Anytime Strawberry Shake
UPDATE: I tried this with one cup of coconut milk and one cup of coconut water (instead of half & half and yogurt) for a non-dairy version, and it worked!
This is an “anytime” strawberry shake because it calls for frozen strawberries, which you can get any time of year. And also because it’s so fast, you can make one any time you get a craving for cold, creamy sweetness.
My son requested dessert one day, and he specifically wanted strawberries and milk. Not having fresh strawberries, I came up with this.
The frozen berries provide all the thick icyness you need, so adding ice cream isn’t necessary. Just use some full fat dairy, and you’ve got your creamy component. You can also substitute whole milk for the half and half. It will be just as delicious, but thinner. Instead of a strawberry milkshake, you’ll get strawberry milk. Also good!
Now that I’ve said “full-fat,” I have to say I do like to include plain kefir, which only comes in low-fat, for the probiotics, and I really like the tart taste. If you like tart frozen yogurt, you will love kefir in your milkshake. You could also use yogurt if that’s what you have on hand.
The lemon juice adds depth of flavor (don’t worry, it’s so cold it won’t curdle fast enough to matter). I use this stuff from Costco – it’s just lemon juice but it’s a little bit sweet. It’s good in smoothies in general, and in fruit salad, cocktails, anywhere you want a bit of sweet with your sour. You can juice a fresh Meyer lemon if you can’t find this bottled stuff.
Maple syrup sweetens without flavoring it like maple, and the sprinkle of sea salt balances the sweetness.
The shake will be a cheerful crayola pink. If you want a more vibrant hue, add a splash of cranberry or concord grape juice. Just a splash – you want the color, not the flavor. I love the sweet, sixth-grade girl pink of the strawberries alone, so I don’t add anything else.
It. Is. Good. And, it’s so fast, you can even whip one up (literally) whenever you get take-out hamburgers and save yourself a few thousand chemicals. Yeay for that!
- 1 cup half & half (or whole milk)
- 1 cup plain kefir (or yogurt)
- 1 pkg frozen strawberries
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice, preferably Meyer
- dash sea salt
- splash cranberry juice or 1 tablespoon goji berries (optional)
- Put half & half, kefir, and maple syrup in blender.
- Add frozen strawberries, salt, and lemon juice.
- Blend until smooth (about 30-60 seconds).
- Add a small splash of cranberry juice (or 1 tablespoon goji berries) for color, if desired. Blend on low for another 10 seconds.
- You end up with four small but satisfying shakes, or two large ones. The small size is perfect for kids. You may decide otherwise for yourself.
- Serve immediately.
Coming up: Vanilla and Chocolate Anytime Shakes!