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A Spoonful of Luxe recipe: Brownie Mochatella Milkshakes!

Posted February 24, 2014

Diana Kostigen, a local food blogger and Smart Shopper reader, will be bringing us a new weekly recipe including ingredients that are on sale that week! This week, she made Brownie Mochatella Milkshakes which look divine!  My teens will flip for these!

Diana has been cooking professionally for many years and she has already shared multiple recipes here on the blog in the What's for Dinner posts.  Her website, A Spoonful of Luxe,  includes many more recipes.  My thanks to Diana for her willingness to share her gift. My family will most certainly benefit from her creative and fun approach to cooking!

Brownie Mochatella Milkshakes

A lot happens at 6:30am on a Sunday morning.

The K-9 alarm goes off, and not in one those annoying beep, beep, beep ways. But a big white paw, gently scratching at my side of the bed. Part of me wanting to roll over and ignore him, on my one day to sleep in. But the other part, knowing that if I get out and get in quick, we'll each make our way back to our cozy spots for a few more hours of sleep.

As we both stumble down the dimly lit stairs, again, like clockwork, I hear the low rumble of a lone car slowly making its way down our street. Brakes gently squeaking. Window rolling down… as the sound of three Sunday newspapers hit the driveway. Plop. Plop. Plop.

But as I open the sliding glass door, I realize this isn’t a typical Sunday morning. But one of those days that you feel as though you’ve been given your own personal gift, gazing upon what must be the most beautiful morning sky you’ve ever seen. Purples, pinks and oranges so bright, that you rub your eyes wondering if you’re really just in a dream… and reminded of all that comes along with the changing of the seasons.

Day trips with the top down. Evening walks in shorts. Ice cream.

So this week, as I looked down the list of sale items, I couldn’t help but get excited as a few of my favorite things popped out. Nutella, ice cream, milk, even whipped cream was on sale… hmmm…. how about milkshakes? And to make them even more special, if you’re like me, you’ve got a couple of brownie mixes in the pantry from past sales. And when tucked away in the milkshake’s center, the chocolaty chunks add a bit of whimsy. Plus, some of this morning’s leftover coffee balances the sweetness with a deep, bold richness… for a more sophisticated treat.

Creamy, dreamy, and a delicious dessert for an (almost) Spring Sunday afternoon, or any time.

Brownie Mochatella Milkshakes

1-1/2 quarts vanilla ice cream
1-1/2 cups milk
1 cup coffee, chilled
½ cup Nutella (or your favorite chocolate hazelnut spread)
4 brownie squares, broken up into pieces
Whipped cream

For the first batch, of two, in a blender add half of the ice cream, milk, coffee, and nutella. Blend until combined and adjust ingredients based on taste and desired thickness. Fill two glasses each half full with milkshake, then a layer of the brownie chunks, and the rest of the milkshake. Top with whipped cream. Repeat for the second two milkshakes.

Serves 4
Cost per serving: 93 cents
*Note: all costs are approximate due to regional sale prices, amounts needed just for this specific recipe, and ingredients on hand. This recipe was created to utilize sale ingredients listed for the current week in Raleigh, NC stores.

To read where to find the best prices for these ingredients click the Just the Basics link above.


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  • RaleighFoodBlogger Feb 25, 2014

    Teachpsychsoc- that is great on the timing! And hope your son feels better soon... I remember braces like they were yesterday- ouch is right! So glad you both enjoyed it.

  • teachpsychsoc Feb 25, 2014

    This was WONDERFUL !!! Our son went in yesterday for a wire change on his braces so this right on time for a great treat to ease ouchy teeth and lift his spirits. Plus, I had everything ... and keep all of these ingredients around, so we'll make it again - for sure! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • jdouglas13 Feb 24, 2014

    The HT naturals ice cream is really good and it's on sale often in the summer B2G3. I have a dangerous quantity of ice cream rainchecks!

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Feb 24, 2014

    thecoupondiva- I agree! :-) I was really impressed with the vanilla bean HT brand ice cream on sale, too!

  • theCouponDiva Feb 24, 2014

    That sounds amazing!!! so decadent and yummy, I need to try to make this asap LOL

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Feb 24, 2014

    Packy- thanks, hope you enjoy it!

    Barbiedoll- you're welcome, let me know how you like it!

    Jdouglas- wow, 4am? Luckily Ocean enjoys sleep as much as we do, but when he's gotta go, he's gotta go! Enjoy the recipe... and yes- the whipped cream makes it!

  • jdouglas13 Feb 24, 2014

    RFB, loved your description of your K9 alarm! What a cutie! We have one of the K9 alarms, too, except ours tends to go off around 4 am with her standing on your chest (or back) and barking in your face. LOL (we're not always LOL)

    I am crazy for milkshakes. What a great recipe this is! Never thought about mocha, yum, although you had me when I saw the whipped cream. :)

  • barbiedoll1967 Feb 24, 2014

    I can't wait to try this one. I'm definitely printing and trying this next weekend. YUM! Thank you so much for the recipe.

  • Packy Feb 24, 2014

    holy cow this sound divine!!!! I'm printing this one! :)

  • smolder13 Feb 24, 2014

    Faye-Yes, it's absolutely still baby weight, even after 12 years. We have to blame as much on our kids as we can! :-D