Mint Condition

It all started with a little green…

I just needed something for a that “pop” in the pic of Sunday morning’s
Blueberry Cobbler Protein Pancakes.

Enter discount mint stage left:

Can I get a “hell yeah” for impulse purchases?!

I mean c’mon, it was 50% off…how was I supposed to just…leave it hanging there on the rack??

But after my two leaf garnish, and not being much of a mojito fan, what in the world was I going to do with an entire package of mint?

Thoughts on the drive home from work Monday morning:

…starving…

…pancakes…

…no time for pancakes…

…PANCAKES…

…mint…

…green…

…leftover kale withering away in the crisper…

…blended green oats?

…blended green MINT oats?!

…mmm, with CHOCOLATE chips?!??

MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP PARFAIT!!

Best zombie thought process EVER!

Mint Chocolate Chip Parfait

By: Heather Powers

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients (Serves 1)

For the Mint-Infused Oats

  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup steamed kale or raw spinach
  • 5-7 fresh mint leaves (or 1/8 teaspoon mint extract)

For the Whipped Cottage Cheese

  • 1/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 tablespoons water
  • 5-7 drops NuNaturals liquid vanilla stevia
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)*
  • 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips
*I used cocoa powder in remake of this and it was DELICIOUS…but not as photogenic!

Instructions

For the Mint-Infused Oats

1. Combine oat bran, water, and vanilla extract in a microwave-safe bowl and cook on high for 2 minutes, stopping to stir halfway through.
2. After cooking, combine oats, protein powder, kale, and mint in a blender and blend until smooth.

For the Whipped Cream Cheese

1. In a blender combine cottage cheese, water, sweetener and cocoa (if using) and puree until smooth.
2. Layer oats, mini chocolate chips, and whipped cottage cheese into a jar or glass until full saving enough chocolate chips for topping.

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While this recipe is VERY similar to my Red Velvet Cake Parfait, I decreased the amount of cottage cheese so that I could add more chocolate chips…it’s ALLLLLLL about balance! 😉

Nutrition facts reflect one scoop of protein powder equaling 100 calories and 24 grams of protein.

Don’t be afraid of the greens people! As long as you’re using a GOOD QUALITY protein powder, you won’t be able to taste it at all!

Besides, if you left it out…it wouldn’t be as pretty! 😉

Warm minty oats…cool sweet cream…rich melty chocolate…

Oh hell, I’m drooling on myself!

So, I still have half a package of mint left…what should I do with it?

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