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Grilled Cherry Milkshakes

Grilling a milkshake is kind of impossible. However, grilling the cherries you’re going to put in said milkshake is totally possible.

Grilled Cherry Milkshakes | #vegan

It’s possible if your cherries can actually make it to the grill and not straight to your face. Today it was like… cut one, eat one, cut one, put one on the pan, cut one, eat one…you get it.

I’ve been cherry obsessed since my childhood thanks to my grandparents and my mom. I remember when we’d find a good batch at the store and buy an extra for my grandparents. Then they’d do the same and we’d be up to our ears in cherries. That never seemed to be a problem, though.

One thing I don’t remember is ever making a recipe using these sweet, summer jewels. My memories of eating cherries involves standing over the sink with cherry juice running down my arms and spitting the pits straight into the garbage.

Grilled Cherry Milkshakes | #vegan

I think it’s finally time for a cherry recipe.

Grilled Cherry Milkshakes | #vegan

I used the freeze-milk-in-an-ice-cube-tray-then-blend method to make my milkshake. Works like a charm if you’re out of ice cream!

Grilled Cherry Milkshakes | #vegan

I wasn’t sure if I wasted my time grilling the cherries. Would you actually be able to taste that they were grilled?

Yes. You most certainly can taste a bit of grilling goodness in this milkshake. Just enough to not be overpowering and man did it sweeten up the cherries even more!

If you’re not into the whole milkshake thing you must at least try grilling cherries! Oh my gosh. Blew my mind. You can eat them warm over ice cream, over oatmeal, chill them and put them on salad, puree them and use as a sauce, and on + on + on.

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But I’m seriously concerned if you’re not into milkshakes.

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Pour. Stir. Slurp.

Grilled Cherry Milkshakes | #vegan

Print this!

Grilled Cherry Milkshakes gluten-free, vegan // yields 2-3 milkshakes

  • 1, 13.5oz can full fat coconut milk
  • 1, 13.5oz can light coconut milk, or unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 pound fresh bing cherries
  • 2-3 tablespoons coconut nectar, or agave/honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Whisk the contents of the full fat coconut milk until fully combined then pour into an ice cube tray and freeze until solid [the smaller the ice cubes the better for blending]. Chill the can of light coconut milk in the fridge.

Preheat your grill to 375* F. De-stem, pit, and halve the cherries. Spread evenly on a grill pan and grill, turning once or twice for about 10 minutes. You want the cherries bubbly and starting to char. Remove from the heat, place in a bowl, and set in the fridge to fully chill.

Place 1/2 of the coconut milk ice cubes in your blender and pulse to crush. Add in 1 tablespoon or so [more if desired] of liquid sweetener and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract. Stream in the light coconut milk slowly with the blender on until it starts to incorporate. Use the tamper or scrape the sides/bottom a few times to keep things moving. Add more coconut milk as needed until smooth, keeping as thick as possible.

Pour in a bowl and place in the freezer. Repeat the above step for the 2nd milkshake, pour in a bowl, and place in the freezer as well. If the mixtures became too thin in the blender keep them in the freezer for an hour or so to frost over and thicken. Stir well before topping over the cherries.

Rinse out your blender and place the cherries in it. Blend until pureed. Pour equal amounts into 2 glasses then top with the coconut milk mixture. Stir to combine and serve immediately.


Notes: Instead of freezing coconut milk you could swap out and use any vanilla ice cream you choose. Add in a bit of milk and blend until thick and creamy. Or, you could also make soft serve ice cream in your ice cream maker and use that straight from the container without having to freeze it. Chill 1 full fat and 1/2 light can of coconut milk. Make sure your ice cream container is fully frozen ahead of time [if needed]. Let spin in your ice cream maker until it starts to collect on the sides and have the consistency of thick soft serve ice cream. Spoon over the cherry puree. Vanilla Greek frozen yogurt would also work perfectly!

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My hands, lips, and tongue are all currently stained red. A sure sign of summer.

Happy Milkshake Week!



16 Food Photography Tips + Tutorials

We’ve covered a lot of food photography tips and tutorials in the past 16 weeks, so I thought it might be helpful to give a little recap of what we’ve gone over so far. It also makes for easier searching in case you missed or are searching for one of my old posts. So, here we go!

16 Food Photography Tips + Tutorials

16 Food Photography Tips + Tutorials |

1 // Use a black umbrella to create shadows. Getting creative with household items—like an umbrella—to help create shadows in our photos and block light.

2 // Try using small plates, bowls, and utensils when styling. Small plates and bowls have the tendency to look better in food photos and they’re also easier to fill with food. You’ll find examples and links to where you can buy these small kitchen items.

3 // Try adding textured surfaces to your photos. Textured surfaces add another dimension to simple recipe photos. Check out how you can easily add texture in a few different ways in this post.

4 // Try using old baking pans to shoot on. Beat up baking pans add great color to your food photos and provide a lovely, moody surface to shoot on.

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5 // Get inspired! Food bloggers/photographers who are impressing the heck out of me.

6 // How do you capture steam in photos? Learn the details in capturing steam and a few things to avoid!

7 // Move your feet! (guest post) A Couple Cooks teaches us to move around the food for different results.

8 // How to take sharp photos – part 1 Learn a lot more about depth of field and how it can bring more sharpness to your photos.

9 // How to take sharp photos – part 2 This post will teach you all about shutter speed and how it can help create sharper images.

10 // Let’s capture motion: powdered sugar edition Ever wonder how to capture motion? I’m exploring how to capture falling powdered sugar at different speeds in this post.

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11 // What the heck is ISO?

12 // My photography station setup.

13 // Your clothing + surroundings cast color onto your food!

14 // How to photograph food while traveling with minimal equipment.

15 // What’s the difference between RAW and JPEG image files?

16 // The first 5 edits I make in Lightroom

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Be on the lookout for more tips + tutorials starting again next week!


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