Milkshake Without Ice Cream {Enjoy Your Own}

Basic Milkshakes

The basic milkshake without ice cream requires milk, sugar and ice cubes. You can get away with just milk and sugar, but adding ice will provide thickness desirable in a milkshake.

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Blueberry Date Shake. Healthy vegan “milkshake” made without ice cream! Frozen banana, blueberry, almond milk, and any of your favorite fruit. Like a California date shake from Palm Springs, for a fraction of the cost!

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Serves: 2 milkshakes
Ingredients
  • 12 ice cubes
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup white sugar (plus more to taste if needed)
  • 2-3 drops vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Blend ice, milk, sugar, and vanilla extract together in a blender until smooth.

If all you have is skim or low fat milk, try adding some fruit or berries. Both fresh and frozen will work perfectly well. Fruit and berries improve the body, thickness and flavor of the drink.

Basic Milkshake Without Ice Cream with Strawberries
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Serves: 2 milkshakes
Ingredients
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup white sugar (plus more to taste if needed)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 2-3 drops vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Blend ice, milk, sugar, vanilla extract and fruit together in a blender until smooth.

Learn how to make a milkshake without ice cream 6 different ways. From basic, to healthy, to advanced that tastes just like those made with ice cream.

Using skim or low fat milk will result in a fairly watery drink that will lack milkshake consistency. The more milk fat is in the milk, the more body and smoothness the milkshake will have. If you want pure, unflavored milkshake, use 50 percent milk and 50 percent half and half or heavy cream. As a matter of fact, a milkshake made with equal parts milk and heavy cream will taste very close to the one made with ice cream. Add half a cup of fresh berries for more flavor.

Basic Milkshake With Heavy Cream and Berries
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Serves: 2 milkshakes
Ingredients
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup white sugar (plus more to taste if needed)
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
Instructions
  1. Blend ice, milk, cream, sugar, and fruit together in a blender until smooth.

Learn how to make a milkshake without ice cream 6 different ways. From basic, to healthy, to advanced that tastes just like those made with ice cream.

Another way to get the body and the consistency typical of a milkshake made with ice cream is to add bananas. Bananas will lend their creamy, silky-smooth texture to the milkshake. This milkshake has a very pronounced banana flavor. If you like bananas, you will love this milkshake.

Learn how to make a milkshake without ice cream 6 different ways. From basic, to healthy, to advanced that tastes just like those made with ice cream.

 

Basic Milkshake With Bananas
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Serves: 2 milkshakes
Ingredients
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 Tbsp of honey (you can also use corn syrup or maple syrup)
Instructions
  1. Peel the bananas. Cut into pieces, add milk and blend on high speed for about 15 seconds.
  2. Add honey and continue blending until smooth.

Healthy Milkshakes

If you want a healthier, low cholesterol,  lactose-free and vegan milkshake – substitute milk for almond milk. Almond milk is a plant milk that has a smooth, creamy texture and nutty taste, and is perfect for milkshakes. Adding an avocado will further improve the texture and add creaminess and smoothness.

Learn how to make a milkshake without ice cream 6 different ways. From basic, to healthy, to advanced that tastes just like those made with ice cream.

Healthy Basic Milkshake With Avocado
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Serves: 2 shakes
Ingredients
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 2 tsp fruit syrup (e.g. raspberry, strawberry)
  • 4 Tbsp honey, corn syrup or maple syrup
  • 2 cups milk
Instructions
  1. Blend ice cubes, avocado cubes, honey and milk until smooth. Pour into glasses and top with fruit syrup.

Milkshakes with Egg Yolks

While a milkshake without ice cream can be just as delicious, adding a thickener such as egg yolk will significantly improve its texture and make it taste more like a traditional milkshake. Elizabeth from Livingthenourishedlife.com likes to add raw egg yolks to smoothies because they give them a milkshake texture.

Wait a second, couldn’t using raw eggs result in food-borne illness? Yes, there is always that risk, however small it may be. What’s Cooking America recommends cooking egg yolks for use in such dishes as cold souffles, chiffons, mousses, mayonnaise and Hollandaise sauce. The same advice applies to milkshakes. To cook yolks for the milkshake, the recipe must contain at least 2 tablespoons of milk per yolk. Less liquid will result in scrambled eggs. To prepare the egg yolks, combine the yolks with the milk in a medium size sauce pan.

Learn how to make a milkshake without ice cream 6 different ways. From basic, to healthy, to advanced that tastes just like those made with ice cream.

Learn how to make a milkshake without ice cream 6 different ways. From basic, to healthy, to advanced that tastes just like those made with ice cream.

Cook in a heavy sauce pan over low heat until the mixture coats a metal spoon, bubbles, or reaches 160F.

Learn how to make a milkshake without ice cream 6 different ways. From basic, to healthy, to advanced that tastes just like those made with ice cream.

Pour the mixture into a bowl sitting in an ice bath to cool it quickly.

No Ice Cream Milkshake With Egg Yolks
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Serves: 2 milkshakes
Ingredients
  • 2 cups low fat or whole milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2-3 drops vanilla extract
  • 8-10 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Combine 1/4 cup milk and the yolks in a medium size sauce pan. Whisk until blended. Heat the mixture over medium low heat until it reaches 160F. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl sitting in an ice bath to chill.
  2. Blend egg mixture, ice cubes, white sugar and the rest of the milk until smooth.

Learn how to make a milkshake without ice cream 6 different ways. From basic, to healthy, to advanced that tastes just like those made with ice cream.

 

Milkshakes with Corn Starch as Thickener

This milkshake recipe makes use of egg-less Philadelphia style-like ice cream base. Philadelphia ice cream  is made of heavy cream, milk, sugar and vanilla.

Corn Starch Base Milkshake Without Ice Cream
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Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 heaping Tbsp powdered milk (instant skim milk powder)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (plus more to taste)
  • 3/4 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeded (substitute with two teaspoons vanilla extract)
  • 10 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean with a pairing knife. Combine sugar, vanilla bean seeds and powdered milk in a medium size pot. Slowly add 1 cups of milk while constantly stirring. Add the bean pod to the milk.
  2. Prepare the corn starch by combining it with the remaining 1/4 cup of milk. Whisk until corn starch and milk are blended and no lumps remain. Set aside.
  3. Slowly bring the milk to a gentle boil, add cornstarch and keep stirring constantly, scraping the bottom with a heat-resistant spatula, until the mix thickens enough to coat the spatula, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from the stove.
  4. Set up an ice bath by placing a 2-quart bowl in a larger bowl partially filled with ice and water. Set a strainer over the top of the smaller bowl and pour the mix into the bowl. Keep stirring for 5-7 minutes until the mixture is cool.
  5. Slowly add heavy cream, constantly stirring.
  6. Blend the mixture with 10 ice cubes. Serve immediately.

Milkshakes with Oil

Finally, here is another interesting way to make a milkshake without ice cream that I found on Hillbilly Housewife. The recipe uses milk, sugar, ice, vanilla extract and…. corn oil with non-stick oil spray for emulsification purposes. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical about the recipe at first, but after trying it’s actually quite good. It has a nice texture and body which is lighter than that of milkshakes made with egg yolks or custard. My children liked it too. I made a few changes to the original recipe, such as reducing the amount of sugar as the original milkshake was too sweet for my taste. I also dropped unsweetened cocoa powder and substituted water and powdered milk for real milk.

Milkshake With corn Oil
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Serves: 2 milkshakes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp corn oil plus a 5-second squirt of non-stick spray
Instructions
  1. Blend ice, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, non-stick spray and corn oil until well blended. Pour into milkshake glasses and serve immediately.

 

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