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Vanilla Coconut Milkshake

This Vanilla Coconut Milkshake only involves three ingredients, but when blended together, they make for the most delectable sweet treat! 

Close up of vanilla coconut milkshake in a mason jar topped with toasted coconut and a pink polka dot straw with a plate of toasted coconut in the background and "Vanilla Coconut Milkshake" text on top

I would like to implement mandatory Milkshake Mondays. Why not, right? Just give me one perfectly good reason why not. You can’t think of one, can you? Because one doesn’t exist. Cocktail Friday and Milkshake Monday. But I’m pretty sure they can be interchangeable, too. As in, if you put a little bit of vodka in this and sip it on a Monday afternoon, I won’t tell anyone. In fact, I’ll probably be secretly proud of you. Not that I encourage bad behavior… But it is Monday. So, maybe a little bit.

This recipe is just about as easy as it can get. I didn’t make my own ice cream and I used vanilla coconut milk (the kind you find in a carton in the refrigerated section of your grocery store), which means there is already tons of flavor packed in. I actually initially bought vanilla coconut milk by mistake. But the second I took a sip, I thought MILKSHAKE! So, I made a Vanilla Coconut Milkshake and it took an already delicious milk and turned it into the most decadent dessert. Which is saying a lot for a liquid dessert. Yes, adding vodka would be splendid, but have you ever heard anyone complain about an ice cream, milk, and coconut combination? Please say no. If you can’t find vanilla coconut milk, plain is totally fine since you’ll be using vanilla ice cream anyway.

I toasted my coconut for this recipe because toasting it really gives it an added oomph and brings out all kinds of complex flavors. The key to toasting coconut is to keep a very close eye on it as once it starts toasting, it can get golden super quickly!

One photo shows shredded coconut in a skillet and another shows shredded coconut toasted golden in the skillet

Once the coconut cools, all you have to do is add everything into a blender and blend away!

One photo show ice cream, coconut milk, and toasted coconut in Vitamix blender and the second shows all ingredients blended together in blender

Pour the milkshake into two glasses and top with more of the toasted coconut. No such thing as too much.

Close up of vanilla coconut milkshake in a mason jar topped with toasted coconut and a pink polka dot straw with a plate of toasted coconut in the background

Of course, the toasted coconut would have probably looked even better if it was sitting atop a nice cloud of whipped cream. But I figured I’d try my best not to make a healthy coconut milk even more unhealthy. Plus, this vanilla coconut milkshake had enough natural froth to it, that the coconut rested quite nicely without sinking.

Overhead view of two vanilla coconut milkshakes topped with toasted coconut and straws with a plate of toasted coconut in the background

You’re probably wondering how this tasted, right? Is it suffice to say I would like one of these for dessert every single day? And that it’s not often my sweet tooth can be satisfied by a drink (in general, give me cake! And pie! And doughnuts!)? So yes, that is really saying something.

I’d say I also want to drink a vanilla coconut milkshake for breakfast every morning, but feel like that would probably be looked down upon, what with the ice cream and all. Perhaps if I replace with a tart frozen yogurt instead? And change the name from milkshake to smoothie? I think I’m on to something here.

Head-on vide of vanilla coconut milkshake in a mason jar topped with toasted coconut and a pink polka dot straw with a black background

I seriously would implement Milkshake Monday on the blog if I didn’t think all of my readers would vanish due to the non-stop ice cream and milk in mason jars. But the flavor options are endless and though the ingredients and prep are generally quite simple, you know this will not be the last milkshake you see from me. Sorry? Or not.

Are you a coconut lover? 

If you’re looking for some other fabulous milkshake recipes, be sure to check out my popular Bourbon S’mores Milkshake (truly combining Milkshake Monday and Cocktail Friday!) and my Matcha Milkshake (for a bit of a healthier take on milkshakes!).

5 from 2 votes
This Vanilla Coconut Milkshake only involves three ingredients, but when blended together, they make for the most delectable sweet treat! 
Vanilla Coconut Milkshake
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

This Vanilla Coconut Milkshake only involves three ingredients, but when blended together, they make for the most delectable sweet treat! 

