September 18, 2012
Is it cold in your house yet? At this moment, you'll find a hot cup of tea sitting next to me (which I made in an effort to get warmed all through), my fingers are chilled to the bone, and I have socks on. Yes. This morning is the advent of fall in our house. How often do I take warm hands for granted!
So, naturally, I have a frozen recipe to share today. Frozen, to match the current state of my toes. Not exactly what I need right now, but by the afternoon we will be opening up windows and shedding socks. Plus, it's never to late for an end-of-the-season milkshake. After a bowl of steaming soup for dinner last night, a thick and frosty dessert actually sounded just perfect. Soup and shakes. I may just make that a thing.

Chocolate Banana Milkshake with Coconut Milk
This was the first ever coconut milk milkshake in my kitchen. The fact that I'm posting it should already tell you this, but I'll say it anyway: Huge success! I loved it! It was majorly creamy and smooth. Probably should keep the blender on the counter for the next few days because once is not going to be enough. I used only a banana to sweeten it, giving it a nice mellow dark chocolatey flavor and making it a super simple dessert (after school snack? breakfast???) with super simple ingredients. Nothing to feel bad about here. And this baby is thick. Don't even try to stick a straw in it. You're going to need a spoon. 

1 frozen banana*
1/2 cup more or less coconut milk 
(the canned full-fat kind, not the watery stuff in the refrigerator section) 
dash of vanilla
1 tsp. cocoa
1 spoonful of almond butter
pinch of sea salt

Blend all together, pour into a frosty glass, and indulge.

*I throw freckled, over ripe, turning-black bananas into our freezer all the time. It's so handy to grab them for making banana bread, banana cinnamon quinoa, or a smoothie. They thaw lightning fast if you stick them in a mason jar full of hot water. For a shake or smoothie I still want the banana to be frozen, so I only let it thaw about 1 minute in hot water. Just long enough to be able to pull the peel away. 


Marisa said...

I just happen to have all of those ingredients on hand! I think that will be our after school snack today. 86 degrees here in the NW! Thanks, Summer!

nataliep. said...

thank you so much for posting such good, healthy recipes!! i love that i can actually eat the things you post about! it can be so discouraging to go out with people and i have to say 'no' to almost everything, but your blog gives me hope!

Anneliese said...

as i read this, this morning, i was so cold! its such a shocker to wake up to such cool weather. this is an awesome recipe/idea. i would love to make it for bentley!

Rachel Lundy said...

This looks delicious! We've made ice cream with coconut milk before, but this milkshake looks so much easier. We have a banana in the freezer. I might just have to try a coconut milkshake tomorrow... :)

Amanda said...

Sounds delicious! Can't wait to try one!

Marisa said...

Just tried it with pecan butter and light coconut milk. It was great! The kids sucked them down in less than five minutes. :)

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing..



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Hello, I'm Summer. A people-loving introvert whose hope and life is in Jesus. His promises are my passion and my ministry is homelife. This blog is a place for me to write about everyday things. Especially food. My favorite thing to do is sit around a table, lingering over a long meal with good conversation. I live with my husband and our 2 littles. We like blizzards, thrifting, grammar, guacamole, cheerful hearts, nice manners, good movies, and making simple, real, nutrient-dense food.

"If Christ be anything, He must be everything."
-C.H. Spurgeon

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