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Thick, creamy, and full of pure banana flavor, you are going to love how easy this banana milkshake is to make with just 3 basic ingredients and no added sugar. It’s the perfect healthy drink for all ages.

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Healthy Banana Milkshake

My 5 year old LOVES milkshakes and would drink them every day if he could. I don’t blame him. They’re pretty darn tasty. And I love experiencing with him all the foods we normally don’t eat at home.

However, as a pediatric registered dietitian, I also LOVE coming up with ways to make toddler snacks more nutritious and filling for growing bellies.

You will be very pleasantly surprised by how thick and creamy this milkshake gets with just frozen bananas! No ice cream needed, although you can absolutely add some if you wish.

Enjoy as a quick breakfast or at any time of the day.

And give this creamy mango shake a try if you run out of bananas or want to try something different.

Ingredients

All the ingredients laid out on a wooden board.
  • Frozen ripe bananas – This is KEY to a thick and creamy banana milkshake without using ice cream. Fresh bananas will NOT work in this recipe. If all you have are fresh ripe bananas, halve them and freeze for at least an hour. Here are all the tips and tricks you need for freezing bananas.
  • Milk – whole milk will work best as the extra fat will result in creamier milkshake.
  • Vanilla – for flavor! Really makes a difference.
  • Hemp seeds – this is optional but will be an easy way to boost nutrition (a great source of healthy fats, protein, and fiber) and add calories to your child’s drink, if needed.

Step-by-Step Instructions

A two image collage showing how to make basic banana milkshake.
  1. Add all the ingredients into a blender, starting with milk. This will make the milkshake easier to blend.
  2. Blend until smooth!

Tips for Success

  • Be sure to use ripe FROZEN bananas! This is KEY to a thick and creamy banana milkshake without the ice cream.
  • If you don’t have a high-powered blender, you may need to add a bit more milk so it blends smoothly.
  • Using ripe bananas eliminates the need for additional sweeteners. But if you prefer a sweeter milkshake, feel free to add a splash of maple syrup or date syrup.
  • The milkshake is pretty thick, which is how we like it. But if you prefer a thinner consistency, add just 1 banana.
  • It is best to enjoy immediately once blended.

Banana Milkshake Variations

And now comes the fun part!

A two image collage showing how to make chocolate banana milkshake.

Feel free to experiment to come up with your favorite flavor combinations. Here are some of ours! Along with banana and milk, add:

  • Chocolate peanut butter banana milkshake – 1 tablespoon each of cocoa powder and peanut butter (can use almond butter or sunflower butter instead)
  • Spinach banana milkshake – a handful of baby spinach
  • Strawberry banana milkshake
  • Blueberry banana milkshake – 1/2 cup froze blueberries + 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice (optional)
  • Tropical banana milkshake – use coconut milk + 1/2 cup frozen mangoes and add some unsweetened coconut flakes at the top
  • Birthday cake – add some sprinkles at the top
  • Creamy Banana Milkshake with ice cream – 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream with a pinch of cinnamon(or any flavor you wish!)
  • Banana milkshake with yogurt – 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
A two image collage of how to make strawberry banana milkshake.

Equipment

Using a high-powered blender makes ALL the difference when making creamy milkshakes.

I’ve had my Vitamix for 7+ years and it’s worth every penny! I use it to make all my blender muffinsdips/sauces, smoothiesveggie nuggetspancakes, I can go on and on.it’s hands down my number one workhorse.

And if you’re looking for the perfect straw drinking cup for your toddler to slurp their cold smoothies and drinks in, be sure to check out this cup that comes with a silicone cover for grip and to prevent breakage.

It can also double as a storage jar for overnight oats, chia puddings, etc.

Storage

3 banana milkshake flavors in glass jars and a straw for one on the right.

It’s best to enjoy the milkshake immediately. Otherwise, the consistency will become more liquid-y and the color will become darker due to the ripe bananas. In that regard, the chocolate version holds up the best.

However, if you’d like to make extra while you are dirtying a blender, You can freeze in popsicle molds or ice cube trays. When ready to enjoy, add 5-6 frozen cubes into the blender with some milk or yogurt and blend it up!

The consistency may not be as good as when freshly made, but it’s still tasty.

Frequently Asked Questions

An overhead shot of 3 different flavored banana milkshakes with two toddler hands wrapped around the glass jars.
What is the best milk for milkshakes?

Whole milk is the best option. The extra fat, along with frozen bananas, will keep the texture creamy and smooth.

How can I make dairy-free banana milkshake?

Feel free to swap with any of your favorite dairy-free milk, like oat milk, almond milk, coconut milk, etc.

What is the best way to keep the milkshake cold for longer?

Place your cup/glass in the freezer for 10 minutes or so.

Healthy Drinks for Toddlers

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Creamy banana milkshake

Thick, creamy, and full of pure banana flavor, you are going to love how easy this banana milkshake is to make with just 3 basic ingredients and no added sugar.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 (8 ounces)
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Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1.5 medium frozen banana (150g)
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • Add all the ingredients into a blender, starting with milk. This will make the milkshake easier to blend.
  • Blend until smooth! Enjoy immediately.

Notes

Try any of these variations! To the basic recipe, add:
  • Chocolate peanut butter banana milkshake – 1 tablespoon each of cocoa powder and peanut butter (can use almond butter or sunflower butter instead)
  • Strawberry banana milkshake – 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • Blueberry banana milkshake – 1/2 cup froze blueberries + 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice (optional)
  • Tropical banana milkshake – use coconut milk + 1/2 cup frozen mangoes and add some unsweetened coconut flakes at the top
  • Birthday cake – add some sprinkles at the top
  • Creamy Banana Milkshake with ice cream – 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream with a pinch of cinnamon(or any flavor you wish!)
  • Banana milkshake with yogurt – 1/2 cup Greek yogurt

Nutrition

Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 11g | Fiber: 5g | Iron: 3mg
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About Min

Thank you so much for stopping by! I am Min, a Registered Dietitian, a Christ follower, a wife, and a mom to our two miracle babies! Currently, I’m having a ton of fun feeding their tummies and sharing our baby led weaning journey! Follow me on Instagram if interested in seeing daily menu as well as tips and tricks.

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  1. 5 stars
    My 2 year old loved this! It was so fun and easy to make together! Such a great alternative healthy recipe! Thanks Min!