Get out your bobby socks and poodle skirt (I know, I wasn't around either, I just saw it on Nick at Night)...we're going to the Malt shop. I'm getting old-school on you. But seriously as I love the flavor of malt (not as in Schlitz, but rather Carnation), this is one of my go-to faves. You can modify the base, but what is non-negotiable is the powdered malt. I have only used the original flavor and not the chocolate as I'm a purist sometimes (other times a renegade. Oh well, never mind).
So here's the Malt Shop:
- Greek yogurt ~ 1 cup
- Water ~1/2 cup
- Ice ~ 1/2 cup
- Malt Powder 1-2 T *secret ingredient*
- Stevia or other sweetener if needed (the malt has some sugary substance in it already)
- small sprinkle guar gum
- very small sprinkle xanthan gum
- 1-2 tsp sugar-free/fat-free CHEESEcake pudding powder *the other secret ingredient*... (notice how I wrote "Cheesecake" on duct tape and stuck it onto the package? I ran out and was using vanilla as a sub-standard "stand-in". (classy, no?)
My fave fave fave Greek Yogurt is Fage. Ridiculously expensive, but worth it for eating on its own. For shakes, smoothies and "ice cream" I will step it down a notch or two because you're essentially obliterating it anyway and the creaminess doesn't seem to transfer to the smoothie as you would imagine it to do. :-/ Odd, isn't it?
You will notice that I added way more ice and water and put in less yogurt- I was sparing calories at the expense of taste. Play with the ratios and see what works for you. It's the MALT that is the MAGICAL ingredient. It's so processed and naughty and evil, but yum-0-rama! Note: I have seen malt powder in health food stores in bulk. It's an odd beige-brown color, so I'm not sure it'll substitute. If anyone (like my arch nemesis/rival/person who keeps me on my toes, Protein Girl at Pimp my Protein Shake) tries it, let me know how it turns out.
I like mine thick and frothy. Ice doesn't bother me. As long as it's creamy AND icy- it's all good. If it's icy but not creamy, it's not going down the gullet. Often if it's too icy, I add a sprinkle more guar gum and it makes it creamier just like that. It its non-salvageable, sadly it goes down the sink and I start anew.
Mmmm, thick yum sticking to the sides of the blade. This is the infamous 1K Blender by the way (that has flown all over the world and cruised the seven seas). Sadly he doesn't know that his fleet has been grounded due to his master wanting to be more normal.
Smoothie-in-a-bowl. Really, this is the best way to eat a smoothie in my opinion. If you're not rushing out the door, this is the most civilized approach...not to mention the fact that you can let loose with toppings to sprinkle and the nut butters you can plaster on your spoon. I wouldn't recommend any nut butters with the Malt shop, and the only topping that I can think of to do it justice would be crushed Malted Milk Balls (or Maltesers for you Brits/Canadians)!! OMG!!! Why didn't I think of that sooner! Oh well, next time!
And now for the little Halloween portion of the post... (no, honest...it's really, really little)...
Here was part of my dinner. It's a shame that the background didn't come out better- it was FORBIDDEN rice (it's black) with chopped orange peppers...I was so proud of myself for coming up with such a Halloweeny conconction and took a photo of just the black & orange without the scary topping. Sadly it went to the Blogmuda Triangle.
Egg White Ghost on Forbidden Rice & Orange Sweet Pepper. When I looked at the photo again I realized that the ghost also bore a slight resemblance to a polar bear or a siberian husky. Well, let me assure you, egg-art is harder than it looks! Having said that, Heather did a really cute job a few weeks ago. Maybe I need more practice! ;-)
Happy weekend, folks! Let me know if you make the smoothie and what you think- I'm always happy for additional thoughts and ideas!