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SPEARMINT CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE STACK

SPEARMINT CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE STACK

Just back from vacation and after traveling I felt ridiculously excited for my first trip to my local grocery to restock my empty fridge.  Not having a kitchen in our hotel was a bit of a fun challenge, but I was ready to be back to my home base and get blending and cooking again.  Loading up my cart with nearly everything at the store that I had missed for the last week, I randomly spotted fresh spearmint leaves and added them to the pile without any rhyme, reason or plan in mind.  In fact, while I've used mint leaves before, I've never used spearmint.  I rushed home and got a craving for chocolate and decided to try making a smoothie that incorporated the spearmint while it was so fresh.  This turned out really amazing and magically tastes just like those small rectangular dinner mints by the company Andes.  You've gotta try this!

A powerful herb, spearmint is a significant source of vitamins and antioxidants, and can be used medicinally,topically and in tea to treat a variety of symptoms.  To read more about it's health benefits, check out this article from MedicalNewsToday.  Spearmint is naturally sweeter than mint and peppermint, so I loved that I didn't feel the need to add any dates or other sweeteners to this recipe. 

SPEARMINT CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE STACK

(serves 1)

1 handful of spinach (1/2-1 cup)

1 Tbsp fresh spearmint

2 frozen ripe bananas

3/4 cup coconut water

Place the ingredients above in your high speed blender until you've achieved a thick and smooth  smoothie consistency.  Pour 1/2 of the mixture into your glass as a bottom layer.  Use the remaining mixture in the blender as the base for the chocolate layer.

 

Chocolate layer (top):

1 Tbsp cocoa powder

1/2 tsp vanilla extract (no alcohol)

1 Tbsp chia seeds

Blend the chocolate layer until you've reached a thick smoothie consistency.  Slowly pour the chocolate smoothie on top of the green bottom layer already in your drinking cup.  

 

Topping:

Add raw cacao nibs and fresh spearmint leaves as garnish.

 

tip:  

You can always add liquid as needed, but you cannot remove it!  Go easy at first adding a little coconut water at a time so you can achieve a thick enough smoothie to layer easily.  If your smoothie turns out too runny, put it in the freezer for a few minutes to set before pouring the top layer so the colors don't mix.  

 

Enjoy!

 

 

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