Food-Storage Milkshake

I was asked to teach a treat I make from my food storage for a Relief Society project this week. It was a no-brainer: Food Storage Milkshakes. How on earth is it possible to make a decent milkshake from food storage? Those large #10 cans full of dry stuff and things the kids turn their noses up at? A milkshake? Are you high? Nope. And it’s good, too. I promise.

I wish I could remember where I first saw this recipe, because I would give credit- I was an unbeliever when I first saw it, but I needed something to do with my dry-pack non-fat milk powder. Oh yes, that’s right NON-fat milk. It’s even healthy…ish.

So- get out your blenders.  You should have all this on-hand, if you have your food-storage star-badge from RS. What? Your ward doesn’t hand those out? (you don’t really have to be a Mormon to make these, but you may not have 749 pounds of canned dry goods on hand like the rest of us- but knock yourself out and make it anyway!) You need:

  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups dry non-fat milk powder
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened plain cocoa powder (Hershey is fine)
  • 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 spray of cooking spray. I don’t know why, but do it.
  • Ice cubes to top off blender.

Add all of the above ingredients into your blender. Make sure it’s a decent blender, because you can burn one out on this. Whirl it all on high for two full minutes. The two-minutes is important for texture and to aerate the mixture. If your blender is a little feeble, increase the water by 1/2 cup to make it a thinner shake, and less like a thick malt. Divvy up and serve with a spoon or straw, depending on how much ice/water you used. There is no wrong answer.

Pour them in tall glasses, and top with whipped cream if you’ve got it. Watch your kids beat the door down trying to get at these babies. You will have done the impossible: A thick, creamy chocolate milkshake without a drop of ice cream! Thank me later.

19 thoughts on “Food-Storage Milkshake

  1. You know, I normally completely ignore recipes like these, because I know my kids can’t have them. But I actually read the recipe this time, and I think I’m going to try this. I’ll have to use potato milk powder instead of dry non-fat milk powder, but if it tastes good with dry non-fat milk (which I don’t want to drink) it might also taste good with potato milk (which I also don’t like to drink). Thanks for the recipe!

  2. As a family we love these shakes. We also like to put them in the freezer after pouring for a time (if we can manage to wait) so they become extra thick.

    Thanks for the reminder about the yummy goodness.

  3. You crack me up…what exactly on this list of ingredients would apply to just a Mormon household with food storage? I do have a fairly extensive food storage (more so than most of my Mormon friends who come over to stare) and there isn’t a single item in this recipe that I don’t have in my common pantry….but they do look good!

    • B, I was being funny- or attempting to be. We can agree you are not most people. Most people don’t have #10 cans of non-fat dry milk hanging around. Everything else is a normal pantry item, of course.

      • You got that right. It’s right about the time that my LDS friends see those storage cans that they ask when I left the church…lol…

      • They sure do. You figure they walk in and my mantle centerpiece is our last name with “Families are Forever” written in between and then you go downstairs and see a fully stocked bar, a sewing machine and knitting supplies and a years supply of food storage. They get confused awfully quickly 🙂

        Missionaries are coming by Monday night for dinner. I get a fresh out of the gate newby and one that is headed back home in two weeks and is sure to be known one day. Haven’t decided which way I am going to go yet, but I am excited …. heeheehee

  4. Sounds nummy! (she says licking the spoon in her Banana Cream Pie shake from the drive in)

    Just an FYI-I knew I’d read somewhere about “why” it is necessary to use both the spray and the other oil in recipes like this. I tracked it down on Hillbilly Housewife.

    Her little “rant” about it follows the recipe so you might have to scroll down.

  5. P.S. to your twitter-

    I ALSO hate certain things with holes (but not all things with holes). Lotus seed pods give me the heebie jeebies too, but the worst for me is HONEYCOMB! Seriously. I can’t STAND to look at bee honeycomb. Woohoo for weirdness!

  6. Just tried if after dinner tonight. You were right…the kids gobbled it up. I put some in the toddler’s sippy cup (milked down) and he would drink his then drink dad’s out of the straw, his, then dad’s…getting his fill! What a great idea. Thanks again for sharing.

    However, I must admit I put too much in my blender and it overflowed for two minutes. Yeah, not so much a fun mess to clean up. But it still tasted good…

  7. Woo, thanks for the recipe! I’m totally going to try it out as soon as I get my blender working again. It sounds wonderful.

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