Chocolate mint protein shake on your mind? Try this delicious and easy mint chocolate protein smoothie recipe to satisfy your cravings!
Hey there – I’m Chantal. Thanks for visiting my website!
A little bit about me: I’m a certified personal trainer + nutrition coach and mom of two. Welcome!
Today I’m sharing my favorite way to get a little extra protein in during the winter (or really any time) with my easy and delicious chocolate mint protein shake recipe.
Normally I’m into green smoothies, but this time I’m sharing something sweet and festive.
I’m excited! This recipe turned out really well for me, and I’m eager to share it with you.
You’ll Find Everything You Need For A Delicious Chocolate Mint Protein Shake
I tend to overshare, so let me quickly go over what you’ll find in this post:
- How I discovered this peppermint chocolate protein shake
- Why this shake is perfect for your nutritional goals
- Chocolate mint protein shake FAQ
- Peppermint protein shake ingredients + steps (AKA the recipe)
So let’s get to it!
Peppermint Chocolate Protein Shake Discovery
As I mentioned, I am not only a certified personal trainer but a certified nutrition coach as well!
That pretty much means that health and nutrition are super important to me. But don’t be fooled, it’s a total struggle for me. I do not naturally eat all of the right things 100% of the time.
There’s always a lot of thought, effort, and intention that has to go into it.
Anyway, about a year ago, my husband and I had recently sold our house. While searching for a new home, we moved our family of four into my parent’s house. (Yikes!)
The transition was a bit rough, and I struggled with how to downsize our belongings and share a kitchen, including the fridge and pantry space.
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I decided that it might be helpful or just easier to invest in some meal replacements and protein shakes so that I could be in and out of the kitchen with less mess and use up less space in the cabinets.
It turned out to be a really good call.
I found this really delicious peppermint swirl shake from 310 Nutrition and it was so dang good! (They also had mint chocolate but I can’t find it now. Maybe it’s seasonal?)
New & Improved Chocolate Peppermint Protein Shake
However, when we moved to our own house again, I stopped having the need for meal replacements. I just thought it would be better to get plain vanilla and chocolate protein powder.
My thought was that this would make my protein powders more versatile so that I can switch up my flavors as well as the fruit & veggies that I add to my shakes, etc.
But with that being said, I still found myself craving that classic mint chocolate combo! (Especially around the holidays!)
I just had to figure out how to get that Thin Mint flavor using my regular chocolate protein powder. (Even if I didn’t have peppermint protein powder anymore).
So after playing around a bit with different ingredients and ratios, this chocolate mint protein shake was born!
Now it’s my go-to mint chocolate protein shake recipe.
If you haven’t dabbled in the world of chocolate mint protein shakes yet, I highly recommend it!
Why This Shake Is Perfect For Your Nutritional Goals
If you’re reading this, it’s pretty obvious that you have some pretty serious nutrition goals in mind. You probably already know how important protein is when you’re trying to gain muscle or lose weight.
I personally love this chocolate peppermint protein shake because it is easily adapted to your nutritional needs.
Need to use dairy-free milk? Do it! (Unsweetened almond milk works great.)
Want to add healthy fats? Add a little coconut cream or almond butter!
Need more greens in your diet? A handful of spinach or kale will do the trick!
Want to add a fun sweet treat to your shake?
Top it with cacao nibs, chocolate chips, smashed candy cane bits or with a peppermint stick to really get into the holiday spirit! (You can also sweeten the deal by adding medjool dates to the blender.)
Want this shake to be even thicker?
Add more ice cubes! (And be sure you’re using frozen bananas.)
Hopefully you get the idea. It’s pretty hard to mess this up.
You can play around with some of these simple ingredients as long as you keep that high-protein, chocolatey base in mind.
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How Many Grams Of Protein Are In This Protein Shake?
If you follow the recipe exactly, your mint chocolate protein smoothie should yield about 33 grams total.
That assumes that you use regular skim milk and a protein powder yielding 25 grams of protein.
However, this number can easily be modified using the following:
- An extra scoop of protein powder
- A dollop – 1/2 cup of non-fat Greek yogurt
- A spoonful of chocolate peanut butter powder (like PBFit)
Chocolate Mint Protein Shake FAQ
Let’s get to the questions I will inevitably have to answer. Here are some I can imagine you might have right away:
Yes! If you already have a peppermint flavored protein shake, just add the cocoa powder and a drop or two of peppermint extract instead of the full amount.
You can keep your shake in the fridge or freezer in a sealed container for up to a day. However, it’s best to consume this baby within a couple of hours to avoid separation & runny-ness.
If you’re okay with banana or avocado, they are the two things I would suggest playing around with for added creaminess. Just be careful not to add too much or it will interfere with that delicious peppermint flavor. You can also add a bit of full-fat Greek yogurt for a creamy texture.
I like a classic whey protein (use a casein blend if you want), but I like it clean! For that reason, I recommend Ascent’s Native Fuel in chocolate flavor.
If you follow this recipe exactly, it’s not vegan or dairy-free due to the milk and whey protein powder. However, you can easily tweak that by using plant protein and almond milk or similar!
Alright – now that we’ve settled all of your burning questions, let’s get to the recipe.
Chocolate Mint Protein Shake
- 1 Blender
- 1/2 cup frozen banana
- 1 cup fat free milk
- 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
- 2 tbsp unsweetened baking cocoa
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1/2-1 cup ice cubes
- 1 tbsp chopped peppermint candy or chocolate chips optional
- Add milk, banana, peppermint extract and ice to blender.
- Add salt, cocoa powder and protein powder.
- Blend on high for 1-2 minutes.
- Top with goodies and serve immediately.
That’s it! Easy peasy, am I right?
I hope you enjoy this chocolate mint protein shake as much as I do! Add it to your recipe book, bookmark it on your computer, or Pin it to your boards on Pinterest!
Before you go, don’t forget to check to out some of these other posts I think you might like:
- 21 Delicious High Protein Smoothie Recipes For Weight Loss
- 7 Amazing PB Fit Cookie Recipes
- 25 Meal Prep Snack Ideas (Quick & Easy)
- 11 Delicious Healthy Ninja Creami Recipes
Until next time,