Monday, August 04, 2014

Chocolate Mint Protein Milk Shake or Smoothie without Protein Powder (Dairy, Gluten and Refined Sugar Free)

We discovered the previous owner planted some mint in the yard.  We have since transplanted it along the fence line and it is going growing like crazy.  Mint will take over your garden so be sure not to plant it an area where you want control.
I have been using it in several recipes but this is one of our favourites.  The mint leaves aid in digestion but also contain vital antioxidants. I like the freshness of the  actual mint leaves but I imagine you can use an extract as well.  The pumpkin seeds add protein and zinc.  Zinc as I have mentioned before not only boosts your immune system but enhances your sense of taste.  I have learned that often "picky" eaters are low in zinc and that an increase will help bring our a desire for new tastes etc.  The raw cacao powder is high in iron and magnesium, making this smoothie not only tasty but healthy.

Ingredients (serves 3-4) 
  • 2 cups non dairy milk (I used coconut)
  • 1 cup frozen banana
  • 1 handful fresh mint leaves or use mint extract
  • 2-3 drops liquid stevia
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
  • handful dark chocolate chips (optional)

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.  If using the chocolate chips I prefer to add those near the end and only slightly chop so I get a few pieces of chocolate to chew ;)
  2. Serve immediately.

1 comment:

  1. Any idea as to protein content of this shake?