Skinny Mint Chocolate Milkshakes

Thick & creamy mint chocolate milkshakes without all the calories and fat. 

Thick and creamy mint chocolate milkshakes without all the calories and fat! Only 5 simple ingredients! Recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

It’s been far too long since I shared a milkshake/smoothie with you. And in true Sally form, this milkshake is “skinny.”

I’d much rather eat my mint chocolate calories than drink them.

Thick and creamy mint chocolate milkshakes without all the calories and fat! Only 5 simple ingredients! Recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

I made this cool, creamy milkshake after coming home from a run. I haven’t been running as much lately because it’s hard for me to breathe the cold, windy air. I’ve been embracing my yoga mat and 20-minute exercise DVDs. (Even though she sorta annoys me, I love this one.) Oh, and my camera + lens weigh a hefty 7 lbs, so consider that my arm workout every day.

By the way, do you like my running shoes?

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I typically run in Brooks, but how can you NOT want to run in these? They’re Asics Gel-Noosa TRI™ 8. And obnoxiously cool.

Anyway, let’s talk about healthy mint chocolate milkshakes. Because I know that’s really why you’re here.

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I love to make milkshakes and smoothies from frozen bananas. Frozen bananas are typically the creamy base for all of my healthy blended drinks. Buy bananas, let them rot on your counter, peel them, slice them, freeze them. These mint chocolate milkshakes begin with 3 small very ripe, frozen bananas.

I know what you’re thinking – MINT and BANANA? Yes. But please listen (read?) when I say (type?) that the riper your bananas are, the less your milkshakes/smoothies will taste like banana. So let your bananas brown. You want dark brown speckled peels.

Thick and creamy mint chocolate milkshakes without all the calories and fat! Only 5 simple ingredients! Recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Along with frozen bananas, you will need yogurt, milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, and a touch of peppermint extract. There is never any of that weird “healthy” stuff in my  recipes. Just pure, good-for-you ingredients that are convenient and easy.

There is a lot of wiggle room with these ingredients:

  • The milk can be any milk you like. I do not like regular milk (I know, I’m strange), so I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
  • The yogurt can be any yogurt you like. I use non-fat Greek yogurt because of its protein content. You will need 6 0z of it.
  • Start with 2 heaping Tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. Add more for a richer chocolate flavor if you’d like.
  • Start with 1/8 teaspoon of peppermint extract. This stuff is potent. Add more if you’d like.
  • Feel free to add chocolate protein powder if you want. I do not like protein powder, so I never use it.
  • Feel free to add a handful of spinach if desired.

Decorate your shake! For the milkshake’s decor, I chopped up a dark chocolate bar and sprinkled pieces on top. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and good things. Plus, it’s healthy for the mind and soul. A few sprigs of fresh mint make the milkshakes look extra fancy… as does serving them in wine glasses.

Thick & creamy mint chocolate milkshakes without all the calories and fat. Only 5 simple ingredients! sallysbakingaddiction.com

I like to pretend I’m fancy as I work.

I don’t calculate calories for things made from such good-for-you ingredients, so please look up the nutrition information if you’re concerned. I do know, however, that these milkshakes are overflowing with chocolate flavor, mint flavor, and protein from the Greek yogurt. Keeps my muscles AND my tastebuds happy.

Slurping down this decadent-tasting milkshake after a solid workout felt like vacation. Even though I was about to sit down to work. Mind games.

Thick and creamy mint chocolate milkshakes without all the calories and fat! Only 5 simple ingredients! Recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

If you love mint chocolate, do yourself a favor and try these bad boys! My recipe will make two large milkshakes. Halve the recipe for one or make it all and save the rest in the refrigerator for later, which is exactly what I did. Or umm, drink the whole thing. Because that’s ok too.

Since the milkshakes are sneakily “skinny” you can save room for sugar-laden mint cheesecake brownies or frosting that tastes like ice cream.

Life’s all about balance, after all. 🙂

Thick and creamy mint chocolate milkshakes without all the calories and fat! Only 5 simple ingredients! Recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Colorful straws c/o Sweets and Treats Boutique.

Skinny Mint Chocolate Milkshakes

Thick & creamy mint chocolate milkshakes without all the calories and fat. Only 5 simple ingredients! Feel free to add chocolate protein powder and/or a handful of spinach if desired. Smoothie is gluten free as written.

Ingredients:

  • 3 small frozen very ripe bananas, previously peeled & sliced
  • 2 heaping Tablespoons (12g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) unsweetened almond milk or regular milk1
  • 6 oz (181g) nonfat Greek yogurt2
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract

Directions:

  1. Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender that will blend up the frozen banana. I like this Ninja or this Vitamix.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to the blender, in the order listed, and blend until thick, creamy, and smooth - about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed.
  3. Taste and add more peppermint extract if needed. Add more cocoa powder for a stronger chocolate taste. Add more milk to thin it out if desired.

