If you google Freak Milkshake, jugs of overflowing chocolate and colourful toppings are what you would get. I am not sure who started this trend, but those cups of fairytale-like milkshakes intrigued me.
It is definitely very simple to make a cup of milkshake with monster toppings overflowing the cup of goodness, however at the back of my head, I asked ‘Do I really want to fill myself with an excessive amount of sugar?” NO! OF COURSE NOT! So therefore I came up with a smoothie version. It might not necessarily be healthy but it definitely uses less sugar than a milkshake. Thus without further ado, let us get started!
When I brained-stormed for this smoothie, I wanted to add healthy elements to it, as well as the fun factor to it. After all the research, I decided to go for donuts and chia pudding as the toppings. Now you might think that donuts are guilty little round devils which are full of saturated fats, well you are correct. Hence I baked mine. The donuts that I used for this recipe are baked.
The donuts had half the mouthfeel of a fried donut and half of a cake. It is delicious and a very versatile bake that could satisfy your creativity in almost anything. I have been thinking of various kind of stuff I could do to a baked donuts. So stay tune for them.
I coated the chocolate donut with chocolate glaze and the vanilla donut with chunky strawberry glaze.
For the chia pudding, I did mine chocolate flavoured. The pudding was there to fill the cup plus add texture and colour to it. It kind of act as the chocolate sauce.
As for the base, any flavour of smoothie you desire. I went for passionfruit and banana blend. They gave a tropical essence to the smoothie and that was what I was looking for as I wanted this mug to be zesty and flavourful. And also, chose a mug that would allow the donuts to sit nicely on the brim of the mug. You do not want doughnut soaked in your smoothie.
Lastly, assemble! Feel free to make a mess as that is what makes it fun! Pour the chia pudding above the the smoothie till you reach the brim of the cup. Then, carefully place the doughnuts on the brim of the cup. I placed the chocolate donut above the vanilla. And you have your smoothie!
The health factors for this cup of smoothie are a blend of fruits, which provides you your fiber. The doughnuts are baked and not fried, and that greatly reduces the amount of saturated and trans fats in that piece. The strawberry glaze of the doughnuts are made with plain frozen strawberries with no sugar added. The chocolate however, needed a little sugar to balance its bitterness. And the chia pudding provides loads of nutrients without much calories.
What I really love about this concept is that the smoothie complements the donuts. And the drink as a whole was not very heavy as I used natural sweetness provided from the fruits, hence you not would feel like you consumed a massive amount of sugar, while still getting your sugary fix!
Freak Health Smoothie
Smoothie ( a smoothie of your choice) –
- About 3 to 4 passion fruit (with seeds or without)
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1/2 cup of greek yogurt
- 3/4 cup of milk (I used almond milk)
- 2.5 oz all purpose flour (1/2 cup)
- 6 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup grapeseed oil (can also use canola)
- 1/4 cup milk (I use Skim)
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tsp vinegar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- about 2-3 tablespoon of cocoa powder
- Handful of frozen strawberries
- 2 teaspoon of cornstarch
- 4 tablespoon of water (You could add more water for a thinner consistency)
- 6 tablespoon of cocoa powder
- 3 and 1/2 tablespoon of milk
- 3 teaspoon of powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1/2 cup of almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
Start with Chia pudding as it needs to infuse and puff up the flavours!
- In a jar/bowl/mug, mix cocoa powder and milk together, till well combined
- Add in chia seeds and let it soak all the goodness in the refrigerator as you start on your doughnuts!
Doughnuts! As this is a baked doughnut, a doughnut pan is required
- Grease doughnut pan with butter or oil. Grease it well as it would make removing the doughnuts a lot easier!
- In a medium bowl, whisk to combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In another bowl, whisk to combine the grapeseed oil, milk, egg, vinegar, and vanilla extract. Add this liquid to the dry ingredients and whisk until the two are *just* combined. It’s okay if the batter is lumpy, as you don’t want to overstir and make the donuts tough.
- Transfer half of the batter into another bowl and add the cocoa powder and mix well.
- Evenly divide the batter into the six donut wells, which is about 2.5 tbsp per well. Bake for 13 minutes until a toothpick inserted into one of the doughnuts comes out cleanly (or rather, without any wetness).
- Let the donuts cool while you prepare the glaze.
- To prepare the glaze, add cornstarch, frozen strawberries and water into a small saucepan and let it reduce to a thick consistency, on low fire, stirring constantly. Once thicken, transfer to a bowl with a big surface area and let it cool.
- For the chocolate glaze, mix cocoa powder, milk and sugar in a bowl till well combined.
- Blend all ingredients together.
Lastly, ASSEMBLE! Carefully pour the chia pudding onto the smoothie to create a colour contrast. Allow the chocolate glaze to drip onto the vanilla doughnut to make a delicious mess.
It was such a great fun to create this recipe and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have! So now you have a perfectly good excuse to reject a freak milkshake. Instead, get a healthier one! Till the next time, See you!
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I got a little help with my doughnut recipe from Fifteen Spatulas, Fresh Strawberry Glazed Baked Doughnuts.