No Need for A Cup — “Milkshake” Recipe and WIAW

I must say I was aghast at how many of you admitted to disliking superhero movies on Friday’s post. Truly I intended the question to be more rhetorical and expected everyone to agree that superhero movies are wonderful. While I do think that some of you are missing out on what is Chris Hemsworth in metal breastplates and locks of gold, I’m also happy that you feel like you can be honest on here without being judged (I only thought *slightly* less of you Thor-haters πŸ˜‰ ).

While we speak of being honest I must also admit to forgetting quite a few promised posts. Today is just one check off the list of several that I will be knocking down. Starting Monday I have plans to tackle them full force, one each week. Today though is all about the food. Since I tend to only post recipes for baked goods, you may have started to think that that’s all my family eats. On the contrary those make up just one or two days out of the weekend and during the work week their days are dessert-less (aka. much more lackluster πŸ˜‰ ). On Friday I showed you a savory recipe involving beef and vegetables that is much closer to what my mom and dad have for supper each night.

Beef and Zucchini Skillet

Another thing that my dad personally consumes multiple times a week is his smoothie. Oh how the man loves his smoothies! When home I (and my mom) are probably asked four times a day if we will make him one. And only about 25% of the time do we say yes.

I posted one of the smoothies on Instagram two weeks ago but I also want to share a version of it on here. While the smoothies that I make do contain fruit and yogurt, they actually are much more “milkshake” like in taste and texture (at least that’s what my dad has led me to believe!)

Peanut Butter and Banana "Milkshake" (Instagram)

The base of the smoothie always includes one or more bananas and some plain organic yogurt. Most often I also add in nut butter and carob powder as well. Here is the recipe that I have been making most recently:

Banana, Nut Butter, Carob "Milkshake" (Paleo and Vegan)

Banana, Carob, Nut Butter “Milkshake”

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Dairy/Nut-Free Options, Egg-Free, Vegan Option, Paleo/Primal

Makes about 2 1/2 cups (1 or 2 servings)


  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 2/3 cup plain organic yogurt (use coconut to make this dairy-free)
  • 2-4 tbsp nut butter (just a “big scoop!”) (to make nut-free use sunflower seed butter)
  • 2-4 tbsp carob powder (again, I just add a scoop in, no measuring necessary)
  • optional: a splash of vanilla and a dash of sea salt

Banana Soft Serve


  1. Place the frozen bananas in the food processor first and blend until creamy and smooth. You may need to use a spoon occasionally to scrape down the sides of the processor to fully incorporate the bananas.
  2. Next add the yogurt and blend.
  3. Now with my base I add in the nut butter, carob powder, vanilla and sea salt. Give it a whirl until it is all one color and thoroughly combined!
  4. Enjoy πŸ™‚

Note: He also likes them with strawberries which I would add instead of the nut butter (1/2-1 cup frozen). But peanut butter and carob is his favorite combination.

Banana, Nut Butter, Carob "Milkshake" (Paleo and Vegan)

***Although the pictures are in a glass, my dad much prefers I just hand him a spoon with the food processor, blade and all πŸ™‚ ***

Are you someone who can drink your smoothie straight out of the food processor or blender? Or do you always have to serve it in a glass? Have you ever eaten your oatmeal straight from the pan, or a lasagna right from the casserole dish? Or does it just not feel “right” unless you eat your serving from a plate or bowl?

I’m definitely an in-betweener on this. While I feel perfectly fine snacking straight out of whatever I cooked/made my food in, I always have to eventually remove it to a plate/bowl/cup to eat my actual “meal.” Otherwise it doesn’t feel legitimate to me… Am I the only one?


Before I skidaddle, I want to fulfill my promise from Friday and give a quick review of Thor 2.


Using one of the most frequent words in my vocabulary, it was AWESOME! πŸ™‚

If you enjoyed the first movie you will certainly like this one as well because there is a lot of character development with Thor and Loki. There is also some great chemistry between Jane and Thor which I adored.

If you didn’t like the first movie, I would still encourage you to watch the sequel. After it was over I was explaining to my friend that I can’t pick a favorite of the two because they are just so DIFFERENT. It’s would be like comparing… a smoothie and a milkshake? ( πŸ˜‰ ) Both are amazing but to compare the two is unfair because they have different qualities that don’t crossover.

This sequel was extremely fast-paced and was jam-packed with humor. I don’t think I stopped laughing for more than a minute before Loki made some snarky comment again. Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis was as hilarious as ever, and the minor characters of Dr. Erik Selvig, the new intern Ian, and of course all of the royalty/warriors from Asgard were wonderful too. The lines were very well written and the back-and-forth dynamic between the characters was perfect. Witty. Visually Stunning….



Oh, and go check out Jenn’s WIAW party for this week too… πŸ˜‰


Questions for you:

Just tell me your thoughts!

31 thoughts on “No Need for A Cup — “Milkshake” Recipe and WIAW

  1. Yum that smoothie looks and sounds amazing no wonder your dad asks you so often to make them πŸ™‚

    I’ve never tried carob powder or making smoothies with frozen bananas before but will have to try out both.

