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Hispanic Heritage Month Recipes

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Each year, from September 15 to October 15 Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. 2021 was especially significant because it was the 200th anniversary of Costa Rican Independence from Spain. Here are a few traditional & unique Latin American recipes you may want to add to your menu: 

Sapote Milkshake - Batido de Sapote

This past weekend we went to the Indian Grocery store to pickup some pantry staples like rice, spices, and frozen goods. As we were walking by one frozen case, Kishore stopped and says, "Ah Babe, Chikoo! I ate this as a kid, can you make this milkshake!?" I told him sure but I didn't know what kind of fruit it was and he says in Telugu they call it Sapota...lightbulb moment I know what Sapote is sure I can!

Sapota or 'Zapote' is the Spanish take on the traditional Nahuatl word to describe this soft sweet fruit - 'Tzapotl'. Sapote also called sapodilla, sapota, chikoo or nispero is a fruiting tree native to Central America, that was ultimately introduced to India and South East Asia by the Spanish.
This is one of my Mom's favorite milkshakes (batidos); it has a deliciously rich caramel flavor without being cloyingly sweet. 
Here's my recipe:

Sapote Milkshake - Batido de Sapote

Cooking for Kishore


  • 2 Cups Frozen Sapote(Chikoo), peeled & cubed
  • 2 Cups Oat Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Cold Water
  • 2 Cups Ice


  1. Puree in the blender, the sapote and water.
  2. Add the milk and the ice and blend till thick. Enjoy!
Yield: Serves 4-6
Prep Time: 5 mins. 
Cook time: 5 mins. 
Total time: 10 mins. 
Tags: batido, batido de sapote, zapote shake, chikoo milkshake, spot milkshake, breakfast, cool drink, milkshake recipe, sapote milkshake, summer drink recipe, summer drinks, latin recipes


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