When can a healthy drink do double duty as a dessert? When you whirl up this mocktail recipe! It’s inspired by the after-dinner Grasshopper cocktail that’s typically made with green crème de menthe, white crème de cacao, and heavy cream. This virgin version is hangover-free and contains no added sugars and no artery-clogging cream! It has a just-right sweetness and creaminess and fresh minty flair. Plus, it’s a perfect fit for the Recipe Redux theme of this month: Cocktails and Mocktails for May Celebrations. Cheers!
Calories saved: 180
Why it’s better for you? Punch of protein and probiotics!
fresh mint grasshopper mocktail
Yield: 2 servings
Serving size: 1 cup
- 3/4 cup plain unsweetened almond milk, well chilled
- 8 pitted dried California dates (2 ounces)
- 10 fresh mint leaves + 2 mint sprigs
- 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
- 1/8 teaspoon pure chocolate extract
- 1/2 cup nonfat or low-fat plain skyr (Icelandic-style yogurt)
- 4 large ice cubes
- Add the almond milk, dates, mint leaves, and extracts to a high-power blender container. Cover and blend on high speed until dates are well pureed, about 3 minutes. Add the skyr and ice cubes and blend on high speed until creamy, about 45 seconds.
- Pour into chilled martini glasses through a small mesh strainer, using a small spoon to help press mocktail through the strainer.
- Garnish with the mint sprigs and serve immediately.
Per serving: 130 calories, 1.5g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 75mg sodium, 25g total carbohydrate, 3g dietary fiber, 21g sugars includes 0g added sugars, 6g protein
The “Before” Version
(made with equal parts heavy cream, crème de menthe & crème de cacao)
Per serving: 310 calories, 11g total fat, 7g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 40mg cholesterol, 15mg sodium, 24g total carbohydrate, 0g dietary fiber, 24g sugars, 1g protein
- When possible, go with natural ways to add sweetness, such as using dried dates, which have a rather neutral flavor making them versatile for creating no-sugar-added cuisine
- Do be a fan of pure flavor extracts, like vanilla, peppermint, and chocolate; a few drops can add plenty of flavor without the excess calories
- Try skyr for creaminess in a beverage; it tends to have less tartness than typical Greek yogurt, which can be ideal when you want healthful creaminess but don’t want that tang