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Strawberry Milkshake | Vegan Dairy Free

A vegan strawberry milkshake made with coconut milk ice cream and flavored with real strawberries and banana – all dairy free and vegan friendly. A delicious summer dessert that can be made with or without ice cream for a healthier treat.

If you are looking for a vegan milkshake flavored with fruits, this vegan strawberry milkshake makes a perfect sweet treat to drink that can be enjoyed as breakfast, snack, or dessert. 

The recipe can easily be customized to incorporate less sugar or no added sugar at all. And It takes about 5 minutes to make! Make sure to watch the how-to video below.

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Vegan banana strawberry milkshake in a glass with a sliced strawberry and a straw.

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Dairy Free Strawberry Milkshake Without Ice Cream

If you want to make this vegan strawberry milkshake without ice cream you can use coconut cream / milk or yogurt instead (dairy or non-dairy coconut based yogurt). Using frozen fruits (with or without some ice) will help to achieve a thicker creamier texture, this is important if you’re not using ice cream. Otherwise you will just get an ordinary strawberry banana smoothie.

Ingredients You Need (Without Ice Cream):

  • Strawberries (fresh or frozen).
  • Bananas – ripe (preferably frozen for a thicker milkshake).
  • Added sweetener (optional, if you prefer the shake sweeter) use about 3-4 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey.
  • Coconut milk, cream (or yogurt) – for a stronger coconut flavor, thicker richer and creamier texture use full fat canned coconut milk. You can use only the solidified cream on top or all together with the water. This option is perfect if you want your strawberry banana milkshake to be vegan, paleo or keto compliant.
Strawberry banana milkshake dairy free vegan in glass and garnished with a strawberry.

Strawberry Milkshake With Non-Dairy Ice Cream

If you are looking for a creamy thick vegan strawberry milkshake you need to keep in mind the consistency of ingredients. Adding frozen fruits can help (in this case banana and strawberry) as well as using some ice cream will be extremely helpful. The ice cream can be coconut based or almond based.

Why dairy free milkshake? Because regular ice cream or milk combined with fruits can cause indigestion and gas. It’s a really bad combination especially if you already have some gut problems.

The coconut ice cream is usually thicker than other non-dairy versions so I like to use a classic vanilla flavored coconut ice cream (or vanilla cashew ice cream) which is perfect for making a strawberry milk shake or just a plain coconut milk shake.

Ingredients You Need

  • Strawberries (fresh or frozen).
  • Bananas – ripe (fresh or frozen).
  • Plain vanilla ice cream (I used a coconut based vanilla ice cream).
  • Liquid to blend (if you’re using frozen ingredients you need to add a bit of plant milk, it depends how thick you want your milkshake).

Find the complete printable recipe with measurements below.

Gathered ingredients shot for a vegan strawberry banana milkshake.
Ingredients needed for making a vegan strawberry banana milkshake.

How To Make The Strawberry Banana Milkshake

1. To a blender add the frozen fruits, the ice cream (if using) and the liquid. If you want to add some healthy protein: hemp seeds, flax seeds or chia seeds, now is the time to add it. To sweeten it up, use maple syrup, date syrup or honey.

2. Cover with a lid and pulse a few times to get things moving, then set the blender on low speed and blend until creamy.

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3. Pour into glasses and enjoy right away.

Are Milkshakes Supposed To Be Thick?

The milkshakes should have a thick consistency and a creamy texture. Thick enough for a straw to stand in but still drinkable.

How Do You Thicken A Homemade Milkshake?

To thicken a milkshake you just add more solid ingredients and less liquid. Such as more ice cream or more frozen fruit.

What Is The Difference Between Smoothie And Milkshake?

Smoothies have a thinner consistency and can be made with dairy products or without (water is used as the blending liquid therefore are lower in fat) while the shakes are more creamier and are typically made with ice cream or milk. The milkshakes are also much sweeter and are usually consumed as dessert.

