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

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

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?


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

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!

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

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


Skinny Mint Chocolate Milkshakes

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American


hick & 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.


  • 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 milk*
  • 6 oz (181g) nonfat Greek yogurt*
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract


  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.


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

Keywords: skinny mint chocolate milkshake

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


  1. I run in Mizunos, they are my absolute favourite. But my running outside has bit a bit deterred too. It’s not fun to go out there in a blizzard when it’s -20C (not sure what that is in fahrenheit but I think it’s about 7F). Let’s eat instead!

      1. ummmmmm -20 Celsius is -4 Fahrenheit; -16 C is 0 F; and of course 0 C is 32 F 😉
        But don’t forget to factor in the Wind-Chill ;-(

        As for Cold, now that is totally different kettle of fish… being Canadian raised, I always thought that I was enured to the “COLD”, until I went to Liverpool, UK, to visit with my youngest daughter… (who by the way, gave me your website; she absolutely adores your stuff, can’t say that I blame her BWG) I arrived on Jan 24th, and for 6 months never felt really warm unless I was under one of those down filled duvets that they put on their beds… we figured out it was the damp in the air off the Irish Sea which made 20 degrees C (68 F) feel so chilly that it just soaked into the muscles and bones…. so it is all relative to where you are… 😉

  2. Brilliant! So simple and delicious. I’ve been craving mint chocolate lately and this looks like the perfect, skinny treat! And your shoes are awesome1 I love my Asics… After running in Brooks, I was converted. So comfy!

    1. Brooks are amazing for support! And I need support. I alternative these rainbow bright shoes (what I call them – you should get them!) and my Brooks.

  3. I love your skinny shakes, Sally! I am trying to get into mint mixed with chocolate. I never like it growing up, but the taste is slowly growing on me! I would love one of these as I am working and also that computer!
    I have the mac book pro, but I have NO MORE space. Obviously, you know how big all my files are and my computer runs so slow. YIKES. Has having that computer helped any? Or do you think I just need to be more organized and get my photos on a hard drive?!? Which I do, but I don’t do it everyday.

    1. Tieghan, I know you just bought the mark iii but you should get an iMac. This thing holds so much, plus I have several external hard drives for my files so my computer can run at optimal speed. Look into buying one or getting into a payment plan. I have a mac book pro as well (it’s quite old), but I have an easier time working on this!

  4. Sally, only you have the magic photography power to make brown food look THIS good. Also, high five on the running shoes. I just switched from Brooks to some hot hot pink Sauconys, and I love ’em! Though I do get odd looks when wearing them with a hot pink top, lol.

    1. I need a hot pink top to go with these. 🙂 And I don’t think people take me seriously in these sneakers. But jokes on them when I pass them. 😉

  5. oh jilian is terrifying, i actually followed her training video for a whole with a friend, i understand what you mean. Im not a fan of mint but i might try that with another kind of “extract”. Thanks for all your shakes, the PB&Jelly ones is still my favorite so far !

  6. This sounds absolutely delicious!!! I love this time of year because of the chocolate and mint pairing!

    Oh and where do you get those straws? They’re so pretty!!!

  7. I love your philosophy because it IS all about balance. And if you’re putting good ingredients into your meals, you’ll feel and look good too! <3 And I totally agree about being a Brooke's girl but I've recently switched over to Saucony. I'm not going to lie and say I hate it because the bright color of their shoes makes me happy!

  8. I think I’d actually be able to convince myself to get out of bed before 10 and go running in the morning if I had awesome, colorful sneakers like yours! And of course when I got back from my hypothetical run I’d want to treat myself to one of these. In reality though, I think I’ll forgo the running and skip straight to the milkshake…it is technically healthy!

    1. Hahahaha I just laughed so loud at this comment. You’re hysterical. I feel like an old lady, I could never sleep until 10am! I miss the days when I could back in college.

  9. I prefer to eat all my calories, too. Unless, of course, it’s a pumpkin spice latte, then I’m weak. This looks amazing. Pinned.

  10. I totally love her 30 Day Shred DVD. I argue with her and call her a liar as she talks (bc I know her monologue by heart now), but she gets me pumped up and sweating. Good stuff.
    I love skinny shakes. I was making them on a regular basis awhile ago but took a break from them. Yours reminds me how much I miss them. Time for a new blender 😉

    1. I should just begin to talk to her as I’m working out! She does get me sweating. I sweat about 4 minutes into this DVD! If/when you get your new blender, let me know if you try this!

  11. Love your running shoes! The brighter the better. 🙂 I’ve been thinking really hard about making “lighter” sweets, but haven’t gotten into the swing of it yet. I really don’t know why because this milkshake looks delicious and super easy! Love, love, love all your “skinny” recipes!

    1. “The brighter the better.” – I knew I loved you for a reason Beth. That is SO true when it comes to running shoes. And well, I think “the brighter the better” can apply to a lot in life. 😉

  12. This looks so delicious! I also really enjoy the Jillian Michaels DVDs. Check out Ripped in 30 for continuation of the 3-2-1 workout format of 30 Day Shred. I also have to say I LOVE your running shoes!! I run in Mizunos, but was SO tempted by those rainbowy 80s bright asics!

    1. Cassandra, thank you for the suggestion for Ripped in 30! I’m going to look into it tonight. Always looking to expand my workout DVDs.

  13. Sally I can almost taste this now! Soooo smooth, creamy, refreshing, and wonderful! And these are without a doubt your best drink shots ever. Sharp, clear, wonderfully moody and rich, makes me want to just dive right into one or three of these! 🙂 And love that you kept it lighter. Who needs a 400 cal ‘snack’ that’s sucked down in 3 sips! Pinned!

    1. I read the back of a “healthy” smoothie the other day and it was 300 calories for the 12 ounce bottle. All sugar! Id rather eat a red velvet cupcake!

      I liked the darker look to these photos too. I’m getting tired of my pictures always looking the same! Thanks for pinning 🙂

  14. This looks delicious! I am not usually a smoothie/milkshake kinda gal, but my boyfriend has an addiction to those thick iced chocolate milks from the grocery store, and I don’t mind sneaking a sip or two. I won’t feel guilty about having my own serving of this recipe though! and perhaps I can even get him on the healthy bandwagon – I just won’t tell him though 🙂
    I am also a fan of Jillian’s DVDs. I let her whip my butt into shape at least once a week to break up my running and keep me toned. Great for wintery mornings too 🙂

    1. Yes! It’s a great DVD for some strength training. I hope you and your boyfriend both try this milkshake. Let me know who you like it!

  15. I think this milkshake would make the perfect afternoon pick-me-up ! Something I could use right this minute : Can’t wait to give this a try Sally!

  16. Hi Sally! Is there a strong banana flavor?? I’m not a banana fan but I really really really want to try this milkshake!

    1. Hi Meghan- I write in the post that if you use very ripe, brown bananas to freeze then there won’t be a strong banana flavor.

  17. 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!

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