My current obsession is with this mocha mint shake.
My weakness when it comes to candy and sweets is totally chocolate and peanut butter (like my peanut butter cup pie recipe). Sometimes though, I get a craving for chocolate and mint.
There is something refreshing about the mint flavor mixed with chocolate.
It can get tough when trying to stay away from sugar to get your chocolate fix in.
I finally got brave and started trying to make sweet treats at home using sweeteners that don’t make an impact on your blood sugar levels. (Did you know that maintaining blood sugar levels is key to adrenal and thyroid health?)
There are alternatives sweeteners that are more readily available aren’t synthetic like Splenda. Stevia, monk fruit, xylitol and erthitol can be much better choices.
I like to have variety in the house because each seems to have its place when you are baking or creating desserts.
An easy way to start using alternative sweeteners are to make shakes and smoothies. They are so forgiving because you can add a little at a time until you get the right amount.
It’s hard to fix a baked treat once it’s cooked.
Another tip when working with other sweeteners is to add a pinch of salt, it helps deepen the flavor.
With this shake, add a touch of sweetener, taste and add until it is sweet enough for you. It’s always better to start out with less. I like mine on the darker side so I can really taste the mocha mint flavor with the coffee.
Sugar Free Mocha Mint Shake
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup brewed coffee
- 1 cup spinach optional
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1-2 pinches sea salt
- 1 tablespoon gelatin
- 1/8-1/4 teaspoon stevia Start with less and taste as you go, all brands of stevia are NOT the same
- 4-5 ice cubes
- Throw everything into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Taste to check how sweet it is and add more if needed.
I love this mocha mint shake for an afternoon boost. I don’t need to feel guilty either because it is sugar free and packed with the nutrients from the spinach and gelatin.
What are some of your favorite afternoon treats to help you get through the day?
This is awesome! I have been trying to go sugar free. i did it before and not sure why I started up again. I always feel so much better without it.
Oooohhh coffee and mint two of my favorites! pinning this!
I would just love this shake! Your post is awesome and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Looks delicious love to try for my hubby who is diabetic, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning.
Hi, thanks for linking up with the Weekend Wind-Down Party. Be sure to add a link back. Let me know, and I will feature you this week. I also had a post about Stevia for SweetLeaf Stevia. This looks great and I am going to try the recipe. 😉
Hi, we featured you on the Weekend Wind-Down Party today. 😉
Recipe looks really good. I’ll have to try it. I regularly use stevia alone in my morning bulletproof coffee. One comment on sugar alternatives… Xylitol DOES raise your blood sugar, sometimes even more than regular sugar. I know that it says all over the internet that it doesn’t, but my glucose meter begs to differ. Just thought you’d like to know. 😉