Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie Recipe

 

This fine Monday, I’ve got a fabulous recipe and review for you. I was very blessed to receive a package of Vega One (All-In-One) Protein Powder from the wonderful people at Vega.

Now, I’m really picky about my protein powder…which, I assume most of you are. My protein powder needs to be:

  • Nutritious
  • Tasteful
  • Easy to use in all my recipes
  • And most importantly…made with EXCELLENT ingredients.

I’m very happy to say, that Vega HIT all of those key points. This health nut is quite pleased.

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Here’s some delicious information about Vega One:

  • It has 50% of your daily intake of vitamins & minerals!
  • A whopping 15g of Protein
  • 6g Fiber
  • 1.5g omega-3…what!? Awesome
  • Antioxidants
  • Probiotics (which is so, so important! Especially for those who don’t take probiotics in their daily habits)
  • AND you get your GREENS! Yay

I think my favorite part of Vega All-In-One shake is that I can get all of that nutrition without putting so much effort. This is probably one of the best things, in my opinion, for those who are busy and on-the-go. We all forget to take the time to get our vitamins in or planning our meals to make sure we get out all of our greens and antioxidants. Vega makes it a little easier for us. Thank you, Vega!

As soon as I got the protein, I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to make. I’ve been in the mood for chocolate and mint lately, so why not make an extra creamy Mint Chocolate Chip smoothie!? It was the best idea ever. It was so good and there are seriously no words to describe it.

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Mint Choc. Chip Smoothie

I added a little water after I got everything going in the blender since the cashews will make it extra creamy and thick.

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If you happen to serve it to others or you just want to take a pretty picture, you can garnish it with more mint leaves and chopped dark chocolate…mmmm, yum!

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I think I will be making this A LOT this summer. A LOT.

Questions:

  • What’s your favorite protein powder?
  • Do you think you’ll make this smoothie?

 

 

Disclosure: I received a free package of Vega Protein from Vega in exchange for writing a review on the blog.

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Food Friday: Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Chocolate Pancakes

Good morning friends!

(I posted a video down below, so check it out! Its short! And I look stupid, but its okay)

Yesterday morning, I posted this no Instagram

And I promised the recipe!

I adapted the recipe from Dana at The Minimalist Baker

Here’s what hers look like:

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Here’s what mine look like:

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Okay, let’s get to the recipe now!

Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Chocolate Pancakes (Can easily be made vegan)

Adapted from The Minimalist Baker

Ingredients

  • 1 very ripe medium banana
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 TBSP Egg whites
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 TBSP Coconut oil (slightly melted)
  • 1/2 cup or more of Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1.5 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup gluten free oats
  • 1/4 cup Brown Rice Flour (or sub other flour)
  • 2 TBSP almond meal (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp Stevia powder (optional)
  • Secret Ingredient (optional) Cocoa Goodness Love Grown Foods Granola

Directions

  • Preheat skillet to medium and spray with oil
  • In a bowl, mash the ripe banana, baking powder, egg whites, and salt together. Mix well.
  • Next, add the vanilla, coconut oil, almond milk, cocoa powder, oats, and rice flour. Stir
  • Add in the almond meal (optional) and stevia powder (optional)
  • If too thick, add a little almond milk at a time til desired consistency.
  • Next add the secret ingredient! I made sure to break the clusters before I put them into the mix. You can do any kind of granola you want!
  • Place a couple of spoonfuls of the batter on the skillet for each pancake
  • Let cook 3 minutes or more on each side
  • THEN DIG IN!

 

Coconut Greek Yogurt “Icing”

Ingredients

  • 3 TBSP Non fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 TBSP Coconut Flour
  • 3-5 Stevia Drops or 1/4 tsp stevia powder
  • 1 TBSP Almond Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla Extract

Mix together in a bowl until well combined. Should be thick. If its too thick, add a little more yogurt or a dash of almond milk.

Spread some of the “icing” on each pancake if you’d like

Top it off with Chia Seeds and Molasses like me and we can be pancake twins! Winking smile

 

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I hope you like this recipe! If you try it, please let me know!