Smooth, thick, and creamy peppermint protein smoothie; tastes like a giant minty milkshake—but is healthy enough to enjoy any time of the day!
I’m so pumped that St. Patty’s Day is just around the corner, because it means that I can once again make as many minty goodies as I want, without any shame from others who say that eating all things peppermint should only be limited to 2 times of year: Christmas, and St. Patrick’s Day.
I secretly eat peppermint-y foods all year round, but am trying to restrain my sharing of those recipes to the “approved” times of year…but who knows? I couldn’t hold myself back last year, so we’ll see how long I can last this time around!
I’m also getting super excited, because things are starting to happen in our adoption too (more on that to come!!). Things are out of our hands at this point, and it’s honestly so hard to patiently wait, when all I can think about most days is going to pick up my babies!! Lots of prayer, lots of trusting, lots of dreaming is what is getting Nate and I through each day. But Omg-zies—I get so many excited butterflies at any little movement of progress!!
Anywhoo, back to this smoothie! I’m 100% obsessed with this recipe…definitely one of my all-time favorites! It’s seriously so creamy, dreamy yummy (and giant-sized!!) that you’d honestly never guess that it’s packed with protein and is low in calories! A perfectly acceptable breakfast, lunch, or snack! Plus, you’ve got the option to make this with or without dairy, and can absolutely use peppermint essential oil or peppermint extract, depending on your preferences.
This recipe uses protein powder, which I love to use to give an extra power pump to my smoothies, but I know not everyone loves it. The most common complaint that I hear about protein powder, is that it tastes nastily gritty. And I hear you, you who have had that experience! Guess what? I’ve been there too! Some brands of protein powder are literally so gross to me, that I pour my entire smoothie down the drain because I just cannot bear to drink another sip! But like we were all taught growing up: If at first you don’t succeed, try try again! Right? And the saying goes for protein powders too! The difference between brands of protein powder is night and day, so it’s just about finding the right one for you! Some protein powders, when added to the blender, will give you incredibly yummy, creamy, delicious, milkshake-like results! 100% honestly, my top favorite type of whey protein powder is the Sprout’s store brand in both chocolate and vanilla flavors. I know Sprout’s stores are not everywhere though, so when I can’t get that, my next favorites are the Whole Foods store brand, or MRM brand, which you can easily get online at Vitacost or Amazon. If I’m going the non-dairy route, I love to use Sunwarrior Vanilla Protein Powder, which I always buy on Vitacost for a great deal! But everyone is going to like something different. One way to find your favorite variety before investing a ton of money behind a yucky-tasting giant container of protein powder, is to go to a grocery store with a natural foods section, and buy an individual serving packet (several brands-even store brands-offer these!) of the protein powder you’d like to try. Then, if you don’t love it, you didn’t invest too much money in a product that will end up going to waste. Then once you’ve found one you like, you can confidently purchase the larger container.
Also, like my other protein smoothies, I highly encourage you to slightly freeze (about 1-2 hours) your cup of yogurt before using it to make the smoothie. It’s not required, but it will heighten the thickness and the creaminess of your drink.
Well there you have it! The minty, creamy smoothie of your dreams…right at your fingertips!
- 1 cup crushed ice
- 1 carton (5-6 ounces) Vanilla Greek Yogurt (or other non-dairy vanilla yogurt*), slightly frozen
- 1 serving (scoop) Protein Powder
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ½ teaspoon Peppermint Extract (or 1 drop Peppermint Essential Oil)
- ⅛ teaspoon Xanthan Gum (more or less, depending on your preferred thickness)**
- 1-2 packets Stevia (or liquid Stevia to taste)**
- ¾ cup-1 cup milk**
- Optional: Green Sprinkles!
- 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 or xanthan gum if needed, and then restart to complete blending.
- Makes 1 large serving
**Use your favorite variety of milk in this recipe! I always use refrigerated Unsweetened Coconut milk; the variety of milk you use will 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.
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