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Ever bought a strawberry milkshake? I never have bought or tasted one so I cannot honestly comment on how good or bad it is. My usual milkshake order at fast food joints is coffee or Oreo [if they have it] but I think they should get more creative with offerings like red velvet or apple cinnamon on their exhaustive menu.  This 100% homemade strawberry milkshake, from The Kitchn, was something I thought I should experiment with especially when it claims to be a killer one in both taste and looks. Thick and creamy, with real strawberries blended in for that delicate shade of pink, you will find neither fake colors nor fancy ingredients here. For the strawberry ice cream, I scraped generous scoops of Adelie Sorbet from Intermart into my blender but do try this with Häagen-Dazs Strawberry flavor, if you can find it.

STRAWBERRY MILKSHAKE

Ingredients:

250g fresh strawberries

2 tablespoons white sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 to 1 cup whole milk

1 tablespoon powdered milk

2 cups strawberry ice cream

Method:

  • Hull the strawberries and slice them. Sprinkle sugar over them and stir in vanilla.
  • Place in the freezer for about an hour. Put two pint glasses in the freezer to chill.

  • When the strawberries have frozen solid, put them in a blender with 3/4 cup milk.
  • Make sure you scrape in all the syrupy juice that has accumulated at the bottom.

  • Blend until strawberries are pulverized. There should be no big chunks left at all.
  • Add the milk powder and blend. This will just add a bit of richness and creaminess.

  • Take blender jar off the motor, add ice cream and stir it into the mixture by hand.
  • Put the jar back on the motor and blend thoroughly. Add more milk, if necessary.

  • Pour the milkshake out into chilled glasses and garnish with fresh strawberries.
  • Slurp immediately! This makes 2 large or 4 small milkshakes (about 32 ounces).

Killer Strawberry Milkshake

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Do not skip breakfast, I repeat, do not skip breakfast! If you are really pressed for time, at least get into the habit of gulping down a smoothie before you head out or pour it into a handy container to drink on your way to work. Try this healthy and satisfying strawberry banana smoothie from Jessica Gavin to keep you energized throughout the day. If you prefer blueberries, this smoothie recipe from Love and Olive Oil is the one you will be making every morning.

I used almond milk for both smoothies making it suitable for vegans and lactose intolerant people as well as those wishing to cut down on calories and fat from cow’s milk. While the price tag may be somewhat prohibitive, you will be happy to know that you can often find almond milk cartons marked down to half price discounts at every end-of-month sales, so do keep an eye open for them in the organic section of your local grocery store or supermarket.

STRAWBERRY ALMOND MILK SMOOTHIE

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 large banana, sliced

1/4 cup almonds raw

1/2 cup old fashioned oats

2 cups strawberries, frozen

2/3 cup almond milk

1 teaspoon pure honey

Method:

  • Add all ingredients into a blender. Blend for about 90 seconds until the mixture is smooth.

  • Add more honey as needed. Top with chopped almonds, strawberry or bananas if desired.

  • Add more milk as needed to achieve desired consistency as recipe yields a thick smoothie.

 

BLUEBERRY ALMOND MILK SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:

1 banana, peeled

1 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup almond butter

1/2 cup plain yogurt

3/4 cup almond milk

3 dates, pitted and chopped

1 cup crushed ice

Method:

  • Combine all the ingredients in a blender and purée on high speed until the mixture is smooth.

  • Add ice cubes and blend until the smoothie reaches your desired consistency. Makes 1 serving.

Almond Milk Smoothies

Made with almond milk and dark Lindt chocolate, spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom, this hot chocolate from Sweet and Savory by Shinee is a indulgent warm drink you will be making again and again this winter as you pull on your favorite pair of patterned socks and reach for that faded patchwork quilt to keep you cozy all night.

SPICED ALMOND HOT CHOCOLATE

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoons ground cardamom

Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

85g semi-sweet chocolate

Pinch of kitchen/ kosher salt

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tablespoon caster sugar

Method:

  • In a medium pot, simmer milk with spices over medium high heat for about 5 minutes.

  • Stir in the chocolate until it is melted. Remove from heat and add a small pinch of salt.

  • While the milk is simmering, whip the heavy cream with sugar using an electric mixer.

  • Whip cream until hard peaks form and set it aside in the refrigerator until serving time.

  • Pour the hot chocolate into a large mug. Top with dollops of prepared whipped cream.

  • Decorate with slivered almonds or chocolate curls or cinnamon and serve immediately.

Spiced Almond Hot Chocolate

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