A refreshing and super simple creamy mango milkshake is a fun splurge when you want something a little 'extra' to treat yourself. This milkshake recipe comes together with minimal ingredients, and is a great for frozen mangoes or juicy fresh ones.
Have I ever said no to a milkshake? Has anyone? Give me all the fruit in milkshakes like my pineapple milkshake or skip the fruit and give me all the decadence of a nutella milkshake, or even yet, give me all the booze with a coffee milkshake. No matter what you choose, it's something delicious added to ice cream and milk, and who can refuse that?
Why mango is perfect in a milkshake
- It blends up super creamy. Mangoes have a great texture for pureeing.
- You can use fresh or frozen mangoes. I use frozen mangoes because I always have them for smoothies. But fresh are an excellent option.
- It has four simple ingredients (plus vanilla, which is optional).
- It is the perfect consistency. WIth my no-fail ice cream to liquid ratio, you get the perfect milkshake that isn't too thick or too thin.
Ice cream to milk ratio
Everyone is after the perfect consistency in their milkshakes. You're looking for a thick and creamy milkshake, but thin enough to get through a straw. Milkshakes are a drink, and meant to be sipped through a straw. It took me a long time to figure out the ideal amount of ice cream and milk to get the perfect milkshake. But I got it and here's how you get it:
- Three large scoops of ice cream. Each scoop is approximately ½ cup, so you can also measure 1 ½ cups of ice cream
- ½ cup liquid (this includes ANY liquid you add to a milkshake, milk, vanilla extract, caramel sauce, chocolate syrup)
To make this mango milkshake you'll need four main ingredients, and then vanilla extract, as optional. But I love the enhanced flavor a bit of vanilla extract adds with the mangoes.
- Vanilla ice cream
- Yogurt. I think mangoes are really sweet and alongside the ice cream, which is also sweet, I think a bit of yogurt helps to balance out some of the sweetness in this recipe. It is my one addition to my traditional milkshake base that I think makes this better than other mango shake recipes.
- Mangoes. I use frozen because I always have them for smoothies, and because fresh, ripe, mangoes can be hard to come by in the midwest.
- Vanilla extract. An optional ingredient, but I really like how complimentary mango and vanilla is together.
Making milkshakes is so easy, I don't even know if they need instructions. but here you go:
Combine all the ingredients in a blender.
Blend until smooth and creamy!
Ingredient swaps and variations
- Add a banana. This will make the milkshake a bit thicker and even creamier.
- Use coconut milk. Mango and coconut go really well together and you can make this recipe a bit tropical by using coconut milk instead of regular milk.
- Make it a boozy milkshake. Add a little rum or even coconut rum to make this an adult treat.
My biggest tip is try to use whole milk. Two things on that...
- Skim milk will make your mango milkshake icy because of the water in it.
- Heavy cream will get chunky because of the large amount of fat in it.
But between the two, never us heavy cream. You can def use skim milk, it just may make your milkshake a little icy.
A mango shake is delicious, but definitely not the only frozen treat you should be trying. Here are some others:
- 1 ½ cups vanilla ice cream
- ¼ cup yogurt I use Greek yogurt
- ½ cup milk
- 1 cup mangoes fresh or frozen
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream if you like.