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Skinny Mint Green Smoothie

Tasty and chocolate-y like the cookies…only healthier! This thick and rich Skinny Mint Green Smoothie will satisfy any craving, but without the guilt!

Like the cookies, only healthier! Skinny Mint Green Smoothie | SimpleGreenSmoothies.com

Can it really be February already?!

Well, we all know what that means… the Girl Scouts will be hitting the streets with their sashes and adorable sales pitches that no mom can resist. I think we can all agree that it’s best that we only have the opportunity to buy these cookies once a year!

Allowing ourselves to have these kind of treats every once in awhile helps keep us eating healthy in the long run.

Don’t misunderstand – we love us some Girl Scout cookies, but we make sure to treat them like a treat (and share!). I’m pretty sure it feels like each sleeve of Thin Mints is a single serving!

This year, instead of overdoing it on Thin Mints, try this yummy Skinny Mint Green Smoothie instead. Not only will you be loading up with healthy fats, fiber, leafy greens, and fruit, it also has plenty of chocolate flavor! Seriously, healthy AND chocolate? Is there anything better!

While we’re talking desserts that are also healthy, be sure to check out these other no-guilt sweet smoothies to keep on the road to health:
Red Velvet Green Smoothie
Chocolate Covered Cherry
Raspberry Coconut Shortcake Green Smoothie
Mexican Hot Chocolate Green Smoothie
Pineapple Upside Down Cake Green Smoothie

Psst! Plus we have an entire chapter of dessert smoothies in our book, Simple Green Smoothies: 100+ Tasty Recipes To Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Feel Great In Your Body. (It’s available now!)

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Skinny Mint Green Smoothie

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Drinks

Description

The combination of cacao powder and fresh mint leaves will give you that chocolatey-mint flavor you’ve been craving, but instead of packing in the fat and calories, you’ll be packing in nutrients from spinach, and avocados! It’s really a win-win. When the Girl Scout cravings hit, reach for this smoothie instead.


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 ½ cups fresh spinach
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 bananas
  • ½ avocado
  • 4 medjool dates (pitted)
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • OPTIONAL: cacao nibs sprinkled on top

Instructions

  1. Blend spinach, mint, and almond milk until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!


Notes

*Use frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.

 

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  1. Toon

    August 14th, 2015 at 2:43 am

    What speed when you blend spinach with milk?

  2. SGS Rawkstar

    August 14th, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Hi Toon,

    Thanks for reaching out! What blender are you using? If you’re using a Vitamix – here’s the manufacture’s suggestion…

    1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.

    2. Select Variable 1.

    3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.

    4. Blend for 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.

    Hope this helps! Cheers 🙂

  3. Ella

    August 19th, 2015 at 8:35 am

    This is my FAVORITE recipe!! My sister was planning to skip dinner yesterday to go shopping with me so I made it for her and she loved it just as much as I do!! Gives me a great excuse to use up the mint in my garden because I have so much of it.

    I found that blending the dates FIRST with one cup of milk and then adding the other cup of milk and greens to blend worked best. That could be just my blender, with is a Ninja.

    Regardless, this recipe is so good!! I love how thick and creamy it is: it really fills you up and keeps you satisfied for hours. Thank you so much for these recipes. The challenges are also so well thought out. You guys make it so easy to be healthy!

    -Ella

  4. SGS Rawkstar

    August 19th, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Hi Ella,

    Yay! We’re so happy to hear you love our Skinny Mint Green Smoothie! How can you not love a recipe that is inspired after Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies!! And cheers to sharing the green smoothie love with your sister. Thanks for blendin’ with us + sharing your blending tips!

    Cheers 🙂

  5. Melissa

    October 4th, 2015 at 8:51 am

    I like to put my pitted dates in a small amount of water and microwave for 15 seconds to soften them. I have a Blendtec but I still do this to be sure I don’t any bits left over. If you plan ahead, you could soak the dates overnight too.

  6. SGS Rawkstar

    October 5th, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Great tip, Melissa!

  7. Stephanie

    August 26th, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I tried this with dried figs instead & it was great! Thanks for the sweet recipe!

  8. SGS Rawkstar

    August 26th, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Hi Stephanie,

    Yum! Dried figs sound like a great way too add natural sweetness to this recipe, in place of dates. We also love honey + maple syrup!

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/healthy-eating/natural-sweeteners

  9. Seiko

    August 30th, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Did this recipe and it was massive. Took a while to get halfway into it but by that time (10-15 minutes) it gelled up into a solid mess with water separating to the top. Wasn’t too happy with it in general. Maybe I’ll play around with the number of bananas and how much avocado that’s put in.

  10. SGS Rawkstar

    August 31st, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Hi Seiko,

    Thanks for reaching out! All of our recipes make two servings, for a total of 32oz. Still too much? Simply cut any recipe in half!

