Thick and creamy dark chocolate peppermint smoothie packed with protein to help power you through the day!
Are you as peppermint-obsessed as I am? It’s by far my favorite “holiday” flavor….but honestly, I eat it all year round! Flavors should have no seasonal limits, right? I know some people like to heighten the excitement of eating peppermint-flavored goodies, by only eating them around the holidays, so I’ve been saving this one to share with y’all until the perfect moment (aka today.)! I always get warm fuzzies sipping anything with the dark chocolate/peppermint flavor fusion, and if you love it half as much as I do, it’ll take just one taste to get you addicted to this thick and creamy smoothie. Plus it’s healthy, so it’s more than ok to have one everyday if you feel that craving coming on!!
Lately, instead of peppermint extract, I’ve been putting a drop of Peppermint Essential Oil into my smoothie, and if you’ve got it—try it in this recipe!! I think it definitely heightens the peppermint spark, and adds so much yummy flavor! This past post goes into a lot of detail about what a positive impact peppermint essential oil can make for our overall health, and today’s recipe is just another example of how we can add it into our diets! If you don’t have peppermint essential oil yet, you can absolutely use peppermint extract instead—still so delicious! I’ve included instructions for either choice in the recipe below.
As with my other yogurt-based smoothies, the trick to heightening that creamy goodness is starting with slightly frozen yogurt. Popping your cup of vanilla yogurt in the freezer for an hour or two before adding it to the blender makes a HUGE difference in how thick the smoothie is. The other must-have is xanthan gum. Xanthan Gum is a natural thickener used in so many foods and drinks, and just a pinch will give your smoothies a deliciously thick and smooth milkshake-like consistency. One note about xanthan gum though, is that it does act a little differently, depending on the type of milk used. For example, I find that it tends to expand more in coconut milk than it does when added to a smoothie using almond milk. So when I use coconut milk I’ll only need about 1/8 teaspoon to reach a thick consistency, and I’ll need a little more (about 1/4 teaspoon) if I’m using almond milk in my smoothie that day. I always recommend starting your smoothie with the smallest amount of xanthan gum advised, and then stopping the blender for a stir partway through to see if more is needed.
Just like my other smoothies, this recipe will give you one ginormous serving, and even though I don’t own a glass large enough to fit my entire smoothie in, you better believe I’m planning on slurping down the whole delicious thing! And you can too, without feeling an ounce of guilt! Here’s the calorie and protein stats with the ingredients I put into my blender:
Ice: 0 calories, 0 protein
1 container Dannon Light & Fit Vanilla Greek Yogurt: 80 calories, 12 grams protein
1 scoop Sprout’s Chocolate Whey Protein Powder: 90 calories, 18 grams protein
2 Tablespoons Dark Cocoa Powder: 20 calories, 2 grams protein
Peppermint Extract/Essential Oil: 0 calories, 0 protein
Vanilla Extract: 0 calories, 0 protein
Stevia: 0 calories, 0 protein
Instant Coffee: 0 calories, 0 protein
¼ teaspoon Xanthan Gum: 2 calories, 0 protein
So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Milk (1 cup): 45 calories, 0 protein
Totals: 237 calories, 32 grams protein
My products may be different from the ones you use, and that’s ok! Use what you like, and just know that the calorie/protein totals may be slightly different, depending on what items/brands you use.
A giant smoothie that tastes like a milkshake is my kinda breakfast! Lovin it!!
- 10-20 ice cubes (depending on the size of your cubes)
- 1 container Vanilla Greek yogurt (or other vanilla yogurt), slightly frozen
- 1 scoop Chocolate or Vanilla Protein Powder
- ¾-1 cup milk (your favorite variety)*
- 2 Tablespoons Dark Cocoa Powder
- 1 drop Peppermint Essential Oil OR ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon Xanthan gum*
- Stevia to taste (I typically use 1 packet or 8-12 drops liquid stevia)
- Optional: 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules**
- Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender, and blend until smooth. It may be necessary (even 2-3 times, depending on the type of blender you use) to stop the blender, scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula, add additional liquid, stevia, or xanthan gum if needed, and then restart to complete blending.
- Makes 1 large serving
**For a Peppermint Mocha Protein Smoothie, add 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules to the blender with all the other ingredients. Yum!
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