Thursday, June 23, 2011

DRINKS: Condensed-Milk-Free, Agave-Sweetened, Avocado Shake (Sinh to Bo)

The first time I heard of an avocado shake; I wasn't sure what to expect.  Once I had it, I was in love.  This genius Vietnamese sweet drink, is typically made with condensed milk (which is incredibly sweet and rich), avocados, and milk.  The traditional preparation is phenomenal, but I fear, highly fattening. My alternative uses homemade evaporated non-fat milk (am I the only one who doesn't have this stuff lying around) and agave, which allows you to enjoy this great drink with alot less guilt.

Servings: 2-3

  • 2 ripened avocados (store tip: buy the avocados with a "mush" factor at the store - go ahead and squeeze them to make sure they're not rock hard), peeled and halfed
  • Agave syrup or brown sugar
  • 2 cups of non-fat milk - this is for the evaporated milk
  • 1 cup non-fat milk
  • 3-4 ice cubes (optional)
  • Simmer the 2 cups of non-fat milk in a small pot for 25-35 minutes - the goal is to reduce the milk's volume by about 60%
  • Stir in at least 2-3 tbsp of brown sugar or agave syrup to the milk while still warm
  • Pour milk in a small bowl and freeze for at least 25 minutes
  • In a blender or food processor, blend avocados and milk mixture
  • Add in an additional cup of milk and continue to blend
  • Blend in an additional 1-2 tbsp of agave if you want a sweeter drink
  • Add in ice cubes or refrigerate for an additional 20-30 minutes
  • Enjoy!

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