Banana Milkshake

Banana Milkshake Recipe

Updated: April 24, 2023, By Swasthi, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Banana Milkshake is a popular drink for all age groups. This homemade banana shake is a prefect treat anytime round the year! Super delicious, flavorsome, creamy and oh so good that you will love this for the nutrition it provides. It is made with all natural ingredients & apart from being loaded with vitamins and minerals, it is protein packed too.

Banana Milkshake

One serving of this banana shake is going to boost your energy levels and keep you going through the busy mornings.

About Banana Shake

Banana Shake is basically a sweetened drink made by blending ripe bananas, milk, ice cream, flavorings and a sweetener. There are different kinds of banana milkshakes made across the world with varying ingredients like ice cream, whey powder, protein powder, whipping cream, dry milk etc.

Let us reserve all these processed ingredients for a special occasion when you want to indulge in a dessert drink. Instead try out my simplest and healthy recipe to make all-natural banana shake at home. If you prefer to limit fancy processed ingredients in your daily diet, I am sure you will love this.

My Mom, a fitness freak always made our milkshakes with lots of nuts, dates and other kinds of dried fruits. Apart from adding protein, vitamins and minerals, these ingredients also add healthy fats to the shake. So this recipe is the way my Mom would make for us.

With so many good things in one shake, this makes for a great energy boosting drink for all age groups including toddlers and kids.

Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicine system advises not to combine fruits and dairy as they make an incompatible combination. It is believed that consumption of these combinations can disrupt the healthy digestive system in the long run.

I have grown up with all these beliefs so we use vegan milk for our banana shake & all other shakes as well. However this is just our way of making banana shake as a refreshment.

If you want to make an ice cream shop style shake then simply add ice cream instead of the nuts & water/milk in the recipe. I have the details below and in the recipe card. In this post I have shown 2 ways to make banana shake.

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How to make Banana Shake (Stepwise Photos)

1. Add 2 ripe bananas. Here I have also added 20 to 24 cashews for a protein boost. You may skip them if you don’t prefer or add 2 tablespoons of nut butter or 6 scoops of vanilla ice cream instead. Cashews give a more rich and creamy consistency to your banana shake. Also you can optionally soak them for 3 to 4 hours for health benefits.

add banana and cashews to make milkshake

2. You may skip this step if using ice cream. Add sugar or honey as per your taste. 2 tbsps is a good amount. I used 4 pitted dates instead of sugar. Just note that adding too many dates can alter the color of your shake. Also add ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon or ¼ tsp cardamom powder.

add sweetener cinnamon to make shake

3. I also add 1 tsp vanilla extract for extra flavor.

add vanilla extract for banana shake

4. Pour 1½ cups chilled milk. If using ice cream you will need only half a cup of milk. I used this homemade almond milk here. You can also use coconut milk.

add milk before blending

5. Blend everything to smooth shake. You may add more milk if you prefer to thin down or add more bananas to thicken.

blend banana shake in a blender

Pour Banana Shake to serving glasses immediately and serve.

banana shake

How to make Banana Milkshake with almonds (Vegan)

Years ago we stopped using store bought vegan milk and moved on to making our own at home. To make this banana shake, I do not blend and extract the milk from the nut pulp but instead add the nuts to the blender and make the milk. Then simply add the fruit and flavoring ingredients. Blend it to a smooth, rich and creamy shake.

1. If using regular milk, then boil, cool and chill in the fridge. According to ayurveda boiled milk is easier to digest.

2. I make almond milk instead of using regular milk. So I wash and soak the almonds for 4 to 6 hours. However you can skip and just add them directly to the blender.

soaking almonds for banana shake

3. Peel off the skin. If well soaked the peels just come off easily.

peeling almond skin to make almond banana shake

4. Give the nuts a good rinse.

rinsing nuts well for banana milkshake

5. Add them to the blender.

adding almonds to blender to make banana milkshake

6. Add the sweetener. I added 2 dates. Do add as needed.

adding dates to make banana shake

7. Pour chilled water or milk. You can also use coconut milk.

pouring water or milk to make banana shake

8. I added vanilla extract. Cinnamon powder goes well during winters and cardamom powder during summers.

adding vanilla extract for banana milkshake

9. Blend until the nuts are smoothly blended and you have frothy milk.

smooth blended almond milk for banana shake

10. Add bananas. Break them to 2 to 3 parts.

adding bananas to make banana shake

11. Blend until smooth and frothy.

blended creamy delicious protein rich banana milkshake

Serve Banana Milkshake immediately.

banana shake

Pro Tips

  1. Ripe bananas are best suited for milkshake. So avoid unripe or green bananas. The larger variety are more suitable & yield really thick & luscious banana shake.
  2. Use the the sweeter variety bananas as they naturally sweeten the shake. so you can avoid using a lot of unhealthy sugar.
  3. If using dairy milk, then always boil or heat the milk. Next cool it & chill if you prefer chilled banana milkshake. This ensures the milk is still fit to consume. Using milk without heating may curdle the drink.
  4. A handful of soaked nuts will enhance the taste, nutrition and texture of the banana shake.
  5. You can also add your favorite fruits to this like strawberry, chikoo, avacado.

