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Banana, Cardamom, and Vanilla Milk Shake


 Although this is technically a milkshake, you can tweak it to be a healthy smoothie by using Greek yogurt and a few ice cubes instead of ice cream or a non-dairy ice cream, and a scoop of whey or other protein powder and/or greens powder (if you don’t mind that it’s green). However you do it, it’s tasty!



Banana, Cardamom, and Vanilla Milk Shake



2 large bananas, peeled

4 scoops good vanilla ice cream, banana ice cream or Coconut Bliss Vanilla frozen dessert (non-dairy)

1 cup whole milk or non-dairy milk

seeds from 4 cardamom pods, crushed

1 teaspoon Rain’s Choice Tahitian Vanilla Extract


Put ingredients in a blender, adding a couple of ice cubes to make it super-cold if desired.

Pour into 2 – 3 glasses and cool off!


If you use an ice cream or frozen dessert that is not already flavored with vanilla, add a little more extract.

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is an author, educator, culinary historian, and owner of The Vanilla Company (www.vanillaqueen.com), a socially conscious, product-driven information and education site dedicated to the promotion of pure, natural vanilla, and the support of vanilla farmers worldwide. She also does culinary presentations for food professionals, cooking schools, trade shows, food fairs, and private groups, and is a regular radio and TV guest.

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