Mint Chocolate Berry Refresher

Mint Chocolate Berry Refresher

I shared recently on Facebook that I would be incorporating a couple of raw days a week. If you’re unfamiliar to what this means, it is simply eating fresh whole foods in their pure form, no cooking involved. I promised that I would share this particular smoothie. It has been one of my many smoothies. IT IS DELICIOUS!

Just want to dive right in don’t ya?

This one is chocolatey, slightly fruity and refreshing. The mint is the perfect finish and is what keeps it tasting light, and not too heavy. It is the perfect breakfast and start to your day. Pretty gorgeous to look at too.

Serves: 1 (Double if making for more than 1 person)

Ingredients:

  • 1 heaping cup frozen strawberries (5.5 oz)
  • 1 cup lowfat unsweetened coconut milk (I’m sure almond milk would work too, if you don’t mind a slightly nutty taste)
  • 2 tablespoons organic raw chocolate powder (cocoa powder would work too)
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (You could also use agave, stevia, truvia…whatever you prefer, adjust to your desired sweetness)
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint, using just the leaves after rinsing them
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Note:  This smoothie is not overly sweet, so feel free to add more maple syrup or your preferred sweetener to your liking.

Directions:

The key here is to use frozen strawberries. If you use fresh, then it will be too liquidy and adding ice will dilute the flavors, which you don’t want. If your blender is a little weak, just let the frozen strawberries thaw for a few minutes first. That’s what I do, because mine isn’t all that powerful. Blend all the ingredients together and garnish with fresh mint and strawberries. Enjoy!
If you make this, leave me feedback here or tag me on Instagram @thevegan8 and please also use hashtag #thevegan8! Thank you! I love seeing your creations!

40 Comments

  1. Love a smoothie or shake as a matter of fact thats going to be my dinner tonight and I will try this for breakfast, anything with chocolate in it has me standing at attention. It will satisfy my craving for chocolate and give me energy for the day. Very nice.

    • Thanks Suzanne! It’s soooo good, and surprisingly filling, yet it feels light because of the mint. I agree, anything with chocolate gets my attention! :)

  2. What a beautiful drink my friend :)
    Filling and healthy!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  3. I love anything with chocolate! Thanks for a great breakfast idea!

  4. Reblogged this on food thoughts to share and commented:
    This comes from one of my favourite blogs. It looks just like a chocolate milkshake. Take a look!

  5. This looked so delicious I had to reblog it on my site!

  6. Add in 2 shots of espresso and through my Vitamix and I would be in morning heaven ;-)

  7. I was craving a smoothie SO badly today!! This sounds delicious!

    • Thanks Brittany, it was..perfect for breakfast because its not too sweet!!

  8. Yum! I love cacao powder in smoothies. I have a green smoothie every day.
    We have been in smoothie heaven at our place lately- we have a new high-powered blender, and summer fruits are just irresistible. :)

    • I agree Ally! I SO want a Vitamix!! I love smoothies too…I feel sooo good after drinking them!

  9. mint and chocolate is a perfect match! and using frozen strawberries is such a great recipe. Its always summer over here and I would love to have a glass now. Love your photos too! :-)

    • Thank you Danny! I much prefer frozen fruit to ice…the ice dilutes the flavor so I don’t like that! Thank you so much…I loved how colorful the smoothie is in the photos :)

  10. Looks delicious!

  11. I have a stash of fresh mint and was just pondering what to make with it. Perfect timing! This looks like a lovely way to start my morning.

    • Thank you Hannah! Please let me know if you try it! You can adjust the sweetness to if you like….we all have different sweet-o-meters, lol :)

      • We had these again for breakfast this morning with frozen mango and all LOVED the smoothies! The chocolate and mint is so refreshing. What a delicious start to our day! Thanks again.

    • Oh, mango sounds wonderful Hannah!! Thank you so much for the feedback, I truly appreciate it! Have a wonderful weekend! :)

  12. This is a great smoothie recipe, Brandi. Does it get any better than a chocolate smoothie to start the day? I don’t think so.

  13. Mint, chocolate berry smoothie – that sounds amazing :-) Such a great combination! A must try Brandi!

    • Thank you Anne! It’s super yummy, different. Slightly chocolatey, slightly fruity and refreshingly minty! I LOVE it!

  14. What a great & tasty way to refresh me in the morning or in the afternoon as a lovely healthy snack! :) MMMMMMM!

  15. I love all your recipes, and this one is no exception! :)

  16. This looks absolutely delicious Brandi!! I like that it isn’t an overly sweet smoothie delight :)
    The fresh mint looks incredible !! Love the pictures!

    • Thanks so much Judy!! It is super refreshing, too much sweetener would do it a disservice I think :)

  17. So refreshing! I love that one!

  18. Oh my….I’m sucked in…YUM

  19. This looks absolutely yummy, refreshing and healthy to boot!

  20. Oh yum, what a gorgeous looking smoothie! I’m trying to get back in to eating more raw foods and I think your smoothie recipe looks like a good place to start!

  21. Looks AWESOME Brandi!!!
    All the Best.
    Shane

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