When I was growing up there was one thing my mom made “on the regs.” It was so tasty and honestly, so simple & pretty healthy as well. She would make a Banana Shake.
It sounds pretty basic and it was. This banana shake is literally 3 ingredients, with a fourth optional ingredient.
What’s funny is that I just recently learned that my mom doesn’t even like bananas! So I am really not sure how this recipe ever became a staple in our house, but I am glad it did!
After David turned one I decided to carry on this recipe “tradition” and now he requests I make him “na-na cake” almost every day.
To make a banana shake, let’s start with the main ingredient: bananas!
Since this is pretty much the only thing I use bananas for, I like to buy the “reduced” bananas from the grocery store. What does reduced mean? Just that they’re already ripe. Which is perfect, less waiting time. I buy them ripe, and then wait about 2 days until they look like this:
Once they look like this picture, a little spotty, but not brown I peel them, breaking each banana in half before placing them in Ziploc Freezer Bags & stashing them in the freezer.
Now, this step isn’t necessary. You could always use a room temperature banana & add some ice instead, but it really doesn’t get as creamy unless you freeze them.
When the banana shake has been requested, I simply throw 1 frozen banana, a couple cups of milk, and a cap-full of vanilla extract into the Blender. The optional fourth ingredient that I mentioned earlier is sugar. You can add a tablespoon of sugar to it if your bananas weren’t that ripe, but if you waited a couple days before freezing them like I suggested the bananas should bring the right amount of sweetness on their own.
I typically add 2 cups of whole milk to this, but if you want it to be more like a milk shake add less milk, or more banana so that it stays pretty thick.
Super easy. Super yummy. And it’s sure to please the kids (and adults!).
- 1 banana (frozen)
- 2 cups milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbs sugar (optional)
- Place all ingredients into blender.
- Blend until smooth.
You can use a fresh banana too, just add a little ice.