With my Irish heritage I couldn’t pass up a chance to share a St. Patricks Day themed recipe with you today.  There are so many ways to celebrate this holiday, music, green beer, corned beef & cabbage, potato soup, and all things mint.  This Mint Chocolate Protein Shake recipe is a healthier way to enjoy the classic chocolate shamrock shake.  And can be enjoyed as a yummy treat or a post workout meal because it’s packed with carbs, healthy fats, and over 30 grams of protein.

Mint Chocolate Protein ShakeTo make this protein shake I use a few simple ingredients: almond milk, a banana, protein powder, cocoa powder, mint extract, and a mint flavored bar.  I used and tested this recipe with a Quest Mint Chocolate Brownie Bar, but there are several other mint flavored bars such as Larabar, RX Bar, Square Bar, or Premier Protein you could use.  Or I also tried omitting the mint bar entirely and it was still delicious.  I just love the crushed bar along with some cocoa nibs on top, YUM!

Mint Chocolate Protein Shake Mint Bars

Mint Chocolate Protein Shake Quest Mint Chocolate Brownie Bar

For protein powder I personally use either Shakeology, Naked Whey, or Quest Vanilla Protein.    I don’t typically buy chocolate protein, because you can easily make it taste chocolaty by adding cocoa powder.  But feel free to use a chocolate protein, plant based, or add 1/2 cup greek yogurt instead.  Mint extract is another key ingredient, which can easily be found in the baking aisle of your grocery store.  Mint and chocolate just pair so well together and just a tiny bit of mint goes a long way.  I tested this recipe with mint, but you could try peppermint extract as well.

Gather all the ingredients in a high powered blender, I love and use my Vitamix daily, then blend until smooth!  I am salivating just thinking about how delicious this combo is!

Mint Chocolate Protein Shake

Now I am new to topping my shakes or smoothies.  I thought the concept was weird at first since I just want to drink my shake.  But let me tell you, a little something chewy or crunchy tastes amazing, and it’s so fun when you can eat it with a spoon.  I added the other half of the Quest protein bar cut into small chunks and some cocoa nibs to the top of my smoothie.  You could also add chocolate chips or garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Mint Chocolate Protein Shake

Hope you have a very happy St. Patricks Day however you are celebrating and will give this delicious Mint Chocolate Protein Shake a try.  Enjoy!

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Mint Chocolate Protein Shake
 
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Get in the Irish spirit with this healthy version of the chocolate mint shamrock shake. Packed with over 30 grams of protein it makes a great treat or post workout meal.
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Recipe type: Smoothie/Shake
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces milk or almond milk
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon mint extract
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • mint chocolate protein bar (divided)
  • ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Place the milk, banana, cocoa powder, mint extract, protein powder, and half of a mint chocolate protein bar cut into small pieces into a high powered blender, add 4-6 ice cubes.
  2. Blend on high until smooth.
  3. Pour into a glass and option to top with the remaining protein bar, cocoa nibs, and/or chocolate chips.
  4. Enjoy!

 

Mint Chocolate Protein Shake

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And if you just want to make a simple green smoothie to celebrate St. Patricks Day be sure to check out other Smoothie Recipes.

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14 Comments on Mint Chocolate Protein Shake

  1. Susie @ Suzlyfe
    March 15, 2017 at 11:06 am (7 months ago)

    YUM! A great way to celebrate your birthday as well!

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 15, 2017 at 9:49 pm (7 months ago)

      YES! Thanks Susie 😉

      Reply
  2. Carrie this fit chick
    March 15, 2017 at 12:46 pm (7 months ago)

    Heh, I love that you put the Quest bar on top! CHUNK LIFE!

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 15, 2017 at 9:49 pm (7 months ago)

      I was so skeptical at first, but everyone has been doing it, and it’s so good!

      Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 15, 2017 at 9:49 pm (7 months ago)

      Thanks Julie!

      Reply
  3. Heather @ Polyglot Jot
    March 15, 2017 at 1:32 pm (7 months ago)

    Yum! I love the chocolate/mint combo too! I used to love Shamrock shakes (before I realized what I was actually drinking haha)

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 15, 2017 at 9:50 pm (7 months ago)

      Haha I know right. I love baking with mint too, it adds such a great flavor.

      Reply
  4. Sarah @ BucketListTummy
    March 15, 2017 at 2:04 pm (7 months ago)

    I always have to have something crunchy on top! This looks delicious 🙂

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 15, 2017 at 9:51 pm (7 months ago)

      I thought it was so weird at first, but now I’m upset when all I do is drink a smoothie. I guess I can’t wait until it’s summer and I can eat all the smoothie bowls for breakfast and lunch, hehe.

      Reply
  5. Annmarie
    March 21, 2017 at 2:07 pm (7 months ago)

    Mmm now I’m craving chocolate- this looks good!

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 22, 2017 at 10:44 pm (7 months ago)

      Can’t go wrong with a chocolate based shake!

      Reply
  6. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby
    March 21, 2017 at 6:53 pm (7 months ago)

    guuuuuurllll that looks delicious! I recently bought mint extract and been thinking of any excuse to use it!

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 22, 2017 at 10:45 pm (7 months ago)

      Yes use it in a smoothie or anything with chocolate! You just need the tiniest bit for so much flavor!

      Reply

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