Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Shake it Baby | 'Tis Summer

When my daughter got a project on her favourite food, she had one answer nutella.. She was supposed to write her favourite food recipe with pics of ingredients and obviously nutella being all popular and all over the place it really helped me too..I just had to find a supermarket sales brochure/ supplement that came with the  newspaper and help her cut off the pics.. We made her favourite nutella banana sandwich recipe as well.. 

That was then-- a few months back. Now that school is closed for summer hols madam is in a rush to go out of the house lest parents give her something to do.... . Thus I was so surprised she asked me for a milkshake as a mid afternoon snack. It makes sense too .. why  waste time sitting and eating when outside world is calling you..!

Quickly I put together a filling nutella banana milkshake with just few ingredients. And finished off the pics  somehow before she grabbed,gulped and rushed out... 

Once done with nutella as usual I started entering other ingredient territories and am now making one shake a day with several things and praying fervently she loves it.. Bananas are safe bet especially as they make it sweet and creamy without the actual icecream base. Apple are also good especially if your young one has no time to sit and chew the fruits... ;). The good part is in the name of shakes and smoothies we can sneak in some healthy ingredients as well. 

Nutella Banana Milkshake:

Nutella: 3-4 tbsp
Banana: 1 medium- big
Milk: 1.25 cups
Whole grain Oats/ toasted wheat germ/ wheat bran: 1-2 tbsp powdered (optional)

Blend all the ingredients together and serve it up..

Spiced Apple Milkshake:
 Apple: peeled & chopped 3/4 cup +
Milk: 1.25 cups + as needed

Spices: Cinnamon Powder: 1/2 tsp
Cardamom Powder: 1/4 tsp
Nutmeg: 1/4 tsp

Honey/Maple syrup/ Agave Nectar/Sweetener of your choice : as per taste
Whole Grain Oats/ Arrowroot Powder/ wheat germ/ wheat bran: 1-2 tbsp powdered (optional)

Blend all the ingredients together and serve it  in appropriate cups after garnishing with finely chopped apples, cinnamon powder or even caramel syrup. You can avoid the  spices if you don't like and optionally add whatever spices you like. Cinnamon goes very well with apples. Peel of the apples might add in a sour taste.
How sweet the drink is depends on how tasty the apples are. The milkshake will be thicker because of apples and so you can add more milk to get that thin shake if thats how you like it. You can actually avoid oats if you donot like it. But they add fibre and are good for health. Instead of oats you can go for other ingredients like wheat germ, multi grain mix oats which has whole wheat flour, barley, ragi/millet flour along with oats. These are healthy and filling as well.

Nutella is the preferred one in the house and hence it definitely gets a double thumbsup.. 


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