One of the Small People in our family has been badgering us recently to make Banana Nog - also often interpreted as Banana Milkshake.
Being a bit of a nog virgin, I had no idea how to make it, and his insistence that it was just banana in a blender wasn't helping.
A quick look in some recipe books and a call to a friend however, and we established the essentials - and then set about experimenting.
Banana (or any other soft fruit) Nog is incredibly simple to make, and quantities can be interpreted according to personal preference. It's also possible to make it with ice-cream or natural yoghurt, although if you go down the yoghurt route you might want to add some crushed ice cubes to the blender to chunk it up.
Essentially, all you need is this:
3 ripe bananas 3-5 cups of cold milk Two scoops of vanilla ice cream (can work well with other appropriate flavours: we also tried Strawberries & Cream) or natural yoghurt. A dash of vanilla essence A sprinkle of sugar A few ice cubes (optional)
Throw it all in a blender save the ice cubes, adding them at the end for one last blitz.
Pour into glasses, garnish with a mint leaf or piece of strawberry, then drink (or eat, depending how thick it's ended up!)
Delicious for a summer's afternoon in August, and a hit with grown-ups and children alike.
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