The heat of summer has arrived ! In winter I wish for the warmth of summer, and in summer I’m looking for some relief from the heat. One day last week when I was out doing a few errands I noted on the time and temperature clock at the bank that the temperature was 106. Yikes!!! What am I doing out in this heat? Let me get home quickly to some air-conditioning and a cold drink.
There is nothing so satisfying as unwinding with a frosty cold milkshake. However most of the milk shakes I’ve ever known carry a lot of calories–hidden way down there at the bottom of the glass. So, I decided to put my milkshake on a diet by seeing if I could cut some of the calories and still maintain its cold, satisfying goodness. Here’s what I did: for half of the ice-cream I substituted vanilla non-fat Greek yogurt, which still made it creamy and thick. For the milk I used non-fat milk and added 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup, and then I also added 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. All the flavors of a peanut-butter cup candy. HMmmm! How about if I add one or two. My first instinct was to throw them in the blender with the other ingredients, but I restrained myself and settled for garnishing the glass with one candy and biting off little pieces in between refreshing sips. Pretty darn good if I do say so.
1/2 cup cold non-fat milk (plain or chocolate)
1/2 cup low-fat vanilla or chocolate ice-cream
1 6oz. cup vanilla fat-free Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1-2 mini peanut butter cups
Chill a tall glass. Place milk, ice-cream, yogurt, chocolate syrup, and peanut butter in a blender container. Process until its thick and creamy. Pour into chilled glass and sprinkle with crushed candy or slide one over the edge of the glass to garnish.
Wow! This looks delicious…thank you for sharing!!!