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Summer has been on in full swing these past few days as temperatures hit the 80′s, perfect time to enjoy backyard barbecues, water activities or just enjoy a weekend afternoon reading a favorite book on your hammock! One of the best parts about Summer is you get to cook and enjoy nice cool things, ice-cream, fruit punches, milkshakes and popsicles can be gobbled up without guilt, thanks to the scorching heat outside. And if you are looking for a deliciously unique take on a traditional milkshake recipe, which combines a healthy, gluten-free twist, then this post is for you.
Last week, as I was shopping in Safeway, I bought some fresh berries to make smoothies for my 3-year old, and also grabbed a can of SILK Almond Milk, along with Regular milk. Most people think that dairy-free milk is not really milk, in the sense that its not as creamy and thick, and hence can be termed as Bland or Boring. But that’s really not true, and the people who have tried it will definitely agree with me. Yes, its not the same experience as drinking ordinary milk, but when you add it to your recipes, it gives you the best of both worlds – good nutrition without compromising the taste, and that’s what makes it an attractive choice for me! I am not lactose-intolerant, but I love SILK, and I love cooking with Almond milk. It has become apart of my lifestyle so that I can add more protein to my vegetarian diet. Their newest product Almond Protein + Fiber in Vanilla flavor is my current favorite, and that’s what I added to my Ice Cream Shake.
With 5 grams of protein, and less than 90 calories, this is a perfect substitute for someone who’s looking to add more protein to their diet. Plus the added nutrition of almonds and the fiber can’t be neglected either! SILK also has a new Coconut Blend, which I’m going to try using in a new recipe soon, maybe some delicious Coconut Icecream, or a Tropical Smoothie? And if you are skeptical about using almond milk in your recipes, take a look at how delicious it turned out – a picture is worth a thousand words, right?!
- 1 frozen banana
- ¾ cup Almond milk
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (thawed)
- 1 cup vanilla ice cream (or blueberry swirl ice cream)
- 4 pieces vanilla cream wafers
- If you are using frozen berries, just thaw them a little and remove excess water so the milkshake does not get too watery. Combine the frozen banana, milk, blueberries and vanilla ice cream in a blender, and mix well until smooth. Add frozen ice cream and give a final whirl to blend it all in. This will make it thick and creamy.
- Take 2 dessert glasses. Fill them with the ice-cream shake. Break the vanilla cream wafers into small pieces and layer them on the sides of the glass. Top the shake with some more fresh blueberries and serve immediately.
This is a very simple but deliciously unique ice cream shake recipe. Its almost like drinking Blueberry Pie, and the color is so vibrant and lovely, it is a perfect treat on a hot summer day! You can experiment with other flavors that you like, in fact, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to go with frozen mixed-berries too – you’ll end up with a wonderfully flavorful milkshake that is even prettier to look at, with its dark violet color! I am sure your kids will absolutely love this recipe, just like my daughter did, and it will keep them full for a few hours at least.