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This &#%! is Bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

June 30, 2010

Remember the Gwen Stefani song “Hollaback Girl”?  This post’s title comes from that, because I’m sharing a great recipe for banana milkshakes.  Nothing like an ice-cold milkshake to cool you off in the summer.


Banana Milkshakes

It’s super hot outside in DC, so I decided to make a banana milkshake to cool off using frozen bananas I already had in the house.  It’s a healthy snack and is so super quick and easy that it’s one of my favorite summertime drink inventions I have in my repertoire.  Hope you go bananas for it (please excuse my cheesy pun).


  • 8 ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (could be whole, 1%, fat free…whatever you like!)
  • 2 frozen bananas (when you freeze them, don’t peel them—the skin turns brown, but the inside stays perfect for a few months, believe it or not…but obviously take off the peels when you make the milkshake!)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon half  & half

*Note:  If you don’t have frozen bananas on hand, fresh ones work fine—just throw more ice cubes into the mix to keep everything cold.


  1. Put all of the ingredients in a blender
  2. Blend on high-speed for a minute or less
  3. Anddd…enjoy!

Told you it was ridiculously easy!

It serves about 5 people, and it’s easy to adjust to your own taste preferences—just add a bit more sugar, a little more milk, etc, to get it just the way you like.  So easy and perfect for a hot summer day.

For a fun adults-only summertime drink , take a look at our easy recipe for a gin bucket.  Of course, you can check out our other recipes on our ‘GoodEats’ page, as well as some of our favorite dining spots in the DC area on our ‘DC Wining & Dining page.’  Have a great Wednesday!

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