This Month has been jam packed with activities and events and yet it seems like we we’re just starting the first week of December. I find my self wanting December to slow down. If you’ve already been to a few Christmas parties or family gatherings, you might be like me and you’ve over done it a little…..or a lot!!
After eating a few too many of the things I don’t normally eat, I decided my digestive system needed a little siesta! But I still wanted to enjoy some of the holiday flavours…….that is when this green, healthy holiday smoothie, was birthed.
Chocolate Mint Green Smoothie
1/2 Cup plus 1 Tbsp of preferred milk alternative
1/4 Cup medjool dates, pitted and soaked
2 Tbsp good quality cocoa powder
1/2 tsp Pure vanilla
Pinch of sea salt
For the Smoothie:
2 Cups Baby Spinach, washed
1 Cup preferred milk alternative
4 Medjool Dates, pitted
1/2 Frozen banana
3-4 Mint leaves
1/8 pure peppermint extract or 1-2 drops of food grade peppermint oil
Small handful of raw pumpkin seeds (optional)
Prepare the chocolate sauce first. If you don’t have a high speed blender, soak your dates for two hours in the milk that you’ll be using. If you’re pressed for time, you can soak the dates in boiling water for 15-30 minutes, be sure to drain the excess water afterwards. Place all your ingredients for the chocolate sauce into a high speed blender or you can use a hand held blender and blend until mixture is smooth. Pour into a small bowl, set aside and rinse your blender.
For the smoothie, place all your ingredients into your blender, adding the milk last and blend on high for 1-2 minutes or until your smoothie is well blended.
Add a tablespoon of the chocolate sauce to the bottom of a medium glass. If you want, you can add some of the chocolate sauce to the top of the glass and let it drip down into the glass if you’re feeling a little creative. Then, pour in the green smoothie and drizzle a little extra chocolate on top if you’d like 🙂
Hope you enjoy this little healthy indulgence!
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!