Back to school season got you down? I have a feeling these recipes might help: eight different ideas for homemade milkshakes, easy to whip up for dessert or an after-school snack. I figure you can probably handle a standard chocolate or vanilla shake on your own, so these milkshakes are a little untraditional when it comes to flavors and ingredients.
Got a favorite classic or unusual milkshake you want us to recreate? Tell us about it in the comments section.
Strawberry Mascarpone Shake
There's nothing wrong with a traditional strawberry shake, but berries truly shine with a bit of rich, tangy mascarpone and the seeds scraped from a vanilla bean. If you froze strawberries at the peak of the season, they'll find a happy home in this recipe. There's no need to defrost 'em first.
Maple Bacon Shake
If you're sick of bacon-everything, pass this one by, but if you have a weakness for the sweet-savory-salty mix, this shake might be right up your alley. The bacon flavor in this shake recipe comes from rendered bacon instead of meaty little pieces which might get a little bizarre texturally when mixed with ice cream. Grade B maple syrup adds a rich, earthy sweetness.
Spicy Chocolate Pumpkin Milkshake
You might not see a ton of spicy milkshakes, but chocolate and chilies are a natural pair, cold or hot. This shake has a lingering burn to it thanks to a quarter teaspoon of cayenne, propped up with a mix of pie spices including ginger, cinnamon, and clove. A touch of pumpkin will help get you into an autumnal mood.
Kefir Date Shake
Date shakes are a Southern California thing—where date farms are abundant, it's the default shake flavor over vanilla or chocolate. This spin on the classic is made with frozen yogurt and tangy whole milk kefir for a result that's satisfying and not too sweet.
Homemade 'Shamrock Shakes'
This homemade shake is really homemade—you start by mixing up your own custard base, flavored with fresh mint and a little mint extract. Instead of whirring in a blender with milk, it's frozen to a slurpable consistency in an ice cream maker.
Raspberry, Ginger, and Coconut Shake
Coconut-milk ice cream isn't just for vegans: this slightly tropical-tasting dessert is just straight-up delicious. Here, it serves as the base for a bright red milkshake, flavored with tart red raspberries and spicy fresh ginger.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Milkshake
A milkshake's already pretty rich, but we made it even richer, and we don't regret it one bit. This pumpkin cheesecake milkshake has a mellow pumpkin flavor spiced with a pinch of cinnamon, and the addition of cream cheese makes it tangy and extra creamy. You might want to serve it in mini-glasses, though: this stuff is not for the weak.
Chocolate Avocado Milkshake
Avocado milkshakes are pretty common in some parts of the world, and we're on a mission to spread the good word about 'em. The avocado flavor is subtle, but the texture is awesomely velvety and creamy. Just be sure to use a fully soft, ripe avocado here.