Two of the things we love most in this house are animals and ice cream. They’re connected. Just give me a second.
My almost teenage daughter is with us for the month, and I’ve sort of let her take over the blog a bit, at least when it comes to picking recipes. Loco moco? Yeah, that was her idea. And today she wanted cookies and cream milkshakes with mint chocolate chip ice cream. She’s my baby. She can have whatever she wants. Sort of.
Here’s the catch. We’ve been trying to reduce our use of palm oil in this house. Like with most things, I’m not puritanical about it. I try to take a balanced approach, and I do my best to avoid it.
See, palm oil is grown and harvested in delicate ecosystems in the tropics, like Indonesia and Malaysia. The fields that are cleared to grow palm oil are home to many endangered species including orangutans and Sumatran tigers. Palm oil production threatens their habitats and makes them vulnerable to poachers. Every time we buy products with palm oil, we are contributing to that destruction.
Okay, that was kind of a bummer, but there’s a touch more bad news. Most commercial cookies found in your grocery store aisles, including Oreos, which I love, are made with palm oil. So, we set out on a mission to find palm oil-free cookies. This took us to whole foods, where after reading a few labels we were successful in finding cookies at a reasonable price, about four dollars. What a relief!
We tossed about five cookies in the food processor with some milk, crushed them to smithereens, and then let them hang out for a couple of minutes to soften up. Then we threw some minty green ice cream into the mix, gave it a buzz, topped it with fresh, sweetened whipped cream, and of course, sprinkles. Almost teenage girls don’t eat anything without sprinkles.
We struggle to make ends meet in this house, which means that organic sustainable food can sometimes seem out of reach. But a bit of extra effort can sometimes lead to pleasant surprises. I love it when ethics come in the form of cookies. Cookies which turn into milkshakes that taste awesome and save cute animals are the awesomest!
- 6 chocolate sandwich cookies
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 cups mint chocolate chip ice cream (Trust your eyes and make it as thick as you like)
- Whipped cream
- Put five cookies into your food processor or blender with the milk and pulse until the cookies are smashed up.
- Leave the cookie mixture to soak up the milk for a few minutes. This might be a good time to whip your own cream by hand, if you're into that sort of thing.
- Add the ice cream and blend until smooth.
- Pour the milkshake into a tall glass and top with whipped cream, sprinkles, and a cookie.
- Put a straw in that baby and try not to implode your face. Or just eat it with a spoon. That's what I'd do.
- This would also be totally awesome with a shot of creme de menthe liqueur and maybe some Bailey's or Kahlua. Whatever you have on hand. Obviously, not for almost teenagers.