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Yummy (& cheap) milkshakes!

This is my favorite make-at-home milkshake ever!  You can find it at the hillybilly housewife site here.  The whole website has great, but inexpensive recipes.

We have made this for years!  It’s made with powdered milk, so it’s fat free and does not affect our tummies like ice cream can.  The recipe says to put some oil in it to make it creamier, but most of the time I don’t do it.  It comes out with the consistency of a Wendy’s Frosty.  The recipe has a few variations and they are all super yummy!  We make chocolate and vanilla all the time.  We use this recipe to add coffee or instant coffee and other flavors to make frappacinos.  The chocolate banana is good too! This week we made the chocolate peanut butter version.  It was so good!  We like CookOut milkshakes because they are inexpensive and you can customize them.  Now that we’ve made the chocolate peanut butter version, we can save some money and drink more milkshakes!!!


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 because the kids eat it so fast. 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.

  • 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 of ice cubes, as much as you can spare
  • 2 tablespoons corn oil plus a 5-second squirt of non-stick spray for emulsification purposes

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′s full. Place the lid on. Process for a full 2 minutes. Pour into cups and serve. Makes 4 – 12oz servings. For preparation tips please see below.

Reader’s Tip: A reader named Chris made these with Splenda replacing the sugar measure for measure and said they turned out perfectly. If you like Splenda, then this tip would be a great way to reduce the calories and make them sugar-free. Thanks for sharing Chris!


  • 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. For a french vanilla milk shake crack in an egg too.

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