Home > Desserts > Strawberry Milkshake Strawberry Milkshake March 11, 2020 | 22 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. This classic and rich Strawberry Milkshake takes minutes to whip together and only requires four ingredients. It is certain to satisfy your sweet tooth! Use your leftover strawberries in this famous strawberry shortcake, strawberry banana smoothie, or strawberry salad. My mom loves cold drinks — smoothies, milkshakes, an açaí bowl — you name it. Growing up she went through a phase where she was making smoothies (similar to this immune boosting smoothie) every morning. After burning through three inexpensive blenders in about 6 months, she finally decided to invest in a high powered (Blendtec®) blender. And from the minute we got that blender, life was never the same. She was obsessed with it — making smoothies several times a day and milkshakes almost every Friday night. She’d make chocolate milkshakes, vanilla milkshakes, cookies and cream milkshakes, and a personal favorite: strawberry milkshakes! This is her recipe and one of our family’s favorites. It’s simple, delicious, and completely crave-able! How to make a Strawberry Milkshake Milkshakes are one of the easiest desserts to make; it’s as simple as adding everything to a blender and letting it rip! Here are the ingredients we use in a strawberry milkshake: Sliced strawberries: I recommend using fresh sliced ripe strawberries. Frozen strawberries are harder to blend down and incorporate into the ice cream without the milkshake thinning too much. Vanilla bean ice cream: The ice cream forms the base of this milkshake, so it’s important to get good-quality ice cream — you’ll taste it in the milkshake. Not sure what ice cream to use? The Epicurious team tested and rated their favorites! Whole milk: You can use 2%, whole milk, or a blend of milk and half-and-half. The higher the fat content of the milk, the creamier and richer the milkshake will be. Vanilla extract: While an optional ingredient, the vanilla adds a rich “restaurant-quality” flavor to the milkshake. Strawberry Milkshake Tips Put the milkshake serving glass(es) in the fridge before making the shake to ensure an extra-frozen, delicious milkshake. For a thicker milkshake, start with less milk, and for a thinner milkshake, add extra milk. Make sure to wash and completely dry your strawberries before slicing them for the milkshake. QUICK TIP Even powerful blenders can use some help. If your ice cream is hard as a rock, take it out of the freezer and let it soften ever so slightly for a few minutes. Strawberry Milkshake Variations Use strawberry ice cream: For a double-strawberry flavor, use a good-quality strawberry ice cream (no fake flavors or dyes). Make it a strawberry malt: Add 1-2 tablespoons malted milk powder or regular powdered milk Thin it out: If you like a milkshake that is easy to sip through a straw, add a bit more milk. We like our milkshakes thick and spoonable! Add some more mix-ins: The options are endless! Stir in a few more fresh chopped-up strawberries or leftover chopped cheesecake chunks. Garnish your milkshake with a big swirl of whipped cream and crushed up freeze-dried strawberries! Sweeter shake: If the strawberries you are using aren’t very sweet, add 1-2 tablespoons sugar to the mixture. Strawberry Milkshake FAQs Can you make a milkshake with water? I wouldn’t ever recommend adding ice or water to a milkshake. Both of those ingredients will water down your milkshake and dilute the flavor. Can I make a milkshake without a blender? Yes, we actually did this in a few times growing up when our blender was broken! Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and use a rubber spatula or wooden spoon to stir until the milk is incorporated into the ice cream. Pour the mixture into a glass and enjoy! How do you thicken a milkshake? This recipe is naturally very thick. To keep it thick, follow the quantities directed in the recipe and make sure you’re using extremely cold ingredients (chilled strawberries, ice cream straight out of the freezer). Additionally, do not overblend the mixture (this is where a high powered blender comes in handy). The more the ingredients are blended, the thinner the strawberry milkshake will end up. More ice cream treats Brownie Ice Cream Bars with Samoas® cookies Ice Cream Pie only three ingredients Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches churros with vanilla bean ice cream Ice Cream Sandwich Cake only four ingredients Orange Julius Dairy Queen® copycat drink FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Strawberry Milkshake 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe This classic and rich Strawberry Milkshake takes just minutes to whip together and only requires four ingredients. It is certain to satisfy your sweet tooth! SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Strawberry Milkshake 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe This classic and rich Strawberry Milkshake takes just minutes to whip together and only requires four ingredients. It is certain to satisfy your sweet tooth! Course Dessert, Drinks, Snack Cuisine American Keyword Strawberry Milkshake Prep Time 10 minutes Total Time 10 minutes Servings 1 milkshake Calories 739kcal Cost $2.41 Ingredients1 and 1/2 cups fresh ripe strawberries, hulled and sliced1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract optional2 packed cups vanilla bean ice cream use a good-quality brand3/4 to 1 cup whole milkOptional additions: 1-2 tablespoons powdered milk or malt powder, 1-2 tablespoons white sugar (if strawberries aren't ripe enough)Optional toppings: a swirl of whipped topping and crushed up freeze-dried strawberries InstructionsPREP: Chill a glass (See Note 1). Wash and dry the strawberries. Remove the stems and slice the strawberries to get 1 and 1/2 cups.BLEND: In a high-powered blender, combine the freshly cut strawberries, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 cups vanilla bean ice cream, and 3/4 to 1 cup milk (depending on desired thickness; 3/4 cup will be thicker). If desired, add in malt powder and white sugar. Blend until smooth. Don't over blend, as that will water down/thin out the milkshake.SERVE: Pour the milkshake into a cold glass and top with whipped cream and any other toppings of your choice. We like adding some crushed up freeze-dried strawberries on top of the whipped cream. Recipe NotesNote 1: Before starting the milkshake, put your glass in the freezer to get it cold! Nutrition FactsServing: 1milkshake | Calories: 739kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 134mg | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 1097mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 76g | Vitamin A: 1408IU | Vitamin C: 129mg | Calcium: 579mg | Iron: 1mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. 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