Chicago Diner Vegan Milkshake

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Editor's Note: Vegan versions of foods -- especially vegan desserts -- are notorious for being overly complicated and bland. But this recipe for Chicago Diner Vegan Milkshake is famous for a good reason. It breaks those pesky vegan stereotypes. This recipe only includes three ingredients that are all pretty easy to find, which makes it affordable and simple. Let's face it, when we're craving a milkshake, we're probably not in the mood to make a complicated dessert. With this recipe, there's no hassle involved!

Our vegan milkshakes helped put us on the map, and now you can make these illustrious vegan milkshakes right in your home kitchen.

NotesVariation: To turn this shake into a Strawberry Sensation, start with 1/2 cup (83 g) frozen strawberries. Add soy milk to cover and blend the mixture a bit. Last, add 3/4 (105 g) cup vegan vanilla ice cream.

To make a Peanut Butter Shake, simply add 1 tablespoon peanut butter to the standard shake recipe.

Try pulsing in chocolate chips, toasted nuts, crunchy cookies and other fun things for a few seconds after the shake is fully blended. It adds wonderful crunch and flavor.

Serves2 cups (474 mL)



Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

Recipe CourseBeverage, Dessert, Snack

Dietary ConsiderationEgg-free, Gluten-free, Kosher, Lactose-free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Five Ingredients or LessYes


Taste and TextureCreamy, Sweet

Type of DishBeverage, Dessert, Frozen Dessert, Non-alcoholic Beverage


  • 1 1/2 cups (210 g) vegan ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, or cookie dough flavor)
  • 1/2 cup (119 mL) soy milk, or more if needed
  • Vegan whipped cream and a House Cherry, for topping (optional)


  1. 1.?Place the vegan ice cream and soy milk in a blender. Blend until the shake reaches a nice, thick consistency. Add more soy milk, if necessary. Pour into a tall glass and top with the vegan whipped cream and House Cherry. Serve immediately.


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I can honestly say I've never tried a vegan dessert, but this milkshake looks delicious! When it comes to chocolate, you simply can't go wrong!


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