How To Make Strawberry Milkshake Without Ice Cream


How to make Strawberry Milkshake Without Ice Cream ? It’s a very simple question, but there is no one answer because fruit shakes taste different each time. It depends on how to use the ingredients and the freshness of these fruits. Let’s learn how to make a delicious Strawberry Milkshake without Ice Cream .

Strawberry Milkshake without Ice Cream

This strawberry milkshake without ice cream can be enjoyed anytime – even if you don’t have ice cream on hand! With just 4 ingredients you can make a thick and creamy strawberry milkshake that tastes just like the real deal!

Mason jar glass full of strawberry milkshake without ice cream and whipped cream on top

Strawberry Milkshake without Ice Cream

This might be one of the strangest recipes I ever wrote, but it’s completely original.

I recently posted a recipe for Fresas con Crema (Mexican Strawberries & Cream) which reminded me of this strawberry milkshake no ice cream recipe which I had to share!

Fresas con Crema - Mexican strawberries and cream in a cup

I love ice cream, like really love it.

One year when I was in high school, I ate a bowl of ice cream every night for the whole summer.

I’m the kind of girl who likes soft serve, or to let my ice cream melt until I can stir it up and then eat it. Don’t judge.

When I go out, I love to order milkshakes or, even better, malts.

Unfortunately, I am not that young anymore and my metabolism cannot match my love for ice cream!

Strawberry milkshake without ice cream being poured from blender to mason jar cup

In fact, I can’t even stock ice cream in my freezer because I would eat it all at once.

It’s a smart idea not to have ice cream on hand, but sometimes I can’t resist the cravings and I learned how to make milkshakes without ice cream.

Yes, you read that right. Mock milkshakes!

I have recipes for all different flavors (chocolate, cheesecake, mint chocolate chip, etc), but this strawberry milkshake without ice cream is one of my absolute favorites.

It tastes like a real strawberry milkshake and it’s thick and creamy.

Glass of strawberry milkshake without ice cream being topped with whipped cream

How to make strawberry Milkshake without ice cream

A milkshake without ice cream is basically deconstructed ice cream.

Take the regular ingredients for ice cream such as milk, cream, sugar and blend them up like a smoothie.

The results are usually not quite as thick, but the flavor is spot on.

I like using frozen strawberries for this recipe because it helps to thicken without diluting the taste.

Mason jar glass full of strawberry milkshake without ice cream and whipped cream on top

You will see in the recipe that it is optional to add a raw egg – key word is optional.

Consuming raw eggs can be unsafe. Use pasteurized eggs or from a source you trust.

This will add velvety smooth richness to your shake and a more authentic flavor.

I also use raw egg in my Pumpkin Eggnog and my Blue Cheese Walnut Pasta, which was inspired by how they serve pasta here in Japan.

Mason jar glass full of strawberry milkshake without ice cream and whipped cream on top

Another optional ingredient you can add is malt powder. It makes it taste sooo gooood!

The recipe below will make about 3 cups or 2 (12 ounce) servings if you’re nice enough to share.

Please make it and let me know what you think!

If you love it, I’m happy to share my other milkshake without ice cream flavors as well.

Strawberry Milkshake without Ice Cream

yield: 2 SERVINGS

prep time: 5 MINUTES

total time: 5 MINUTES

A strawberry milkshake without ice cream. Just blend milk, sugar, vanilla and strawberries for a thick and creamy treat!


  • 1/2 cup milk, half-and-half, cream or evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup (heaping) frozen strawberries
  • 1 large egg (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons malt powder (optional)
  • Ice (optional)
  • Whipped cream (optional)


  1. In a blender, add the milk, sugar, vanilla and strawberries. If using egg and/or malt powder, add this now as well.
  2. Blend ingredients until thick and smooth. If shake is not thick enough, add some ice and blend again.
  3. If desired, top with whipped cream and serve.

Strawberry Milkshake Without Ice Cream

Did you know that you can make a strawberry milkshake without ice cream? Is it really possible? Why, yes! This recipe is proof.

It’s undeniable that ice cream-blended milkshake is more decadent and delightful. But if you’re trying to cut back on calories, this lighter version is perfect for you.

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This milkshake is still rich, creamy, and so good, it won’t just bring the boys to the yard, but every other person you can think of, as well.

Want a refreshing drink to cool down that isn’t too high in calories? Look no further than this cold and creamy, ice cream-free strawberry milkshake!

Strawberry Milkshake Without Ice Cream 

A strawberry milkshake sans the ice cream is not as thick and indulgent, but it still gets the job done.

This milkshake is still refreshing and delicious, but isn’t as high in calories.

It’s perfect for beating the summer heat while still sticking to a healthy lifestyle!

Rich in antioxidants and low in calories, strawberries make this drink/dessert extra wholesome. 

