Strawberry-Banana-Chocolate Chip Smoothie Milkshake
Admittedly, milkshakes are probably the easiest thing in the world to make. It’s nothing new, and not an earth-shattering recipe. And they are also one of my greatest weaknesses. Whenever I go somewhere I and I see a milkshake on the menu, that’s almost always what I end up ordering. I have a huge weakness for ice cream. It could be 100 degrees outside or minus 40 degrees and I’d still want to eat ice cream, either way. How can you say no to that super creamy goodness? And my favorite flavor of ice cream? Chocolate chip. Add chocolate to ice cream and there you have the 2 things I just don’t say no to. I’m easy like that. I’m also a big fan of smoothies. It’s like fruit goodness in a sweet and satisfying drink. So, what could be better than combining the 2 items to make a smoothie milkshake?
Ok, so what’s the difference between a smoothie and a milkshake, you may ask? Generally speaking a milkshake is a combination of ice cream and milk blended together. Sometimes other flavoring agents are added, such as syrups or perhaps toppings that you’d find on a sundae are blended into the milkshake. On the other hand, a smoothie is generally made up of fresh fruit, ice and either juice or yogurt combined together. The method behind making each concoction is exactly the same as you throw all the ingredients together in a blender and obliterate it. Just the philosophies behind each are a little different with one being more of a drink and the other being more of a dessert. But, what if you combined the two ideas and made a smoothie milkshake? Nothing wrong with that, right?
The great thing about this is that it requires four ingredients. And the better thing for me was that I had bananas sitting on the counter that were getting ripe and strawberries in the refrigerator that needed to be used, so this was a good way to use up some fruits I already had on hand. What you will need is milk, chocolate chip ice cream, strawberries and bananas.
Start with the strawberries. As strawberries have a more pungent and powerful flavor than bananas, a few strawberries goes a long way. Remember, we’re making a smoothie-milkshake here that is to have the flavor of both strawberries and bananas. If you put in too many strawberries, then your drink will only taste like strawberries and the banana flavor will be hidden. Hull and cut up a few strawberries directly into your blender. You could put the strawberries into the blender whole, but it’s nice to help out the blender a bit by quarter the strawberries.
Remember, the flavors of the banana are much more subtle than strawberries, so you’ll need more bananas than strawberries if you hope to taste the banana at all. Additionally, the red color of the strawberry tends to overpower this drink, so if you don’t put in enough bananas, you’ll end up with a very red drink, rather than something more subtle in color. Like the strawberries, peel the banana and cut it into chunks directly into the blender.
Now comes the good stuff! The ice cream. I understand that most people who make a drink like this would use a more uniform ice cream flavor, such as vanilla or chocolate. What I like about using chocolate chip, aside from the fact that it’s my favorite ice cream flavor, is that when you make the milkshake with these fresh fruits, you get the added surprise of chocolate in the milkshake. When you blend this all together, a lot of the chocolate chips will stay whole and won’t be obliterated by the blender, therefore, as you drink the milkshake, you get the fresh fruit flavor and the chocolate chip surprise. So, scoop a couple of scoops of ice cream directly into the blender. How much you use is up to personal preference. The more ice cream you use, the thicker and creamier the milkshake will be.
The final ingredient is the milk. The milk acts more like the liquid to help blend everything together. In a milkshake, you use milk; for a smoothie it would be juice. Therefore, the kind of milk you use doesn’t really make a difference. Again, like the ice cream, the amount of milk you add is up to you. The more milk you put into the blender the thinner the milkshake will be. The less milk, the thicker the milkshake. It’s kind of a guessing game as to how much you put in and what your preference is for milkshakes.
When everything is set in the blender, put the lid on and start the blender. The red from the strawberries, you’ll notice is the dominate color in all the ingredients you use, so the milkshake will start to turn a light shade of pink. As you’re blending the milkshake if you notice that it’s too thick for your liking, you can always add more milk in.
The strawberry-banana-chocolate chip smoothie milkshake is now done. Just pour int into a glass and enjoy. If you wanted to be super fancy, you could put a strawberry in the glass or something else fancy like that, of course using the ingredients to be found in the milkshake.
The perfect drink on a hot day, or the perfect after dinner drink/dessert. Once you taste some of the heavenly combination of strawberry, banana and chocolate chip, you won’t be able to put it down. Soon, you’ll be wondering what happened to your tall, refreshing, and exceedingly yummy milkshake!