A super simple, super delicious Nutella milkshake that can be whipped up in about 5 minutes with just three ingredients (or four if you'd like to add vanilla like I do). Nutella blended with milk and ice cream makes a creamy and smooth milkshake with the perfect chocolate hazelnut flavor.
Nutella is pretty much a staple in our house. I always have it, and we tend to use it almost as much as peanut butter. I make tarts, frostings, drinks, cakes, basically any way I can find to use it, I do. So working it into a milkshake recipe was kind of a no brainer.
Blending nutella with ice cream and milk makes for a creamy treat. The nutella blends smooth with the ice cream and milk and gives you a creamy, not icy milkshake that is just thick enough.
Why you'll love this recipe
I mean, really what's not to love about a milkshake recipe? But in case you need some convincing here's a few reasons this is amazing:
- Minimal ingredients. Milkshake recipes are simple and come together with your flavoring, ice cream and milk...that's it. And if you skip the vanilla, which you totally can, I just think it gives a nice balance of flavor, this milkshake has just three simple ingredients.
- With my perfect base recipe for milkshakes, you are guaranteed a perfect consistency, just thick enough to be ice creamy, but thin enough to get it through a straw.
- It is easily adaptable. You can make this a different milkshake everytime with simple additions.
How to get the perfect consistency for a milkshake
Milkshakes are easy to make, but knowing the exact ratio of milk to ice cream can make all the difference. What you're after is thick and creamy, not icy, but thin enough to get through a straw. I spent years figuring out what exactly get you to this perfect consistency.
To get the perfect ratio of ice cream to milk in a milkshakes here's what you need:
- 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)
Three basic ingredients plus a touch of vanilla and you're on your way. Here's what you need:
- Nutella. Or use any other chocolate hazelnut spread you like.
- Vanilla ice cream
- Vanilla extract. Totally optional, but I like it.
Get ready, it might be too hard...everything in the blender and turn that blender on and blend until creamy!
Ingredient swaps and variations
Milkshake recipes are widely adaptable, so long as you keep the liquid to ice cream ratio the same.
- Add your favorite booze. Making a milkshake into an adults only treat is never a bad idea. Add Frangelico for extra hazelnut flavor. Kahlua is also great with nutella to make this a nutella coffee milkshake. Also any kind of white chocolate liqueur would be amazing to add to this shake.
- Use a different flavor of ice cream. Nobody said vanilla is the only way to go for a nutella milkshake. I use it because it allows the flavor of the nutella to shine through, but you can most definitely use chocolate or another flavor you love as well.
- Add fruit. A banana nutella milkshake is fun and different. And strawberries go really well with nutella.
Tips for success
- Soften your ice cream before blending. Just leave on counter for about 5-10 minutes before scooping.
- Use whole milk if possible, it will make your shake less icy and more creamy.
- I think these are best made in a blender versus an milkshake machine. The nutella incorporates better and faster with a blender.
The most important tip I can give you goes for all milkshakes, not just a nutella milkshake. DO NOT (I repeat DO NOT) use heavy cream as the liquid for your milkshake base. It sounds like a good idea, and I thought using heavy cream would make a better, creamier and richer milkshake, but that did not happen! Instead you will end up with chunks of basically butter in your drink, and it is gross, I promise.
Other great milkshake recipes and frozen drinks
There's nothing better than a frozen drink when it is hot out, or even not hot out, just for a special treat. Here are some others you should try:
- 1 ½ cups vanilla ice cream three large scoops
- ½ cup whole milk
- ¼ cup nutella
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Put the ice cream, milk, nutella and vanilla (if using) in a blender. Begin blending on low, and increase speed, until everything is completely blended.
- Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and a cherry if you wish.