I don't know about you, but one of my favorite things in this wonderful life is mint chip ice cream. There is just something about the peppermint/chocolate/neon green combo that is just so satisfying. As a lanky active kid I would eat tubs of this stuff on the regular, so naturally, my older (somewhat more mature) and much more health conscious self, wanted a way to be able to still enjoy this delicious treat. After experimenting with a few different recipes and sampling similar treats form my favorite healthy local cafes, I have finally found (drum-roll please), not only a replacement for mint chip ice cream, but a total upgrade! This mint chip milkshake not only tastes like the real deal but it will also leave you feeling much better than if you just polished off an entire pint (or tub) of ice cream!
Mint Chip Milkshake
1/2 ripe avocado (because really what recipe is complete without)
3 bananas (frozen & sliced)
3 plump dates (if you don't have dates, honey/maple syrup/agave works just fine!)
1 large handful of kale
1/2 cup of cacao nibs
2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil (make sure it is 100% pure, I use DoTerra oils) or peppermint extract or even better fresh peppermint leaves!
1 cup almond/rice/soy/hemp/cashew milk
4 ice cubes
Blend up all the ingredients together, minus the cacao nibs, then once the mixture is smooth and creamy add the cacao nibs so they still remain slightly chunky in the mixture (like chocolate chunks in mint chip ice cream). Depending on how powerful your blender is you may need to add more or less liquid.
Pour your milkshake in 2 large glasses, sprinkle top with extra cacao nibs, then enjoy outside with some of your favorite company!