Clean Mint Chocolate Milkshake (Today’s Simple Pleasure)

I was craving mint chocolate and I know better than to purchase it unless I want to have all of it eaten in one sitting. I wasn’t sure how the recipe I created would taste as the addition of banana seemed like it might throw off the flavor, but it was one of the best milkshakes I’ve made in months. It reminded me of mint chocolate chip ice cream. If you use a plant-based milk, make sure it is one that is higher in fat as I think it is needed to balance the peppermint and chocolate.

Ingredients (Makes 1 serving)

1 frozen banana. broken into chunks

4 ice cubes

1 date

1/8 tsp of peppermint extract

2 TBS cocoa powder

1.5 cups of milk (I used lactose-free whole milk)

Add the ingredients to a blender in the order I listed them (in other words, the milk goes in last). Blend until mixed, about 30 seconds in a Vitamix. Enjoy!

Indulge in a Sensual Experience (Today’s Simple Pleasure)

For today’s simple pleasure, I indulged my sense of sensuality through allowing myself a food I’ve been craving. Specifically, I bought chocolate-covered banana bites (and immediately ate the entire bag). My diet consists almost exclusively of homemade foods, so this was a definite treat! How have you indulged yourself today?