Recipe Notes:

  1. The milk can be any milk you like: skim, 1%, 2%, almond, soy, coconut. I always use unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
  2. The yogurt can be any yogurt you like: vanilla Greek yogurt, plain Greek yogurt, plain yogurt, vanilla yogurt. Non-fat or low fat.

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Thick and creamy mint chocolate milkshakes without all the calories and fat! Only 5 simple ingredients! Recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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  1. Amy on November 19, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    This might be my favorite of your skinny milkshakes yet Sally! Chocolate AND mint? Pure blissful heaven. 🙂

    I’m so sorry you’ve had to cut back on your runs! That’s really disappointing, especially to someone who looks forward to them as much as you. (I still remember your Instagram picture where you mentioned running 8 miles!) I hope the weather warms up a tad for you!

    • Sally on November 20, 2013 at 6:05 am

      I do miss running (especially my long runs!) but I usually scale back in the winter. I think you would love this milkshake Amy. You must try it! Right up your alley.

      • Amy on November 20, 2013 at 4:36 pm

        My only problem would be saving the bananas to freeze. They’re one of my favorite fruits, and I’d be so tempted to eat them all fresh instead! 😉



  2. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl on November 19, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Mint is one of my favorite tastes so I’m super excited to see this in a chocolate milkshake! Might have to give this a shot with the bananas we have on the counter tomorrow! LOVE your shoes you rainbow baking warrior!

    • Sally on November 20, 2013 at 6:03 am

      rainbow baking warrior. I like the sounds of that! Let me know if you give this milkshake a try.

  3. Mimi @ Culinary Couture on November 20, 2013 at 12:08 am

    This milkshake looks so creamy and smooth! I don’t even like mint but I am SOLD!

  4. Susan on November 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Mmm, looks so good!

    Definitely going to make these over the holiday season! Thanks for Sharing Sally!

    -Susan | Susan Loves…

  5. Schnee on November 20, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I have a NoFrills (mid range market) grocery store nearby, that takes the single, unattached, bananas and those that are starting to go off, and packs them in 10 lb bags, for 2.99….. with an investment in zip-lock bags and some time, you could put enough down before you ate your way through them, for a month or more of shakes….. at least that is my plan,, I LOVE bananas too BWG

    • Sally on November 20, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      I am very jealous that your grocery store does that, Schnee! I typically only see green and light green bananas at my stores and have to wait for them to brown. So I always try to buy a ton at once and freeze them so my freezer is always stocked!

      • Schnee on November 20, 2013 at 7:33 pm

        We’ve been experiencing the same green bananas here, so takes longer for them to end up on the reduced shelf.
        I have been without a freezer for a year now, and just got a used one last week. so starting to stock up for winter… Bananas are high on the list, for baking. The Shakes are a great idea, and I’ll use them to replace the “Morning Diet Shake” I’ve been using the past 4 months. Perhaps vary the fruit in them, as we get California strawberries up here in the Winter and other fruit from South America. Thinking Vanilla Soya Milk might work better than 2% cows milk. Thicker without the animal fats.



  6. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious on November 21, 2013 at 2:10 am

    I love your running shoes! I run in super bright pink/orange Nikes – they are obnoxiously fun 🙂

    And this shake – yes and yes! I’ll take any excuse to have chocolate for breakfast!

    • Sally on November 21, 2013 at 11:49 am

      “I’ll take any excuse to have chocolate for breakfast!” – ha! you and I alike, Chung-Ah!

  7. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain on November 21, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    It HAS been too long since a skinny shake has graced my blogreader! Even with the weather getting chilly, I could easily see this minty chocolate treat making a guest appearance in my kitchen soon! 😀

  8. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life on November 23, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Just made this and it is amazing! I had not made banana ice cream with yogurt before, but it gives such a thick and almost fluffier texture. I will never make it a different way! Thank you SO much!

    • Sally on November 23, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Hi Mary Frances! So happy you tried this. It’s my current favorite drink. I’ve made it 3 times in the past week. And frozen bananas really are the magic ingredient!

  9. Amy on November 24, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    I have a pair of violently bright purple Nike shoes that I wear when I work out. They’re only about a year old and I have already worn holes in the soles!

    This milkshake looks amazing. It’s on my to-do list for sure 😀

  10. Ari @ Ari's Menu on November 25, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I LOVE YOUR SHOES!!! I have some pretty obnoxiously bright Sauconys that I’m in love with. Also, this shake? Yes, please. Whatever the temperature is! Love mint and chocolate and the healthy ingredients!

    • Sally on November 26, 2013 at 8:33 am

      I had a feeling you’d love these Ari! They are so “you!” Have a happy thanksgiving =)

  11. Nutmeg Nanny on November 28, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    I love mint-chocolate! I’m betting this shake tastes amazing!!

