Dreamy Chocolate Mint Kale Shake

 
I often make shakes for me and Eric, and although some are pretty indulgent, I like some to be nutrient filled as well, which is exactly why I made a Chocolate Mint Kale Shake last week.  I got the idea from the fact that I add spinach to everything dessert needing to be colored green, and I thought, why not use a big bunch of kale that I happened to have on hand!  I could make it minty and delicious, get my kale nutrients for the day, and have a filling snack! 
 
 
I used a banana base, added some hempseeds for protein, and sweetened it with stevia to keep it sugar free.  I made half of it just mint, and half chocolate to create a fun layered smoothie that tasted pretty darn amazing and me and Eric polished it off fast. It tasted so good I would have never guessed it had bananas, kale and hempseeds had I not made it myself.  I bet if you made this for kids, you could get some greens into them without them ever knowing, and that is the beauty of it!  Not that I don't love my greens...because I ate a big salad afterwards as well. 

 

Dreamy Chocolate Mint Kale Shake
Makes 2

6 frozen bananas, cut into chunks
1 bunch fresh kale
1/4 cup hempseeds
1/2 cup fresh coconut water or hemp milk
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp peppermint extract (or a bunch of fresh mint if you have it)
stevia to taste (or your choice of sweetener)

1/4 cup raw cacao powder

In a high speed blender, combine the bananas, kale, hempseeds, coconut water, vanilla,  peppermint, and stevia.  Blend until smooth, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blade (it will be thick, if you prefer it thinner, use more coconut water).  Pour half the mixture into 2 glasses, then to the remaining mixture in the blender, add the cacao powder and blend until smooth.  Add to top off the two glasses and enjoy!

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I am a vegan girl who loves to make healthier desserts and dishes with lots of veggies. Recipes are meant to be shared, that is why I started blogging!

6 Comments
  1. September 7, 2013 at 20:22
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    This looks so good and looks so fancy that I thought it would be complicated to make. But the ingredients list is nice and short with everything I almost always have to hand :)

    • September 7, 2013 at 23:32
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      Thank you :)! I hope you try it!

  2. September 7, 2013 at 20:24
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    That looks incredible! Great recipe for sure :)<br /><br />Happy Blogging!<br /><a href="http://www.happyvalleychow.com/" rel="nofollow">Happy Valley Chow</a><br />

    • September 8, 2013 at 11:39
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      Thank you :)!

  3. September 9, 2013 at 03:31
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    3 bananas per serve is a lot of fructose...is there a good alternative you could use?

    • September 9, 2013 at 04:45
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      Hmm...well, you could use young coconut meat I suppose, but the texture would be different.

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