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A favorite treat from before we started changing over to real, more nutrient dense foods was Magic Milk Shakes from the Hillbilly Housewife website. They tasted remarkably like a Frosty from Wendy’s and we would have them a few times a week as a snack or dessert. But with the ingredient list (powdered milk, vegetable oil, vegetable spray) they needed to be reworked in order to fit into our ‘new’ style of eating. My little Lulu was broken hearted over the idea of not having her favorite shakes so she became our Official Milk Shake Maker and took on the task of tweaking the recipe (I helped a little but it was mostly Lulu).

The milkshakes that we now enjoy have eliminated those questionable ingredients and embraced healthier choices. The flavor is wonderful and makes for a very nice treat.

Milk Shake Magic

1 1/2 cups dairy kefir
1 1/2 cups raw milk
1/3- 2/3 cup Sucanat (or other sweetener)
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 Tablespoons coconut oil (melted if solid at room temperature)
1-2 trays of ice cubes

Put everything but the coconut oil and ice in the blender. Turn on blender to mix it all together. With blender running, add the coconut oil. When mixed, add the ice cubes a few at a time until shake has reached the consistency you desire.

We tend to use two full trays of ice to make a very thick shake that needs to be eaten with a spoon. This makes a full blender which provides us with four generous servings and usually seconds for the shake maker 🙂

If you have not yet started making dairy kefir (here is a great article on dairy kefir) you can use milk instead and go with the lesser amount of sugar.

The coconut oil is an essential ingredient. It helps the shake emulsify properly and makes it creamier. Plus as a healthy fat, coconut oil is very good for you and can even help with weight loss (read about a few of the benefits here).

If you are looking for a simple and wonderful snack or dessert this just may be it.

This post is a contribution to Real Food Wednesdays hosted this week by Kelly the Kitchen Kop.

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