It’s so easy, too! With four simple ingredients and a blender, you’ll be able to make this luscious, lip-smacking treat.


  • Milk – It’s called a milkshake, after all! Use whole milk for a creamy milkshake.
  • Honey – For sweetness.
  • Vanilla Extract – A wonderful flavor enhancer.
  • Strawberries – Fresh strawberries yield more flavor, but I like to use frozen because it makes a colder milkshake. 

Fun Facts About Milkshake 

  • The first documentation of milkshake goes all the way back to 1885. Back then, milkshakes had an eggnog-like consistency and were spiked with whiskey. They say it’s for medicinal purposes, but whether you want to believe that is up to you!
  • Interestingly, the term “milkshake” was not derived from the way it was made. Milkshakes were served in bars, where if a customer liked it, he shocked hands with the bartender.  
  • It was not until the early 1900s that the milkshake was made with ice cream.
  • Following the popularity of the sweet and creamy drink, the blender was invented in 1922. The electric blender, invented by Stephen Poplawski, had the sole purpose of making milkshakes.
  • In the 1950s, people started giving other nicknames to milkshakes, such as frappes, frosted shakes, cabinets, and velvets. There was also a special kind of milkshake called “concrete,” a drink so thick that when flipped over, it didn’t drip. 
  • In 1963, the CIA attempted to assassinate Fidel Castro by poisoning his chocolate milkshake and failed.
  • The world’s largest milkshake was made on August 2,000. At 6,000 gallons, it was equivalent to 50,000 regular milkshakes. It was made by the Comfort Diners in New York to celebrate their fourth annual milkshake celebration. 
  • The most expensive milkshake in the world costs a whopping $100. Called the LUXE milkshake, it is made from Tahitian vanilla ice cream, Jersey milk, Madagascar vanilla beans, Devonshire luxury clotted cream, whipped cream, donkey caramel sauce, Luxardo Gourmet maraschino cherries, and 23 karats of edible gold. It doesn’t end there! The milkshake is also served in a glass embellished with over 3,000 Swarovski crystals.
  • Among the wildest milkshake flavors include pizza, Buffalo chicken, and foie gras.
  • National Chocolate Milkshake Day is on September 12, while the National Vanilla Milkshake Day is on June 20. Sadly, a National Strawberry Milkshake Day is yet to be declared.

Tips for the Best Shake 

  • If you want a thick and creamy milkshake, go for full-fat milk.
  • If you don’t mind the extra calories, use heavy cream instead of milk.
  • If the strawberries are thick enough, feel free to skip the honey.
  • Use frozen strawberries to yield a cold milkshake. Aside from giving the shake its flavor, they also serve as a substitute for ice. 
  • You can also use fresh strawberries, but the shake won’t be cold. You can add ice cubes after blending, but be sure to drink it as fast as you can! Once the ice melts, the milkshake will become watery.
  • If you’re using frozen berries, use a high-power blender. Second-grade or immersion blenders might struggle in pulsing the berries. If you don’t have one, I suggest you stick to fresh strawberries.
  • For a thicker milkshake, use very cold, almost frozen, milk. 
  • Freeze the serving glasses for at least 15 minutes so the milkshake stays cold longer.
  • Milkshake doesn’t have a very long lifespan, so I don’t advise making it ahead of time. If you have leftovers, however, you can freeze them for only up to a day. Thaw in the fridge before serving.
Strawberry milkshake and fresh strawberries

Milkshake Variations 

  • This milkshake is super fruity thanks to the strawberries, but don’t just end there! Add more fruits and berries. Blueberries, raspberries, mangoes – anything you can think of works.
  • For a healthier and heartier milkshake, throw chia seeds into the mix.
  • Vegan? Use plant-based milk instead. Almond, oat, and coconut milk all make fantastic milkshakes! The shake won’t be as thick, but still good.
  • Low-fat milk works, too. 
  • Want a thicker milkshake? Blend in a frozen banana. Aside from improving the consistency, it also adds a wonderful flavor.
  • For a thinner milkshake, add more milk.
  • Use maple syrup instead of honey.
  • Top milkshake with chocolate shavings and chocolate syrup.
  • Blend in almonds for a nutty flavor.

Strawberry Milkshake without Ice Cream

I always have fresh flash-frozen strawberries (and other berries and fruits) in my freezer. So when I get the craving for a strawberry milkshake and there’s no ice cream, this is for a quick fix. And made with only 3 ingredients!


Strawberry Milkshake without Ice Cream

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Recipe Summary


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Original recipe yields 1 servingsIngredient Checklist

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon strawberry syrup (such as Torani®)



Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1Combine milk, strawberries, and syrup in a blender cup and blend until smooth.

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Cook’s Note:

Add more or less strawberry syrup depending on the sweetness of your strawberries.

Strawberry Milkshake Without Ice Cream

Strawberry milkshake without ice cream is delicious and easy to make at home using few ingredients.

