Banana Milkshake Recipe

Are you ever stricken with cravings for a frosty, creamy treat? Most people love a good milkshake, but if you buy them at a restaurant, they can be expensive. Furthermore, you don’t always know what went into them. With just a handful of ingredients, some of which you may already have in your kitchen, you can make your own at home. It doesn’t take long, and best of all, it’s cheap and highly customizable. Here is an easy milkshake recipe using banana that will excite your taste buds and make your tummy happy.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 large bananas, frozen
  • 1 cup of crushed ice
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • Your favorite sweetener
  • 4 ounces of ice cream
  • A handful of nuts
  • A sturdy and reliable blender

Getting Started

1. Start by placing the frozen bananas and milk in your blender. The more frozen the bananas are, the better the texture will be, and the less ice you’ll need. It’s also recommended that you use over-ripe bananas, since these will blend better and possess the best flavor. Furthermore, using less-than-ripe bananas tends to cause uncomfortable gas for many people, so beware. Puree the bananas until the consistency is smooth.

2. Add your crushed ice. If you don’t already have crushed ice available, you’ll have to do it in your blender using a “crush ice” setting. Fear not, however. It’s perfectly fine to do this once you’ve already got the milk and banana in your blender. In fact, it will help reduce the strain on the machine and make the job go faster.

3. Add your ice cream. Although vanilla ice cream is standard for this recipe, feel free to use any flavor you wish. Chocolate, strawberry and even sherbert are excellent options that go very well with banana. If you’re feeling a little wild, you could even spring for some rocky road, death by chocolate, mocha almond or peanut butter cup. If you’re a hardcore banana fan, you can always go with some banana ice cream.

3. Now for that handful of nuts. This is mainly for texture and flavor, but they can also provide a wonderful nutritional boost. Nuts are rich in healthy fats, protein, minerals and vitamins that your body needs. However, nuts are entirely optional. If you’re allergic or simply don’t care for them, consider adding an alternative. Crispy quinoa, chia seeds and peanuts are some excellent options.

4. Add you sweetener of choice until it has reached the desired sweetness. However, this is also optional as the bananas and ice cream will already provide a considerable amount of sugar. Some popular alternative sweeteners include honey, stevia, xylitol, sucanat and sucralose.

5. Blend together all of your ingredients on high until you achieve a smooth consistency. If any ice becomes stuck in the bottom part of the blender, you can fix this by agitating it with a butter knife as needed.

6. Pour your banana milkshake mixture into large glasses and enjoy. This milkshake recipe makes about two servings, but if you have any left over, it will keep well in the freezer for later cravings.

Helpful Hints

  • If you suffer from a dairy allergy or intolerance, you can still enjoy this banana milkshake. Simply replace the milk with an equal amount of any alternative of your choice. A few popular options include almond milk, soymilk, coconut milk and rice milk. The ice cream can also be replaced with alternatives made from coconut and soymilk.
  • Don’t feel limited to just the extra ingredients listed in this milkshake recipe. You can add anything you like to your banana milkshake, such as blueberries, strawberries, cherries, greens, coconut flakes, coconut cream, peanut butter, chocolate chips, whipped cream and butterscotch chips. A milkshake is a creative process, so let your imagination run wild.

Creative and Sweet Milkshake Ideas

An extra dash of added sweetness can turn a delicious milkshake into a special treat. Tasty crunchiness on top or a memorable burst of flavor in the shake will make for a nice surprise. Marshmallows, sauces and candies can all give a milkshake extra sweetness and flavor.

S’mores Milkshake

Toasted marshmallows and rich ice cream make this milkshake as sweet and tasty as the campfire treat that gives it its name. Use chocolate ice cream, a few drops of vanilla extract, and toasted mini marshmallows. Dust graham cracker crumbs over the top for the final touch.

Banana Split Milkshake

Just like the diner classic, this milkshake satisfies a sweet tooth and a craving for nostalgia. Layer vanilla shake, strawberry shake and then chocolate shake in a tall glass, with finely diced banana and a drizzle of fudge sauce added in along the way. Top it with more fudge sauce, whipped cream and chopped nuts.

Cherry Cordial Milkshake

As sweet as the candy itself, this shake features maraschino cherries and rich chocolate. For easier sipping, chop the cherries into very small pieces. Use vanilla ice cream and whole milk, then mix in a couple tablespoons of shaved milk chocolate or dark chocolate with the chopped cherries. A dusting of the chocolate on top makes it as pretty as it is tasty.

Mocha Milkshake

Cocoa, vanilla ice cream and whole milk make this shake luscious, chocolaty and sweet. A couple teaspoons of instant coffee blended into the mixture make it a delicious mocha. Spear a donut hole through the top of the straw for an extra sweet coffee and donut experience.

Caramel Latte Milkshake

Caramel sweetens a milkshake the way almost nothing else can. Combine coffee ice cream, cold whole milk and caramel sauce for the shake. Whipped cream and an extra drizzle of caramel sauce on top give it an extra sweet finish.

Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake

Peanut butter cups are always hard to resist, and so is this milkshake. Blend vanilla ice cream, whole milk, a drizzle of chocolate syrup and a tablespoon of peanut butter. Stir in chilled, chopped peanut butter cups to finish the shake.

White Chocolate and Salted Caramel Milkshake

White chocolate and salted caramel make for one of the most sinfully sweet combinations to be tasted, with the sweetness enhanced by the light touch of salt. Blend white chocolate chips into whole milk before adding to vanilla ice cream. Swirl salted caramel into the shake and then drizzle a little more on top. Crushed sugar cone sprinkled over it creates a sweet, delicious crunch to finish the shake.

Candy Cane Milkshake

Peppermint extract in vanilla ice cream and whole milk creates a sweet, minty shake. Crushed candy cane mixed throughout gives it extra crunch and sweetness. A little crushed candy cane dusted on top finishes it with a splash of pretty, sugary color.

Malted Vanilla Milkshake

Sweet and nostalgic, a malted vanilla milkshake is even better with crushed malted milk balls sprinkled on top. Use vanilla ice cream, cold milk, a little vanilla extract, and a few tablespoons of malted milk powder for the shake. Chocolate lovers can get a sweet, malted fix by using chocolate ice cream instead.