I know for most people summer is coming to an end. School is starting and that automatically makes our thoughts turn to fall. But, the thing is, my kids aren”t school age yet, and I still have plenty of veggies in my garden and nice sunny days to enjoy. So I”m going to hold onto summer just a little bit longer. I just can”t let it go! :) My time will come when I won”t have that luxury, so I”m going to enjoy it now, while I can. That”s why this week we enjoyed some Watermelon Milkshakes - twice!
I think this would be a nice treat for the kiddos as a celebration of the end of summer or just because it still is summer. Show them that school won”t ruin all the fun. ;P This brilliant shake comes from the same person who came up with the Last-Minute Iced Tea, Jennifer of Foodess. I have to apologize to her for sharing two of her drink recipes in a matter of a week. But when I tried this healthy version of a milkshake I just knew I had to share it with you.
It”s got the cool, refreshing taste of watermelon with the creaminess of milk and a hint of vanilla, blended together until frothy and thick. This is one refreshing drink. And, so much healthier and guilt-free then a true milkshake.
The first day I made it I substituted almond milk for regular milk and it turned out to have more of a slush consistency. It was still darn tasty, just slightly different then I was expecting. So, just keep this in mind if you make such a substitution.
I know that next year this will become a regular during the summer and I”m sure I won”t be able to resist making it a couple more times before the leaves start to turn.
Enjoy the weekend! I hope the sun is shining where you are!
To freeze watermelon: cube it, place it in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet and place in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer to a resealable freezer bag for storage.
3 cups cubed frozen watermelon
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons sugar
Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
Even though I’m not American I couldn’t resist creating a fun treat for all my American friends to celebrate their Independence Day. I think it’s so much fun coming up with desserts that are three different colors. I know these aren’t true reds and true blues but they are made from RED raspberries and BLUE blueberries so that’s gotta count right? :)
To freeze bananas: slice a peeled banana and place on a parchment lined baking tray. Place in the freezer until frozen; transfer to a freezer bag for longer storage.
I used plain vanilla ice cream for each layer but for added flavour you could do a corresponding ice cream flavour/color. And, if you want to get true blues and reds then just add a few drops of food coloring before processing. You can also feel free to use any red berry, such as strawberries, or any blue berry, such as blackberries, in place of the berries here. And, if you’re Canadian and want to create this for Canada Day you can substitute the “blue” layer for another raspberry layer.
It’s important to work quickly because you don’t want the bottom layers to melt too much while you’re making the next layer or it will simply sink to the bottom and you won’t be able to see it. If you feel that your bottom layers may have warmed up too much, add more milk to the next layer, to thin it out, before pouring on top. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect, that just adds character and means it’s homemade. :)
Will you be making any 3 color foods for Independence Day?
1 cup vanilla (or raspberry) ice cream
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup milk
1 cup vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup frozen sliced banana
1/2 cup milk
1 cup vanilla (or blueberry) ice cream
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup milk
First make the “Red” Layer: Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Pour evenly into four cups. Rinse out blender with cold water.
Make “White” Layer: Working quickly, place all ingredients in blender and process until smooth. Pour carefully over “Red” Layer.
Make the “Blue” Layer: No need to rinse out the blender this time. Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Pour carefully over “White” Layer. Serve immediately.
Makes: 4 servings
*If you are afraid one layer may be too thick to top a previous layer stir in extra milk before pouring.
*To make these patriotic for Independence Day add the appropriate food coloring to each mix before blending.