I invented this recipe over a decade ago when the kids were begging for milkshakes, and there was no ice cream in the house. I kept thinking about smoothies and protein drinks and slim-fast powdered shake mix and how people claimed that they could make them taste like milk shakes by adding ice cubes to the mix. I fiddled around with blender and eventually came up with recipe.
I have made it with powdered soymilk and it works just as well as powdered dairy milk. Use enough powdered soymilk to make the equivalent of 1-quart of liquid milk.
Readers have told me that they use artificial sweetener and it works just fine. Dieters leave out the oil and tell me it still turns out good. I prefer it with the added vegetable oil, but you may feel differently. I think these taste an awful lot like Wendy’s Frosties.
This recipe has been one of my most popular and widely shared. I’ve seen it in several published cook books and on many other websites since I invented it. Here, for your pleasure, is the original.
Miss Maggie’s Magic Milk Shakes
- 1 cup cold water
- 1-1/2 cups instant nonfat dry milk powder
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- About 4 cups of of ice cubes, or 1 to 1-1/2 trays
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 5-second squirt of non-stick spray for emulsification purposes (optional, but nice)
Place all of the ingredients into the blender, including the oil and the non-stick spray. Use less water for thicker milk shakes and more water for shakes that are easy on your blender motor. The blender should be about 3/4-full. Place the lid on the blender. Process for a full 2 minutes. Pour into cups and serve.
Makes 3 – 16oz servings or 4 – 12oz servings.
NOTE: Liquid milk won’t work in this recipe. Only powdered milk will work.
I love this recipe because it makes very rich milk shakes without any ice cream. I don’t always have ice cream in the house but with this recipe we can have delicious frosty milk shakes for a fraction of the cost of those using ice cream. And all the ingredients are on the pantry shelf.
- 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 1/3-cup and add 1-tablespoon (yes a full tablespoon) of vanilla flavoring.
Vanilla shakes are easy to doctor up with fruit flavorings. You can replace the cold water with liquid from canned fruit, plus enough extra water to make 1-cup. Add a few pieces of canned or fresh fruit to the mixture and blend as directed. Canned peaches are delicious for a Peach Shake. Fresh, frozen or canned strawberries are my favorite.