Saturday, July 16, 2011

Thrive Milk Shakes

One of the many weekly newsletters I receive is from the Hillbilly Housewife.  She gives ideas and recipes for low cost, home cooking from scratch.  I found a recipe the other day that I couldn't wait to try with Thrive!   

Just know that our family is now ADDICTED to these milk shakes!  We will not go back to plain ice cream shakes ever again!

Thrive Milk Shakes
1 to 2 cups cold water
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1t vanilla
2T oil (vegetable, corn or canola) plus a 5 second spray of Pam or other nonstick spray
(I know what you are thinking....DO NOT leave these out!  Trust me!) 
more ice

Add about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of the water, the other ingredients  and about 2 cups of ice to the blender.  Blend on high.  You may have to scrap down the sides depending on your blender.  Add more ice or water to suit your blender and your preference.  More water makes a thinner shake where as less water with more ice makes a thicker shake.  I'm sure you get the idea! 

Blend for a full 2 minutes.  There was a long, long comment section about the oil on her website.  But without it your shake will just resemble blended ice.  The oil aids in the emulsification process and is what gives it the creamy, fluffy texture!  Trust me, I tried it both ways!  

Tomorrow I am going to try it with Splenda to make it sugar free.  I'm sure all you Thrive addicts and consultants out there can just see the possibilities!  To make it vanilla I omitted the cocoa and used some vanilla syrup I found in the coffee section at the store.  I had a coupon for it and had been wanting to try it for sometime.  It was sooooooo good!!

What a great use for the fruit powder at the bottom of the fruit cans....shoot, why wait for the bottom, just throw some fruit in there!  Post a comment and tell me if you liked it and how you changed it up!

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