Homemade milkshakes and smoothies for drinking jars

Homemade milkshakes and smoothies for drinking jars 

ice tea with slice of lemon in mason jar on the wooden rustic background

Milkshakes and smoothies have become big business in recent years, with specialist shake and smoothie bars springing up in towns and cities across the country to satisfy the growing demand for drinks that are as nutritious as they are delicious. Whilst it is fun to buy a superfood smoothie or a decadent milkshake from one of these outlets when you are out and about, you can easily make your own at home – with a little inspiration and creativity, you can rustle up your own fabulous recipes to tempt the whole family. Served in a stylish drinking jar, a homemade shake or smoothie will go down a storm at children’s parties, barbecues, or on summer picnics.

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A quirky milkshake recipe for drinking jars

When we think of milkshakes, we typically think of strawberry, chocolate or banana as flavours; however, there are so many other tasty ingredients you can add to milkshakes besides these usual suspects. Here is an idea you might not have come across before – orange milkshake!

Ingredients

5 scoops vanilla ice cream
75ml semi-skimmed milk
175ml freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tbsp grated orange zest
4 thin slices of orange to decorate

Method

Use a blender to mix the ice cream, milk, orange juice and orange zest together until the mixture is thick, smooth and frothy. Pour into four 450ml drinking jars and top with a thin slice of orange. Chill in the fridge briefly before serving.

A delicious smoothie recipe for drinking jars

When it comes to smoothies, these are often seen as more of a nutritional choice than a sweet treat; however, there is no reason smoothie can’t be just as delicious as a milkshake. Here is a recipe for a healthy, superfood smoothie that is just bursting with vitamins, minerals and all-round goodness. You might pull at a face at the thought of spinach in this peach and fig smoothie, but trust us on this – you have to try it to see how good it is.

Ingredients

2 peaches, stones removed
5 figs
200g fresh spinach
250ml water

Method

Add the chopped peaches, spinach and water to a blender, along with the scooped-out flesh of the figs. Blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy, then pour into a drinking jar. This smoothie is more of a meal replacement than a treat and is great to use as part of a weight loss programme if you are aiming to lose a pound or two for the summer.

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