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I have never eaten, nor cooked with, fresh mint. About the only thing I’ve ever used peppermint for is tea. But when I received a big bunch of black leafed peppermint in our csa last week it seemed like a shame to put it in boiling water.

Instead, I came up with this cross between a slushy and a milkshake. It is perfectly cold and refreshing for a warm day.

We liked it so much that we ate it twice as a dessert this past week. Hey, I needed to recipe test anyway, right?

Creamy Peppermint Shake

serves 2 or 1 generously

Recipe Notes: The consistency you achieve is entirely dependent on the equipment that you use for this. I used a stick blender, but did end up with a bit of a mess because it does not crush ice very easily. A counter top blender should work well for this.

You need a total of 1 cup of liquid (at least) for this recipe. I recommend using half raw cream, but you could use 1 cup milk instead.

I sweeten this with stevia, but you could also use raw honey or maple syrup to taste.

Ingredients

  • 8 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup raw cream
  • 1/2 cup raw milk or water
  • ~15 fresh mint leaves, roughly torn (depends on the size of the leaves)
  • 1/8 teaspoon NuNaturals stevia powder, or other sweetener to taste
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in the blender or in a hand-held blender caraffe. Blend until ice is crushed and desired consistency is reached.
  2. Taste and add additional mint leaves or sweetener to taste.
  3. Enjoy with a straw, spoon, or straight from the glass.