Try a homemade milkshake or smoothie for a treat on a hot summer day. These are simple recipes; a cool drink in hand is easy to create.

Peach Smoothies

  • 4 cups peaches
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups ice cream
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 cups ice

Place peaches, milk, ice cream, yogurt and sugar in blender; blend 2 minutes.

Add ice; blend for an additional minute.

Peach Smoothies

Peach Smoothies

Chocolate Banana Milkshake

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 8 T powdered chocolate
  • 3 cups milk
  • ½ t vanilla

Place bananas in blender; top with remaining ingredients.

Blend until smooth; pour into glasses.

Top with whipped cream if desired.

Chocolate Banana Milkshake

Chocolate Banana Milkshake

Blueberry Yogurt Smoothie

  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 T honey
  • Ice

Place yogurt, fruit, milk, honey and handful of ice in blender.

Blend until smooth.

Blueberry Yogurt Smoothie

Blueberry Yogurt Smoothie

Coffee Milkshake

  • 1 cup cold brewed coffee
  • 4 scoops, about 3 cups, vanilla ice cream

Blend coffee and vanilla ice cream in blender until smooth.

Add a little milk if it’s too thick, or more ice cream to make it thicker.

Pour into glasses; top with whipped cream.

Coffee Milkshake

Coffee Milkshake

Good-For-You Green Smoothie

  • 1½ cup plain yogurt
  • ½ cup pineapple juice or milk
  • 1 apple, peeled and cored
  • ¼ cup ground flax
  • Half of a cucumber or zucchini
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 handfuls spinach or kale
  • 2 sprigs basil

Mix yogurt, pineapple juice, cucumber and apple in blender until smooth.

Add remaining ingredients; blend until smooth.

Add honey to taste if desired.

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge.

Good-For-You Green Smoothie

Good-For-You Green Smoothie

Cherlyn Beachy lives near St. Ansgar in northeast Iowa with her husband, Mervin, and their son and daughter. They have a large garden and raise their own chickens, beef, pork and eggs. She’s a stay-at-home mom who loves to cook and enjoys photography. “I cook like many of you – no special equipment, no exotic ingredients and no one else to wash the dishes,” she says. “I’m always on the lookout for tasty easy-to-prepare seasonal food.”