Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Happy Hump Day!

Is it just me or have the past few weeks moved painfully slow? I feel like I've done nothing but watch the clock the past few days, willing the hours to go by faster, while simultaneously trying to figure out how to make a dent in the massive pile of work on my plate. At least we're finally through Wednesday/Hump Day. Phew! Hope everyone was able to get their taxes finished and turned in to Uncle Sam on time.

Whenever I have a particularly arduous week, like this one, I figure I deserve some sort of tasty treat for my troubles. Sometimes that involves baked goods, other times a froofy cocktail or dessert drink. Tonight, I was jonesing for a milk shake - didn't care where it came from, just knew I wanted to indulge in a frozen beverage. But instead of hitting the closest fast food joint, I looked up recipes on the always-reliable Hungry Girl website to find a healthier, sugar-free alternative! Check out this cake-inspired recipe. LOVE!

HG'sHappy Birthday Cake Shake

3 tbsp. Cool Whip Free, thawed
1/4 tsp. hot cocoa mix from a 25-calorie packet (like Swiss Miss Diet or Nestle Fat Free)
1 tbsp. sugar-free French vanilla powdered creamer (like the kind by Coffee-mate)
1/2 cup light vanilla soymilk
1 tbsp. Jell-O Sugar Free Fat Free Vanilla Instant pudding mix
1/4 cup fat-free vanilla ice cream
1 1/2 cups crushed ice or 8 - 12 ice cubes
1 tbsp. rainbow sprinkles, or more for optional topping

  • To make the chocolatey topping, in a small bowl, combine Cool Whip with cocoa mix. Stir until completely mixed. Cover and refrigerate.
  • In a tall glass, combine powdered creamer with 2 tbsp. hot water and stir to dissolve. Add soymilk and pudding mix. Stir until mostly dissolved. Transfer contents of the glass to a blender.
  • Add ice cream and ice to the blender. Blend at high speed until thoroughly mixed. If needed, remove blender from the base, stir mixture, and blend again.
  • Pour into the tall glass. Gently stir in the sprinkles.
  • If you want to get fancy with your chocolatey topping, spoon it into one of the bottom corners of a plastic bag; snip off the tip of that corner to create a small hole, and pipe the topping through the hole into a swirl over your shake. Or keep things simple and just spoon on the topping! If you like, top with a few extra sprinkles. Enjoy!

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