A skinny version of the famous girl scout cookie – thin mint in a shake version. You won’t be able to believe this is healthy!
Aaaaand I’m back to the current holiday at hand. Or I guess Girl Scout cookies aren’t really a holiday.
So nevermind. I guess I’m trying to say, I’m not posting Easter cupcakes today (obviously) and I’m back to “in season” foods. Namely the in-season food of GIRL SCOUT cookies.
Sorry sometimes I have to shout. I just get so excited about things. Namely food things. And more specifically girl scout COOKIE foods.
There, it happened again. Can’t help it guys, I can’t.
Let’s just talk for a second about how excited I am about this shake. First off, it is honestly the yummiest “healthy” shake I’ve ever had. Promise.
And it is a “skinny” shake which makes it being delicious that much better.
The ingredient line-up: milk, a frozen banana, vanilla yogurt (I used low-fat), sugar-free chocolate pudding, truvia, peppermint extract, ice, xanthan gum, and 1 crushed up thin mint.
Okay, but let’s talk about a few things. Like if you don’t like bananas? I could not taste banana in this shake at all, honest. But it does give it a creamy thickness and helps everything to blend together. I freeze my bananas beforehand by peeling them, slicing them into coins, and then putting the coins on a cookie sheet (lined with parchment) to freeze. Once they are frozen on the cookie sheet, I transfer the frozen banana coins to a resealable bag ready for shakes to be made. This shake works best (and tastes best) with a very ripe frozen banana.
Next, xanthan gum. Have you heard of it? It’s amazing. Like changes a watery shake to the thickest creamiest drink ever. To be rivaled only by a DQ blizzard. I got mine at Wal-mart in the gluten-free section. It can be a little pricey, but if you use it for shakes, it will last a looooong time. A very tiny amount goes a long way. To get this shake to be really thick and creamy you are going to want to add some of the xanthan gum to it. I also added ice to increase the thickness and volume of the shake. You can adjust – more ice is thicker and less ice will create a thinner shake.
The yogurt and milk can be adjusted to your personal preference. I used unsweetened almond milk (30 calories for 1 cup), and a low-fat vanilla yogurt (90 calories) which is how the calorie amount was calculated. The sugar-free pudding gives this shake a rich chocolatey taste with a lot less calories. The truvia can be substituted for any sweetener you choose, but the calorie amount reflects zero for truvia since it doesn’t have any calories.
Which by the way, this shake – only 130 calories! Wa-bammmmm. And it tastes like ice cream. Well, almost.
Finally, peppermint extract. Like the xanthan gum, a little goes a long way as well. I didn’t want an overpowering taste, so I added a very small amount. You can add more if you want a stronger peppermint taste in your shake.
Oops, I almost forgot the garnish! I crushed up one thin mint on the top of the shake and swirled it around. This is of course optional, but a great touch to a “thin mint” shake! (P.S. The cookie isn’t calculated into the calories, but it would add 20 calories to each shake!)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, or sub another milk
- 1 banana, frozen
- 1 (6 ounce) light vanilla yogurt, or sub another yogurt
- 3 tablespoons sugar-free chocolate pudding mix, dry
- 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1/2 teaspoon truvia, or sub another sweetener
- 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1/2 - 1 cup ice, depending on desired thickness
- Optional: 2 thin mint cookies crushed over the shakes
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until smooth and no ice or banana chunks remain.
- Separate into two glasses and crush a thin mint cookie on top of each shake if desired.
- Enjoy immediately.
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