Honestly, I’m not totally sure what to call this recipe…
Our family calls it a milkshake, but it’s slightly misleading since it doesn’t contain any ice cream.
So, I decided to call it a smoothie instead, but that makes me think of breakfast drinks that contain yogurt and strawberries and sometimes the random handful of kale…
It’s more of a “dessert smoothie,” I guess. This is our favorite treat after a long, hot day working around our homestead. We love kicking back on the front deck or settling down for a movie with a tall, frosty glass of this chocolate peppermint “smoothie” in our hands.
It doesn’t contain any refined sugar, so you don’t have to feel too very guilty for indulging in a chocolate peppermint smoothie
every night every so often..
Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup whole milk (preferably raw)
- 1.5 cups ice cubes
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (homemade is best, of course)
- 1/8-1/4 cup real maple syrup (affiliate link)
- 2 ablespoons cocoa powder OR carob powder (affiliate link)
- 8-10 drops liquid stevia extract (I like this brand) (affiliate link)
- 1 drop (yes really, ONE DROP) of Peppermint essential oil* -OR- 1/4 teaspoon of Peppermint extract
Note on the sweeteners: I wanted to avoid white sugar in this recipe. If you don’t have Stevia, use more syrup. Also, you may want to add a bit more, if your family likes their drinks sweeter. As written, it is not overwhelmingly sweet
Place all ingredients in blender. Blend thoroughly.
I originally wrote this recipe to fit my tiny blender (this was before I got my Vitamix). However, if you have a bigger blender, you can totally double it.
*If you are using an essential oil in this recipe, make sure they are labeled as safe for ingestion and are pure. I use a very high-quality brand of essential oils and feel comfortable adding them to the occasion recipe because of their commitment to purity.
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