There’s nothing quite so satisfying as an ice cold vanilla milkshake on a hot summer afternoon. The challenge? Aside from often insane calories, many of the milkshakes available from fast food outlets are filled with extra ingredients that can irritate, such as preservatives, colorings and flavorings.
I find it better to make my milkshakes at home, using high quality products and low acid organic fruits. The good news is that you can add ice to reduce calories and dilute the residual acid of the fruit.
Lactose intolerant?? Simply use coconut or almond milk products. Don’t forget to use an acid reducer, especially if you’re using a more acidic fruit like strawberry!
- 1 cup low fat milk (substitutes: coconut milk, almond milk or lactose free milk)
- 2 or 3 scoops vanilla ice cream (substitutes: coconut milk ice cream, almond milk ice cream, or frozen yogurt)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Sugar to taste (substitute: 1/2 a frozen banana can add sweetness and thickness.)
- Your choice of fruit or fresh herb (1/2 cup of shredded coconut, blueberries or blackberries. You can even use a few fresh mint leaves!)
- 1 scoop of ice is you prefer an icier drink (optional)
- Whip cream (optional)
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until proper thickness. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!