Milkshakes look, feel, and taste like a majestic work of art. When your server brings you that beautiful tall glass full of creamy goodness with a big cloud of whipped cream and a shiny red cherry on top, you can taste it with your eyes. How could you ever make something that great at home?
The answer might shock you -- it’s actually extremely easy. That exact same milkshake you get from your favorite diner or dessert shop only takes a few seconds to make. That’s why they’re always on the menu. They’re quick, easy, delicious, and magical.
This easy and adaptable milkshake recipe will allow you to make the perfect milkshake for your needs. Are you lactose intolerant? Are you a vegan? Are you trying to eat healthier? Just make a few small swaps from traditional full-fat milk and ice cream to a healthier alternative.
Choosing Your Milk
Milk is what makes a milkshake a milkshake. Without something to thin it down to a drinkable consistency, you’d simply have ice cream. The kind of milk you choose can change the consistency and nutritional value of your milkshake. No matter which milk you choose, you’ll want ¼ cup.
Most milkshakes are made with full-fat dairy milk -- that’s the traditional way, but we’re not about tradition over here, so moving on...
Oat milk is one of the most allergen-safe milk alternatives. This plant-based milk is completely vegan, nut-free, and gluten-free. Oat milk is one of the thickest and creamiest plant-based milks. In terms of consistency, you’d never be able to tell the difference between oat milk and full-fat dairy milk.
Obviously, nut milk is off the table for anyone with a tree nut allergy. We can just breeze past this for people who are avoiding allergens. For those who can safely enjoy nuts, nut milks are a valuable addition to a healthier milkshake.
Nut milk has a mild flavor and a slightly thinner consistency. If you like your milkshakes to be easy to drink and you don’t want to wait for them to melt a little bit, nut milk will give you a milkshake that’s ready to drink right from the blender. It will also impart a slightly nutty flavor to your shake, which is a bonus if you enjoy the combination of crushed nuts on a sundae.
Coconut milk is rich, creamy, and delicious thanks to the naturally high-fat content of coconuts. Coconut milk will also taste just a little bit like coconuts, and there’s nothing much you can do about that.
If you don’t like the flavor of coconuts or if you don’t want it impacting the flavor of your ice cream, you might want to choose another milk. If a chocolate coconut milkshake sounds just as good to you as it does to us, you might want to keep some coconut milk handy.
Choosing Your Flavor
We’re obviously very partial to our dairy-free and plant-based deliciousness and recommend using any of our pints to make your shake. Snow Monkey is the key ingredient to making your milkshake healthy. Snow Monkey is vegan, free from all eight major allergens, and loaded with plant-based protein. Each flavor boasts a unique antioxidant profile to promote your overall well-being. Whatever flavor you use, you’ll want about 1 ½ cups.
Strawberry is the quintessential berry for your milkshake, but you don’t have to feel confined to it. A blueberry milkshake would be just as delicious. An açai berry milkshake would be a fun way to shake things up (pun absolutely intended) while making your milkshake just a little bit healthier.
You can use a vanilla base for your milkshake if you’re looking to add in other ingredients or toppings. Vanilla is very agreeable and easily modifiable. You can enjoy it by itself if you’re into the subtly sweet flavor, or punch it up if you want a little something extra.
Try adding a few spoonfuls of nut butter for a peanut butter milkshake or a banana for a banana creme shake. You can also sub ½ a cup of vanilla ice cream for ½ cup of lime sherbert to make a key lime milkshake. Seriously, vanilla is your playground.
You don’t need to add anything special to a chocolate milkshake. It’s perfectly delicious all on its own. You can toss some extra dark cocoa powder into the blender to intensify your chocolatey flavor. Since non-alkalized cocoa powder is rich in antioxidants, you can rightfully claim that your indulgence is in the name of health.
And don’t sleep on mint chocolate chip. If you want something fancier than plain chocolate, mint chocolate chip is always a showstopper.
A Little Something Special
You can make a milkshake out of any frozen dessert. Don’t limit yourself. You’ve had plenty of basic milkshakes in your life. Try something you’ve never tried before. How about a matcha green tea milkshake or a passion fruit milkshake?
If you want to serve up an easy and interesting dessert to your family or friends, Snow Monkey’s array of deliciously healthy flavors can help you switch things up.
There’s also the option of adding a shot of cooled espresso to your milkshake to give it a coffee kick. If you’re usually the type to enjoy an after-dinner cup of coffee or if you’re totally living for the afternoon pick-me-up of a frozen coffee drink, simply combine the two to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Putting Your Milkshake Together
Add 1 ½ cups of ice cream or frozen dessert to your blender with ¼ cup of milk or plant-based milk alternative. Blend it until it’s thoroughly mixed and pour it into a glass. It’s really that easy. Double up your portions to make two milkshakes at once. Most blenders can handle it, but definitely double-check that. Overpacking your blender won’t necessarily cause the lid to fly off, but the motor can stall like a car in the mud. Don’t mess up your blender in the name of dessert.
Pour your milkshake down the side of your glass. By tilting the glass to meet the spout of your blender and filling it an angle, you’re avoiding the potential for splatters. Giving the glass a gentle shake every few seconds will help the milkshake settle evenly, helping you check for lumps of ice cream that may have been left behind by your blender.
Make sure you have the right straws handy. You’ll want a straw with a wider diameter to make drinking your milkshake easier. If you invest in reusable straws, you can have eco-friendly milkshakes on demand. Go, you!
Topping it Off
Milkshakes don’t require unhealthy toppings. Whipped coconut cream blended with coconut sugar will give your milkshake a picturesque fluffy white finish, if nuts aren’t a concern. You can sprinkle the top of cacao nibs, chia seeds, or toasted coconut flakes.
For an elegant touch, dip the rim of the glass in chocolate or caramel before you pour your milkshake. You can garnish the milkshake with a cookie or some fresh fruit around the rim. Fancy.
Milkshakes are an easy and delicious dessert that everyone loves. You can whip up a plant-based milkshake using the Snow Monkey Anytime Desserts already in your freezer.
Since milkshakes are so quick to make and they don’t involve any cooking, you can even make everyone their own flavor with minimal additional effort. You can serve four people in less time than it would take to preheat the oven to bake something. It doesn’t get easier than that.
If you’re hosting guests, you can even put together a “build your own milkshake” bar that will allow people to create and serve the perfect frozen dessert. They only need to know the 1 ½ cup to ¼ cup ratio. Everything else is according to their own creativity and personal taste. It’s a fun, family-friendly activity, and we won’t judge if one of the ingredient options adds a little kick for the adults, too!
Best of all, when you use Snow Monkey at your milkshake bar, everyone can enjoy it. It caters to vegans and people who adhere to a paleo diet, and most of our flavors omit all of the top 8 major food allergens. Snow Monkey is the perfect ice cream alternative for people who are trying to make mindful decisions about the foods they enjoy. It’s packed with protein, antioxidants, and fiber. With all the benefits Snow Monkey has to offer, you can enjoy a milkshake as a meal.
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