With only a few ingredients, a banana milkshake is super easy to make and yet super satisfying. It can combine with virtually any flavor and will be done in minutes.
Traditional Banana Milkshake
1-2 bananas (preferably frozen)
1 cup (8 ounces) ice
1/2 cup (4 ounces) of milk
Sugar, sugar substitute, or honey (to taste)
1 scoop (3 ounces) vanilla ice cream
Vanilla extract (optional}
4-6 chopped almonds (optional)
Any additional flavors you desire (mango, pineapple, spinach, kale, blueberry, etc.)
Put a sliced banana or two in a blender. It’s best if it’s frozen, but as long as it’s ripe, it’ll be fine. When it’s frozen, it’s obviously colder and it eliminates the need for more ice. But it’ll be delicious either way.
Add a half cup of milk and 1 cup ice to the blender. If the ice is crushed, it’ll be much easier on your blender and the process will go a lot faster.
Add a scoop of ice cream. This is where your creativity can take over. Vanilla is standard and will let the banana shine.
Add 4-6 chopped almonds. This is for a bit of a zing and texture, but can be omitted if you’re not an almond fan. If you don’t have almonds on hand but would like something else in your milkshake, consider up to 1/2 cup of oats, quinoa or peanut butter.
Blend the ingredients until the mixture is smooth. If the ice gets lodged in the bottom of your blender, you may need to take your spoon and mix it up between blending sessions. Apart from that, it should just take a minute or two.
Add sugar to taste. At last, an excuse for a taste test! Try a spoonful and gauge how much sugar it needs, if any. Honey is a good natural alternative to refined sugar, and sugar substitute (like Splenda) is good, too. A teaspoon or two oughta do it.
Pour into frosted mugs. In a cold mug, the milkshake will stay colder and thicker for longer. If you have any left over, be sure to keep it in the fridge or the freezer. It’ll surely keep until you crave more.
Enjoy! The recipe above serves 2. Next time try your own variation — banana goes well with so many flavors and blended up is a perfect platform for trying some wacky combinations.