Cheryl starts craving a peppermint chocolate chip shake during this minty, candy cane season. She’s not vegan, and she loves this shake. If Cheryl likes it then I think you, and even your non-vegan family members will enjoy it too. Best of all, it requires no ice cream, just things you already have on hand. You do have candy canes, right? If not, peppermint extract or a handful of mint will work just fine.
Disclosure: TruJoy sent me some candy canes to try and Nu-Naturals gave me a bottle of their mint chocolate stevia syrup to try for free. Regardless, I would have made this shake no matter what since I make it every year. What I really like about Tru Joy Sweets’ candy canes is that they are vegan, organic and uses natural plant-based colors.
- 1 cup nondairy milk (I like to use vanilla)
- 1 tablespoon vegan mini chocolate chips or grated chocolate
- ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract, to taste
- sweetener, to taste if needed
- ⅛ teaspoon xanthan gum or 1 teaspoon pectin (do not leave out – it holds it together!)
- 2 cups crushed ice
- crushed candy canes, for garnish
- Add the milk and chocolate to your blender. Blend until the chocolate is in small pieces. It will be blended again, so it's okay if it's still a bit larger than you want.
- Note: If you have a less powerful blender you can chop the chocolate chips first. Mine made short work of them.
- Add ⅛ teaspoon of the peppermint extract and blend again. Taste and decide if you want to use the other ⅛ teaspoon peppermint extract.
- Now is also the time to test the sweetness. I used unsweetened vanilla soy milk and added about 1½ tablespoons agave to mine. You can make this with unsweetened grated chocolate and use stevia or coconut nectar of that fits better into your style of eating.
- Now that the mix is exactly the way you want it, blend in the xanthan gum or pectin. This is what will hold the liquid together with the ice.
- If you have a high speed blender add all the ice, but for a less powerful one add 1 cup at a time. Blend until the mixture is smooth, with the exception of the tiny chocolate bits.
- Serve with a straw and garnish with candy cane bits. (It's very therapeutic to make them. Unwrap the candy, stick in a zip lock bag, cover with a towel and hammer them into tiny pieces.)
An easy sugar-free variation is to add about 1 to 2 tablespoons NuNaturals Nustevia Cocoa Mint Syrup in place of the chocolate chips and the mint extract.
It’s also great in hot cocoa or to top your vegan ice cream.