Jun 10

Chilean Banana Milkshake (Leche con Plátano)

in Blender Recipes, Chilean, Drinks, Fruits & Vegetables, Oyatsu/Snack

Chilean Banana Milkshake

This week I’m taking our tastebuds on a trip to Chile.  So buckle up my friends and pull out your culinary passports, because you’re not going to want to miss this adventure!  To kick off the week, I’m sharing a drink that is a perfect summer treat—Leche con Plátano.

I’ve known my friend Ms. M since the summer of 2006 when Mr. Fuji and I moved to Japan for the second time.  I was pregnant with Squirrel and was looking for a doctor.  Ms. M had just had a baby girl and loaded me up with tons of advice.  Ms. M and her family became dear friends.  When we moved back to the US, Ms. M was one of the people I missed dearly from our time in Japan.  About a year and a half after we moved back to the US, Ms. M and her family moved back to the US . . . just a few blocks away from our house here in Southern California.  Who would have guessed I would be given such a gift when I wrote this post about missing her?  We often go walking in the mornings after I drop Squirrel off at school, and we end up making each other “homesick” by talking about Japan and the things we miss.  I recently realized that I was missing a real opportunity, because Ms. M grew up in Santiago, Chile, and I had never asked her about Chilean food.  Because of our shared connection to Japan, when we get talking about food and cooking, it’s inevitably Japanese cuisine that we talk about.  On a recent walk I asked her about the food of her childhood and she suggested that we get together to cook some Chilean food.  Who can say no to an invitation like that?  Thanks to Ms. M, this week will be devoted to sharing a taste of summer in Chile with you.

Making banana milkshakes in the blender

One of the things we talked about was Leche con Plátano, which translates to mean “banana milk” but is essentially a light banana milkshake.  This is a simple drink made with milk (and sometimes cream), ripe bananas, sugar or honey, and ice, and is adored especially by children, but loved by adults as well.  Ms. M described how she remembered her mom making the drink and I took that information and went back to my kitchen and the Fujilings and I whipped up a batch.

Milkshake Mustaches

Chilean banana milkshakes are one of our new favorite treats, and one which we will be indulging in multiple times over the long hot SoCal summer I’m sure.  The Fujilings love the creamy sweetness and how the thickness of the milkshake makes it easier to get a mustache.  I love that it’s lighter than a traditional milkshake made with ice cream. A teaspoon of vanilla extract helps make the flavor a bit more complex.

Leche con Platano

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Chilean Banana Milkshake (Leche con Plátano)

Makes 4 servings

Recipe Notes: Ms. M says that Chileans love their milkshakes extra sweet, which is why I’ve given a range for granulated sugar that can be used!

4 cups milk
2 ripe bananas
1/4 – 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups ice

1. Put the milk, bananas, 1/4 cup of the sugar, and vanilla extract in a blender. Blend until combined and smooth.

2. Add the ice and to the blender, then blend on high speed until the milkshake is well combined and smooth. If the smoothie isn’t sweet enough, add additional sugar to taste. Serve immediately.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Elizabeth Perhac Schmitt via Facebook June 10, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Hot stuff!


Jayne June 10, 2013 at 8:01 pm

This looks really good! Like a really milky banana shake.


Fuji Mama (Rachael) June 11, 2013 at 11:49 am

Thanks Jayne! I love how simple it is! Thank goodness for friends who share their food memories and recipes, right?


nessa June 11, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Love this! Can’t wait to see the other posts! :)


Fuji Mama (Rachael) June 11, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Thanks Nessa! I’m so glad. I’ve been really excited to share this set of posts!


Rebeca June 17, 2013 at 11:34 am

Is this an Americanized version of the drink, or would they make it exactly like that in Chile?
Just wondering as I had heard of this drink before and thought it was made with plaintains and condensed milk instead of sugar :)


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Marzia Coppa July 12, 2014 at 9:15 am

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