Cold beverages are key in Morocco, as they help to beat the heat. Among these popular chilled drinks are milkshakes and smoothies. Unlike most smoothies we know, however, Moroccan-style milkshakes and smoothies rarely include yogurt. This smoothie recipe features sweetened condensed milk (lait concentré sucré), which creates the volume and creaminess signature to healthy fruit smoothies.
If you are worried about the beverage being too sweet for your liking, you can use unsweetened evaporated milk (lait concentré non-sucré) instead and simply sweeten to taste with sugar or honey.
To achieve the best flavor, fresh strawberries are ideal, but if they are not available (or not to your liking), you may use frozen strawberries. Just be sure to eliminate or cut down on the ice.
Serve this creamy strawberry smoothie as an afternoon or evening pick-me-up, served in shot glasses as a party beverage or in Ramadan at iftar when breaking the fast.
- 1 1/2 lbs. (about 700 g) fresh strawberries
- 14 oz. (397 g) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 to 2 cups (236 to 475 ml) cold water
- Optional: 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice, or to taste
- Optional: 1 tray of ice
Hull and wash the strawberries. Drain. If time allows, chill until ready to make the smoothie.
In a blender, process the strawberries and condensed milk until the berries are completely pureed and the mixture is smooth and creamy. Blend in 1 to 2 cups of cold water to adjust the beverage to desired thickness and sweetness.
Add the lemon juice and ice, if desired, and process until the ice is crushed and well blended into the smoothie.
Pour into glasses and serve.