You’ve gotta admit: green mint chocolate chip ice cream tastes a whole lot better than white mint chocolate chip ice cream.
I don’t know if it’s the vibrant green color that makes it taste better, or if green mint chocolate chip ice cream actually contains more sugar than it’s white counterpart, but to me there’s a pronounced difference between the two.
Let’s just chalk it up to science and call it a day! (As a Biochemistry major in college, I do that a lot 😉 )
Mint Chocolate Chip is undeniably one of the most addicting ice cream flavors. I think it’s the fact that the mint flavor leaves your mouth tasting fresh, so you’re never fully satisfied by the chocolate undertone of the chocolate chips or the decadence of the cream. Meaning, it’s unfortunately super easy to overeat this ice cream. Especially if it’s in the form of a thick, creamy milkshake!
In order to combat this probably scientific struggle, I’ve created a much healthier mint chocolate chip milkshake that you could drink four of and still not feel any guilt! In fact, it’s actually much more satisfying than classic mint chocolate chip, because it contains 11g of protein- which will fill you up even when the mint flavor doesn’t.
Of course, I couldn’t resist giving the milkshake the green color of classic mint chocolate chip ice cream- so I added a handful of spinach to the recipe. So not only is this a healthier, high-protein alternative to a high-calorie mint chocolate chip milkshake – but it even fits in your daily greens!
Sure, if you really want to make this decadent, feel free to replace the frozen banana with vanilla ice cream. However, beware: add the mint one drop at a time! If you have any experience with mint, you know it’s a super distinct flavor. And while vanilla may take a teaspoon or two to flavor a whole recipe, peppermint requires just one or two drops to provide that fresh, minty taste!
Otherwise, drink up and relish in the treat that is a green mint chocolate chip milkshake!
Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Milkshake
- 1/4 c 0% fat greek yogurt
- 1/2 banana, frozen
- 2 tbs chocolate protein powder (about 7g) (or 1 tbs cocoa powder)
- handful of spinach
- 1 drop peppermint extract (add more if needed)
- 1/4 c almond milk
- 1 tbs cacao nibs (or chocolate chips)
- sweetener to taste
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and top with granola, additional peach slices, etc. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information (from myfitnesspal.com)
(Yields 1 serving)