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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.

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

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.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 247Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 101mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 1gSugar: 33gProtein: 9g

Nutritional information provided is an estimate only. Please consult the labels of ingredients you use for more accurate results.

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Tuesday 30th of May 2023

It's perfect! I made this for a little midnight snack and it's amazing. I eyeballed all the measurements because I had too many strawberries but it still turned it great! I added some marshmallows and the flavor is great! I didn't use any of the optional ingredients.


Thursday 1st of June 2023

Omg marshmallows sound amazing! I love marshmallow sauce on my sundaes!

Nemuri Kayama

Wednesday 6th of April 2022

Hey! Made this do my mom, she loved it! Thanks for the recipe, super easy and super thick and yummy! I recommend adding chocolate sauce, honey, or sprinkles!

Maryam y

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

It’s so good I made it it’s so good


Tuesday 31st of August 2021

If anyone makes this just add sugar,milk and fruit. I used fresh fruit and it works to and I didn't have vanilla extract so I used salted caramel extract and it's gorgeous


Tuesday 10th of August 2021

can i use other fruit


Sunday 15th of August 2021

Absolutely! Peach would be so good right now.

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