Strawberry Milkshake

frozen bananas, Healthy strawberry banana milkshake, how to use frozen strawberriesI thought of this recipe as a last minute idea, because a strawberry milkshake sounded really good to me this afternoon! So I decided to tweak a favorite homemade banana-strawberry ice cream recipe, and turn it into a homemade milkshake instead. It turned out delicious! Note that you can make this dairy free, simply by using a dairy-free milk instead of cow’s milk. I often use almond or coconut milk, or a blend of both, in a recipe like this, but any kind will work great depending on your preference.

The great news is that this shake is so healthy for you! This recipe serves 4 large glasses, with each glass containing 150 calories, which is less than a third of the calories in many fast food small milkshakes. Each serving also has 30% of the recommended daily intake for vitamin C, as well as lots of potassium, calcium, and other nutrients. So think of this as a great alternative the next time you are craving your favorite fast food milkshake! It is also a great way to use your frozen bananas.

(Serves 4)

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ cups almond milk (any other kind will work too)
9 large strawberries (fresh or frozen)
3 frozen bananas
3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

Substitutions: If you want to make this with zero added sugar, you can substitute raw cacao nibs for the dark chocolate chips.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add milk, strawberries, and bananas to a blender. Allow the bananas to sit for about 10 minutes, to defrost slightly before blending. (If you try to blend the bananas straight from the freezer, it will be more difficult because they will be rock solid, and your blender may have a hard time processing it.) Turn blender on high speed, and allow to blend until ingredients are fully blended into a smooth milkshake. Turn off blender.
  2. With blender turned off, add 3 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips. Turn blender on low speed, and blend chocolate chips into milkshake for about 20 seconds, or until they have blended into tiny little pieces throughout the shake. (Blending the chocolate chips slowly helps them to stay in small pieces. If you want to blend them completely into the shake, to make this more of a chocolate-strawberry smoothie, you can add the chocolate chips at the beginning and blend them at high speed with the rest of the ingredients.)
  3. Enjoy!!

TIP: You can add less milk if you want your shake to be thicker, and more of an ice cream shake.

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