This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk. The recipe and all opinions are my own.
Hi guys! How is your week going so far? I have a deeeeeelicious smoothie recipe to share with you all today.
In my last job, I had to wake up very early in order to squeeze in some gym time before work. Given that my time in the morning was limited, I was always searching for fast breakfast options that I could inhale in under 2 minutes or easily bring in the car on the way to work. Protein smoothies quickly became my go-to, especially in warmer weather. I loved that I could prep everything the night before and the next morning I would have a nutritious breakfast in under one minute – no cooking required!
Currently, I am very fortunate that my new job allows me a lot more time in the morning. I now have time to cook myself a meal for breakfast (usually eggs or protein pancakes) so protein smoothies have gone to the wayside.
Two weeks ago, I found my protein powder buried far back in my pantry and realized how long it’s been since I’ve made one of my favorite smoothies. The next day this Mint Chocolate Protein Smoothie was born. If you love mint chocolate chip ice cream (like me!), this smoothie is right up your alley! Fresh mint is key here. I’ve tried this with peppermint extract and it not nearly the same (that version tasted very artificial).
A handful of spinach lends this drink its bright green color, but I promise you won’t be able to taste it at all! The mint are chocolate are the flavors that really shine through.
Try this smoothie for breakfast or even dessert! If you don’t have any chocolate protein powder on hand, I think 1/2 cup greek yogurt and some cocoa powder would be a good substitute. You may need to add a bit of stevia for extra sweetness.
- 1 cup Almond Breeze Almondmilk Coconutmilk
- 1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
- 1 handful fresh spinach (about ⅓ cup)
- ½ frozen banana
- 3-4 fresh mint leaves, to taste
- ½ Tablespoon almond butter
- 2 ice cubes
- cocoa powder (optional)
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and cocoa powder.