Homemade Strawberry Milkshake with Fresh Basil
You haven’t had a homemade strawberry milkshake until you make one with fresh basil. This combination is going to blow your mind!
I told you that I was going to be coming at you with more milkshakes. By now you should have all tried my mojito milkshake. No? Get on it!
Just kidding. Sort of, not really. I do think you should make it, but I’m not the bossy type. My husband and children might have a different opinion on that statement, but Ben doesn’t really read this and the kids won’t for years, so we’ll just go with “I’m not bossy.”
If I had to pick a favorite milkshake between this homemade strawberry milkshake with basil and the mojito milkshake, I’d choose both. I do have a soft spot for the combination of strawberry and basil, though. It started way, way, waaaaaaaaay back in the day with my strawberries with basil sugar.
By the way, I remember being really proud of those photos when I took them. My, how times have changed!
Then I upped the ante and stuffed strawberries with basil whipped cream. Next, I added basil to my favorite strawberry freezer jam. And then I stuffed French toast with strawberry basil cream cheese. AND GRILLED IT.
I promise I’m capable of creating a strawberry recipe without basil. I think so, at least.
I wouldn’t recommend making these homemade strawberry milkshakes without basil though. You’ll be so pleasantly surprised by the flavor it adds. It’s super subtle, and when you serve these milkshakes, people might not even be able to immediately recognize your “secret” flavor. But what they will say is, “What makes this milkshake so dang good?!?!” And then they’ll ask for more.
Once again, I told Ben, I’m making a strawberry milkshake and I won’t drink it (you know, always trying to slim down), so be ready to enjoy! And then I took a sip for quality control and before I knew it my whole glass was empty. I did share the other one with him, though. I swear I did…I’m not just writing that because he doesn’t read this.
PS: If anyone is starting to think Ben is a subpar husband because he doesn’t read my blog, you couldn’t be more wrong. He’s the best, and ultra supportive of this site. He’s just unbelievably busy and he’s not passionate about food like I am. Plus he hears me talk all the time and has probably already heard all this three times, so what would be the point of reading? I’m not offended, but I do like to give him a hard time here and there. Isn’t that what marriage is all about?
PPS: You can find similar straws here. Aren’t they cute? Plus they’re paper and biodegradable. Perfect for a homemade strawberry milkshake, if I do say so myself.
Love making homemade milkshakes?
Making your own milkshakes is so easy and if you have ice cream at home, you can be super creative and make your own special concoction! Here’s some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Millkshake: I love this one because it incorporates a couple of healthy ingredients!
- Nerds Milkshake (Not a Nerds fan? Try other candy you happen to have at home.)
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Milkshake (Do I hear Oreos calling?)
- Maple Whiskey Milkshake with Espresso: a “grownup” milkshake.
- Cake Batter Milkshake with only 3 ingredients! from Cooking Classy.
- Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milkshake (using your favorite cereal) from FoodieCrush.
- 1 cup strawberry ice cream
- 1/4 cup milk (whole milk is best)
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh strawberries, additional for garnish
- 3-4 fresh basil leaves, additional for garnish
- Optional: whipped cream for topping, red food coloring (see note)
- Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add more ice cream or milk as needed to achieve desired consistency - more ice cream if it’s too thin, more milk if it’s too thick.
- If desired, serve topped with whipped cream, fresh basil, and a fresh strawberry. Serve immediately.
I used a natural strawberry ice cream, so I did add a tiny amount of red food coloring to achieve the pretty pink color since the ice cream was quite white. If you buy a standard type of strawberry ice cream, it may be pretty pink already, especially since you're adding fresh berries. If I wasn't photographing this milkshake, I would have left the coloring out. Personal preference - it doesn't affect the flavor so it's up to you!
Nutritional information does not include whipped cream.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 328Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 112mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 7g
Husband’s take: I was returned an empty glass. I think that’s a good sign?
Changes I would make: None are necessary at all, but if you’re out of basil, fresh mint would also be tasty as can be.
Difficulty: Easy if you have a blender!
Disclosure: I have been compensated by Milk Means More for my time to develop this strawberry basil milkshake recipe and write this post. All opinions are as always, my own. Find out more about why Milk Means More on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.