Wow. Creating this smoothie was quite a journey for me. A journey meaning I had to make like 4 separate smoothie batches in order to get it right. And I drank all of them. By the end of the day I realized I had consumed like 6 dates and 2 bananas trying to get this thing right. I could picture some of my friends screeching in horror and yelling “candida!” because of all the sugar I was eating. ;)
Originally, I wanted to copy the “I am cool” smoothie from Cafe Gratitude in LA (my fave restaurant in all of la la land). First, I attempted to create it by memory alone. I threw in spinach, a date, 1/2 a banana, almond milk, spirulina, mint, and cacao nibs. It tasted a little off to me.
As I was fretting about what was “missing” from this smoothie, my roommate reminded me that we have the Cafe Gratitude cookbook. Oh yeaaaah, duh. I looked it up in there and tried again. The challenge was that the Gratitude peeps use some kind of vegan ice cream in theirs, and there were a lot of dates involved.
My next batch was super sweet due to all the dates. I started to feel guilty, realizing that I’d never normally use dates unless I’m making a dessert, and rarely even much banana when I’m making a smoothie to drink daily. I don’t like to have a ton of sweetness from fruit in my smoothies, especially in the morning.
So I knew I couldn’t share that smoothie with you with a clean conscience. I wanted to create something I could see myself making again and again and feeling super good about. It was back to the drawing board.
I decided to take matters into my own hands and create a fruit-free mint chocolate chip green smoothie. It was the perfect sweetness, for me. If you want it sweeter, add a little date or banana.
FYI – in order to make this chocolate “chippy” you need to use cacao nibs, not cacao powder. The nibs will add more texture.
- 1 cup coconut water
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1/2 avocado
- handful of mint leaves (or a few drops of peppermint oil)
- 2 tbsp cacao nibs
- 1/2 tsp spirulina
- the seeds from an inch or so of a vanilla bean (or a couple of drops vanilla extract)
- a few ice cubes
Blend away in your trusty Vitamix! Top with more cacao nibs and mint leaves if you wanna instagram it. ;)
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