In the summer (or near summer), I always buy a flat of strawberries at the farmer’s market. They’re too pretty and fragrant not to! I recently was working my way through strawberries and realized I haven’t had a milkshake in far too long. I used to make them every weekend in the summer growing up. Coca-Cola floats were maybe my favorite. Strawberry milkshakes came at a close second.
I wrote this very simple recipe to accommodate non-dairy drinkers, too. For the past few weeks I’ve been cutting out dairy to see if it would help my skin and overall health. I can honestly say I feel a little better. It’s a sad realization that maybe dairy isn’t for me. I’ll continue baking with it but am going to lay off on the lattes and cappuccinos and instead replace that milk with almond or coconut.
If you’re a dairy-lover, I completely understand. I’m not sure anything can compare to the richness of real ice cream. It’s what dreams are made of!
Strawberries and Cream Milkshakes
- 1/2 pound strawberries, hulled and sliced, plus more for garnish
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- Splash of water
- Pinch of salt
- 4 scoops of vanilla ice cream (for non-dairy, I love coconut ice cream)
- 1 cup whole milk or almond milk or coconut milk
- Whipped cream, for topping
- In a medium saucepan, set over medium heat, add the strawberries, sugar, water and salt. Cover the pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the berries have cooked down. Pour the puree through a strainer. Discard the pulp and set the syrup aside.
- To a blender, add the ice cream and milk of your choice. Pulse only a few times (you don’t want it too liquid-y) just until the ice cream is broken up. Add a tablespoons of syrup to each glass. Top with glass with the milkshake mixture, a handful of strawberries and lastly, a big dollop of whipped cream. Serve and drink up immediately.
Yield: 2 milkshakes
Adrianna Adarme is a food blogger and author living in Los Angeles, California. She writes the blog A Cozy Kitchen, where she shares comforting, everyday recipes from her kitchen. She recently authored her first cookbook, PANCAKES: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack. She’s a lover of breakfast, pie (and sometimes even pie for breakfast), corgis and cute things. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.