Malted Vanilla Milkshake

After buying malted milk powder for the first time recently and making my inaugural malted milk recipe (the Chocolate Malted Whopper Cookies – yum!), I knew without a doubt that my next stop would be a milkshake. I mean, how could it not be?! Malted milkshakes are pretty much iconic in America. They make me envision corner-shop candy and soda fountain shops in the 1950’s. Sometimes I wish I would have grown up in that era – everything about it mesmerizes me. But we’re in the here and now, and great milkshakes are still coveted today. While I admittedly don’t have them often, there is just something so satisfying about a really great, thick, creamy milkshake. And vanilla is by far my favorite. Off I went to churn up my favorite vanilla bean ice cream so I could make a perfectly authentic, homemade malted milkshake.

So, this is pretty much the best milkshake ever. Thick, creamy, ice-cold, malt-y, and with 100% homemade ice cream. I can’t imagine anything better. Also, I love that you can see the little vanilla bean flecks in the milkshake! If you like chocolate or strawberry shakes, just use your favorite flavor of ice cream and keep everything else the same.

Disclaimer: I have no idea how many calories or fat grams are in this milkshake. Ignorance is bliss and everything in moderation. Enjoy! :)

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Malted Vanilla Milkshake

Yield: 1 dreamy milkshake

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


1 cup (2 big scoops) of your favorite ice cream (I used my homemade vanilla bean)
½ cup cold milk
2 to 3 tablespoons malted milk powder (depending on how malt-y tasting you like it)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract


Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!

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37 Responses to “Malted Vanilla Milkshake”

  1. Tracey on February 25, 2011 at 12:36 am

    You can’t go wrong with a thick milkshake – this looks amazing!


  2. Liz on February 25, 2011 at 1:31 am

    Where do you find the malted milk powder?? Baking aisle?


    • Penny Wolf on February 25th, 2011 at 6:55 am

      In our local store it is in with the powdered drinks and instant hot chocolates.


    • Michelle on February 25th, 2011 at 10:29 am

      I actually ordered mine from King Arthur Flour the last time I placed an order, but thanks Penny for pointing out where it can be found in the grocery store!


  3. VeggieGirl on February 25, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Ignorance is bliss and life is too short NOT to enjoy a glorious milkshake like that – yum!! :)


  4. Brittany on February 25, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Malted milkshakes are my favourite!! Great shot in that nice glass.


  5. Penny Wolf on February 25, 2011 at 6:45 am

    I really have to try that! I tend to put the malted powder in with chocolate ice cream or recently in my homemade hot chocolate mix. That’s a winner too! I have put it in pancake batter but never in a vanilla milkshake. Something about it seems so obvious. Thank you for another great idea.


  6. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on February 25, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I LOVE milkshakes. My favroite milkshake ever was a peanut butter cup flavored one from a “fancy” diner. I may have to recreate that soon:-)


  7. Blog is the New Black on February 25, 2011 at 7:34 am

    MAlted cookies and now malted milkshake?! Marry me!


  8. Katrina on February 25, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Mmm I love malt in milkshakes! This looks like something I would have had as a kid. Yum!


  9. Rodzilla on February 25, 2011 at 7:55 am

    That sounds great, I’ve really got to try adding malted milk powder to a few things.

    Is that a McDonald’s straw? I got hit with some serious nostalgia when I saw the picture.


    • Michelle on February 25th, 2011 at 10:31 am

      Haha! It’s actually a super old Wendy’s straw! I couldn’t find long straws at the store, and then found this old Wendy’s one in the back of the silverware drawer, so I used that!


  10. A Bowl Of Mush on February 25, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Ooh gorgeous! I want one of these now!


  11. Jenny Flake on February 25, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Oh how we love ice cream at our house! YUM, this looks fabulous!


  12. Chris on February 25, 2011 at 10:36 am

    A milkshake like this makes me ignore any lactose intolerance. Love the pics!


  13. Laura on February 25, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I love your pictures. What did you use for the pink back drop?


    • Michelle on February 25th, 2011 at 11:40 am

      Thanks Laura! It’s just a piece of pink paper that I found in the art supplies section of Michael’s (they have tons of different colors).


  14. Scarletta @ Scarletta Bakes on February 25, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Ooooh – I’ve never worked with malted milk powder before, but this post and recipe sure are inspiration enough to get me to give it a try. Thanks for this!


  15. Lori @ RecipeGirl on February 25, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    My very first job was working in a Mom & Pop ice cream kind of shop. I was addicted to the Vanilla Malt. Thanks for reminding me :)


  16. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking on February 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Over the years, I’ve come to love vanilla more than chocolate (tastes change as you age, I guess!), and I know I would absolutely LOVE this. It looks delicious!


  17. Sharlene on February 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I love malted milkshakes. So yummy!


  18. Eliana on February 25, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Hmmm – this looks and sounds so comforting and delicious. Wish I could sip on one right now.


  19. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on February 25, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Yum! I worked in an ice cream shop where we used to make malted milkshakes… I love the flavor that the malted milk adds… This recipe totally takes me back!


  20. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite on February 25, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Oh my goodness, I am now transforming my mom’s birthday into a malt party. She loves malted everything, so cookies and milkshakes here we come!!


  21. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner on February 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    You can’t go wrong with ice cream!!! I love milkshakes! 😀


  22. Arlene on February 25, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    OMG. I so want one of these…now!


  23. Sandra on February 25, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    How about the milkshake and the Chocolate Whopper Cookies together, Yum! BTW, I get my background papers from Michael’s also. Love that store.


  24. Stephanie on February 25, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Oh yum. This looks absolutely perfect!


  25. linda on February 26, 2011 at 11:43 am

    as i kid, i remember going to the local candy/soda fountain shop & ordering a vanilla milkshake
    & a big salty pretzel rod…easy, sweet & uncomplicated!
    thanks for the trip down “memory lane” & i certainly will be creating this shake…very soon!


  26. Baking Serendipity on February 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Yum! I always think of malt powder as being coupled with chocolate shakes, and I’m much more of a vanilla girl. Love this!


  27. Sabrina Smeraldini on February 27, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Gelato, vanilla ice cream and milk shake my favourites! Thanks.


  28. Tracy on February 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I love a cold, thick milkshake! Chocolate is my favorite but this one looks fabulous too!


  29. Fuji Mama on February 28, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Ooooh, I should NOT have read this post right before dinner! Now I’m craving a milk shake!!


  30. Cookin' Canuck on March 1, 2011 at 8:56 am

    So simple and such a wonderful treat, Michelle.


  31. Mark Dymkoski on July 31, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    It’s clear you didn’t grow up in the 50s, because in those days–especially in new England–milkshakes were definitely NOT thick. They were very drinkable. At most, a milkshake incorporated one very small scoop–which was the size of a melon ball–of ice cream! Some soda fountains didn’t use ANY ice cream in their ‘shakes. A “frappe” (pronounced “frap”) was thicker, but even then contained just one scoop of ice cream. ASadly, stores like the Dairy Queen came in and changed what was a great drink to accompany a hamburger into something that doesn’t deserve the name “milkshake.”


    • LBK on August 26th, 2013 at 10:27 am

      I grew up in NY, and malts were always thin, but I think that was an eastern thing. My husband grew up in the west and he remembers thick malts. I live in the west now and I can’t drink them here — way too thick. You need a spoon, not a straw.


  32. Rose on August 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    It was delicious, and I approve its thickness (I love thick milkshakes). I calculated calories for you: 428 calories if you use skim milk, but regular vanilla ice cream.


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