This is a sponsored post on behalf of Stonyfield. All opinions and thoughts, as always, are my own.
Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it’s time to bust out the peppermint.
I’ve always associated peppermint with Christmas. It makes me think of when it’s a cold December day and you take a deep breath outside. It takes your breath away but it feels refreshing at the same time.
I probably think of peppermint and Christmas because of Candy Canes. You can’t have Christmas without Candy Canes. Do you know they make Oreo Candy Canes? Blech! Call me a traditionalist but I like the plain peppermint candy canes best. Why ruin Oreos by putting it in candy cane form?
Years ago, a friend of mine, tried to get me to like adding a pump or two of peppermint to my iced coffee. I thought it was disgusting. Why would she ruin peppermint for me like that? But then that same friend introduced me to one of my all time favorite indulgent drinks, Peppermint Mocha. There’s just something about the flavor of chocolate and peppermint that gets me every time.
While I’d love to sip on a hot Peppermint Mocha every single day, my waist line does not agree. Particularly, I’m talking about the kind that you get from a certain coffee shop that has a ridiculous amount of calories and sugar. So the other day after a run, I was craving something peppermint-y but not a hot drink. Why? Because it was an oddly warm 50+ degrees in November. This fall has been so bizarre.
And so that is how the Peppermint Mocha Smoothie was born.
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup brewed coffee (cold)
- ½ cup milk of your choice (dairy free works too)
- ½ cup Stonyfield Whole Milk Plain Yogurt
- 1 - 2 Tablespoons of Honey (if desired)
- 2 Tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- ¼ Teaspoon Pure Peppermint Extract
- Crushed candy canes if you want to be really festive
- Combine all ingredients (except candy canes, if using) in high speed blender. Blend to everything is combined and smooth. Pour in a glass and top with candy canes if using.
I always like adding yogurt to my smoothies. It makes it creamier and also ups the protein to keep me satisfied longer. I used Stonyfield Whole Milk Plain Yogurt but you could easily sub in a Greek yogurt or lowfat. I bet the Double Cream Chocolate Underground would be AMAZING in this smoothie. I need to try that soon!
Give this easy smoothie recipe a whirl not just during the holidays but any time of the year.
What flavor do you associate the holidays with?