Jun 30, 2014

Vegan Grasshopper Smoothie ~ Alcohol-free!

Hello, Summer! And say hello to this divinely refreshing smoothie! When I became “of age”, my dad used to order me Grasshoppers whenever we would go out to eat. He liked his alcohol and did not like to drink alone. They were pretty mild, being made with crème de menthe and, well, heavy cream. Of course, I loved them. They tasted like dessert! The mint and the cream were so refreshing. And this smoothie is even more so.

I’ve been meaning to create this recipe for over a year now and finally, here it is! Oh, yeah, and I entered it in OrganicGirl’s DrinkUrGreens smoothie contest. Check it out and enter one of your own fabulous creations using any variety of OrganicGirl greens! Deadline is the end of the month and the grand prize is a new VitaMix. Woohoo!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh peppermint leaves*
  • 2 cups mache rosettes (or substitute baby spinach)
  • ¼  cup sweetener of your choice (I used honey, which I rarely use but thought it would be nice in this drink… yes, I am a “beegan”—a vegan who uses honey… sometimes)
  • 2 cups ice cubes

*NOTE: It can sometimes be hard to find fresh peppermint. Many grocery stores have mint but it’s usually spearmint and would change the flavor of this smoothie considerably. If you can’t find fresh peppermint, substitute the mint leaves with 1 tsp of peppermint extract.

Directions:

  1. Place the cashews and the water in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth.
  3. Top with a sprig of fresh mint.

Makes 2 refreshing smoothies. Enjoy!

Healthy trails,

4 responses to “Vegan Grasshopper Smoothie ~ Alcohol-free!”

  1. lightwork11 says:

    This would make a beautiful, healthy, filling breakfast. I sometimes use honey if it's from a reputable company and it's organic – I don't believe it harms bees. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes you post, do you have a book out?

  2. Helyn says:

    Thank you! I am working on a series of books right now! 🙂

  3. Jen says:

    not sure if my comment came through the first time…
    I found dried peppermint, do you think that would work? How much should I use?

  4. Helyn says:

    Hi Jen, start with 1 tablespoon and then taste it and you can always add more if it's not enough.

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