One day I was assigned to make dessert for a family get-together and we had no sweeteners at all in the house—no honey, no maple syrup, and almost no fruit! It was even a Sunday and I don’t spend money on Sundays so I had to figure out something from what we had. Thankfully I had a bunch of ripe bananas, and a can of frozen orange juice concentrate (a special treat, we don’t usually buy or drink juice). I invented this milkshake, and it’s been on repeat at our house ever since!
I am always trying to find ways to get nutrients into my ever-more-picky 18-month old. This milkshake has 42% of your daily need of calcium (431 mg), and 96% of your vitamin C. I love that she loves it and is getting so much calcium and vitamin C. If your plant milk is fortified with vitamin D, that will help the absorption of the calcium even more.
It is a perfect fruity, cold treat for the remaining days of summer (and beyond, into citrus season!). I’d like to experiment with using whole oranges as opposed to orange juice concentrate. Let me know if you try that!
This whole-food plant-based treat is perfect for a hot day.
- 1 ripe banana (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup plant milk (use canned coconut milk for the creamiest, thickest result)
- 2 TBSP 100% juice frozen orange juice concentrate
- 4 ice cubes
Blend all together in a blender and enjoy immediately.
You may need to double or triple it, because everyone in your household will want some!
Adding a blip of vanilla would also be yummy!
Nutrition facts (using calcium-fortified orange juice concentrate and unsweetened almond millk):
Fat: 1.8 g
Carbs: 38.7 g
Fiber: 3.4 g
Protein: 2.8 g
42% Daily value calcium
96% daily value vitamin C