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Tips and Ideas on Using Your Blender or a Bialetti to Make Cool Drinks
I wrote this article not so much for a recipe to make great milkshakes (Smoothies) as most everybody knows how to do that (although a recipe for banana ice cream milkshake is included).
It's more about giving tips and ideas on using your blender and the Bialetti innovatively to give you more versatility, without the need to buy lots of expensive specialised gadgets that you would only occasionally use, to make cool and refreshing fruity drinks, easily, quickly and cheaply.
The Bialetti (a milk frothing appliance) featured in this article is not only great for making hot frothy drinks but are also good for making other cool drinks. I'm particularly pleased with the Bialetti (which we purchased years ago) because of its versatility in making hot and cold frothy drinks, including milky drinks, coffee and other cool drinks. Albeit, if using the Bialetti to make fruity drinks you'll need to blend the fruit first in a conventional blender.
Adding ice-cream to a milky drink is a winner for making it cool, creamy and smooth; alternately, just placing a cool drink in the fridge for a while is a great simple way to keep it cool until needed.
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Using Your Blender to Make a Banana Ice Cream Milkshake
- Take as many or as few bananas as you like, the more bananas the better.
- Peel the bananas and quickly dice them.
- Place the diced bananas into a blender
- Optionally, add ice cream to the blender (any flavour, or blend of flavours you like); add as much or as little as you like, the more ice cream you add the cooler the milkshake will be.
- Top up the remaining space in the blender with milk; the more bananas and ice cream you added the less milk you'll need.
- Switch the blender on for a short period e.g. 30 seconds.
You can now either pour the mixture into glasses and serve your banana milkshake as is, as a refreshing drink, or to froth and (if you didn't add ice cream) cool use the Bialetti and have a cool refreshing frothy milkshake in minutes or place in the fridge for an hour.
Step by Step Visual Guide
Cooling and Frothing Your Milkshake
Using Either the Bialetti or Your Fridge to Cool the Drink
Once you've made your banana milkshake, as described above, if you decide to froth it and cool it a milk frother such as the Bialetti featured in this article is ideal; and only takes a few minutes.
Although the Bialeti's main function is to make hot frothy milky drinks such as hot chocolate and cappuccino it does include a 'cool mixing' option which is ideal for making cool frothy milkshakes. However, it is not a blender so if you intend making your milkshake from real fruit rather than flavourings and syrups added to milk you will need to blend the fruit in a blender first.
To Use the Bialetti to Make Cool Frothy Milkshakes
- Pour the ingredients into the Bialetti jug.
- Turn the knob to 'cool mixing'.
- Leave for about five minutes, and finally
- Serve and enjoy.
If you don't have a suitable milk frother and cooler then optionally place your milkshake in the fridge for an hour, or until nice and chilled; you may need to give it a quick stir just before serving if the ingredients have started to settle.
Recipe for a Cool Banana Ice Cream Milkshake
Refreshingly Cool and Fruity With or Without Ice Cream
Simple recipe ideas to make a cool and refreshing milkshake fresh from bananas, and for added coolness, optionally made with lavish scoops of ice cream.
A great easy to make recipe made in minutes with just a few basic ingredients from your fruit bowl, fridge and freezer.
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- 1 lb. (500 grams) Bananas
- 1 pint (600 ml) cool milk
- 3 scoops of Ice cream
Instructions for Making the Milkshake
- Peel and chop the bananas and quickly blend in your blender.
- Add three scoops of ice cream to the blender and top up with cool milk.
- Blend for a further 20 seconds, pour into glasses and server immediately for a cool refreshing drink on a hot summer's day.
Alternative Banana Milkshake Ideas
Without Ice Cream
It's nice for a banana milkshake to be cool which ice cream helps to do. Although even if it’s not a cool it still makes a pleasant refreshing drink; and it can be made simply with little fuss within minutes.
However, if you have the time and equipment you can still make it cool and frothy without ice cream.
The two options I give in this article are with either using the ‘cool’ setting on the Bialetti hot milk drinks maker. Strange as it may sound the Bialetti we use for making hot and frothy milk drinks e.g. hot chocolate has a ‘cool’ setting; which from time to time we use, and it does a great job.
Ofcourse, if you don’t have a Bialetti with this setting you can always cool your banana milkshake in the fridge; which is the second, and simpler, option I cover in this article.
Banana to Milkshake Quickly Made in the Blender or Bialetti
Experiment with Soft Fruits
For Alternate Fruity Milkshakes and Cool Drinks
Bananas are an easy choice, and a safe bet for, for a cool refreshing drink. Although, blending any soft fruits, or even a mixture of soft fruits, should produce some really tasty alternatives; particularly strawberries and raspberries.
However, if you want to get really adventurous even the firmer fruits such as apples and pears, if they are blended to pulp (and optionally strained to separate the juice) could make some interesting drinks.
If you do experiment with trying different fruits it would also be prudent to taste after blending, and decide whether it needs further flavouring, or the flavouring enhancing e.g. by adding a small amount of orange juice to taste, or squeezing the juice from half a lemon into the mix.
Alternatively, rather than adding milk to make a milkshake, you might wish to add water and freeze the fruity mix in moulds, using a spoon as a lolly stick, to make ice lollies.
Another option might be to make ice cubes from blended fruits and then use them during a hot summer to spice up your drinks.
You Can Also Use Your Bialetti to Make Hot Frothy Drinks
Step by step demonstration video made by me on making great hot frothy drinks with a Bialetti as featured in this article. The Bialetti Hot Chocolate Maker and Milk Frother shown here also has a 'cool' setting which is great for making cool drinks and milkshakes.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Arthur Russ
How do you make your Milkshakes? - Share your tips and experiences here
Arthur Russ (author) from England on June 15, 2017:
Thanks for your tips Sharon, yes bananas certainly is a versatile and healthy fruit that works well in many recipes.
Sharon Bellissimo from Toronto, Canada on December 22, 2012:
I use fruit especially bananas and protein powders to make healthy shakes