Vanilla Malted Milkshake

Milkshake - vanilla
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Ratings (20)
  • Total: 4 mins
  • Prep: 4 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1001 Calories
96g Fat
21g Carbs
16g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

For a certain generation, tasting a vanilla malted milkshake will bring back memories of hanging out at the soda fountain. Even for those who have never had that experience, we might still long for the rich, decadent treat our parents or grandparents told us about.

Unfortunately, many of the true old-fashioned soda fountains are gone, but you can still get a great malted milkshake at a diner or cafe or even newer establishments that harken back to that era.

Beyond nostalgia, you may be health-conscious enough to want the flavor and the mouthfeel of a classic vanilla milkshake without the extra fat and calories. How can you have your malt and drink it, too? This recipe is made with reduced-fat ice cream and low-fat milk. The resulting malted shake is not quite as sinful of an indulgence as its ice-cream-parlor counterpart, nor is it straw-defyingly thick.

You can find malted milk powder in most major grocery stores. It's often in the baking aisle and near the powdered milk. Be sure you select plain malted milk powder rather than the chocolate version when making a vanilla malted milkshake.


  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 cup slow-churned or reduced-fat ice cream
  • 4 tablespoons malted milk powder or Ovaltine
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: malt balls (crushed)

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine ingredients in a blender jar or an immersion blender beaker.

  2. Blend until creamy, 10 to 20 seconds.

  3. Transfer to a tall glass. For an added malty treat, top your shake with crushed up malt balls.

  4. Insert a straw and enjoy. 

Recipe Tips and Variations

  • To make a chocolate malted milkshake, add 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup to the mixture before blending. If you have other flavorings you prefer to use, like strawberry or other fruits, you can try substituting them as well. You may have to adjust the amount of milk to ensure the shake is at your desired thickness.

  • To make the shake thicker, reduce the amount of milk slightly. To make it less thick, increase the amount of milk slightly. If the ice cream is softened or beginning to melt, the shake will also be thinner.