Hello again, gentle reader. It’s time for, yet, another lesson on how to lead a successful life in the kitchen. This time, I’m actually going to give a real recipe! How about them apples?
Actually, there are no apples involved with this concoction, but there is a half a banana, so I figure the colloquialism kinda fits. They are, after all, both fruits.
Several months ago, I fell prey to a recipe shared on Facebook for a home-made milkshake using vanilla, unsweetened coco, bananas, ice, almond milk and a blender. It was awful. Really awful.
But the general idea intrigued me, and since that time I have been experimenting on my own with my own idea of ingredients.
I believe that I have come up with a winner.
A few days ago I was talking with a friend (Heather) about my concoction, and she asked me to send the recipe to her and our mutual friend (Roberta)…
So here’s the recipe…
What you need:
- Blender, one each
- Banana, one half each
- Ice Cubes, twelve each
- Packet of Carnation Instant Breakfast, one each
- Metamucil (optional, but I highly recommend it), sort of a small spoonful each
- Chunky Peanut Butter, one small glob each
- Almond Milk, 8 ounces each
- Tall Drinking Cup (I use a 20 oz. shaker-mixer-cup-thingy – see photo below), one each
- Really Long Straw (I use this clear plastic tubular object that I thought was a really long straw, but which my wife later identified as a ‘Stirring Rod’. I’m including a photo below so that you may be able to identify it if you ever see one in real life), one each
What you do with all of this stuff:
- Carefully, even gently, dump it all into the blender
- Turn the blender on ‘High’
- My ‘High’ setting is labeled ‘Ice Crush’
- Yours may be something other than that – perhaps something like ‘Hyper-thermonuclear-atomic-nutrient-conglomerator-button’
- Or it may be something like the afore mentioned ‘High’
- Whatever your particular setting is, press that button
- After a very short time, turn the blender off
- Look for the lid (to the blender)
- Put the lid on the blender
- Refer to step 2
While the drink is mixing, you should:
- Clean up the mess that was created when you forgot to put the lid on the blender prior to starting it the first time
- Place the unused half of the banana inside some sort of zip-lock baggie contraption and put it into the refrigerator for future milkshake endeavors
- Put the rest of the stuff you are finished with where it belongs (pantry, trash, dog’s food dish, etc.)
When the mix looks like it’s completed, hit the ‘Off’ button again> open the blender lid> pour what’s inside into the 20 oz. drinking cup> stick one end of the straw into the cup> stick the other end of the straw into your mouth> suck.
Then say, “Wow! That’s really GOOD!”
I had set up a the kitchen with all of the stuff required to show you how to make this stuff, and enlisted my beloved wife to video me explaining the process. The whole thing went off without a hitch – it was perfect!
Except that Judy shot the whole demonstration using the ‘Time Lapsed” setting instead of the “video” setting on my iPhone.
BUT – it came out even more appropriately (for this blog, anyway) than if we had shot in video mode. You just have to read my lips and follow along. Very quickly. But it WILL save you time…
Stirring Rod (Really big drinking straw)
Tall Drinking Cup
By the time I had thought of including a photo, I had already finished drinking my shake. It was good.