Easy Dairy Free Milkshake (Banana & Walnut)

Easy Dairy Free Milkshake (Banana & Walnut)

Perfect for kids (and big kids), this dairy free milkshake made with ripe bananas and soaked walnuts makes for a quick and healthy breakfast. Granted, it’s not the lurid yellow colour we typically associate with banana milkshakes, but it’s delicious all the same.

I guess officially it’s not a milkshake if it has no milk in it… Maybe it’s a Mylkshake. Or Milkless Shake. Maybe a Fake Shake? Probably just a shake… Anyway, I digress.

Point is – it’s quick and easy and doesn’t have anything weird in it.

This is my go-to recipe for ripe bananas that need using up. For most people it’s banana bread, but I can’t bake so… for me, it’s this. Or sometimes I make desserts like chocolate orange nice-cream. Mmm.

And if you’re super-committed to reducing your food waste, I even have recipes for the banana peel.

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Anyway, on with the milkshake!

Serves 4


1 small handful of walnuts (plus water to soak)
2 large ripe bananas
1 litre of water


Place the walnuts in a bowl. Cover with water and leave to soak for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
Drain and add these to a blender along with the litre of water. I use the Optimum G2.3 at home, but when I’m away, I use my Optimum Nutriforce Extractor*.
Blitz to create walnut milk.
It is then up to you whether you a) strain the liquid through a sieve or b) keep the pulp within the liquid.
Then just blend in the bananas and you’re done!

You can drink your dairy free milkshake straight away, but it’s best served chilled. If I were you, I’d pop it in the fridge for a couple of hours, preferably overnight. Not only does it taste better, but it thickens up too. Or you could just blend in some ice. There are no rules.

Dairy Free Banana Walnut Milkshake

Note: You can substitute the walnuts for cashews if you’d prefer your dairy free milkshake to be lighter in colour.

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