Strawberry Banana Milkshake Recipe

Claudia has been writing recipes online for many years. She enjoys coming up with unique and tasty dishes, especially sweet treats.

Strawberry Banana Milkshake

Strawberry Banana Milkshake

Light and refreshing, strawberries and bananas combined make a terrific milkshake. Made with whole milk and full-fat ice cream, this milkshake recipe does have a lot of calories, but it also packs a powerful vitamin punch and is very easily adapted to make it healthier. It is also a great way to sneak some fruit into your diet.

The four ingredients that make up this milkshake not only taste great, but they are terrific sources of vitamins too.

  • Strawberries - These are a nutritional powerhouse. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, folate, and manganese. They are also a good source of fiber with one serving (1 cup) providing 12% of the daily recommended value. Best of all, they taste great.
  • Bananas - These are another great source of vitamin C, folate, potassium, and manganese. One medium banana provides 12% of the daily recommended value of dietary fiber. They also add a creaminess to milkshakes.
  • Whole milk - This is loaded with vitamins and minerals. One serving is a great source of calcium and vitamin D.
  • Ice cream - This is low in sodium and is a good source of calcium and vitamin A.

Combined together, these ingredients make a milkshake that is hard to beat.

How do you like this milkshake?

Cook Time

Prep timeReady inYields

5 min

5 min

Makes 2 milkshakes


  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 medium banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, frozen


  1. In a blender, place the frozen strawberries on the bottom, then add the bananas and top with the ice cream. Pour the milk over the top.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into 2 tall glasses and enjoy. Top with whipped cream if desired.
  4. If the milkshake is too thin, add a bit more ice cream or another frozen strawberry. If it is too thick, add a bit more milk.
  5. The nutrition facts below are for whole milk and full-fat ice cream. An easy way to lighten this milkshake up is to use low-fat milk and low-fat ice cream or frozen yogurt.

The History of Milkshakes

Did you know that the original milkshake was actually more like a cocktail? In the late 1800s, the milkshake was made of whiskey, milk, and eggs. Over the years, the whiskey was removed and other things like syrups, ice cream, and malt were added. Today, the endless variations of milkshakes include drinks like frappes or smoothies.

Substitutions and Variations

One of the things I like the most about this milkshake is that it is not overly sweet, but if you tend to like things sweeter, then try one of these variations on the standard recipe. They are all delicious.

  • Substitute 2 tablespoons of strawberry jam for the frozen strawberries.
  • Substitute fresh strawberries for frozen ones. The shake may be thinner.
  • Substitute strawberry ice cream for the vanilla.
  • Substitute chocolate ice cream for the vanilla.
  • Substitute banana ice cream for the vanilla.
  • Substitute coconut milk for milk.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of powdered chocolate drink mix.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  • Sprinkle a few mini semisweet chocolate chips on top.

A rich and creamy treat, a strawberry banana milkshake is sure to put a smile on anyone's face. Great for an after school treat or a special occasion, try this recipe next time you have a craving for something sweet!

© 2012 Claudia Mitchell


HaremCinema on June 13, 2020:

I love the idea of this milkshake and now I really want to taste it too! Thank you for sharing it with us.

shahzad arsi from Purnia on February 23, 2018:

You made it look simple, yet so informative.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 19, 2012:

I appreciate the comments ignugent. I bet you can't go wrong on this either...all you have to do is turn on the blender!

ignugent17 on November 19, 2012:

I think I will not go wrong with this one. I don't need to put it in the oven.

Thanks for sharing ! :-)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 14, 2012:

I say go get one and enjoy! In my mind almost any milkshake is a good milkshake. Thanks for commenting!

Nell Rose from England on November 14, 2012:

I usually go to the Wimpy to get mine, but this is a great idea to make your own, I really want one now! lol! voted up!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 13, 2012:

Thanks marcoujour! Let me know how it is with the coconut milk. That combo has me dreaming of a tropical island!

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on November 13, 2012:


Oh my, I will be making this and am now in need of coconut milk...that variation sounds like a drink of ambrosia to me.

Yes, we all deserve to treat ourselves and this sounds like the ticket.

