Valentine’s Day is only a few days away and recently A (my youngest daughter) reminded me of a simple “tradition” we use to have that faded a bit in recent years as the girls got older, holiday smoothies! So today we have a simple Double Strawberry Shakes that’s not only perfect for Valentine’s Day but is a sweet, not literally, treat anytime!
Only a take a handful of ingredients you probably already have at home and these Double Strawberry Shakes are sure to bring all the boys, or girls, to the yard!
We started making out holiday smoothies out of the blue when A was really young as they were an fun way to pack in some nutrition, especially on holidays, not to mention quick and easy! Smoothies and shakes also use to happen daily here and now we go through phases. Days where we will have more than one a day and other times where we go a week without making them.
Almost a year ago I got a craving for a strawberry milkshake out of the blue and had to settle for a Strawberry Frappuccino and it oddly hit the spot! The next day Baby G was born. So having a craving for one last week when I was out with A we decided to stop and grab one. I hadn’t had one since that day and it didn’t hit the spot this time. Still having a craving I whipped one up at home, and again the next day!
Yep that good! How is it we often overlook the simple things?
The simple things get me through the days lately, like spoonfuls of peanut butter and chocolate chips! Yeah you know! Or nut butter stuffed dates. Then there are those few minutes that I might get during a day and you know what I do with those? Make banana bread! Oh the simple things that are life right now!
With this Double Strawberry Shake I try to keep it simple, yep I don’t pack in too many of the “superfoods”, adaptogens, or extras in here. Not to say that you can’t and there are a couple I do but I want that sweet strawberry milkshake from my childhood, and that I craved yesterday when I was pregnant. There are 2 key ingredients non dairy milk and frozen strawberries, that’s it! A good thick vanilla non dairy milk like Vanilla Ripple (not sponsored just a favorite and we save the sweetened vanilla for times like this, tastes like vanilla pudding I remember eating as a child), homemade nut milk (Vanilla Cinnamon Almond Cashew Milk, minus the cinnamon), or homemade oat milk (you can buy it too). If using unsweetened milk you’ll want to add sweetener of choice after blending depending on your strawberries, normal store bought frozen strawberries I add stevia or honey but with ones we pick in the summer they’re usually sweet enough, and a splash of vanilla if you are using plain milk. The second ingredient is frozen strawberries!
As mentioned you can add in other ingredients but if I do it’s only vanilla plant-based protein or plain collagen (see recipe notes). I feel like any other additions take away from the simple sweet strawberry flavor.
When it comes to toppings I’m not a whip cream fan but A is all about it, so add it or don’t it’s up to you!
So while today’s “recipe” isn’t all that elaborate or complex it’s a reminder to enjoy the simple things! When things get crazy lately as a mom of 3 (a mobile almost 1 year old to could drive on her own teen) I try to remember to stop and enjoy the simple things, maybe even while sipping a Double Strawberry Shake.
I hope you all have a lovely week! Next week I’ll be back with a “what we eat” recipe week taking a meal we’ve been loving lately and making 1 meal and customizing it to make it for anyone, vegan to meat lover, that might join us for dinner. There are more great recipes linked up below for Meatless Monday and as always Deborah and I hope you join us and look forward to what’s cooking in your kitchen.
|Prep Time||5 minutes|
- 2 c thick non dairy vanilla milk* (Ripple Vanilla Plant-based Protein Milk, see notes)
- 1 c frozen strawberries
- 1 c thawed frozen strawberries
- sweetener of choice as desired (2 packets of stevia, or a drizzle of honey)
- dairy free whipped cream
- sweetener of choice as desired 2 packets of stevia or a drizzle of honey
- In Vitamix, or high speed blender, blend thawed strawberries until almost smooth or smooth.
- Sweeten as desired with sweetener of choice (will depend on strawberries and personal preference). Pour strawberries into a small bowl or mug and set aside.
- No need to rinse Vitamix/ blender. Add milk and frozen strawberries and blend smooth. If wanting to add any optional ingredients like protein powder add those now. You can also add more milk, sweetener to taste, or ice now if desired.
- Add a little strawberry puree to each glass, top with strawberry shake, and a little more puree, alternating as you go as desired.
- Top with optional whipped topping if desired.
*For the thickest creamiest shake we like to use a thicker plant-based protein milk, thicker homemade nut milk, or oat milk. If adding vanilla protein you can use a non sweetened "lighter" non dairy milk option. If using a plain unsweetened non daily milk sweeten as desire and add a splash of vanilla.
*For extra protein add 1 scoop vanilla protein (or I like to add 1/2 a scoop of Ripple Vanilla or Vega Sport Vanilla in the above recipe and add an extra 1/2 cup of milk). Or add a scoop of plain collagen (Ancient Nutritions is my go-to right now).
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I love the holiday smoothie idea! Strawberries are always a crowd favorite over here. Also love the idea of what we eat Series. I may try that as well. I usually have to make 2 different dinners!
I hate making multiple dinners and was doing it years ago, then got to where I wasn’t and it was good. Things changed a lot when I was pregnant and when Baby G was born and now with dietary changes I’m getting back to making simple tweaks to make one again for all of us, including G.
Kate – Gluten Free Alchemist
I always think shakes are the prettiest things! The strawberries in this one make it so beautiful and very tempting. I often feel like one shake is too much with dairy, so I love the idea of making it plant-based. I guess you could top with whipped coconut cream too? #meatlessmonday
That was my problem craving a strawberry milkshake as that they’re dairy and or ice cream which doesn’t agree with my stomach. The Starbucks one I had made dairy-free but homemade was so much better! Yes we used coconut whipped cream! We use to make our own or buy a tub which wasn’t as pretty as the new spray cans they have of it at Trader Joe’s! 😉 I’m not a fan of whip in general but it makes it so easy to add it to my daughters.