Vegan / Paleo Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie - Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Yet Still Amazingly Edible! | Do Try This at Home: Vegan / Paleo Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie - Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Yet Still Amazingly Edible!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Vegan / Paleo Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie - Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Yet Still Amazingly Edible!

This is the last in my "secret ingredients" series, which is to say ingredients that you think are going to taste all kinds of eeew until the very moment that you blend them together in a smoothie and it tastes so wonderful that you can hardly wait for breakfast each morning.

I mean, I can hardly wait for breakfast ANYWAY, because I just like food that much.  But this is a seriously yummy smoothie.

It comes out all kinds of thick and creamy.

In fact, it's just like Friendly's ice cream except not as cold and it doesn't have any milk.  Or ice.  Or cream.  Or bright food color.  Or whey protein concentrate.  Or mono and diglycerides for that matter.

But aside from that, it's EXACTLY like Friendly's ice cream!

If you haven't made friends with avocados yet, you might want to head back to this vegan / pale Chocolate Mousse Smoothie recipe first.  It's an amazingly delicious way to convince yourself that fruits and vegetables aren't the enemy after all, no matter how healthy they are.

And try this recipe for my Naturally Sweet Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie if, like me, you regularly mistake dates for giant cockroaches.  It turns out that if you grind the daylights out of them in a blender, they actually sweeten things up quite nicely!

But there's a THIRD ingredient lurking in this recipe, and you might notice it in the little striped bowl pictured above.  It's spinach.  Yes, spinach is part of the reason this recipe, unlike Friendly's ice cream, needs no food color at all.

And guess what?  You can't even taste the stuff!!  Seriously, you can throw in way more than what's pictured and still have no idea it's in there.  Just ask my boy.  He never knew until I told him what he was eating.

Of course, you have to get that delicious peppermint flavor somewhere.  Apparently Young Living now has a special line that is intended to be eaten, so I would just go with that instead of what's pictured here. And please don't eat stuff that's not supposed to be food,

You seriously only need two drops of this stuff in the smoothie.  And you can even start with just one drop and take a taste.  It's that potent.  Three or four drops will leave you trying to remember whether or not you actually like peppermint.

This is NOT a sponsored post.  Believe me, all of Blogsilvania will know about it if and when I do a sponsored post.  But this is not it.  This is just a recipe and that's all.  Happy weekend everyone!

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Vickie @ said...

Mmmmm... that sounds really good! Seriously! I love spinach in my smoothies and, you are right, you really don't taste it! I love dates and avocados also. I use avocados in my almond milk ice cream - it gives the ice cream a creamy texture that you can't get from almond milk alone. Thanks for the recipe!

Cotter Crunch said...

YUM!! i love all the options and the MINT of course

Jill said...

Vickie & Cotter Crunch - These are seriously yummy! They are about as close as I get to real health food. :-)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for linking up the the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party! Your post has been pinned to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board :) Looks great! I have been following a GF diet. Can't wait to try it!

Fairytales and Fitness said...

I love avocados and have heard of using them in smoothies but I have never tried it YET! This recipe may have inspired me to do so! -M

One More Time Events said...

Will be trying this

Unknown said...

I have been on a huge smoothie kick lately and I love spinach in my smoothies. Not sure about the dates or avocado as they aren't favorites of mine. Thanks for sharing with #yuckstopshere link up. Please come share again next week.

Jill said...

Thanks Michelle! It's VERY yummy!

Thanks Fairytales & Fitness - you should try it!

One More Time Events - Hope you like it!

Nicole - you really don't taste the avocado either! I know, because my boy doesn't like avocado & doesn't even realize he's drinking them every morning!

Lara Neves said...

Darn it! I have everything on hand except the dates. This looks so good! I will come back to it when I buy some dates!

Lynn Fern said...

Hmm I never thought of using avocados. They are my favorite food. And, I use them in a lot of different things, but never a smoothie...but I will be trying this!

Creative K Kids said...

Did my other comment show up? Anyway, I love how healthy these are! Thanks for sharing at the Creative K Kid's Tasty Tuesdays Party. I have pinned it to our Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board.

Jill said...

Lara - The dates really do make a difference! The honey sweetens it too, but it's amazing how much difference two little dates makes!

Lynn - They are SOOOOO good in a smoothie!

Tammy - I didn't see another comment. Just this one. :-(


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