Saturday, 28 March 2015

Chocolate and mint...

Some combinations in life are genius and whatever lucky folk stumbled upon those brilliant combos... I thank you indefinitely.

Tomato and basil
Sweet potatoes and nut butter
Peanut butter and banana
Cheese and crackers
Chips and salsa
Caramel and salt
Pancakes and maple syrup
Carrots and cheese...
Maybe that's going a little far... even for me ;)

The list goes on and on! To be quite honest I'm a (or sometimes was) a huge fan of all these combos, they just work!

Although one combo I never quite understood is chocolate and mint.

First of all I'm not a big mint fan to begin with. I blame it on those white, chewy, teeth-ripping Minties that come in massive bags that we used to take with us on car trips. I'm not gonna lie- I over did it one time. Now I hate mint. Haven't had a Mintie since.

I really loved the wrappers though :)

So how come when I was mindlessly scrolling through Pinterest and scanned my eyes over a picture of a chocolate-y mint-y smoothie, did I start to want one. To really want one. To neeeed one!

Yesterday, out grocery shopping, saw me do something I had never done. I went over to my beloved fresh herb section.... and did not pick up any fresh basil/ coriander/ rosemary. Nope I picked up some fresh mint leaves.

Under 24 hours later and a few torn up fresh mint leaves were being thrown into my blender! (With a couple other ingredients ;)

Decadent Chocolate Mint Smoothie

1 chopped frozen banana
1/2 chopped frozen avocado
1 handful kale
1 handful spinach
4-5 fresh, torn mint leaves
3 big spoons greek yoghurt
1 scoop choc protein powder + 1 teaspoon raw cacao powder (or just use around 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder)
1/2 cup milk (I used almond milk)

1. Layer the ingredients into your blender so the leaves are weighed down by something. (My layering generally goes; some frozen banana, kale, frozen avocado, spinach, mint leaves, protein powder and cacao powder, yoghurt, more frozen banana and milk)
2. Whaz until smooth!
3. Enjoy!!

On first sip... I was surprised! It was so fresh and had a really nice flavour. It was hard to stop after one sip, but I had to because my coconut truffles were still hardening in the freezer..
Recipe for truffles here.
 Thick, creamy, chcoclate-y, mint-y... it really was a perfect smoothie!
 I think I finally understand the concept of adding mint to chocolate- it makes it so much fresher... meaning you can eat more, as it's less rich! Genius!
 My mum's favourite ice cream flavour is mint chocolate chip ice cream, so I guess I had to accept the combo sooner or later!

What about you?
Favourite food/ flavour combo? Gotta be sweet potato and nut butter for me- it's like a super decadent dessert!

Fan of mint and chocolate?
Mindless pinterest scroller too? It's my biggest procrastination when my mind has had enough of homework! :)

That's it from me this fine Sunday- full from a fabulous... smoothie (yep, good try alliteration)! I hope everyone has a great day and make sure you eat something awesome (chocolate and mint, perhaps?) Bye for now friends! :D


  1. I love a good smoothie recipe! This one sounds good! My favorite flavor combo of the moment would have to be apples and peanut butter! Oh... or swiss cheese and apples. Maybe a little weird...

  2. Kay,
    Apples and peanut butter! How could I forget!
    Steph 2 chef xx


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