Vanilla Malted Milkshake Recipe

Milkshake - vanilla
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  • 4 mins
  • Prep: 4 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
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For a certain generation, this vanilla malted milkshake will bring back memories of hanging out at the soda fountain. Even for those of us who never had that experience, we long for the rich, creamy, and decadent treat our parents or grandparents told us about.

The true old-fashioned soda fountains are gone, along with many other aspects of Main Street America. You can still get a great malted milkshake at a diner or cafe where they preserve the old crafts, or at a new hipster establishment where they want to hearken back to that artisanal era.

Beyond nostalgia, you may be health-conscious enough to want the flavor and the mouthfeel 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. As a result, this malted shake is not quite as sinful of an indulgence as its ice-cream-parlor counterpart, nor is it straw-defyingly thick.

What You'll Need

  • 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

How 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.
  4. Insert a straw and enjoy.

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.

Variations on the Vanilla Malted Milkshake Recipe

To make a chocolate malted milkshake, add 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup before blending.

If you have other flavorings you prefer to use, 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.

What Is Malted Milk Powder?

Malt is a term for a grain that has been sprouted and then dried quickly. Barley is the typical grain that is used to make malt. The powder has a natural sweetness and nutty flavor. Malted milk powder is made with malt powder, wheat powder, and powdered milk. Often sugar and additives such as salt and food coloring are included, depending on the brand.

Ovaltine and Carnation are the typical brands of malted milk powder found in American grocery stores, while Horlicks was the original brand. You can find malted milk powder in the same area of the grocery store where you find powdered milk. Be sure you select the plain rather than the chocolate version when making a vanilla malted milkshake. 

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 1001
Total Fat 96 g
Saturated Fat 60 g
Unsaturated Fat 24 g
Cholesterol 299 mg
Sodium 195 mg
Carbohydrates 21 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Protein 16 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)