    Other thoughts I know I wasn’t excited for Thor but another movie (apart from Hunger Games) that I am excited for is Ender’s Game, I read the book as a kid and re-read it recently and loved it, hoping the movie lives up to my expectations.

    • Carob powder is a really amazing ingredient. I would almost go so far to say that it may even be better than cocoa powder. It’s much sweeter (naturally!), isn’t bitter like chocolate, and doesn’t have any caffeine. Win win! πŸ˜€

      You will certainly have to try the frozen bananas in your smoothie. Make sure they’re ripe so that they get really sweet and creamy πŸ™‚

      I never read Ender’s Game when I was younger. In fact, I had never even heard of it until the movie came out. But it sounds really good so I’ll have to add it to my list of to-read books.

      Oh… I was as happy as a clam when I saw the trailer for Catching Fire when I went to watch Thor Thursday night πŸ™‚ It doesn’t matter that it was a repeat, I can’t wait!

      • Haha yes you do need to read Ender’s game and I would definitely recommend reading it before you see the movie if you can. It is a whole series but the first book is by far the best.

        I am so friggin excited for the new Hunger Games, I just bought my tickets yesterday for the 27th of November..yay!!

        Will have to get onto that carob powder with that description you gave it sounds amazing.

  2. You know I love my smoothies, so it’s only natural that I comment about how delicious this one sounds! Nothing beats a simple nut butter & carob recipe. I ALWAYS eat mine out of some type of bowl with a spoon. I don’t know why, but when I drink it straight from a cup I don’t feel like it fills me up. I think that’s all mental though, Ha Ha!

  3. Now that’s definitely my kind of smoothie! I love the ones that require a spoon to eat — if I can drink it with a straw, it’s too darn thin. And I’m one of those people that -has- to have it in a cup (or bowl). My mom can eat straight from the pot or blender, but I need the transfer. I mean sure… it’s more dishes, but it’s a lot more enjoyable too.

  4. I haven’t had a smoothie in quite a while, somehow I don’t crave cold food when it’s cold outside. But I might change my mind, that smoothie looks delicious.
    I usually eat my smoothies out of a small bowl, topped with granola, coconut, or chocolate chips. Well, smoothies are a dessert food for me.
    I don’t always put my food on proper plates. I usually bring my lunch to work in a plastic box, re-heat it in the office microwave, and eat straight out of it.

    • I think you aren’t supposed to crave cold food when it’s chilly outside… But growing up I never really followed the rules and ate ice cream during the winter all of the time! πŸ™‚

      I really need to make up a nice smoothie in a bowl for my dad. The last time I tried to convince him of toppings though he looked at me like I was a little crazy. Haha.

      A lot less dishes that way I bet! πŸ™‚

  5. The milkshake looks so good. We make something similar in our house. We also use frozen bananas and serve it up like soft serve ice cream! It is amazing what you can do with a banana!

  6. I love smoothies too – they have to be thick…I add frozen mixed berries in to mine also, just delicious. I do pour them in to a glass and add a straw πŸ™‚

    I have to admit I am not a superhero fan either BUT did enjoy the Hunger Games and will go and see the second one when out πŸ™‚

    • Frozen mixed berries are awesome! I could just eat them by the handful πŸ™‚ … and the best thick smoothies are the ones so thick that you can’t even DRINK them with a straw πŸ˜‰

      I cannot wait for Catching Fire to come out. I thought the first one was alright but there were cinematography issues that I had overall. I’m hoping this next director is better! But either way…. Yes. Totally excited πŸ˜€

  7. We have a blender that basically blends in a large plastic cup so you just unscrew it and then take off the lid. Means less washing up! My hubby loves smoothies after a run but I’m not such a huge fan. I think it’s because I drink them too quickly and then they’re more like a drink rather than a snack. I’d prefer just to eat the components separately haha.
    Glad you enjoyed Thor! It’s had rave reviews. Personally I’m excited about seeing Gravity on Monday – omgomgomogmg.

  8. You had me at chris hemsworth….love that man πŸ˜‰ definitely want to see the movie too! I like super hero movies usually but find I’m one of the few girls who do…handsome guys prancing around, saving the world? What’s not to love πŸ˜‰ you just put me in the mood for a milkshake too.,.which is sad since it’s 30 something degrees here and I’m freezing…but i have a feeling that won’t stop me πŸ˜‰

  9. Your parents are so fortunate to have their own personal little chef on hand πŸ˜‰

    I cannot eat food out of the pan/blender/etc- it just doesn’t seem right lol and also is a pain! I love smoothies which are thick otherwise the satiety factor is zilch.

    They need to make a harry potter 9. Thats my definition of a super hero movie πŸ˜‰

  10. I like the way your dad thinks; about smoothies, although I always have to transfer mine to a glass. Same thing goes for meals. I can’t eat it out of the pan/pot/dish it was cooked in, but the Hubby is perfectly happy to do so.
    Since I actually watched some of the filming of the Avengers films, they’ll always have a place in my heart. They shot the movie right outside our office, and I spent hours with my face smushed into a window watching.

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