Strawberry banana milkshake dairy free vegan with ice cream.

What Blender To Use For A Milkshake

Any blender that has a “frozen drink” set up, this usually pulses a few times to make things move a bit and then blends on low without breaking the consistency. I’m using a Ninja blender with glass pitcher, the plastic ones are usually prone to scratches when blending frozen ingredients.

Add-ins For Making Healthy Vegan Milkshakes

  • Add chia seeds, hemp seeds or milled flax seeds for fiber and plant based protein.
  • Use other fruits like cherries, blackberries or blueberries.
  • Add some peanut butter or or other nut butters.
  • Cacao powder for a chocolaty flavor or matcha powder for a green tea flavor.

Storing The Vegan Strawberry Milkshake

Storing leftovers: Store in an airtight container in the freezer. It will turn to ice-cream. Consume the milkshake within 1 to 2 months after it’s frozen.

To defrost: a milkshake that’s frozen solid you need to move it from the freezer to the fridge for about 30 minutes to 1 hour. If it separates you can re-blend.

Strawberry banana milkshake dairy free vegan recipe.

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Dairy Free/ Vegan Strawberry Milk Shake How-To Video

Vegan Strawberry Milkshake With Or Without Ice Cream (Dairy Free) Recipe

A vegan strawberry milkshake made with coconut milk ice cream and flavored with real strawberries and banana – all dairy free and vegan friendly. A delicious fruit flavored coconut milkshake dessert flavored with strawberries and banana – the perfect sweet treat to drink that can be enjoyed as breakfast, snack or dessert.
Prep Time3 mins
Blending Time2 mins
Total Time5 mins
Cuisine: American, Clean Eating, Dairy Free, Vegan
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 426.8kcal
Author: HealthyTasteOfLife
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Ingredients
 

Vegan Strawberry Milkshake Without Ice Cream

  • cup strawberries  - fresh or frozen
  • 1 large banana - ripe, preferably frozen for a thicker milkshake
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk or cream - or dairy free yogurt (you can use strawberry flavored)
  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup or date syrup - optional, if you prefer it sweeter

Vegan Strawberry Milkshake With Ice Cream

  • cup strawberries - fresh or frozen
  • 1 large banana - ripe, use frozen for a thicker consistency
  • 3/4 cup plain vanilla ice cream  - or used strawberry flavored ice cream
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk or cream - or other dairy free milk, to thin out the milkshake

Instructions
 

  • To a blender add the frozen fruits, the ice cream (if using) and the liquid. If you want to add some healthy protein: hemp seeds, flax seeds or chia seeds, now is the time to add it. To sweeten it up use maple syrup or honey.
  • Cover with a lid and pulse a few times to get things moving, then set the blender on low speed and blend until creamy.
  • Pour into glasses and enjoy right away.

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Notes

Tips For A Perfect Vegan Strawberry Milkshake

  • To thicken the milkshake you just add more solid ingredients and less liquid. Such as more ice cream or more frozen fruit.
  • The best dairy free ice cream: coconut ice cream is usually thicker than other non-dairy versions so I like to use a classic vanilla flavored coconut ice cream, which is perfect for making a strawberry milk shake or just a plain coconut milk shake.
  • Why dairy free milkshake? Because regular ice cream or milk combined with fruits can cause indigestion and gas. It’s a really bad combination especially if you already have some gut problems.
  • Coconut milk, cream (or yogurt) – for a stronger coconut flavor, thicker richer and creamier texture use full fat canned coconut milk. You can use only the solidified cream on top or all together with the water. This option is perfect if you want your strawberry banana milkshake to be vegan, paleo or keto compliant.
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Nutrition

Serving: 10oz | Calories: 426.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 93.6g | Protein: 5.1g | Fat: 5.6g | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 1085.2mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 49.6g | Vitamin A: 6.9IU | Vitamin C: 177.5mg | Calcium: 11.6mg | Iron: 14.5mg

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