How to Make a Banana Milkshake: 13 Steps

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How to Make a Banana Milkshake: 13 Steps
How to Make a Banana Milkshake: 13 Steps

With just a few ingredients, a banana milkshake is very easy to make and extremely satisfying. It goes with virtually any flavor and is done in minutes. It is impossible not to like! The only question that remains is: with or without lactose?


Traditional banana milkshake

  • 1 to 2 bananas (preferably frozen)
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 ½ teaspoons of sugar, or a sugar or honey substitute (to taste)
  • 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 4 to 6 chopped almonds (optional)
  • Any additional flavor you want (mango, pineapple, spinach, kale, blueberry etc.)

Lactose-free banana milkshake

  • 1 to 2 bananas (preferably frozen)
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 3/4 cup of orange juice or soy/almond milk
  • Sugar, sugar substitute or honey (to taste)
  • Any additional flavor you desire (mango, pineapple, spinach, kale, blueberry etc. Oats, quinoa, almonds and peanut butter can also be used to thicken the drink)


Method 1 of 2: Traditional Banana Milkshake

Make a Banana Milkshake Step 1

Step 1. Place one or two sliced ​​bananas in a blender

It's best if they're frozen, but any ripe banana will do. When frozen, they are obviously cooler and eliminate the need for more ice. However, it will be delicious anyway.

Step 2. Add half a cup of milk and a cup of ice to a blender

If the ice is crushed, it will go through the blender easier and the process will be much faster.

What kind of milk? Well that depends on you. Are you taking care of the calories? Use skim, soy or almond milk. Want a creamier drink? Milk with 2% fat or even coconut milk will do

Make a Banana Milkshake Step 3

Step 3. Add a scoop of ice cream

This is where your creativity can run wild. Vanilla is the default and will let the banana stand out, but you're the one with the power now. If you want 31 different flavors in your milkshake, you can make it happen. What do you yearn for now?

Want some recommendations? Peanuts, chocolate, strawberry, coconut, mango or coffee. And if you can handle it – bananas

Step 4. Add four to six chopped almonds

They are meant to add some spice and a little more texture, but can be deleted if you're not a big fan of almonds. If you don't have them around, but want something extra in your milkshake, try it with up to half a cup of oatmeal, quinoa or peanut butter.

  • Do you love almonds? Go ahead and add more!
  • Now is the time to add vanilla extract if you like. It will enhance the natural vanilla flavors in the milkshake.

Step 5. Beat ingredients until mixture is soft

If the ice gets stuck in the bottom of the blender, you may need to take a spoon and mix it a little. Other than that, the process should only take a minute or two.

Make a Banana Milkshake Step 6

Step 6. Add sugar to taste

Finally, this is the excuse to try a little! Try a full scoop and decide how much sugar you need, if you need it. Honey is a good natural alternative to refined sugar and some sugar substitutes (such as sweeteners) are also good. One or two teaspoons should do.

Step 7. Place in frozen mugs

In a chilled glass, the milkshake will stay cold and thick longer. If there are leftovers, be sure to keep them in the fridge or freezer. That way it will certainly be fine until you feel like more.

Step 8. Enjoy

This recipe serves two people. Next time, try your own variations – the banana goes well with so many flavors and the blender is a great platform to try out some wacky combinations.

If you like, garnish with a cherry, whipped cream, a few chocolate chips or more chopped almonds. Delicious

Method 2 of 2: Lactose Free Banana Milkshake

Make a Banana Milkshake Step 9

Step 1. Place one or two sliced ​​bananas in a blender

As long as they're ripe, they'll taste good, but frozen bananas are good for staying cold and solid, resulting in a colder, thicker milkshake. And as for the quantity… how big is your craving for bananas?

Step 2. Add a cup of ice and a liquid of your choice

Crushed ice goes through the blender more easily, just so you know. And as for the liquid, you can generally follow two paths:

  • A milk substitute such as soy milk, almonds or coconut. This will be your traditional milkshake. It goes well with chocolate, peanut butter and other sweet and nutty flavors.
  • A juice such as orange, apple or pineapple. It will look more like a smoothie and blend better with other fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, mangoes, kale or spinach.

Step 3. Add sugar (if you like, of course) and any additional flavors you want to try

Some bananas are very sweet and don't need to be sweetened, and if you used coconut juice or milk, the combination may already be quite sweet. Why don't you try a little, just to be sure?

As for the additional flavors, any of the aforementioned tastes great, but the limits are only your imagination. If it's related to fruits, vegetables, chocolates or nuts it will work! Use half a cup or less, depending on the intensity of flavor you want

Step 4. Beat everything

It's all in the blender, just blend the ingredients. This should only take a minute or two. You may need to mix it once or twice before it's ready, in case the ice makes it a little difficult. Adjust the thickness by adding more liquid or more fruit as needed.

Step 5. Place in glasses and enjoy

This recipe makes a couple of servings, depending on the size of your milkshake hunger. If there are leftovers, put them in a cup and refrigerate for later.

Garnish with a straw and maybe some whipped cream, cherries, chocolate chips, nuts or a piece of fruit. Why don't you do this more often?


  • You don't only need to use bananas, you can use many other fruits.
  • All you really need is a banana and ice. If you don't have any of the other ingredients, try anyway.
  • Be sure to completely beat the banana unless you want chunks in the drink.
  • Make sure you cap the blender, otherwise you'll make a banana mess!
  • Add a little protein powder or flaxseeds to make it more nutritious, or honey to sweeten it in a natural and healthy way.
  • Be sure to wash your hands before you start making the milkshake.


  • Make sure you use fresh milk and ripe bananas!
  • Watch out! Sticking a spoon or anything else in a working blender is not a good idea.

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