Peppermint Pattie Smoothie (gluten free, vegan)

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Happy day-before St. Patrick’s Day!

Whoever first thought to combine chocolate and mint deserves some kind of lifetime achievement award, at least in my books. It’s one of my all-time favourite sweet pairings, so much so that I was rarely found without a box of Junior Mints in my purse during my high school years. These days, I eschew those high-fructose corn syrup droplets of yum in favour of more natural alternatives. I have found some pretty fantastic organic dark chocolate + mint bars over the last few years that satisfy the craving and taste infinitely better, but today I wanted to give a nod to the Irish side of my heritage and celebrate the holiday in a healthful way.

Since many of us will be indulging in a drink (or two, or three) tomorrow night, I thought a nutritious smoothie filled with protein, healthy fats, and plenty of greens would be just the thing to start the day off right – or perhaps rejuvenate on the morning after.

Oh, and did I mention there’s matcha, too? Maybe I should have called this the “detox, energy-boosting, antioxidant filled, fat-burning smoothie” instead, but… the title seems a little unwieldy. However you want to call it, this smoothie is going to rock your morning.


Peppermint Patty Smoothie (serves 1)

~ gluten free, vegan, soy free, refined sugar free, grain free ~


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 cups organic baby spinach
  • big handful of fresh mint (or 1-2 drops pure peppermint extract)
  • 1/4 medium avocado
  • 1 serving vegan chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tsp cacao nibs
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 tsp maca (optional)


  1. Add all ingredients to your blender and process until smooth.
  2. It will probably come out fairly thick, so feel free to thin it out with a little bit of cold water. I added maybe 1/4 cup of water the first time, but only a couple tbsp the second time.
  3. Top with extra cacao nibs, if desired.

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