Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Mini Peanut Butter Milkshakes

I grew up eating peanut butter virtually every day of my life. PB&J was always the sandwich du jour. As I got older, though, I expanded my horizons; now I rebel almost ferociously against tedium and monotony in my diet.

So after going through a long period of sharing peanut butter toast far too often with someone who eats it every morning (every single morning for the past 3 decades, no less), last year I got to the point where I simply couldn't stand the sight, smell or taste of it anymore - neither the toast nor the peanut butter. Toast - meh, I can live without it. Peanut butter, though??? I had to find a way to reclaim it. I haven't eaten it for more than a year now ... something must be done about this!

Ironically, awhile ago my recipe for Thai-Style Peanut Noodles with Cucumber was a finalist in a contest sponsored by the Southern Peanut Growers' Association. And what, pray tell, was my exciting prize??? Why, a year's supply of peanut butter, of course - 12 jars of the stuff! As Depeche Mode sings in "Blasphemous Rumours": "I think that God's got a sick sense of humour ...."

So I gave jars to Jeremy and to friends. I kept two for myself, because peanut butter does still make a fabulous ingredient for cupcakes, cookies ... and now milkshakes.

Slowly but surely, I am trying to ease myself back into eating peanut butter. I'm making mostly sweet treats with it, but also an occasional savory one. At some point, I hope to be able to schmear some on a piece of bread or on an apple and eat it straight.

Until then, though, a rich, lusciously decadent milkshake is a great way to reacquaint myself with the fabulous flavor of peanut butter. But these are so intense that they need to be offered in mini servings rather than as a full shake. They make adorable desserts!

Mini Peanut Butter Milkshakes

2 cups vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup skim milk
whipped cream

Place all ingredients in a blender and whiz them together until smooth. Pour into small glasses, top with whipped cream, and serve immediately.

Serves 4.


Unknown said...

LOL... Of course you would win 12 jars of peanut butter at time when you didn't like it! That's how life goes most of the time - but - when life gives you lemons .. or in the case peanut butter... you make milkshakes!!! YUM!!!

Cranberry Morning said...

Haha. I lived for decades eating toast and peanut butter for breakfast. :-) This is such a simple but delicious recipe. YUM.

Collette Osuna said...

These look completely yummy!!!

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Karen Mortensen said...

I am going to have to try this one. I love peanut butter.

Candace said...

These milkshakes are absolutely adorable! This is a great way to get back into the peanut butter groove. I can't believe you received a whole year's worth of the stuff. omy!

Judee @ gluten free A-Z said...

What a great peanut butter story. Well, glad your eating it again because your milkshake looks fabulous.( great pic too) I hardley ever eat peanut butter, but coincidently I posted a peanut butter recipe this week too.

Paul said...

Dry powdered milk & water
Ice cubes
Frozen matured bananas
Peanut butter (crunch or smooth)
Fresh fruit w.cleaned rinds(apples, peaches, strawberries, etc.)
Blend & drink...easy and less fat.

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