Dark Chocolate Peppermint Protein Smoothie
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Recipe type: Smoothie
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Serves: 1
 
Thick and creamy dark chocolate peppermint smoothie packed with protein to help power you through the day!
Ingredients
  • 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**
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. Enjoy!
  3. Makes 1 large serving
Notes
*Use your favorite variety of milk in this recipe! I use refrigerated Unsweetened Coconut milk; the variety of milk you use may affect the sweetness and the thickness of the smoothie. I always recommend starting by adding the least amount of sweetener and Xanthan Gum to the blender your first time making this, and then partway thru the blending, stop the blender to taste the smoothie, and add more sweetener/xanthan gum/milk to taste.

**For a Peppermint Mocha Protein Smoothie, add 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules to the blender with all the other ingredients. Yum!
Recipe by SunnySideUps | Living Life Sunny Side Ups at http://sunnysideups.org/dark-chocolate-peppermint-protein-smoothie/