June 7, 2012

Strawberry-Balsamic Milkshake {Crazy Cooking Challenge}

It's Crazy Cooking Challenge time!  What's this month's challenge, you ask?  FRUIT SMOOTHIES and MILKSHAKES!  Just in time for summer, it's a whole party full of delicious fruity-and-frothy treats.  You're welcome.

My entry is pretty easy to pull together, with only four little ingredients ... but they're four little ingredients that pack a huge flavor punch - it's a Strawberry-Balsamic Milkshake.  Yes, you read that right.  Balsamic Milkshake.

Balsamic vinegar is absolutely, fabulously delicious with strawberries.  So, when I found this Strawberry-Balsamic Milkshake out in blogland, I knew I just had to give it a try for the Challenge.  And I wasn't at all disappointed.  Just like Balsamic vinegar drizzled over fresh sliced strawberries wonderfully compliments and enhances the berries' flavor, it does the same thing in this milkshake.  Yummy, yummy, yummy.

You just need a touch of Balsamic, though.  I tried the milkshake with varying amounts of Balsamic, and I found that one could go 'to far' with it.  I liked it when the Balsamic complimented the strawberries, not overpowered them.  Experiment with the amount to find just the right balance for your taste buds.

{Now, the original Sunny Vegan's version is ... as you would expect ... vegan.  I un-veganized it by using regular ice cream (instead of vegan 'ice cream') and honey (instead of agave nectar).  If you'd like to make the vegan version, pop on over to Sunny Vegan's blog for her original recipe.}

To whip up this milkshake, simply place fresh sliced strawberries, honey, vanilla ice cream, and a drizzle of Balsamic vinegar in a food processor or blender ...

... and let 'er rip!  When everything is well combined ...

... pour the strawberry-Balsamic deliciousness into a glass and enjoy.  But please do be careful not to slurp it up too quickly and get a brain freeze!

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Strawberry-Balsamic Milkshake
Source:  Adapted from Sunny Vegan
For 2 milkshakes:
1 c. vanilla ice cream
1 c. chopped fresh strawberries
1 T. honey
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar (or more, to taste)

1.  Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor.  Process until well combined.

2.  Pour into glasses and serve immediately.


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Have fun visiting other Crazy Cooking Challenge participants through the linky party below.  Looks like there are some fantastic fruit smoothies and shakes!



  1. Very interesting smoothie! I tried a recipe once that had cherry tomatoes, basil, and watermelon threaded on skewers then topped with a balsamic syrup. My husband and I didn't really care for it, but the friends' whose house we brought it to went crazy over it, to the point that the husband served it as his sister's wedding that he catered. I do love vinegar and would definitely be willing to give a Strawberry Balsamic Milkshake a try!

    1. Oooo, those skewers sound yummy! Might just have to give that combination a try.

  2. Never would have though to try balsamic in a shake, but it sounds delightful!! I will definitely have to give it a shot. Check mine out- I'm CCC #43!

    1. I know, Jenn ... I never would have thought of it, either, until I ran across the recipe. Once I saw it though, I knew I had to give it a try!

  3. I would have never thought of adding balsamic vinegar to a shake. Your recipe is very temping though. I may have to run to the store for some icecream and try it out!

  4. Wow, this one is very original, way to go, looks great!

  5. Yep, gotta try this ASAP! Great choice. I have vowed to make smoothies once a day all summer long, breakfast or a dinner substitute on hot summer days and I can't wait to try ALL of the Crazy Cooking Challenge recipes from this month. Thanks so much for participating.

    1. That's a great vow, Tina! Have fun with it!!! Smoothies every day sounds so yummy and so fun.

  6. I love strawberries and balsamic, which means this one is just for me! Delicious!


    1. I indeed is delicious, Jen! If you like the strawberry-balsamic flavor combo, you'll love this shake.

  7. Balsamic in a shake? I never would have though...sounds interesting though!

    I'm CCC #5

  8. I have a leftover infused balsamic reduction (with cinnamon and vanilla) in my refrigerator. I am def. going to try this one with it
    I'm CCC #40

  9. Very original and I know that I would love your smoothie as a dessert, yum!

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my CCC entry: Mango Melon Banana & Chia Smoothie.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  10. That is definitely a unique smoothie ingredient. Sounds amazing.

  11. WONDERFUL OHOTOS and with temps hitting the 90's this weekend a great time for this!


  12. This sounds delicious ... I never would have thought to add balsamic vinegar to a shake or smoothie!

  13. I've had strawberries and balsamic together before but never in a shake! I'm sure this is great!!

    Jen #59

  14. Definitely wouldn't have thought of adding balsamic to a shake. I'm not sure I'd like it, but I'd definitely give it a shot.

    Would love it if you'd link up at Off the Hook.

  15. This is a smoothie I am going to try! I love the addition of Balsamic! YUMMY! Thanks for joining ON THE MENU MONDAY with this frosty treat!

  16. Thanks for stopping by my blog (ccc #13). Your shake sounds wonderful! Interesting twist with the balamic vinegar.

  17. We never would have put balsamic and strawberries together without this post! We can't wait to try it out! Thanks for linking up with us on "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We hope to see you next week! -The Sisters


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