Thursday, May 8, 2014

Mint Chocolate Smoothie

The other day I stumbled across a recipe at Gwen's Nest for a Thin Mint Chocolate Milkshake. This recipe sounded like just the thing to curb my craving for sweet and was "plan-approved". Except I was out of cottage cheese (I know. Weird. But cottage cheese makes shakes extra creamy delicious. I'm not lying.), I didn't have any peppermint extract or a dark chocolate bar. Time to experiment!

I used peppermint essential oil instead (word of warning: when using essential oil you only need a couple of drops!!) and subbed my Special Dark Cocoa for the chocolate bar. I had to double the recipe after I found out that I had made my shake a bit too "minty". This extra would come in later for my mint chocolate ice cream!

MINT CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE

1 c. Almond Milk (unsweetened)
6 ice cubes
1 scoop Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
1 T. Special Dark Cocoa powder
Peppermint Essential Oil (to taste)
1/8 t. glucomannan
1/4 t. liquid stevia + 1T. truvia

Blend it all up in the blender. Viola! A sweet treat that's not too "naughty"! :) I topped mine with a little shaved skinny chocolate (a favorite treat among Trim Healthy Mama's!).

Like I previously stated, I made too much of the above recipe trying to fix it to my liking. The extra filled one ice cube tray. I left this in the freezer overnight. For my afternoon snack I put my frozen smoothie cubes into the blender, added a little vanilla unsweetened almond milk and splash of heavy whipping cream and blended until ice cream-like. It was more the consistency of a Wendy's Frosty. YUM-O!

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