Magic Milk Shakes

Here is a repeat of an earlier post.  We’re going to make these this evening.  We don’t have any ice cream in the house & could sure use a cold treat on this hot day.


Today I wanted to make a treat for the kids.  It is unseasonably warm out and everyone came home with no homework.  I don’t have any ice cream in the house right now and that is why I love this recipe. It makes milkshakes without any ice cream.  And all the ingredients are right in the pantry.


  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups ice water
  • 1 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 to 1 1/2 trays ice cubes – whatever you can spare
  • 2 tablespoons corn oil + a 5 second squirt non-stick spray for emulsification purposes


  • Place all the ingredients in the blender, including oil and non-stick spray
  • Use less water for thicker milkshakes and more water for shakes that are easier on your blender motor.  The blender should be about 3/4 full.
  • Place the lid on and process for a full 2 minutes.
  • Pour into cups and serve

Makes 4 – 12 oz. servings.  See below for some preparation tips

This is a great recipe for us because we do not always have ice cream in the house.  With this recipe we can make delicious shakes for a fraction of the cost of those using ice cream.  And, again, all the ingredients are already in the house.


  • Use Splenda instead of sugar to make them sugar-free & reduce calories
  • Add 1 tablespoon of instant coffee  for a mocha shake
  • Add 1 very ripe banana for a  chocolate banana shake
  • Add a big spoonful of peanut butter  for a decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter  Shake.
  • Add a few broken red and white candy  mints for a refreshing Chocolate Mint  shake.
  • To make Vanilla Milk Shakes, omit  the cocoa powder, reduce the sugar to  1/2-cup and add 1 tablespoon (yes a full  tablespoon) of vanilla flavoring.

Thanks for the recipe!


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