Banana Milkshake Recipe

Banana Milkshake

There is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than a cold glass of banana milkshake. I’m always on the lookout for new ways to enjoy this classic combo. Over the years I’ve experimented with different techniques and ingredients to craft what I believe is the perfect banana milkshake. Smooth and creamy but not too thick, with that unmistakable fresh banana flavor shining through. While the basics have stayed the same, I’ve put my own healthy spin on it by using real fruit and less added sugar. The result is a treat you can feel good about enjoying anytime it’s like a smoothie in shake form.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 large, spotty yellow bananas that have been allowed to develop their sweet flavor to perfection.
  • A splash of dairy goodness – 1/2 to 1 cup of cold milk. I prefer using organic whole milk for its creamy texture and nutrients, but feel free to swap in your favorite non-dairy alternative like almond or soy milk.
  • A few scoops of dreamy vanilla ice cream – 1 and 1/2 cups or about 3 generous scoops straight from the carton. Homemade is best but store-bought will work too in a pinch.
  • Sweetness with subtle complexity 2 tablespoons honey or simple syrup. Local raw honey adds a floral note while simple syrup made with cane sugar keeps it smooth and subtle.
  • A drop of pure vanilla essence – 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract for a hint of nostalgia.
  • An optional sprinkle of spice – A pinch of ground cinnamon brings out the tropical notes, if you wish.

How to Make This Banana Milkshake Recipe

Preparing the Bananas

To start, peel the bananas and break them into 1-2 inch chunks. This helps them blend smoothly. Place the banana pieces in the blender.

Adding the Remaining Ingredients

Now it’s time to layer in the rest of the ingredients. Add the ice cream, milk, honey or simple syrup, and vanilla extract. For an extra layer of flavor, I like to sprinkle in a pinch of cinnamon at this stage too.

Blending to Perfection

Secure the blender lid and pulse the mixture for 10-15 seconds, until everything is fully combined but still a bit chunky. You want some texture from the banana pieces.

Adjusting the Consistency

If it’s too thick, add another splash of milk and blend briefly to incorporate. I prefer mine on the thinner side so it’s easy to drink through a straw.

Serving Instructions

  • For a fun presentation, pour the milkshake into chilled glasses. Top with whipped cream and a banana slice if desired.
  • Provide straws and spoons/stirrers for sipping and mixing.
  • Best served immediately for maximum freshness, flavor and creaminess.

Storage Instructions

  • Leftover milkshake can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Be sure to place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the milkshake to prevent skin from forming.
  • The cold temperature will help preserve its texture and flavor.
  • Give it a quick stir before serving chilled.

Freezing Instructions

  • Freeze individual portions of milkshake in sealed freezer bags for convenient grabbing on hot days.
  • Allow at least 4 hours to freeze fully solid.
  • Bags can be stacked flat in the freezer for efficient storage.
  • To thaw, place frozen bag in the fridge overnight.
  • Give it a good shake before enjoying, as the texture may separate slightly during freezing.
  • Properly sealed and frozen portions will last 3 months for maximum freshness.

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Can I use frozen bananas instead of fresh?

Yes, frozen bananas work great in a milkshake! Just be sure to cut them into chunks before blending. The texture may be a little icier but the flavor is the same.

What if I don’t like bananas?

You can substitute another fruit like mango, strawberries or peaches in place of the bananas. Adjust the sweetener to taste if using a less sweet fruit.

Is this recipe nut-free?

Yes, the basic recipe is nut-free. However, if using almond or other nut milks as the dairy substitute, it would not be nut-free. You can easily swap in a non-dairy alternative like oat or coconut milk instead.

Can I make it lower in sugar?

Reduce or omit the honey/simple syrup to cut back on added sugars. Using very ripe bananas will also make it naturally sweeter with less sweetener needed.

Will it still be good the next day?

Leftover milkshake may separate slightly overnight but can be easily recombined by giving it a good stir before serving. The flavor will still be fresh for up to 2-3 days stored in the fridge.

Banana Milkshake

Banana Milkshake

There is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than a cold glass of banana milkshake. This recipe has been in my family for generations, lovingly passed down from my grandmother who was an incredible baker.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 160 kcal


  • cups vanilla ice cream
  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 1 cup cold milk (dairy, almond, soy, etc.)
  • 2 tbsp honey or simple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 inch ground cinnamon, optional


  • Add all ingredients to a powerful blender. I like to layer them from thickest to thinnest – bananas on the bottom, then yogurt, milk, honey and vanilla on top.
  • Secure the lid and pulse the blender a few times to mash and mix everything together into a creamy concoction.
  • Taste test! If it's too thick, add a splash more milk and blend again. For a frostier texture, add some ice cubes and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into chilled glasses and garnish with fresh banana slices, cinnamon or coconut flakes. Enjoy right away!
  • Any leftovers can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. Give it a quick stir before serving chilled.
Keyword Creamy banana smoothie, Easy banana milkshake, Fresh banana dessert, Homemade banana milkshake recipe
Hey there! I'm Betty Spangler. I love food, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple.