Banana-berry milkshakes don’t care if it’s rain or shine.
I saw one of these milkshakes walk by my breakfast table on a recent trip to Amsterdam, and it was love at first sight. We had already (over)eaten and my mom was suggesting that we come back to the same place again the next morning, something that I rarely ever do, and one look at this milkshake sealed the deal for me. (In fact, she pointed it out. She said “Look at that milkshake!” Well played, Mom.) We were coming back. I had to know if it tasted as good as it looked. The next morning, when we returned, I noticed the jars of toppings lined up in the window and I already couldn’t wait to fill up jars of toppings at home and make my own milkshake bar for summertime. You know, for the kids of course.
Some people have a thing for floors, but I have a thing for toppings. Not all toppings, though. I’m not a fan of maraschino cherries, and sorry to offend you but I never got into sprinkles or jimmies or whatever you call them. In my experience, these are the only toppings that I ever saw on milkshakes so I was pretty psyched when I saw that these milkshakes were sprinkled with fruit loops and candy pearls, because I am very interested in those things. Here are the toppings that I’ve gathered on my first Memorial Day trip through Target for my milkshake bar: peanut butter granola, Nonpareils, freeze-dried strawberries, dried cherries, coconut flakes, plain and chocolate dipped banana chips, cocoa puffs, candy pearls and Fruit Loops. I can hardly wait to exhaust all the possible combinations this summer. If you really want to have a legit old-fashioned milkshake bar, a Classic DrinkMaster and some Classic Ice Cream Soda glasses are a great addition. For the kids, of course.
Let’s talk about the milkshakes. I wanted to make a healthier milkshake, so we could indulge with less guilt. I’ve been using frozen bananas for different things lately, peeling and cutting up bananas when I have too many (thanks, Target), and then saving the slices in the freezer in zip-lock bags for later use. They make an excellent base for smoothies, so naturally I figured they would make a great base for a milkshake, adding frozen creamy sweetness without the need for lots of ice-cream. And speaking of ice-cream, I’m not usually a fan of frozen yogurt but this Turkey Hill Vanilla Bean frozen yogurt got me making exceptions. It’s really good on it’s own, but in a milkshake, c’mon, a great substitute. I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk for my milkshakes, but you can use any kind of milk that you like. Same with the berries, you can use any kind of berry that you like, or no berries at all for a simply perfect banana milkshake. The recipe below is just a suggested guideline. I hope you have fun with it! With the kids, of course.
- 1 banana, peeled, cut up and frozen
- 1 scoop vanilla frozen yogurt
- 8 oz. unsweetened vanilla almond milk, or to taste
- Berries, to taste, optional
- Whipped Cream for topping
- Toppings: (optional)
- Fun cereal, peanut butter granola, coconut flakes, banana chips, dried fruit, candy pearls, nonpareils
- Blend banana, frozen yogurt, almond milk and berries in a blender.
- Pour into glass. Top with whipped cream and fun toppings. Enjoy!