Monday, August 2, 2010

Banana-Vanilla Shake

Banana Vanilla Shake

Sad day people.  First day back at school.  No more leisurely sipped coffee while watching the birds frolic at the bird feeder.  Back to reality. Back to school.

Like the kiddies, I need a snack when I get home.  Unlike the kiddies, I have no mommy waiting for me with a plate of cookies and milk (boy, wouldn’t that be lovely).  Usually I have yogurt, quick and easy.  But I got to thinking…what about a smoothie or a shake.  How hard could it be?

Turns out not very hard at all.  In about the same amount of time it takes me to spoon out my yogurt and add some jam to it, I made this shake.  Seriously, get the blender out, slice the banana, pour the milk, splash the vanilla, get the crushed ice (my fridge dispenses crushed ice along with cubes – I love my fridge!), add a smidge on agave nectar, whiz it up.  Yum.  Healthy, cold, frothy, what more could you ask for?

This comes from How to Cook Everything, Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Foodfrom Mark Bittman, the master of simplicity.

Banana-Vanilla Shake

  • 1 ripe banana (frozen is okay)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • sugar (or simple syrup, or agave) to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a blender and whiz until smooth.

Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.

Serves 2 (Maybe.  Maybe only one.)

This will be my entry for I Heart Cooking Clubs!

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Two For Tuesdays!

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32 comments:

A Year on the Grill said...

I have everything you listed... this may be my lunch (sipping on the beach may make it taste even better than the way you make it sound)!

Joanne said...

Fun snacks are definitely the only way to get through the workday. This shake - so delicious. And not even bad for you! Double bonus.

Big Dude said...

Looks like a refreshing pick-me-up. We have a friend who is restarting her 5th grade class for the last year and she sure is looking forward to retirement.

Chanel11 said...

Yes, wouldn't it be nice to come home to a glass of milk and cookies, but as I work from home I am always the greeter, not the greeted.

And I love smoothies, I swapped my yoghurt for a tall glass once I too realised how quick they are to make - banana and vanilla with a dash of cinnamon is still my favourite combo.

Lea Ann said...

Love this Pam. I agree, delicious snack and healthy. Can't beat that.

once in a blue moon... said...

can't believe your summer is already over!

reading a book i think you might like, sing them home, a touch of magic and quirky, check it out~

zurin said...

I love smoothies. I love ur smoothie.

Marjie said...

May serve only one. Like me.

theUngourmet said...

Hope you have a super nice first day! Your banana shake looks like the perfect after school snack to me!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Sounds good, Pam.... After working in the yard this morning (pant pant), that smoothie or milkshake would taste really good.

Good Luck back at work... When do your kiddies get there????
Hugs,
Betsy

Katherine Aucoin said...

Mine have two more weeks before they go back. Now i need to think of a way to be home when they get home to serve this yummy snack!

grace said...

sucks for you, pam. sucks for you. :)
this is something that i'd look forward to all day long--very nice!

Cathy said...

Oh no, it's way too early for back to school. Where has the summer gone? Your banana shake is a great after school pick-me-up.

Kim said...

Thanks for pointing this one out! I love it!

Chris said...

Mmmm...that sounds delicious :D *bookmarks*

April@The 21st Century Housewife said...

What a shame you are at back to school already! But your banana vanilla shake sounds lovely!

Mimi said...

My kids love to drink their bananas!
Mimi

girlichef said...

omg, school already!? Too hot for school... But, if you Must be there (and you must), then this is definitely something to look forward to upon returning home. I love shakes...and this is one I'll be trying very soon! Thanks Pam...for sharing it with IHCC & 24T this week! =)

Butterpoweredbike said...

Banana shakes were one of my summer staples, and I won't stop drinking them anytime soon. Thank you for sharing at Two for Tuesday.

Joanna said...

It's way too early for school! My goodness. I love this recipe, like most of Mark's!

the clark clan said...

OH Pammi!!! I LOVE mark bittman! whooo hooo! Thanks for sharing this on the two for tuesday recipe blog hop...and ya, it would be nice to have a mommy around to give you milk and cookies, but when my mommy is around she tells me to clean my house! ;) Alex@amoderatelife

J L Health 918-836-0565 said...

That looks like the perfect end to a hot day like today! Thanks for sharing on T4T.....

Christy said...

I am really beginning to love the simplicity of Bittman's recipes. This sounds perfectly snack like!!
Thanks for sharing it with Two for Tuesdays!

Debinhawaii said...

Perfect comfort food after a long day--creamy and delicious and a great pick to Beat the Heat! ;-)

a good yarn said...

These are a breakfast staple in our house during the hottest part of the summer. Most fruits work well in them too.

Cinnamon Girl said...

Scrumptious! And refreshing. Hope school's going ok!

Kevin said...

The banana shake is a classic for a good reason!

Kitvy said...

Nice.... I'll have this with my lunch. :)

Reshmi said...

perfect for summer.. very refreshing and yummy.. M loving it.. love to follow u!!

Mary said...

I will be making this this weekend. It looks scrumptious! Love you blog...this is my first visit!

Bethany said...

There's nothing like a simple and deliciuos shake to give you a little mid-afternoon pick-me-up. This one sounds perfect. Thanks for sharing this at Two for Tuesday!

Sarah, the Healthy Home Economist said...

Pam, love your idea. I do a variation with plain kefir, bananas, peanut butter, vanilla, and honey. Kind of like a peanut butter banana sandwich minus the bread!

Would love it if you would consider sharing this blog or another post at Monday Mania. Hope to see you there!