  12. Emily on December 8, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Hi Sally- I’m allergic to bananas. Can you give me any recommendations for substitutes? I so, so want to try this! :<

    • Sally on December 9, 2013 at 8:38 am

      Hey Emily! Mayeb you could use some vanilla frozen yogurt instead? About 3/4 cup of it. I know it’s not as “healthy” as the banana version though.

  13. Marie on December 22, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Hi Sally! The milkshake sounds great! Do you think it´s okay to use an immersion blender or is a normal blender better?

    • Sally on December 23, 2013 at 7:20 am

      Hey Marie! Yes, that should be fine.

  14. archana on May 4, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    I added 2 drops of McCormick’s Peppermint extract per cup of smoothie and it tasted bitter. When I left out the extract smoothie was not bitter. Do you notice the same?

  15. Karla on May 8, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    You’re not weird at all! I don’t like cow’s milk neither, it’t to sweet for my taste it that makes any sense.. I also use unsweetened almond milk 🙂

  16. Arianna on July 10, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Hi Sally!! This shake looks uber amazing, but I was just wondering if you can taste a lot of the banana in it. I’m not a huge fan of bananas. Even if you can, I’ll probably make it anyway though. 🙂

    • Sally on July 11, 2014 at 5:32 am

      I usually cannot taste the banana with the strong mint and chocolate flavors.

  17. Freya on July 18, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Hi, I have been meaning to try this recipe for a long time, and I tried it this morning to huge success! Thanks so much, I am always eager to find new, delicious recipes! For next time I try this though, I want to add some oats or something, is there something you’d recommend?

  18. Olya on July 29, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Amazing!! Thank you! This will be my post workout drink for a while now lol. But i really want to try dark chocolate powder and frozen raspberries :)) I didn’t think to try frozen bananas until coming across ur blog.. I’m glad I did! I was getting sick of the banana flavored smoothies, but now I can make endless variations of healthy ice creams/ smoothies and not even taste the banana or consume the calories! Thank u.. I love ur recipes!

    • Sally on July 29, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      I’m so glad you like this Olya! Thanks so much. Whipped frozen bananas are the best, I use them/eat them all the time!

  19. Faith J on September 11, 2014 at 4:29 am

    I have recently been enjoying making smoothies in my new blender and I have been searching for new smoothie recipes. your chocolate milkshake recipe looks great i’m going to try this today!
    Thanks
    Faith 🙂

  20. Anna on October 24, 2014 at 5:58 am

    I know exactly what you mean when you say “weird ‘healthy’ stuff”. So many “healthy” recipes I try to find include them in it! I’ve been looking for naturally healthy recipes like these and this looks amazinggg!! Trying these ASAP. Thanks, Sally!

  21. Christina on January 10, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Finally made this – very good 🙂 I tried it before adding the mint, then added the mint, and I have to say… I liked it better without the mint!

    I made it again with Toasted Coconut greek yogurt and 1 scoop of Chocolate Coconut protein powder (leaving out the mint) and it was AMAZING! Great base recipe — thanks Sally!

  22. Peggy on January 17, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Try raw cacoa nibs, it is a superfood.

  23. megan @ NoSmallLife on March 12, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    You’re shoes are GREAT! 🙂 I run in asics too, I’ve done brooks before, but I always go back to my Asics NImbus.
    Thanks for sharing your yummy looking shake! I’m doing a Round up of Shamrock Shakes next week on my blog and I’d love to feature yours 🙂

  24. Emma {Emma's Little Kitchen} on July 17, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Made this after my run this morning, really hits the spot!! Thanks Sally!!

  25. Sunny on July 30, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    It’s absolutely delicious. Choco-mint is one of my favorite. Thanks a lot for this recipe Sally 🙂

  26. Kendall Stark on October 2, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    These were pretty amazing, I must say! I cannot tell you how much I hate bananas, but I knew I had to try this smoothie because of the chocolate-mint combo; it’s one of my favorites. I love how incredibly thick it is. Next time, though, I’ll let my bananas get even riper, as I could still make out some of their flavor. I’m going to try the chocolate-peanut butter one next!

  27. elisa on July 14, 2017 at 10:21 am

    this recipe.. I really would like to try it but I don’t like banana. have you got any suggestion for my lil problem? 
    thank you, I love your blog!

  28. Sabrina on June 22, 2018 at 11:05 am

    I hate bananas. Like, I hate bananas with the fiery passion of a million suns. I *HATE* bananas.

    That said, I’m making a valiant effort to be healthier after a long illness, so I’ve been trying to find ways to make my favourite types of foods slightly better for me (or at least less terrible). Protein powders, no white bread, no mindless snacking. Boring. So on a whim, I bought some bananas at the store, waited for them to ripen, and threw them in the fridge.

    I’m blown away. This really didn’t taste like bananas at all! The milkshake was super creamy and dense – the kind you have to wait for a while to drink because it’s so rich. I made enough for two shakes, drank one, and froze the rest to eat as ice cream (which, living in the DC area, having ice cream for dinner just happens). It was just as good as ‘regular’ ice cream.

    I bow down to you Sally. As always.

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