How To Make a Banana Milkshake Without Ice Cream - Chef Cynthia Louise
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It’s More Than A Banana Smoothie, It’s A Thickshake Of Glory

I love MILKSHAKES, chocolate ones, strawberries ones, vanilla ones, especially banana milkshake ones. I am a big fan of the shake, AKA the smoothie, which I prefer to call a shake, cause smoothies to sound wayyyyyyy too complicated…

Banana milkshakes from an old fashion milk bar or corner store bring back many memories for the 80s teenager running down to the corner store after school with a Walkman in hand listening to Madonna’s greatest hits.

Ahhhh…the days where nutritional science had no place in the turn of the industrial food revolution, and we were in no place to question the science around that thick yellow sweet syrup.

This was a banana milkshake people 

or if you liked it thicker, more ice cream was added and we called it a thickshake – like thick and delicious yellow fake smelling banana glory! Ahhhhhh, the old days of milkshakes made using a mixer with a stainless steel cup, a scoop of ice cream and a mixture consisting of milk, flavoring thickener filled with an agent loaded with a bright yellow colour syrup that looks like the midday sun.

And you standing there on tippy toes, chin on the counter, watching the server do that pump-action of some over-coloured yellow sugary fake-ism that filled the steel cup, with you begging for another pump ’cause you are so damn addicted to that flavour…!

Well this one I have created tastes NOTHING like it lol, #truestory…but hey was worth a go and my husband Scott was all up in it. Scott’s exact words were “Yep tastes just as good”!!

How time flies when one is filled with childhood afternoon joys and then all of a sudden BOOM, out of NO-where, Google guru has given us more info on what serves us and what does not.

This recipe is pure goodness and beauty from the inside out.


Ice, lots of ice, to compensate for all that ice cream they use to put in LOL

Freeze your fresh bananas, this makes for a creamier texture in the end

Dehydrating those bananas first like I mentioned in the video brings a concentrated and deeper flavour to your shake

Using gluten free oats from Bob’s Red Mills brand

And I love using my favourite rockstar of a blender, the one and only, Vitamix to make this.

But of course any blender will do. You just need to blend it for longer to get a really smooth consistency. To do that, stop the blender periodically and scrape down the sides, and just keep going!

Recipe For My Banana Thickshake Of Epic Glory


  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 bananas, frozen
  • 1 -2 dehydrated bananas
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup GF Bob Red Mills Oats
  • 2 big handfuls of ice
  • Pinch of salt
  • Tablespoon of #FUN


    Blend baby blend….


    If you are up for it, here’s another favorite smoothie recipe of mine. I call this the Sexy Nutty!  Here is my YouTube Channel for more recipes like this!

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    About the Author

    Chef Cynthia Louise is an Internationally acclaimed MasterChef, speaker, author, restaurant consultant, teacher and television presenter in wholefood, dairy-free cooking. She also has the worlds first online cooking classes focused on dairy-free plant-based whole foods with recipes that people are raving about and changing people's health, one delicious bite at a time. Chef Cynthia loves nothing more than educating people about the simplicity and vitality of a plant-based, whole foods lifestyle. Each dish is like art on a plate and her flavour combinations nourish the soul and get everyone talking.