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Fruit shakes for breakfast? Treats do not have to be expensive or unhealthy to be good! These fruit shakes can be eaten for breakfast, snack or a refreshing dessert. They can be tailored to any dietary needs and take just minutes to make. Sound too good to be true? You be the judge!
Serves 1 adult or 2 kids
To make, break frozen banana into pieces and put in blender. Cover with liquid up to 1-cup line on blender. Add any additional fruits, flavorings, or sweeteners. Blend until consistency of milk shake (usually 30 seconds). Serve immediately (banana will start to brown if you don't). Enjoy!
NOTE: Clean out blender and cups immediately after drinking, since the fruit particles tend to get stuck to the dishes.
About the ingredients
This recipe is extremely versatile. You can vary them to comply with your diet or special needs. These shakes are great alternatives for those with diabetes, food allergies and intolerances, and vegetarians. Experiment and have fun! And please email me with your fun variations!
Here are descriptions and ideas for each ingredient
Frozen bananas- I buy them when they are dirt cheap, peel and deep-freeze in ziploc-type bags. In a deep-freezer, they will keep up to a year without darkening, but in a regular refrigerator freezer, they start turning at 3 months. Frozen bananas give these shakes their creamy consistency, and you generally can't taste them. . If you don't like bananas and don't want them in your drink, substitute crushed ice instead.
Liquid-You can use milk, water, soymilk, rice milk or juice. All work just fine. Milk will give you a creamier shake. If you use water, add a little at a time until you get to the consistency you like. Juice is a great way to sweeten these drinks, and it adds some fun.
Additional Fruit and Flavorings: any fruit of your choice, extracts, drink mixes, syrups, jams, or spices. You'll see lots of examples below. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!
Sweeteners- if your shake turns out on the tart side, you can sweeten it naturally with honey, pitted or chopped dates, raisins, grapes or juice. You could also use the traditional method- add sugar. If serving for breakfast, try to keep it as healthy as possible.
Blend together. Yummy!
Peanut Butter Dream
Blend. (My oldest son loves this one- it tastes like peanut butter ice cream! Great with chocolate syrup too for a "Reese's" shake.)
Blend. One of my personal favorites!
Blend. Great substitute for applesauce! Control the consistency by adding more or less chopped apple.
Key Lime pie
Blend. Use milk if you want it to be creamy, this one is really good!
PBO-Pineapple Orange Banana
Watermelon freezes very well and is ideal for summer shakes. I like to deal with the storage problem of melons by cutting into chunks and freezing. If you don't want to seed the watermelon, you don't have to - the seeds will float to the bottom of the glass.
Blend at high speed. Serves 2.
Note: The egg white is to make the drink frothy, which it is famous for. You can omit the white, or use that powdered egg white (I think it's called meringue powder) that is sold in the Wilton baking section of most stores.
Here's what I do: I wait for a sale on eggs, then get them home, separate into whites and yolks and freeze. I freeze the whites in small ice cube trays. I put the yolks into juice cans with 1/2-tsp salt and once frozen, put in a Ziploc-type bag. When I want to make a Julius or meringue, I take out the white in cubes and throw them in.
Try any juice. Some of my favorites are pineapple, strawberry, lime or cranberry. Try mixing different kinds too. Cranberry and orange would be great together, and there are so many juice blends at the store- experiment to your heart's content!
Coming Next Week:
Part two: Popsicles for Pennies!
Kim Tilley is the mother of three boys, ages 8,5 and 1. She is the online editor for a local tv station and a tightwad at heart. Her interests include cooking, crafts, gardening, computers, and saving money! When not typing away at the computer, she entertains herself by chasing kids and finding ways to create something out of nothing!
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