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Friday, May 13, 2016

Banana Milkshake - A nutritious kid's breakfast option

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Today we are going to have a nutritious, filling, refreshing banana beverage. This is a great summer drink and a good kid’s breakfast option too. Some of the benefits of Banana as a fruit are described below. For details you can refer to http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/25-powerful-reasons-to-eat-bananas

100 grams banana contains 0.3 gm total fat, zero cholesterol, 1 mg salt, about 360 mg potassium, 2.6 gm dietary fiber, 12 gm sugar and 1.1 gm protein. This result in following benefits:-

1. High Fiber Content
2. Lowers Heart attack risk
3. Ease in Digestion
4. Powerhouse of Nutrients
5. High Source of Potassium
6. Blood Pressure reducing
7. Helps fight Anaemia due to iron content

Preparation Time: - 10 min

Cooking Time: - 5 min

Servings: - 2 persons

Ingredients:-

  1. 2 pieces ripe banana – I prefer bigger Robusta type but you can use smaller type Yalakki banana also. 
  2. 1 ½ cup or approx 350 ml full cream milk. If you want a totally Vegan preparation you can use even Soya or Almond Milk. That way it would be casein free too. I used full cream milk as I want it to be a kid’s breakfast powerhouse.
  3. 2~3 tbsp of Peanut butter (optional – it can be used as a thickening agent for dairy-free option as above).
  4. 1 big scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream
  5. Nutmeg powder – I grounded ¼th Nutmeg in pestle and mortar
  6. Sugar or Honey or Jaggery or any sweetening agent you like. You may use Mapple Syrup if you want it totally sugar free. I personally used 4 tbsp of Honey
  7. 1 tsp Rose water
  8. 5~6 ice cubes

Preparation:-

  1. Boil Milk and keep aside to cool down.
  2. Peel the banana and cut into small pieces. Keep aside.
  3. Crush the Nutmeg to make a fine powder and keep aside.
  4. Pour the milk, banana, honey, nutmeg powder and Vanilla Ice Cream together in a blender. Blend for 1 minute.
  5. Add the Ice cubes and Rose water – mix again in blender for 15 seconds.
  6. Optionally garnish the drink with a cherry and a layer of honey.

Refrigerate and serve chilled. Your kids will love it and your spouse may fight for his/her share with them.

As always please feel free to comment, criticize and seek if any help is required. I am all ears.