Minty Melon Smoothie

Minty Melon Smoothie | Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free | Queen of Quinoa

Green smoothies are the best. They’re my go-to healthy breakfast. After a weekend of drinking with friends, snacking on gluten-free goodies, all while testing recipes and baking more than is necessary, a green smoothie is all my body craves.

I’m all about creaminess with my smoothies. I like thick smoothies that I can slurp through a straw. Smoothies that are almost like a thin custard, rather than a watery juice. For some reason they are just more satisfying that way.

Minty Melon Smoothie | Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free | Queen of Quinoa

My smoothies always start with a similar base – a combo that I really love:

    • Almond milk
    • Banana / Avocado (for creaminess)
    • Frozen fruit
    • Spinach / Kale
    • Seeds (flax and chia always)
    • Protein Powder
    • Stevia

But lately, I’ve started experimenting with different spices too. With cinnamon and nutmeg as my preferred combo, it was time I started to branch out a little (especially with fall being right around the corner and this combo is in everything!).

I started slow, with ginger, cocoa and vanilla, but have slowly been moving in a riskier direction. Now I’m using things like basil, mint and almond extract, and you know what? It’s delicious!

Minty Melon Smoothie | Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free | Queen of Quinoa

This green smoothie was inspired by my CSA basket last week. We got a perfectly ripe cantaloupe, a crunchy English cucumber and some lacinato kale. Into the blender it all went, with a hint of peppermint extract, and the result was geniously green. It was light, refreshing, but still filling and super healthy. A new favorite in our house!

Minty Melon Smoothie
 
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recipe type: Smoothie
serves: 2

Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 cup english cucumber
  • 1 cup frozen cantaloupe
  • ½ (or whole) banana
  • 2 cups kale (or spinach)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I am obsessed with Sun Warrior)
  • 1 tablespoon golden flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 4 – 6 ice cubes
  • Spash of water (as needed for desired consistency)

Instructions
  1. Add contents in a blender in the order of the recipe and blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  2. Garnish with mint and serve immediately.

Notes
gluten-free | dairy-free | sugar-free | vegan

 

This recipe is shared on: Whole Food Fridays, Wellness Weekend

 

About Queen of Quinoa

Alyssa Rimmer is the quinoa obsessed girl behind the gluten-free blog, the Queen of Quinoa. She loves experimenting with nutritious and whole-food ingredients, and seeks to encourage the everyday home chef that cooking and eating gluten-free can not only be healthy, but also delicious and fun. After struggling with stomach issues throughout her college years, Alyssa decided enough was enough and took her health into her own hands. She started by removing gluten from her diet and hasn’t looked back since. Two happy years have passed and her stomach issues have practically disappeared. Living gluten-free has also helped her to truly discover her passion for cooking and she has embraced her new lifestyle with open arms. With the Queen of Quinoa, Alyssa shares her gluten-free recipes, many of which are focused on the superfood quinoa, and discusses her journey to living a more fulfilled and healthy life. She now also cooks refined sugar-free and although not all her of recipes are vegan, she has loved learning and experimenting with vegan baking. She lives in Burlington, Vermont where she is surrounded by fresh, local produce and is always inspired by the fabulous seasonal ingredients that make this state so special. She is excited to share her recipes with you, as she helps to uncover the amazing world of quinoa.
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9 Responses to Minty Melon Smoothie

  1. This looks like my kind of smoothie! I have so much mint growing in my yard when I make my mint smoothies I throw a big handful of it in there, too! I love that you added cucumber in here too. So much goodness!
    PS just found your blog today by way of Daily Bites and I am so excited, looks like you have amazing recipes! I just subscribed and will definitely be following along! Thanks!
    Beth @ Tasty Yummies recently posted..Zucchini Socca with Caramelized Onions – Gluten-free + VeganMy Profile

    • Thanks, Beth! This smoothie would definitely be scrumptious with fresh mint. I’m happy you found me, I’ve checked out your blog many times and you have delightful recipes! Love the guest post on Healthful Pursuit today :)

  2. Ruthy says:

    This looks so good!! I don’t think I ever would have thought about melon and mint in a smoothie but this would be perfect for the mornings while it’s still a little warm out.
    And to get inspired by your CSA! We’ve been toying with the idea of joining one for ages, I’m jealous you have so many vegetables to play around with!

    • Thanks, Ruthy! I was surprised how good the combo was. I think the cucumber added a lot to make this smoothie light and yummy. If you’re considering a CSA for next year, I HIGHLY recommend it. This was our first year doing one and it’s been great. You get to taste so many veggies that you wouldn’t otherwise buy at the store. I definitely found some new favorites this summer!!

      xo Alyssa
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  3. Jennifer says:

    How much melon do you use? I’m not seeing it in your ingredient list.

  4. I’m a smoothie fan as well, I love how much nutrition you can pack into them.
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