Don't have ice cream OR milk in the house?
Whip up one of these as a cheap alternative.
The secret to this is adding the oil and cooking spray and process for a full 2 minutes.
1-1/2 to 2 cups ice water
1-1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
2/3 cups sugar (or Splenda)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 1-1/2 trays of ice cubes or enough ice to fill the blender 3/4 of the way.
2 Tablespoons corn oil plus 5 second squirt of non-stick cooking spray for emulsification purposes. (do not omit)
Place all ingredients in the blender except the ice and blend. Add the ice and blend on high for 2 minutes.
Add 1 Tablespoon of instant coffee for a mocha shake
Add 1 very ripe banana for a chocolate banana shake
Add a big spoonful of peanut butter for a Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake
Add a few broken mints or candy cane in for a Chocolate mint shake.
To make vanilla shakes, omit the cocoa powder, reduce the sugar to 1/2 cup and bump up the vanilla to 1 Tablespoon.
For a french vanilla shake, add an egg or two.