    Separation when storing your green smoothie is completely natural, so give your smoothie a quick shake before enjoying. Finding your smoothie thickening, it might be pectin, its naturally occurring in your favorite fruits, and it’s the same ingredient that causes your favorite jams + jellies to gel.

    Lastly, our recipes are here to inspire you, so please don’t feel you need to follow them to a T. Adjust any recipe to meet your needs + satisfy your taste buds!

  11. La Vonne

    September 18th, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Hello, So excited about trying your smoothies. Was just wondering if you could add a print button to your recipes. I am making a green smoothie recipe cookbook for quick references when I’m in a hurry and I can’t get to the computer to find them. would love to have your recipes right at my finger tips.
    Thank you so much
    La Vonne

  12. SGS Rawkstar

    September 21st, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Hi LaVonne,

    Thanks for reaching out! We love hearing that you’re putting together a green smoothie recipe cookbook, + I’ll definitely forward your request on to our tech team. In the meantime, check out our recipe cards for printer-friendly PDFs…

    https://shop.simplegreensmoothies.com/product/recipe-cards/

    Also, check out our upcoming book! It will be on shelves starting November 3rd!

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/book

  13. La Vonne Burgess

    September 22nd, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Hey Sweeties
    Do your recipe cards have the recipes on them or do I have to do that my self? Not sure how this works. Also I have pre ordered you’re new book coming out on Nov 3. So excited and looking forward to getting it in. Are the recipes in your new smoothie book all new or will some of them be from your web site?
    Thank you for getting back to me and answering my questions. I sure do hope your team will make printer friendly button on your recipes. Would be so helpful.
    Thank you so much. Have a blessed and healthy day.
    La Vonne

  14. SGS Rawkstar

    September 23rd, 2015 at 5:42 am

    Hi La Vonne,

    Great questions! Our recipe cards include 39 of our favorite recipes! During our challenge months, you can also purchase recipe cards for all of the recipes included in that specific challenge. We hope you’re planning on joining us for our October 30-Day Challenge – starting next week!

    Yay! We’re so excited to hear you pre-ordered our upcoming book! Our book is packed with new recipes + our favorites!

    Happy blendin’!

  15. Isabelle

    October 3rd, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    If you are using this recipe as a meal replacement, is it an issue that there is no protein?
    Thanks!

  16. SGS Rawkstar

    October 5th, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Hi Isabelle,

    Great question! If you’re using green smoothies as a meal replacement it’s important to include protein + healthy fats to ensure you’re getting a complete meal! But don’t let that stop you from enjoying our Skinny Mint Green Smoothie as a meal replacement! Simply add your own! Here are our favorite healthy fats and tips on making any recipe the perfect meal replacement!

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/healthy-fats

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/green-smoothie-meal-replacement

    Cheers 🙂

  17. Melissa

    October 4th, 2015 at 8:30 am

    This skinny mint green smoothie is really good. I I used the whole amount of spinach and half of a small avocado (for one smoothie), and added some plant based protein powder. It was really good! And I was able to use some of the last bit of fresh mint from my garden.

  18. SGS Rawkstar

    October 5th, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Hi Melissa,

    Yay! We love this recipe + we’re happy you do too! Thanks for blendin’ with us!

    Cheers 🙂

  19. Ginny Johnson

    October 30th, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    This is for LaVonne who asked about a “print-friendly” button so she could easily print out the recipes.
    If you just right-click on your mouse after you bring up a recipe, you will see a list of words. “Print” is one of them. Click on that. A page will come up that will say “Print” or “Cancel” and then how many pages it will print if you want it all. There will also be a page on the right, showing what you want printed. If it’s not all on that
    page, then go to “pages” on the left side, and put “2” or “3” on
    that line. I do this all the time and it usually works. If you just want one or two pages, click on the line for “pages.” Then go to the
    large “Print” at the top and click on that.

  20. SGS Rawkstar

    November 2nd, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Thanks for sharing, Ginny!

  21. Inspired Girl aka Barbara

    December 8th, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    I love your web site and your smoothie recipes and info. THANKS! I would love your recipe cards, but i don’t use paper. I would love it if i could buy a digital version. Any intention to make them digital for sale????
    =)
    Thanks for these great pages!
    Barbara
    ~inspired girl
    http://www.inspiredgirl.me

  22. SGS Rawkstar

    December 8th, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Hi Barbara,

    Thank you so much for reaching out! And you’re in luck! We just launched our mobile recipe cards this week!! They’re beautifully formatted recipe cards for quick + easy blending. Check them out here…

    http://rawkstarmarketplace.com/products/rawkstar-recipes

  23. Barbie

    January 4th, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    I agree with Barbara! This website is one of my favorites! I am so happy to be a Rawstar! 🙂 This skinny mint green smoothie is fabulous! I used spearmint. I was not sure if I should do peppermint. Is there a favored ‘mint’ for the smoothies? It was very good with the spearmint. I also cut back on the dates and bananas – I do not do many carbs. It was, nonetheless, very YUMMY! Thank you so much Jen and Jadah, for all your hard work and for the time you spend to help us all be healthy and fit in a delicious way!!!

