I love a good green smoothie recipe. I’ve been part of the health industry since 1993 and have been whipping up healthy, yet tasty treats like this for just as long! This Keto Mint Chip Smoothie is a classic family favorite that’s perfect for St. Patrick’s day and all year round!
Make this Keto Mint Chip Smoothie on a busy morning for a quick breakfast. With a base of hemp seeds, kale, and protein powder, you can throw it together in a couple of minutes. It’s also a favorite after school snack in our house.
With no added sweeteners that spike your blood sugar this green smoothie will keep you going all morning. Unlike other smoothie recipes that have high-carbohydrate sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, or fruit juice, this healthy keto smoothie recipe is the perfect low-carb high-fat (LCHF) recipe to start your day.
Keto Mint Chip Smoothie
- 1 ounce kale, chopped
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- ¼ cup egg white protein powder
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- ⅛ teaspoon vanilla stevia
- 1-2 cups ice cubes
- 1 tablespoon chocolate chips
- Place kale and coconut milk in a vitamix
- Blend on high speed for 60 seconds, until smooth
- Blend in hemp, egg white protein, peppermint, and stevia for 30 seconds
- Blend in ice
- When shake is thick and smooth, blend in chocolate chips
I love using hemp seeds in my smoothies for a number of reasons. First, they’re a fantastic food for the Keto Diet. Second, they’re a great dairy-free, nut-free way to add a smooth texture and rich, creamy flavor to healthy smoothie recipes. Finally, hemp seeds are high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
In the summer and fall, I love making this green smoothie with kale that I pick from our garden. This shake is not about hiding vegetables from your children, it’s about being able to eat something quick and hearty for breakfast that has a good dose of protein, fat, and fiber.
This keto green smoothie recipe is an oldie but goodie from the archives that I’ve simplified and updated a bit. I originally posted it in 2012.
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Just wrote with a question about your fantastic peanut butter shake and then ran into this recipe — have been thinking about mint shakes and want to try this, too.
Brand new to these shakes and wondering—what is the purpose, other than vitamins, of course, of putting kale in what would be sweet shakes? Does it affect the taste at all? Would it be the same without the kale? Wondering in general about “green shakes” — like avocado very much so will be checking to see what you have on that.
In general, are there problems with making substitutions with these shakes? I have a big jar of whey protein powder, which I know I’ll be using…and rather than coconut, which I’m not sure we can get in this rural area, I might have to use almond milk. I’ll be learning as I go along and plan to develop a collection of shake recipes but hoped maybe you could steer me away from something that you know right away will not work.
Thanks. Glad to have found your page.
Jen, it’s so great to meet someone here who is as big a fan of shakes and smoothies as I am! Feel free to experiment and LMK how it goes :-)
Hi all! This looks fabulous!! I just wanted to put in a side note. Hemp seeds are naturally gluten-free, but just like regular oats they can be contaminated with wheat. I just called Nutiva to make sure that that was the case with their brand, as I had seen it with others. They said where it is grown in Canada wheat is a popular crop. They have done testing and sometimes it is under the ppm to be GF and other times it is not. So, for Celiacs, hemp seeds may not be completely safe. It is rather sad, because I really like them!
P.S. I just happened to find a GF certified hemp seed at Walmart (of all places!) yesterday. It is made by a company called Badia. On their packaging it says Certified GF. I called and they are certified GF through the Gluten Intolerance Group. Yay!!
I get so frustrated when it comes to trying new things because I become so discouraged… I have been allergic to tree nuts all my life and am unsure of whether or not I can tolerate coconut milk or anything coconut. I have an anaphylaxis reaction with tree nuts and know that coconut is an allergen for some and for others, it is not. Any words of advice or any encouragement?
Chelsea, wow that sounds very challenging. Have you spoken with your medical practitioner about testing to see if coconut would be an option?
Can’t wait to make this smoothie. Question for you… In one of your (amazing) cookbooks, you mentioned Frank Zane as a good source for egg white protein powder. Do you still like that brand, or is the product from the Now brand better?
Thanks for all you do. Love your website and often refer it to friends.
Celeste, thanks for your comment! Yes, I have switched to the Now brand of egg white protein :-)
wow! many thanks for a great recipe. I am making this and loving that II can have my “HoJo”s mint chip ice cream”. I do have some chocolate ice cubes that I am using in this.
You’re welcome Elaine! I agree, this tastes exactly like mint chip ice cream :-)
This looks yummy, Thank You:)
You’re welcome Georgia! I just made one and had it for lunch and it was amazing!
Is there a protein alternative to egg whites for those allergic?
Sue, I haven’t tried that, feel free to experiment :-)
This shake sounds delicious. I often will collect fresh, wild greens from my yard to put into a green smoothie…young dandelion leaves, violet leaves, curly dock and so on…these wild plants are “free”, grow profusely and are chocked full of nutrition (especially because they grow without being coddled).