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Recipe Card

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Banana Milkshake Recipe

4.98 from 118 votes
This homemade banana shake is a prefect treat anytime round the year! Super delicious, flavorsome, creamy and oh so good that you will love this for the nutrition it provides.
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time6 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 2 large Bananas (Ripe)
  • 2 to 4 dates or (sugar or maple syrup as needed)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon or ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • cups pasteurized chilled milk (or water, read notes to use raw milk)
  • 24 cashews or blanched almonds (or 2 tbsps. nut butter or 6 scoops ice cream)


How to make Banana Shake

  • If you want a chilled shake, simply freeze the sliced bananas for 1 hour in the freezer. If you don't have a high speed blender, soak the nuts (if using) for 1 hour.
  • Add all the ingredients to a high speed blender jar and blend until smooth and creamy. If it is too thick for your liking, add more liquid and blend.
  • Pour banana shake to serving glasses. Consume the milkshake immediately. You can top the banana shake with your favorite toppings.

Banana shake with ice cream

  • Add 2 large bananas, 6 scoops of ice cream and ½ cup of milk. Blend until smooth and frothy. If you want a thinner banana shake simply add more milk & blend.


  • If using raw milk (dairy) boil, cool and chill it. Using milk directly without boiling can often split the shake.
  • If you want to use almonds soak them for 4 to 6 hours. Peel the skin and discard. Give the nuts a good rinse. 
  • If you don’t have a powerful blender, blend the nuts first with liquid, then add the bananas.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.


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NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Banana Milkshake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 462 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 1326mg38%
Carbohydrates 89g30%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 51g57%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 23.7mg29%
Calcium 101mg10%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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This is such an easy way to make banana shake. I have never made a shake without ice cream and this one is really delicious with all those nuts and dates. Thank you for sharing your knowledge

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I really love this
I want to be part of it
I want to learn how to make banana milkshake

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Tried it once and got addicted. Making this every other day to boost my protein intake.

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Can I just make a regular banana shake just using 2 bananas & milk & some sugar in a blender

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It was amazing! I used full cream milk and it tasted amazing! Definitely try this !

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7/5. SO good. I have been craving a banana milkshake for the past couple months and am very glad I came across this recipe. Like others said, cinnamon was a great addition. Thank you!

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This was delicious! The dates and cinnamon really elevated a simple banana shake. Will definitely make these again!

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Hi Please suggest me diet plan before work out after work out and all day diet plan. I am 40 year old.
Thank you..

Thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe ???Wanted to which food or drink will be helpful to treat and cure depression and Insomnia..
Thanks ??

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Thanks for sharing ???

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Mmy son liked this banana milkshake very much. But how many almonds should I use for 2 years old. Kindly repl

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i want to ask that is it safe to consume it daily with coconut milk instead of almond milk?its my second trimester.also guide me some imp diet helpful in pregnency n baby healthy development..i’ll be highly thankfull.

thanks alot for precious suggestions.
i have to eat almonds with milk in morning n at bedtime?but if i eat it in morning how will i eat my breakfast then i will b full then..n one more thing should i hv to avoid yogurt?

n also guide me about how much butter n ghee will b important

Loved nutrela recipe

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Hi Swasthi
Your recepies are amazing.I have tried many of your recepies.

Hi Swathi,
on baby toddler food chart, you have suggested not to mix any fruit and milk.
So is this banana shake safe to be given to my toddler. He is 31 months old.
Please suggest.

Hi my baby is 1 year can I give this to him

Hi Swasthi,

My little one (4 yr old) hardly eats any fruits/vegetables, so her doctor suggested to give her juices by mixing with ice cream powder to induce some flavour.
Can you suggest on this, as to how much quantity can be used and also, some suggestions on what other flavours can be used while making juices/milkshakes

Hi Swasthi, You recipe is amazing. Thank you. 2 years ago I use to make a simple banana shake for a pre-workout drink. But one of the gym friends suggested me to avoid it. After that, I research on google and found that it’s really harmful to our digesting system. After that, I stopped consuming it.

If you have any good advice on this please share with me.

Thank you again for sharing the recipe.

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Good recipe
It well when I tried
Thank u

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Super recipe
This recipe is given body a energy
Thank u

Will this taste good substituting coconut for almonds. If so how much can I use?

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Hi Swasthi,
What brand of blender are you using…seems like a glass jar.