Here's an easy, no-bake mint thins recipe that's made with chocolate protein powder. Not to be confused with the girl scout thin mints, these mint thins have a hard chocolate shell on the outside, and a creamy soft chocolate (protein powder) filling on the inside. It's almost like biting into a creamy chocolate cheesecake!
Check out how you can adapt this recipe to be vegan and keto-friendly!
Here's why I love this recipe
- easy to prepare
- low calories
Ingredients used to make Protein Mint Thins
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- Protein Powder – You can use any protein powder for this, but for this recipe I used a plant-based chocolate protein powder, like this one below. You can also use vanilla protein powder, too. Just add an extra teaspoon of cocoa powder.
- Coconut Flour - you can use any brand of coconut flour for this recipe. Here is a brand of coconut flour I like to use.
- Cream Cheese – you can use either dairy or vegan cream cheese (such as cream cheese made from almond milk).
- Cocoa powder - just the regular kind
- Peppermint Extract - to flavor the protein mint thins.
Just keep in mind that some extracts contain alcohol, and since this is a no-bake recipe, the alcohol won't have a chance to fully evaporate. If serving this to kids, or if you're sensitive to alcohol, be sure to use non-alcoholic extracts or flavorings. Here is the non-alcoholic brand, here: Non-alcoholic peppermint extract
- Powdered monk fruit sweetener - to make this low-sugar and keto, use a sugarfree sweetener like this one. Regular powdered sugar also works.
- Chocolate Chips - you can use any chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate) in this recipe. I like this lower sugar, stevia-sweetened brand. If you want, you can also use unsweetened chocolate.
More Protein Powder Recipes (HERE)
How to Make
Healthy Protein Mint Thins
Mix together all the filling ingredients - I find that it’s best to use my hands to mix the dough because it takes some kneading and pressing to get the dough to come together.
The mixture should be slightly creamy since this will be the filling inside our mint thins
Flatten into desired thickness, and use a ¼ c measuring cup or a round cookie cutter to cut out the filling into rounds. For the best result, or if the filling is too soft, refrigerate the dough before cutting.
Refrigerate or freeze the filling rounds for 30-40 minutes until solid. This helps the dipping into the chocolate step so much easier.
Coat in melted chocolate
Recipe Variations and Optional Add Ins:
- Feel free to experiment with natural flavoring / extracts. Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract (I didn't feel like it was essential so I left it out in this recipe), or other flavorings or extracts, such as hazelnut or orange extract. Some non-alcoholic extracts below:
How to Make this Healthier
- Make this healthier by adding a tablespoon of ground flaxseed, hemp seeds, or chia seeds. This ups the fiber content and helps keep you fuller longer.
What Can You Do with Leftover Melted Chocolate?
It's always a good idea to melt a little more chocolate than you need so that you can ensure proper coating, but what do you do with the leftover melted chocolate? Melted chocolate hardens in cold water, so it makes it a pain to clean if there's a lot left over. Here's what I do when that happens. Stir in chopped nuts or seeds to make nut/seed clusters! All you have to do afterward is drop spoonfuls of this chocolate-nut-seed mixture and let it harden. It's one of my favorite snacks to eat when I'm craving something unhealthy but feeling deserving of something indulgent 🙂
How to Store Protein Mint Thins
- Because of the cream cheese, it's best to store these protein mint thins in the fridge. Store them in an airtight container, and you can keep them fresh for up to 3-5 days.
- For longer storage, you can also freeze these treats. Store them in an airtight container and defrost overnight in the fridge when ready to eat. They should be good for 2-3 months.
SEE MORE OF MY PROTEIN RECIPES HERE
- Coconut flour and protein powders are all very different depending on brands, so if you find that the dough is too soft, add more coconut flour; if the dough is too thick, add a teaspoon or more of water, honey or liquid sweetener of choice.
Easy No Bake Protein Mint Thins
- ⅓ cup melted chocolate
- Mix together all the filling ingredients - I find that it’s best to use my hands to mix the dough because it takes some kneading and pressing to get the dough to come together. The mixture should be slightly creamy since this will be the filling inside our mint thins
- Taste the dough and add more peppermint extract if desired. You may also need more sugar if you're working with unflavored protein powder.
- Flatten into desired thickness, and use a ¼ c measuring cup or a round cookie cutter to cut out the filling into rounds. For the best result, or if the filling is too soft, refrigerate the dough before cutting.
- Refrigerate or freeze the filling rounds for 30-40 minutes until solid. This helps the dipping into the chocolate step so much easier.
- Coat in melted chocolate, and let it set.