Voted UP and UABI...many thanks and hugs, Maria

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 12, 2012:

Thanks Jamie! Make yourself a treat this afternoon!

Jamie Brock from Texas on November 12, 2012:

It has been so long since I have a had a milkshake... this sounds wonderful! Thank you for sharing :)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 12, 2012:

Teaches - I was out of town for a few days. Hope you made one for yourself! Thanks for visiting.

Dianna Mendez on November 10, 2012:

Oh my, what a wonderful drink! I am so in need of one right now, but will have to wait until morning. Thanks for the recipe idea.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 10, 2012:

Shiningirisheyes - thanks for commenting! It was really tough doing this hub. I had to do a lot of taste testing! LOL

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on November 08, 2012:

This looks absolutely delicious! I'll be trying it as SOMEONE has to do the hard work!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 08, 2012:

Thanks so much for the support rajan. You are right, it really is a good combination and you get some fruit in too.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 08, 2012:

Thanks mHatter. It is good. Too bad I can't/shouldn't have one for breakfast!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 07, 2012:

I love milk, bananas and strawberries, GTF. I'm glad I came by this lovely recipe that has all my favorite foods. No wonder I'm bookmarking it. Voted up and awesome. The picture's made me want it right now.

Sharing it too on G+1 and pinned.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on November 07, 2012:

Wow! Yours is muuuuch better than mine (used to be). Thanks.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 07, 2012:

I appreciate the comments everythingdazzles! If you really like the strawberry, add some of the preserves and use strawberry ice cream. That sounds pretty good right now!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 07, 2012:

Thanks suzzycue. My daughter will be interested in that fact! She'll tell all of her friends.

Janelle from Houston on November 07, 2012:

Strawberry anything for me is especially delicious. Thanks!

Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on November 07, 2012:

Awesome. I make strawberry, banana milkshakes at the restaurant I work in. They just happen to be Justin Biebers' favorite. I have not made him one personally but I do work in his favorite hometown restaurant.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 07, 2012:

vocalcoach - You can't go wrong by adding chocolate. I hope you give it a try. Thanks for commenting!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 07, 2012:

Hi Giblingirl - I love any banana flavored things too. Leave out the strawberries and then you have a banana milkshake which sounds really good to me.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 07, 2012:

pstraubie - It may not be perfect for a cold winter evening (at least it's cold up here), but I say go ahead and make yourself one. Thanks for the visit!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 07, 2012:

Thanks so much for your support Janine! I hope your girls enjoy it. We all do.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 07, 2012:

Bill - Come on...a blender review is much more appealing than a delicious milkshake...Not! Glad you stopped by and hope you make one of these.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 07, 2012:

Hi vespawoolf! Love getting comments on my recipes from you as your recipes are so wonderful. I have to say that the peruvian milkshake does not sound too appetizing. I think I like the ice cream one too!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on November 07, 2012:

I'm adding chocolate to this and oh my your recipe for this shake is just too divine. Thanks for reminding me how much I love a milkshake:)

GiblinGirl from New Jersey on November 07, 2012:

Yum - sounds delicious. I like your suggestion of substituting banana ice cream for vanilla - I love bananas and banana-flavored anything!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 07, 2012:

Mouth watering, needing a sugar fix....I will take one of these RIGHT NOW...this looks so easy and so tasty. Adding this to my growing list of yummie things to try...ps

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on November 07, 2012:

Oh my this sounds to die for. Thank you and will use this recipe for my girls, because it sounds like something they would both totally enjoy. Thanks Becky!! Have also voted and shared all over, too!!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 07, 2012:

I saw two hubs by you pop up, and I had time to read one....so which one do I pick? The milkshake one of course. Those are two words that will attract me every single time. :) This sounds delicious and I think I deserve one, don't you?

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 07, 2012:

I'm all for a full-fat strawberry banana shake!! The addition of chocolate would also be delicious. I appreciate the nutrition information. Just because something is fattening doesn't mean it doesn't have health benefits, too! The history of milkshakes was interesting. In Peru, there's a milkshake made of stout beer, milk and eggs...sounds a lot like what you mention. I personally prefer the ice cream version, though!

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