This homemade banana milkshake with ice cream is easy and delicious. Make it with fresh or frozen banana for a creamy frosty treat that's ready in a flash.
There's nothing like a creamy, frosty milkshake on a hot day. This easy banana shake is simple to make and is full of banana flavor. Keep things classic with just banana or mix things up with your favorite flavor combinations, yum!
Recipe tips and frequently asked questions
Banana milkshake combinations
Want to mix things up? Try one of these delicious flavor combinations:
- Strawberry banana - add ½ cup of fresh or frozen strawberries
- Peanut butter - add 2 tablespoons of smooth or crunchy peanut butter
- Chocolate - add ½ tablespoon of cocoa powder or Nutella
- Oreo - add three or four chopped-up Oreos
- Coffee - add a shot of cooled expresso coffee
Can I make this without a blender?
You can but it will be harder to get a smooth consistency. If you don't have a blender you can use another machine such as a stick/immersion blender or food processor.
If you don't have any of these machines try mashing the banana and ice cream in a bowl with a potato masher as much as you can, then add all the ingredients to a large jar or cocktails shaker (with the lid tightly on!) and shake until it's as smooth as possible. If using frozen bananas you will need to let them soften for several minutes first as they will be very hard to get smooth without a blender.
Can I make a healthy version?
To make a healthy banana shake try replacing the milk with a low-fat alternative and the ice cream with greek yogurt. You may need to add some natural sweetener such as honey and I recommend a dash of vanilla essence to make it taste better.
Can I make this vegan?
Yes you can. To make a vegan version of this you can replace the milk and ice cream with your favorite plant-based milk and plant-based ice cream or yogurt.
Bananas: I used one fresh ripe banana in this milkshake, but you could also use frozen. The riper your banana is the sweeter your milkshake will be. Perfect for using up that one lonely overripe banana sitting in the fruit bowl!
Vanilla ice cream: keep the flavors clean with store-bought or homemade vanilla ice cream, or mix things up with different ice cream flavors.
Milk: I use full-fat milk for maximum flavor, but you could use your milk of choice.
Nutmeg: banana and nutmeg is a classic flavor combination. You could replace it with cinnamon or leave it out if you prefer.
Whipped cream: some whipped cream adds extra yum. Make your own or use ready-made.
Maraschino cherry: are preserved, sweetened cherries. Available from supermarkets and specialty shops.
Banana chips: a few ground banana chips add some fun and extra banana flavor to this milkshake. They are available from supermarkets and health food stores.
How to make a banana milkshake
See the full recipe card at the end of the post for ingredient amounts and instructions.
Hot tip: put the glass in the freezer to chill first for about thirty minutes. This will help keep your milkshake frosty cold for longer, especially on a hot day!
Optional: peel and slice the banana into coins. Put on a baking tray lined with baking paper and freeze for thirty minutes or until frozen. This will help give a lovely thick, creamy milkshake.
If using homemade whip cream, whip the cream until firm peaks form and transfer to a piping bag. Finely chop or blend the banana chips until they resemble coarse bread crumbs.
Add the banana, ice cream, nutmeg and milk to a tall jug you can use an immersion/stick blender in. Blend until smooth and well mixed.
Pour into a chilled glass. Add a swirl of whipped cream on top, dust with banana chip crumbs and add the cherry on top. Finally add a straw and you're done!
How to serve
Serve immediately with a straw to slurp up all that deliciousness!
How to store
This milkshake is best served immediately after making. The bananas will turn brown over time. Still tastes delicious, just looks a bit less pretty.
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Looking for more yummy dessert recipes?
Why not try making
- Stick/immersion blender, blender or food processor.
- 2 medium bananas
- 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
- 2 cups milk
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg or cinnamon
- ½ cup whipped cream
- 5 or 6 banana chips
- 2 maraschino cherries
- Optional: peel and slice the bananas into coins. Put on a baking tray lined with baking paper and freeze for thirty minutes or until frozen. Put the glass in the freezer to chill.
- If using homemade whip cream, whip the cream until firm peaks form and transfer to a piping bag. Finely chop or blend the chips until they resemble coarse bread crumbs.
- Add the banana, ice cream, nutmeg and milk to a tall jug you can use an immerson/stick blender in.
- Blend until smooth and well mixed.
- Pour into chilled glasses. Top with whipped cream, banana chip crumbs and a cherries. Add straws and you're done!
Nutritional information is an estimate based on an online database. The nutritional content of ingredients may vary by brand. If you require accurate nutritional information, you should calculate this based on the specific brands and products you are using.
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