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Thick + Frosty Cacao Crunch Smoothie with Peppermint-Beet Swirl | vegan, gluten-free, refined-sugar-free
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Thick + Frosty Cacao Crunch Smoothie with Peppermint-Beet Swirl

Frozen bananas are blended in a food processor with just the tiniest splash of milk, yielding a thick, frosty, and scoop-able smoothie. Cacao nibs are pulsed in for a superfood crunch. Then, a thick peppermint-beet syrup is spooned on top and pulsed to create a ribbon-like sweet and minty swirl throughout the smoothie. The peppermint-beet syrup makes extra, so you can easily and quickly enjoy this smoothie a few times over the holidays without having to fuss over making the syrup every time. Minty, refreshing, and sweet with an addictive crunch of cacao nibs!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Holiday, Smoothie
Servings: 2 (10-ounce) smoothies
Author: Ashley Melillo | Blissful Basil

Ingredients

Peppermint-Beet Syrup

  • ¼ cup beet juice (about 1 medium beet, juiced)
  • 2 tablespoons filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 drops peppermint oil or pure pepper extract, to taste

Thick + Frosty Cacao Crunch Smoothie

  • 3 to 4 ripe and speckled bananas, peeled, sliced, and frozen
  • 2 tablespoons plant-based milk
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips, plus more for topping

Instructions

Peppermint-Beet Syrup

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the beet juice, arrowroot, and maple syrup until smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan and heat over medium-low, whisking constantly, for 3 to 5 minutes or until thick and glossy. Do not overheat. Remove from heat and whisk in the peppermint oil. Chill in refrigerator to cool.
  • You'll only need a couple teaspoons of the swirl, so reserve the refrigerate the leftovers to make this smoothie throughout the week.

Thick + Frosty Cacao Crunch Smoothie

  • Make the smoothie while the peppermint-beet syrup is cooling. Add the frozen bananas and plant-based milk to a food processor. Process until you have a smooth and creamy mixture that resembles soft serve ice cream, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.
  • Add the cacao nibs or chocolate chips and pulse several times to chop and incorporate. Use a ¼ teaspoon to dot the top of the smoothie with as much of the Peppermint-Beet Syrup as desired, and pulse 2 to 3 times to gently swirl it into the smoothie. You will have leftover syrup that you can refrigerate and use to make the smoothie throughout the week.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to spoon the smoothie into two glasses. Top with more cacao nibs, if desired. Serve immediately.