Chocolate Mint Shake – Vegan and No Sugar Added!

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on May 31, 2012

Vegan shakes are the greatest thing ever.  I’m not even exaggerating.  A frozen banana and enough almond milk to make a shake-like consistency.  Try it.

Of course, I usually add a big spoon of unsweetened cocoa and a small splash of vanilla but this time I tried something a little different and used up the mint that I ripped out of my garden and it was amazing.

On the garden theme though, I ripped out a ton of mint last week.  I knew I was supposed to plant my mint in a container, so I put it in a large container that sits, raised up above the surrounding ground in the middle of my herb garden last year.  Well, the mint jumped out into my herb garden anyways and took over half of it.  I can’t complain though, I love mint!

I actually used two kind for this shake, peppermint and chocolate mint.  If you don’t garden or haven’t seen it, chocolate mint is actually an herb.  And it is awesome!

So back to shakes.  Well, actually, I guess this is just a smoothie but I’ll be honest, I’d take this smoothie over a milkshake any day. It’s light, refreshing, but still sweet and creamy and thick like a milkshake should be.  Plus, you don’t get that weighed down feeling, or the sugar high(and low!) or the upset tummy from too much dairy.  How is that not a win?

I apologize for all the pictures.  Or maybe I shouldn’t.  I don’t really know.  I realized that I’ve been letting my photography slide lately so I’ve been taking more time with it.  I don’t know if it’s showing yet, except for in the amount of pictures, haha.

One last important note, I’ve been working on a survey and I really want your opinions on how to improve Food Doodles.  I wont bug you too much to fill out the survey, I’ll just mention it a few times.  I don’t want to drive you guys crazy but I would appreciate it so much if you would fill it out.  It’s very short and will only take a few minutes, it’s 100% anonymous and I want you to tell me what you do or don’t like about Food Doodles(even if your a new reader!).  I want to know what kind of food you want to see more of, less of, what bothers you, what you enjoy or just if you want me to stop talking so much 🙂  There’s even a box for specific recipe requests, so any recipe you want to see with a Food Doodles spin on it fill that question out, at least!  Please help me out!

On that note, I’ll stop talking now 😀


Vegan Chocolate Mint Shake

  • 1 large banana, peeled, roughly chopped and frozen(or 1 1/2 small bananas)
  • 1 1/2 C almond milk(or your favorite unsweetened milk), plus more to thin, if desired
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 – 1/3 C packed mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 – 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

In a blender combine all the ingredients and blend until completely smooth.  Serve immediately.


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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anna May 2, 2015 at 12:56

I just made this, and it is really good! I didn’t have quite enough cocoa powder though, but it still is very yummy!


2 jacqui September 8, 2014 at 04:48

This sounds lovely cannot wait to try it as I have chocolate mint growing in my garden and didn’t quite know what to do with it


3 Patti May 4, 2013 at 15:59

Recipe looks yummy! Can’t wait to try it!


4 Tracey @ Dont Mess with Mama March 4, 2013 at 12:49

I love this recipe! I’m working on a St. Patrick’s Day blog post featuring eco/green foods. I’d love to feature this shake. Do I have your permission to use your photo and link to this post – giving full credit to you, of course.


5 Heidi @ Food Doodles March 12, 2013 at 15:40

So sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner! If you haven’t posted it already, go right ahead!


6 Tracey @ Dont Mess with Mama March 12, 2013 at 23:31
7 Radhika Sarohia September 7, 2012 at 18:05

Looks delicious, I’d make it right now except I’ve run out of bananas


8 Richa@HobbyandMore June 8, 2012 at 16:33

i love the chocolate mint combination too! its probably going to get warm here soon so i can start making some minty smoothies!


9 Eat Good 4 Life June 3, 2012 at 15:07

OMG I love the fact that you incorporated fresh mint to this. I love fresh mint on anything 🙂 I do too through it on smoothies sometimes but now that I have a mint jungle on my back yard I think I will use it even more. I have been incorporating it in salads as well which is awesome so I suggest that for you 🙂

The more pictures the better!! Don’t you think? I do too need to improve. I just wish there was more time in the day. You have 4 kids so I won’t complaint!! Love this shake.


10 CarrotTopYodeller June 3, 2012 at 12:23

I love chocolate with mint!!
And all of the photos are beautiful 🙂


11 ATasteOfMadness June 3, 2012 at 12:16

The pictures are gorgeous! It’s still cold here, but when the weather gets warmer, I know what I’ll be making!


12 The Café Sucré Farine June 3, 2012 at 09:07

You should show a lot of pictures! They’re beautiful and this drink sounds perfect for summer and very light and delicious, can’t wait to try it!


13 cakewhiz June 2, 2012 at 18:25

This looks sooooo refreshing! i am a major chocoholic and i can’t wait to make this! hehe


14 Jen@TheFitHousewife June 2, 2012 at 17:31

That looks so good. Can’t go wrong with chocolate and mint! I started growing mint this year! I can’t wait to use it 🙂


15 Vicky (Sweet and Healthy Living) June 2, 2012 at 15:04

Yum, this looks so good! I love those straws! They look like candy canes… so cute!


16 em June 2, 2012 at 13:10

sounds wonderful. i make banana smoothies all the time, but the addition of cocoa powder and mint is genius.


17 Katie June 2, 2012 at 07:52

This looks like an awesome snack! I’m a total chocolate shake fan, but they do tend to give stomachaches. I love this alternative.


18 Joanne June 1, 2012 at 06:40

I’m definitely going to have to try to find some chocolate mint at my farmer’s market this weekend…these shakes look too good not to make ASAP!


19 Kathryn June 1, 2012 at 01:56

Such pretty pictures, this shake looks so inviting!


20 Leigh May 31, 2012 at 21:17

I would say that your picture taking is in no way suffering! Every photo is fantastic! And please put one of these on my counter! Thank you!


21 Curlsz May 31, 2012 at 20:58

This is how I make mine But I usually add a little coconut cultured milk, great nutrients and makes it thick! Also PB2 is a good addition


22 Erin May 31, 2012 at 18:29

Um…trade you a green smoothie for what you made! YUM! And I love chocolate mint – reminds me of Andes mints candies. So worth the find!


23 Cara May 31, 2012 at 17:09

Anything mint-chocolate is something I totally adore 🙂 I would love one of these shakes right now!


24 Erin @ Texanerin Baking May 31, 2012 at 14:23

I like your pictures! And the more pictures, the better.

I knew by the title that this would have a banana in it. I need to see if there is a banana desenstization program. 🙂 SO, I would like to see less banana recipes because it’s kind of torture to see all of these yummy recipes that I can’t have. Obviously I’m not serious and I’ll go fill out the real survey now. 🙂


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