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Recipe: Sweet Miso Sour Swirl Shakes

Recipe: Sweet Miso Sour Swirl Shakes

Sweet Miso Sour Swirl Shakes

by Dylan Sabuco
Photo by Patrycja St/Shutterstock.com
prep time
5 minutes
cook time
makes
4-6 servings

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Sweet Miso Sour Swirl Shakes

This miso-infused, sweet-tart shake delivers a host of friendly probiotics, vitamins, and minerals to keep our tummies healthy and everyone happy!

Happy & Healthy Cooking,

Chef Erin, Food-Geek-in-Chief

Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills

  • juice :

    to extract or squeeze out the juice of a fruit or vegetable, like a lemon, orange, or carrot, often cutting open or peeling the fruit or veggie first to access its flesh.

  • pour :

    to cause liquid, granules, or powder to stream from one container into another.

  • whisk :

    to beat or stir ingredients vigorously with a fork or whisk to mix, blend, or incorporate air.

Equipment Checklist

  • Blender (or pitcher + immersion blender)
  • Cutting board + kid-safe knife
  • Citrus squeezer or juicer (optional)
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Ingredients

Sweet Miso Sour Swirl Shakes

  • 2 fresh or frozen bananas
  • 1 T white miso paste **(for GLUTEN/SOY ALLERGY sub 1 or 2 dashes coconut aminos)**
  • 1/3 C brown sugar
  • 2 C yogurt (for DAIRY ALLERGY sub dairy-free/nut-free yogurt)**
  • 1 C water
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

Food Allergen Substitutions

Sweet Miso Sour Swirl Shakes

  • Gluten/Wheat: For 1 T white miso paste, substitute 1 or 2 dashes coconut aminos.
  • Soy: For 1 T white miso paste, substitute 1 or 2 dashes coconut aminos.
  • Dairy: Substitute dairy-free/nut free yogurt for yogurt.

Instructions

Sweet Miso Sour Swirl Shakes

1.
juice

Juice 1/2 lemon into a blender.

2.
measure + blend

Measure and add 1 cup water, 2 cups yogurt, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon white miso paste, and 2 peeled bananas to the blender. Blend all the ingredients until smooth. Taste to be sure the flavor is equally sweet and sour.

3.
pour + cheers

Pour the shake into cups and say a big "Cheers" in Japanese, "Kanpai!" (KAHN-pie).

Let's Learn About Japan!

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  • Japan is an East Asian island country with more than 6,800 islands! However, there are five main islands: Hokkaido, Honshu (called "Hondo" or "mainland"), Kyushu, Okinawa, and Shikoku. 
  • The country is governed by a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy, with an emperor, a prime minister, and a legislature. 
  • Japanese is the official language, with English becoming more widespread in business and education. 
  • Japan lies on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," contributing to its island geography. There are more than 111 active volcanoes, and Japan has the most earthquakes every year. Mount Fuji is the tallest mountain and volcano in Japan at 12,389.2 feet. 
  • Tokyo is Japan's capital and largest city. Japan's total area is 145,937 square miles, and its population is over 125.5 million. 
  • The Japanese word for Japan is "Nihon" or "Nippon." The Japanese or "kanji" characters used for its name mean "origin of the sun." This is the source of Japan's nickname, "Land of the Rising Sun." The red circle in the center of the Japanese flag represents the rising sun, or "circle of the sun." 
  • "Kanji" is a Japanese writing system that uses characters derived from Chinese writing. Each character represents a word or words. 
  • Ancient warriors of Japan were known as Samurai and were highly skilled swordsmen and fighters. 
  • Japan's national flower is the cherry blossom. The symbolism of the cherry blossom is abundant in Japan. The cherry blossom tree is also known as the Japanese cherry or "Sakura" (which means "cherry blossoms").
  • Haiku poetry originated in Japan. Haiku consists of just three lines, with the first line being 5 syllables, the second line 7 syllables, and the 3rd line 5 syllables. 
  • Shigeichi Negishi, a Japanese engineer, created the first karaoke-like machine in 1967, using 8-track tapes and booklets for the lyrics. However, he was not successful in distributing his "Sparko Box" machines. 
  • Then, in the early 1970s, a Japanese musician, Daisuke Inoue, marketed tape machines, taped music, and amplifiers to bars to accompany regular people who wanted to get up on stage and sing, and his karaoke business model took off. 
  • Japan produces the most robotics globally. The ASIMO is a human-like robot created by Japanese engineers of Honda Motor Company in 2000. The acronym stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility.
  • Sumo wrestling is Japan's national sport, and like sumo, other martial arts originated in Japan, including karate, judo, kendo, jujutsu, and aikido. Western sports such as baseball, basketball, and soccer are also popular.
  • Since the 8th century, Coming of Age Day has been a holiday to celebrate a young person reaching the age of maturity—20 years old in Japan. Their special day serves to encourage them as they realize their adulthood. 
  • The Japanese tea ceremony is considered a traditional art in Japan, and some practice it as a hobby to share with family and friends. Tea was brought to Japan from China in the 9th century by a Buddhist monk. It is said that the ritual of drinking green tea began as a way for the monks to keep awake during meditation.
  • Japan has about four million vending machines, the highest per capita worldwide. The machines sell everything from hotdogs to underwear and soup to umbrellas!
  • In addition to sushi, other Japanese dishes include "soba" (thin buckwheat noodles), "teriyaki" (broiled or grilled seafood or meat with a soy sauce glaze), "tempura" (battered and deep-fried seafood, meat, and veggies), and yakitori (skewered grilled chicken). 
  • Many kids and adults enjoy bento boxes, which are lunch boxes filled with sushi and other snacks. Bento boxes are an experience with texture, shapes, and flavors!

What's It Like to Be a Kid in Japan?

  • Most school children in Japan wear uniforms, and their school breaks are shorter than in other countries. 
  • Kids have to learn 1,026 basic kanji characters by the time they finish sixth grade.
  • Parents and schools teach kids to respect their elders, teachers, and each other.
  • Primary school kids eat lunch together in their classrooms. A few students are assigned to get the lunches, serve them to their classmates, and return the dirty dishes to the school kitchen. Every student prepares themselves for lunch by cleaning their desks and washing their hands. In some schools they even put on a lunch uniform—a white garment and hat—to protect their clothes.
  • Some of the sports and martial arts kids participate in are baseball, soccer, swimming, judo, kendo, and karate.
  • School lunch may consist of rice or noodles, soup, fish or meat, fruit, salad, a cup of tea, and always a bottle or carton of milk.  
  • Two popular sweet treats kids in Japan like are "mochi," a molded cake made of rice, sugar, cornstarch, and water, sometimes with a sweet red bean filling, and "Pocky," a brand of chocolate-coated biscuit sticks.

The Yolk's On You

What's Jar Jar Binks' favorite soup? 

Miso soup!

THYME for a Laugh

What did one bowl of soup say to another bowl of soup? 

"You make miso happy!"

The Yolk's On You

What do you call a cow that doesn’t give milk?

A milk dud!

THYME for a Laugh

What does an invisible man drink?

Evaporated milk!

That's Berry Funny

How do you make a milkshake?

Give a cow a pogo stick!

Lettuce Joke Around

What did mama cow say to baby calf?

It’s pasture bedtime.

The Yolk's On You

Why does milk turn into yogurt when you take it to a museum?

Because it becomes cultured!

That's Berry Funny

Why does a milking stool have only three legs?

Because the cow has the udder!

The Yolk's On You

What is the only food that you are allowed to play with? 

Yo-Yo Gurt!

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