nibs: You can also add a bit of cacao powder or cocoa powder if desired, but make sure it’s unsweetened. You can also use vegan dark chocolate chips or dairy-free chocolate chips here if desired. 
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Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to the blender, except for chocolate chips and cacao nibs. Blend and use a tamper to help ingredients blend, pausing and scraping down the sides of the blender as needed. If necessary, add additional non-dairy milk in 1/4 cup increments, until a thick, smooth texture is achieved. If you’re going for a sip-able smoothie texture, add as much additional liquid as desired until your sippable, creamy texture is achieved. 
  2. Add cacao nibs or chocolate chips to the blender and pulse to incorporate. Avoid blending completely so that some of the texture is retained. Alternatively, stir in cacao nibs or chocolate chips without blending at all, or just top your smoothie bowl with them.
  3. Finally, add any extra toppings as desired and enjoy!

Secrets to Success

  • To make the best smoothie bowl texture, I highly recommend using frozen ingredients. It adds to the thickness and is key to getting a texture that is spoonable and will hold up toppings. Check out my smoothie bowl guide for additional tips to perfect texture. 
  • Additionally, I’d recommend using a high-powered blender like a Vitamix, but if you don’t have one, a food processor typically works well too. If using a Vitamix, a tamper is the best way to help ingredients blend without adding too much liquid. 
  • The general rule is to start with as little liquid as possible and add more only as needed. You can always add more, but once you add too much, you can’t go back! Pausing in between blending to scrape down sides helps as well.
  • Fresh spinach also works, but frozen spinach will add to the thick texture if you have it available! You can also freeze your fresh spinach along with your bananas.
  • Feel free to add an additional sweetener like maple syrup if desired, though if your bananas are super ripe, you really won’t need any added sweetener. 

Serving Tips

If serving this mint chip smoothie as a bowl, feel free to add additional toppings as desired! 

Storage Tips

I recommend consuming this smoothie right away, as smoothies don’t store well. Alternatively, you can pour any leftovers into a popsicle mold or ice cube tray and store them in the freezer for a mint chip smoothie pop!

More Favorite Smoothie Recipes

Creamy Mint Chip Smoothie Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Servings: 1 serving
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Try this Mint Chip Smoothie! A delicious, quick, and easy breakfast packed with plant protein, greens, and healthy fats. It tastes like a mint chip milkshake, but healthier! Vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free.

Ingredients 

  • 1 frozen banana make sure it's super ripe!
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach*
  • fresh mint leaves to taste I usually use about 3-4, you can also use peppermint extract
  • 1/3-1/2 cup non-dairy milk add more as needed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or 1/4 vanilla bean scraped
  • 1 tbsp cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs or dairy free chocolate chips
  • optional
  • 1 serving vanilla plant protein**

Instructions 

  • Add all ingredients to blender, except for chocolate chips and cacao nibs. Blend and use a tamper to help ingredients blend, pausing and scraping down sides of blender as needed. If necessary, add additional non-dairy milk in 1/4 cup increments, until a thick, smooth texture is achieved. If you're going for a sip-able smoothie texture, add as much additional liquid as desired.
  • Add cacao nibs or chocolate chips to blender and pulse to incorporate. Avoid blending completely so that some of the texture is retained. Alternatively, stir in cacao nibs or chocolate chips without blending at all, or just top your smoothie bowl with them.
  • Finally, add any extra toppings as desired and enjoy!

Notes

Secrets to Success

  • To make the best smoothie bowl texture, I highly recommend using frozen ingredients. It adds to the thickness and is key to getting a texture that is spoonable and will hold up toppings. Check out my smoothie bowl guide for additional tips to perfect texture. 
  • Additionally, I’d recommend using a high-powered blender like a Vitamix, but if you don’t have one, a food processor typically works well too. If using a Vitamix, a tamper is the best way to help ingredients blend without adding too much liquid. 
  • The general rule is to start with as little liquid as possible and add more only as needed. You can always add more, but once you add too much, you can’t go back! Pausing in between blending to scrape down sides helps as well.
  • Fresh spinach also works, but frozen spinach will add to the thick texture if you have it available! You can also freeze your fresh spinach along with your bananas.
  • Feel free to add an additional sweetener like maple syrup if desired, though if your bananas are super ripe, you really won’t need any added sweetener. 

Serving Tips

If serving this mint chip smoothie as a bowl, feel free to add additional toppings as desired! 

Storage Tips

I recommend consuming this smoothie right away, as smoothies don’t store well. Alternatively, you can pour any leftovers into a popsicle mold or ice cube tray and store them in the freezer for a mint chip smoothie pop!

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. It was 85 degrees today and this was the *perfect* breakfast. Also if anyone else doesn't have cashew butter: I didn't have cashew butter so I used a mix of almond butter and almond butter powder and that worked.

    5 stars