  24. SGS Rawkstar

    January 5th, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Hi Barbie,

    Thanks for blending with us! Reach for any mint herb you enjoy whether that’s peppermint, spearmint, etc…

    Cheers 🙂

  25. Jessica Kelly

    January 14th, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    I went without dates (just didn’t Have them), and it was still sweet enough…. nothing else added ;). Oh, I used dark cocoa powder too but a teaspoon less than you guys suggested.

  26. SGS Rawkstar

    January 14th, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Jessica,

    Thanks for sharing! We love hearing different adjustments to our recipes, and love hearing without dates you still enjoyed the sweetness of our Skinny Mint Green Smoothie!

    Cheers 🙂

  27. Kristen

    February 13th, 2016 at 3:26 am

    My daughter hates bananas (and dislikes fruit in general)…what is a good substitute for bananas in this recipe?

  28. SGS Rawkstar

    February 14th, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Hi Kristen,

    We’ve got her covered! Some great substitutes are mango, papaya, pears, unsweetened applesauce, chia seeds, nut butters, fresh dates, and avocado (won’t add sweetness, but will add the creaminess we love). Learn more here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/green-smoothie-recipes/banana-free-green-smoothie-recipes

  29. Michelle

    April 7th, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Hi!
    I recently purchased your 7 day reset cleanse… We are on day 3 and enjoying the recipes. I noticed for tomorrow one of our snacks is popsicles… That got me thinking that this is more of a summer/warm weather cleanse? We are in Toronto Canada, it’s still winter here… unfortunately ha!
    Do you have any snack suggestions to replace this recipe? We’ve been rotating the tamari almonds and apple almond butter… Might be over doing them 😉
    Thanks for your help!

  30. SGS Rawkstar

    April 7th, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Hi Michelle,

    Too cold for popsicles? No worries! Swap in a different snack from the meal plan. My favorite is our “donuts”! Maybe switch it up and use peaches instead of apples!

    Cheers!

  31. Joanna B.

    May 29th, 2016 at 5:07 am

    YUMMY!! My attempt came out quite thick & creamy. I subbed 75g cashew butter + 2 cups water since I don’t have any almond milk on hand — so glad I bought a bundle of mint. A 1 ounce bundle, if you exclude the stems: leaves only is a *jam-packed* 1/2 cup =) Next time I will try 1 whole avocado + 1 banana.

  32. SGS Rawkstar

    May 30th, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Cheers Joanna!

  33. Sandra

    August 25th, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Hi, am Sandra
    I have been trying your smoothie recepies for a week and a half and I really love them. Never thought I would really like them since I never cared for spinach and kale. I have to say they are really a boost. I can feel a difference in my energy level. Thank you for sharing all those delicious recepies.

  34. SGS Rawkstar

    August 25th, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Hi Sandra,

    Thank you so much for reaching out + taking the time to share your green smoothie love!

    Cheers to health, happiness + leafy greens!

  35. Kayla

    March 16th, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Would dried mint be okay? I have tons from my garden from summer!

  36. SGS Rawkstar

    March 17th, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Hi Kayla,

    It’s definitely worth a try! Just follow the 3 to 1, fresh to dry ratio.

  37. Grace

    March 23rd, 2017 at 9:51 am

    I love to eat avocados, but can’t seem to put them in my smoothies…crazy, I know 🙂
    What can I use in place of avocado, in smoothies?
    Thanks.

  38. SGS Rawkstar

    March 23rd, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Hi Grace,

    Swap in another healthy fat you love. My go-to substitute is a tablespoon of coconut oil or almond butter.

  39. Amanda

    August 8th, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    I am allergic to bananas, and I see a lot of smoothies with recipes that involve banana. Can I substitute an avocado in place of a banana? Or is there anything else texturally that will be equivalent? Thank you!

  40. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 9th, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Hi Amanda,

    Allergic to bananas? I’ve got you covered! Avocado is a great choice + one of my favorite swaps. They make smoothies super creamy, but you may be missing out on some of the sweetness. If you need extra sweetness, add in a natural sweetener like Medjool dates, honey, or maple syrup.

    Other great banana swaps are – mango, papaya, chia seeds, unsweetened applesauce, pears, medjool dates, and nut butters.

    Learn more about yummy-banana free recipes + substitutes here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes/green-smoothies/banana-free-green-smoothie-recipes

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