Banana Cardamom Milkshake

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Author Notes: Recently, I got an email from my friend Alexandra. She was planning to make banana pudding for a party over the weekend and wondered if I thought it was a good idea to add some cardamom. I enthusiastically gave her two thumbs up, and then proceeded to obsess over the idea for the next few days. Banana and cardamom seemed like such a winning combination -- I knew there must be other ways to put it to good use. After some thought, and inspired in part by our Soda Fountain contest, I decided to try making a banana cardamom milkshake. Happily, it didn't disappoint. Feel free to adjust the cardamom to your taste, as well as the milk to ice cream ratio -- I went for a shake that's not too thick, reminiscent of a smoothie but richer.Merrill Stubbs

Makes 1 large milkshake, or two smaller shakes

  • 1 large banana, peeled
  • 2 scoops good vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Seeds from 4 cardamom pods, crushed
  1. Chill a tall glass. Blend everything together and serve with a wedge of lime or chunk of banana.

Tags: milk shake, milkshake, shake

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8 months ago Nora

what would the translation be to ground cardamom??


10 months ago aysegul

Sounds yummy and also it is so nutritious!
I'll try it soon!


about 1 year ago Pauline Black

This sounds wonderful! I just bought cardamom after having had a fabulous cake with cardamom in a vegetarian restaurant (wish I knew what else was in that cake! It tasted almost floral!).
I decided to make my own cake with just a box of white cake mix, a small can of pumpkin, and about 2 tablespoons of ground cardamom. No eggs, milk, or anything else. Just baked as directed! :)
I fell in love with cardamom, and can't wait to try this yummy sounding milkshake!


about 1 year ago tamater sammich

Had cardamom pods I didn't know what to with, read AntoniaJames comment about the frozen bananas which I keep in the freezer, and subbed a high quality thick yogurt for the ice-cream….WoW!!!
Thanks - I'll have fun surprising my guy with this one.


over 1 year ago Eric Richard

can I sub ground cardamon and if so, how much?


over 1 year ago SailNE

I love the cylinder glass that you served this yummy milkshake in. Any idea where I could find them? Crate & Barrel used to carry them, but they've been discontinued for quite some time.


over 1 year ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Yes, they're designed by Jasper Morrison for Alessi and can be found here (as well as many other online sources): http://www.switchmodern...


almost 3 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Excellent recipe! It was unusually hot on Friday and Saturday, so I whipped one up on Friday, using less than a scoop of ice cream because that's all I had. (I froze my banana pieces, however.) Scrumptious! On Saturday, I made another, this time with frozen cubes of unsweetened homemade vanilla almond milk and again, frozen banana chunks. I found it even more refreshing on a hot, hot day! (Did you know that Harold McGee pointed out in one of his earlier works that you actually need a fair bit of water in frozen desserts involving fruit, to allow you to taste the flavors better? I think he's right! The almond milk really focused the other flavors.) It's seasonally cold today, but when it warms up again, I'm putting this wonderful concoction into popsicle molds. ;o)


about 3 years ago Franko



about 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

So glad you liked it!


over 3 years ago EmilyC

I haven't met many milkshakes I don't like, but this is a really great flavor combination. I can also attest that chocolate banana cardamom milkshakes are pretty delicious, too!


over 3 years ago Mandy Cox

I love Cardamom and will definitely try this and maybe with a touch of maple. :)


over 3 years ago Mandy Cox

I love Cardamom and will definitely try this and maybe with a touch of maple. :)


over 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Great idea!


over 3 years ago Yogicfioodie

I just downed a whole glass. My girls are sipping as I type and I'm gonna get up and get some more for moi.

I had to substitue to soy milk and soy icecream for today, but I'm definately gonna try with cow's milk next time. *I mean tomorrow!

It's refreshing, eloquent and making me wanting for more~!!


almost 4 years ago lorigoldsby

I think cardamon is one of those miracle spices that is so very versatile! Inspired! I will now add it to my banana cake...wish I had thought of it years ago!


almost 4 years ago michelle_brown

I am sipping this as we speak - it is perfect and balanced. Enough said!


almost 4 years ago communityfoodjustice

Another good trick is to freeze peeled bananas, and to whip them up with some milk. The texture is just like ice cream, but significantly healthier!


almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Yum! I first tried the banana/cardamom combo in thirschfeld's pie. Awesome. Can I use ripe frozen bananas? I've got a surplus. Looks like Walker deserves a milkshake!! What happened??


almost 4 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Sure, why not? Poor Walker was in a scooter accident a few minutes earlier -- but he perked up quickly enough!


almost 4 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I love the combination of the banana and cardamom will have to give this a try. With a chlds seal of approval it has to be good. Picture is so cute!


almost 4 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Isn't he sweet?


almost 4 years ago TheFriendlyFoodieGirl

I will be making this. Soon, very soon! = D