Rich Chocolate Peppermint Thickshakes

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I have made so many different recipes for chocolate peppermint thickshakes – but this one is in a league of its own! Not because it’s my favourite (although it may well be!), but because it is SO creamy and rich. The flecks of chocolate and fresh peppermint add a sophisticated touch to the dreamy base. I urge you to make this, quickly!

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The fabulous texture comes from something weird. Something full of protein, fats, and calcium. Something so strange you may freak out: cottage cheese. Yes. I am talking about that ugly, knobbly cheese you get out of a tub, the plastic-tasting stuff that never looks quite right. Well, I’m going to tell you straight up – forget your past notions about cottage cheese. In this milkshake, it makes the sun shine. Pop it in the blender, and forget about it!

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If you really can’t handle the thought of something so absurd – and I do understand – substitute the cottage cheese with ricotta. Does that make things better? Probably not. Oh, well, at least I tried! đŸ˜‰

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This milkshake is so satisfying from its protein and healthy fats. Avocado adds yet more thick smoothness, plus a boost of vitamins and fibre. Milk powder provides extra protein, sweetness, and creaminess, and cocoa gives a buzz of antioxidants. You could add a scoop of natural, sugarless protein powder if you wanted – just to justify drinking this as a meal! Or two, or all three . . . 

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This recipe can be gluten-free, nut-free, low-carb, and egg-free.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Serves 3 very lucky people

Ingredients:

– 250 grams (1 tub) cottage cheese

– 2 Tablespoons milk powder (or protein powder)

– 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder

– small handful low-fructose dark chocolate chunks (see my recipe in “Treats”), or more cocoa powder

– 1/3 large avocado

– 1 tray ice cubes (about 12-14)

– 1 1/2 – 2 cups milk of choice (depending on desired thickness)

– 1/2-1 teaspoon peppermint essence, or to taste

– stevia or dextrose, to taste

– mint leaves, to garnish

Method:

1. Toss all ingredients into a blender. Blitz until completely smooth (you don’t want lumps of cottage cheese, right?), and pour into glasses. Serve with extra mint leaves and straws, if desired, and enjoy! đŸ™‚

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