This healthy mint chocolate smoothie feels rich and decadent but is totally refreshing and good for you too. Whip up one or two and kick your new year off with something delicious.
1 C almond milk
1 scoop protein powder
1 T cocoa powder
10 raw cashews
12 mint leaves
2–3 large ice cubes
1–2 cups baby spinach (loosely packed)
cacao nibs for garnish
Optional: Soak cashews in cold water for 15-20 minutes. Rinse, drain and proceed with recipe. *Note, I usually skip this step, but if your blender is particularly old then you may want to soak to ensure that you have a smooth smoothie.
Place all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until completely smooth.
Pour, garnish (if you’d like), and enjoy!
Don’t forget the ice! You don’t need a ton, but nothing else (minus the milk) is particularly cold.
If you find you need to soak your cashews, do it ahead of time. Cover a bunch of cashews with enough cool water to cover. Let soak for 20 minutes to 2 hours. Rinse with fresh water and drain thoroughly. Use what you need and freeze the rest in smoothie ready portions. Then you’re good to go!
Blend for a sufficient amount of time. This usually takes my Ninja Pro a solid 90 seconds.
Feel free to add additional sweetener in the form of maple syrup or honey. I found I didn’t need any, but you do you.
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