I tend to be a bit lazy on Sunday afternoons, so rather than cook a big supper, my husband and I usually opt for popcorn and smoothies. (Hey, it’s ok for real foodies to take a break once and a while too!) 🙂
I especially love it when we have an abundance of raw goat or cow milk, since it gives me lots of chances to experiment! I love a good milkshake, but rarely have ice cream just hanging around.
So, I’ve learned to be creative and have come up with a method of making thick, creamy shakes that are ice-cream-free.
I feel pretty good about serving these to my family- it’s a great way to drink your raw milk and they only have a minimal amount of sweetener.
This is my newest concoction- refreshing, smooth, and creamy, I can’t wait to enjoy these out on our deck this summer!
Orange Creamsicle Milkshakes
- 1 large, ripe orange, well peeled.
- 1 1/2 cups of ice cubes
- 1/2 cup raw milk (or whole, store bought milk, if that is all you have)
- 2 t. real vanilla extract
- 3 T. real maple syrup
- 4-5 drops of stevia (optional)
- Orange extract (optional- but you can add several drops if you are looking for a more intense orange flavor)
Place your well peeled orange in your blender and blend very thoroughly.
Add the remaining ingredients and blend again.
(Wanna know the secret to super thick, creamy shakes at home? Blend, blend, and then blend some more. Keep blending, even if you are sure that all the ice bits are gone. Trust me, it makes a big difference!)
You may have to adjust the amount of sweetener to your family’s tastes. As written, it is not overwhelmingly sweet, but pleasantly refreshing.
The stevia could be omitted altogether, or more/less syrup could be added. This can also be made with raw honey, although it changes the taste of the final result just a bit.
What a perfect summer treat! If oranges aren’t available or in season, try substituting orange juice concentrate instead.
This recipe makes 2 servings. It can easily be doubled, if your blender is big enough!
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