Mint Chip Smoothie Bowl

Mint Chip Smoothie Bowl from Carrie on Living |

If it’s hot where you are, then now is definitely the time of year to make a green smoothie for breakfast. It’s sweet and refreshing and completely hides the fact that you’re eating at least two servings of greens before 8 a.m. Winning! 🙂

I don’t know what I was thinking posting a recipe earlier this week that requires turning on the oven. After all, it is mid-August, so apologies on my part for that. The thing is, I live along the coast in California where it’s cold and misty for most of the day, or at least the mornings:

California coastal summer mornings from Carrie on Living |

Despite the drizzle, this Mint Chip Smoothie Bowl still gets me excited. I’ve recently started adding peppermint oil into my smoothies and, with the addition of raw cacao nibs, totally reminds me of the Peppermint Patties I used to devour back in the day. Mint + chocolate = best combo ever, or peanut butter + chocolate? It’s a toss-up, but I do know that peppermint is low FODMAPS for those of us with sensitive tummies:

Mint Chip Smoothie Bowl from Carrie on Living |

I was inspired by all of the creativeness of people on Instagram to start serving my smoothies in a bowl. The other big change for me is the addition of molasses, which makes the experience all the more enjoyable (i.e. helps cover the flavor of the greens). I’ve been careful to avoid added sugars in the past, but I’m trying to be less restrictive in that way, enjoying sweets in moderation. Plus, molasses has the added benefit of being a calcium-rich food which is something I am working on:

Mint Chip Smoothie Bowl from Carrie on Living |

Here’s the printable recipe:

Mint Chip Smoothie Bowl
  • Your favorite green smoothie ingredients (see here for a list of mine)
  • 15-20 leaves fresh mint or ½ teaspoon peppermint oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons cacao nibs
  • 1-2 tablespoons molasses, optional
  1. Whip up your favorite green smoothie in a high-speed blender. Be sure to add either fresh mint or peppermint oil. Pour into a bowl and top with cacao nibs and molasses, if desired. Serve cold.

If you can’t drink all of your green smoothie on the day you make it, feel free to save it for the next day (stored overnight in the fridge, obvs). In this case, I served mine with some fresh sliced banana, along with the molasses, extra ground flax seed, and cacao nibs:Mint Chip Smoothie Bowl from Carrie on Living |

Thoughts on green smoothies…an old trend or still relevant?

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  1. Stacy L. says

    This looks delicious and I’ve been drizzling my morning coconut milk yogurt with molasses since I first saw you doing it. It’s SO delicious! Just the right amount of sweetness.

    I *hope* green smoothies are always relevant! 😉 I love having new ideas posted because I love incorporating them in my day somehow, but can certainly get bored of my “usual” so I always love a new idea!

    And….I made your maple baked tofu the other night and my husband and I devoured it in no time! The man typicalyl won’t touch tofu with a 10 foot pole, so it was a real winner in my book! 😉

  2. says

    I’ve got to get some ink for my printer so I can start printing some of these delicious recipes to put in my ‘Carrie’ folder. The other day I mentioned I could not eat all of the food you showed in one day without putting on weight but after I thought of it, your food is whole and clean whereas I’m trying so hard to get unhealthy food out of my life. I think that is what makes the difference.

    • says

      Thanks, Judy, and you always make me smile when you mention your “Carrie” file. I’m happy to hear you’re doing well. Honestly, I don’t even think of food as “good” or “bad” anymore, and my recent experience with health issues and a 100% plant-based diet have even made me reconsider what is healthy vs. unhealthy. I do try my darndest to stay away from packaged foods and a lot of sugar, but, otherwise, I’m eating without restriction these days, while trying to be present so I’m clear whether I’m eating because I’m hungry, bored, lonely, stressed, etc. It’s such a learning experience!

  3. says

    ” I’ve been careful to avoid added sugars in the past, but I’m trying to be less restrictive in that way, enjoying sweets in moderation.”
    Smoothie in a bowl huh? Just like eating ice cream for breakfast! And green smoothies are totally still relevant!


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