You can make milkshakes with fruits like banana, apple, mango, sapota, custard apple, peach, apricot, kiwi, cherry and strawberry. Or you may combine two fruits like banana-mango, sapota-banana or apple-strawberry etc. When choosing fruits you should ensure that the fruit is not too acidic in nature. Highly acidic fruits can curdle the milk.
There are a lot of options when it comes to the type of milk you want to use: you can use cow’s milk, powdered milk or make a vegan shake like using soya milk, almond milk, coconut or oat milk. In the event of your child being lactose intolerant you should use the type of milk that has been recommended by the paediatrician.
The recipe given below is for apple banana milkshake. You can use any fruit of your choice, depending on the seasonal availability.
INGREDIENTS (240 ml cup used)
- Apple – 1 medium sized
- Banana – 1 large
- Chilled milk – 1 ½ to 2 cups
- Pinch of cinnamon powder (optional)
- Powdered sugar or any other natural sweetener – 1 tablespoon or to taste
- Almonds or cashews – 6
- Wash, peel and remove the core of fruits with seeds like apple.
- Chop the fruits into pieces and put them in the blender to make a puree.
- Add half of the milk, sweetener and nuts.
- Blend the mixture until it is smooth.
- Add the rest of the milk and blend well. The consistency of the milk shake is up to you. If you want to serve thinner consistency add more milk.
- Pour into tall serving glasses and sprinkle cinnamon powder (optional).
Children enjoy having food and beverages from colourful plates, bowls and glasses. There are plenty of tableware options available in the market when it comes to choosing for children. Making the food and beverage look exciting is an important part of getting your child to enjoy meal times.
Milk is rich in calcium. Fruits are rich in Vitamins A and C, phosphorus, folic acid, iron, flavonoids, antioxidants and fiber.