This easy and simple strawberry milkshake recipe is also the best homemade strawberry milkshake recipe I have ever tried using fresh strawberries and cream!

We use sugar in this strawberry milkshake to make it but you can make a more healthy strawberry milkshake by replacing white sugar with natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, stevia etc.

Creamy Strawberry Milkshake Without Ice Cream

Though we do not use ice cream in this milkshake recipe, this strawberry milkshake is very creamy in texture since we use heavy cream, whole milk as well as delicious, juicy strawberries as the main ingredients.

simple strawberry milkshake recipe
strawberry milkshake without ice cream

Here is another delicious and creamy milkshake made without using ice cream, which is the peanut butter milkshake without ice cream!

I have also made these strawberry milkshake and blueberry milkshake where we use ice cream which you can try too, if you want delicious milkshakes with ice cream!

If you are looking for a simple and easy strawberry milkshake recipe, I would suggest you to try this easy homemade strawberry milkshake recipe.

simple strawberry milkshake recipe

We only need basic ingredients to make this simple milkshake but you can always add more ingredients of your choice and experiment with the flavors.

So here is how you can make easy, delicious and creamy strawberry milkshake without ice cream!

How To Make Strawberry Milkshake Without Ice Cream?

strawberry milkshake without ice cream

Main ingredients used to make this delicious milkshake are undoubtedly strawberries and whole milk.

strawberries sliced
strawberries sliced

Below you can see the full ingredients list to make delicious and easy strawberry milkshake without ice cream.

Ingredients to make strawberry milkshake without ice cream

2 cups strawberries

1.5 cups whole milk chilled

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons heavy cream

4 tablespoons sugar

Step By Step Instructions

Wash the strawberries in clean water and cut the end to remove leaves if any, you can use a strawberry huller to remove the stems easily if you wish.

You can cut the strawberries in halves or more to make the process easier, I always cut the strawberries before I put them into the blender so it is more easily done.

strawberries sliced
strawberries sliced

Add all the ingredients (strawberries, milk, cream, sugar and vanilla extract) to the blender and blend until smooth.

making strawberry milkshake in blender
blender strawberry milkshake

Delicious and fresh strawberry milkshake is ready to serve, you can pour the milkshake from the blender to glass cups for serving.

Serve immediately while its fresh and chilled for the best results!

strawberry milkshake without ice cream

Tips To Make Perfect Milkshake Without Ice Cream

We mostly make milkshakes without ice cream for these reasons – easy to make, less calorie & fat and also easily availble ingredients.

Even when you do not have ice cream at home, you can easily make delicious milkshakes without ice creams.

To make it delicious and creamy, make sure to use whole milk and also use heavy cream or whipped cream.

In case, you do not have cream, you can make strawberry milkshake even with just using strawberries, milk and sugar and a little vanilla extract!

For the best results, make sure to use good quality, fresh ingredients.

Using ripe, juicy strawberries make the milkshake more delicious!

Also, once you have prepared the strawberry milkshake, make sure to serve it immediately for best results!

As I mentioned earlier, if you are making it for serving later, you have to refrigerate the prepared milkshake until you are ready to use and if you are storing it for more than a day, it is always recommended to freeze the milkshake which will keep it fresh for few more days


I have used fresh strawberries to make this strawberry milkshake but you may also use frozen strawberries or even frozen milk (freeze in ice cube trays for easy use) to make the milkshake more frothy & cold.

Also you may adjust the amount of sugar or use natural sweteners based on your preferences.

You can adjust the amount of strawberries in the recipe too, if you want to adjust the consistency of the milkshake.

For a more thicker consistency like in smoothies, you can add more strawberries.

Though we made this milkshake without ice cream, you can always add ice cream to make it even more rich & more flavorful!

You can add vanilla ice cream or strawberry ice cream to make strawberry milkshake (just use a couple of spoons of ice cream for a lighter milkshake or you can add 1 to 2 cups of ice cream for a more richer & filling milkshake).

To make strawberry banana milkshake, which is also very popular, just add one ripe banana also to the recipe to make a thicker milkshake or you can replace one cup of strawberries with one banana to make an evenly flavored strawberry banana milkshake of the same consistency.

In this milkshake recipe, I used vanilla extract to flavor the milkshake. You may use strawberry extract or essence along with vanilla to make it even more colorful in pink and for more strawberry flavor.

Notes: For best results, serve chilled strawberry milkshake so in case you want to save the milkshake for later use, you can refrigerate the milkshake.

You can also freeze the prepared milkshake in freezer safe containers for later use.

There are freezer bags which will help you to save the milkshakes in decided portions so you don’t have to worry about your milkshake getting spoiled if want to use it at a later time.

Or you can easily freeze the milkshake in ice cube trays for longer storage.

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