Nostalgia! My mom loves chocolate covered cherries. And, I love smoothies and ‘fake shakes’. Fake shakes, in my world, are something that’s thick and delicious like a milkshake, but filled with better ingredients to sip vs. heavy cream and granulated sugar.
So, I combined my mom’s love for chocolate covered cherries and my love for fake shakes together in this recipe.
Grab the blender, and a few key ingredients at the store. Follow the recipe and blend your way to this delicious, but healthy ‘fake shake’ recipe and check out my new February Flavor = LOVE!
The Chocolate Covered Cherry Fake Shake by Jodie Fitz
3 cups ice
1 ½ cups low fat milk
1 cup frozen fresh-pitted cherries
3-4 tablespoons of honey
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon almond extract
Place the ice, milk, cherries, honey, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and almond extracts into a blender. Blend fully and serve.
Did You Know:
- Cherries belong to the rose family, but not all roses are edible.
- Bring out the flavor of cherry by using a ¼ teaspoon of pure almond extract.
- A chemical reaction between cherries and an alkaline, such as as baking powder, causes a blue discoloration in a baked product.
Dairy Allergies: Use almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk or rice milk as an alternative. Select your dairy alternative based on any other allergy concerns.
Nut allergies: Eliminate the almond extract in this recipe.
Lessons for children:
- Measuring skills
- Blending and Safety
- Planning Skills
Last month I released what I call ‘The Melted Snowman‘ in my kid world.
It’s actually my version of a Vanilla Fake Shake. It’s so yummy…there’s actually a banana in the mix you can’t taste when combined with vanilla, milk, ice and honey. It’s so simple, but so rich and creamy and delicious!
If you missed this blended goodness you can click here to grab the measurements of the ingredients before grabbing you blender and giving it a sip.