Course: Dessert, Drink
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 milkshakes
Author: Sues
Ingredients
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 3 cups coconut milk, vanilla flavored if you can find it (the kind in a carton)
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
Instructions
  1. Place coconut in a large skillet over medium heat-low and kept a watchful eye over it, stirring from time to time. Once coconut is golden, remove from heat and let it cool.

  2. Put coconut milk, ice cream, and 3/4 of the cooled coconut into a blender and blend until smooth.

  3. Pour milkshake into two glasses and top with remaining toasted coconut.

 

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25 Responses to "Vanilla Coconut Milkshake"

  1. aaaaah we left tahoe with SO MUCH shredded coconut behind b/c i didn’t know what to do with it. should’ve made milkshakes.

  2. Gia Grossman says:

    Is it bad that I would eat this for breakfast and not feel any guilt? I’d eat it for dessert too!! YUM!

  3. Erica says:

    The toasted coconut totally makes it! How delicious. I love silk products

  4. Rachel Cooks says:

    What a perfect combination! This looks awesome!

  5. oh man, i love that silk coconut milk. perfect way to use it!

  6. Elle says:

    I love coconut! This looks wonderful. I can’t wait to try it.

  7. this looks absolutely heavenly! i love all things coconut!

  8. Shannon says:

    i could get behind milkshake mondays 🙂 coconut sounds like a great way to start!

  9. coconut is one of my favorite flavors – this sounds/looks delicious.

  10. Oh goodness, this looks amazing.. I would just spoon the top layer off and close my eyes and enjoy that moment!

  11. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) says:

    I love coconut milk 🙂 Great recipe!

  12. Pam says:

    Heaven in a glass. Seriously drool worthy!

  13. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) says:

    I’m a recent coconut milk addict! It’s so smooth and creamy and delish. So yes, I will be making these milkshakes as soon as possible!!! 🙂

  14. Odetta says:

    Slurp!! This looks fabulous!

  15. Megan says:

    I still need to try coconut milk. I know I said that last time!

  16. This is a great idea, I definitely need to try it!

  17. Veronica says:

    I just made this and added a few strawberries. Seriously the best milkshake I’ve ever had

  18. KIM says:

    SUES;
    HI,I WOULD LIKE TO TRY MAKING YOUR VANILLA COCONUT MILKSHAKE RECIPE,BUT I HAVE DIABETES AND I AM LACTOSE INTOLERANT.
    I AM OK WITH THE SILK PURE COCONUT VANILLA MILK,AND THE COCONUT BUT IF I HAVE THE REGULAR VANILLA ICE CREAM OR THE VANILLA FROZEN YOGURT THEN MY PROBLEM WITH THE LACTOSE IN THESE TWO PRODUCTS CAUSE ME TO BE IN A REALLY BAD DISCOMFORT ETC.
    WOULD IT BE OK FOR ME TO USE THE NO SUGAR ADDED VANILLA ICE CREAM IN THIS SHAKE RECIPE?
    WOULD IT CHANGE THE TASTE OF THE SHAKE IF I ADD SOME PROTEIN POWDER TO THIS SHAKE?
    I HAVE A MAGIC BULLET BLENDER,COULD I PUT THIS RECIPE IN MY BLENDER?
    KIM
    I LOVE YOUR WEBSITE AND RECIPES.

  19. Sues says:

    @Kim Hi! Yes, you can definitely use no sugar added vanilla ice cream, no problem. I’m not too familiar with how protein powder tastes, but if it has any flavor to it, it might change what the milkshake tastes like. If you’re using a flavored powder, I’d stick to vanilla! And you should be able to make this in your Magic Bullet, but depending on the size of it, you may need to cut the milkshake recipe in half to make one serving at a time. Let me know how it comes out! 🙂

  20. Suzanne says:

    I made this and added Vanilla Egg-white protein powder to it, and it was still absolutely delicious. I felt a little less guilty about drinking both servings, since it was a bit healthier. 🙂

  21. kim says:

    Hi sues;
    I am going to make this milkshake soon and will let you know how iIlike drinking it.my magic bullet is only for one person,so i will have to find a way to figure out how to make this recipe for one person.
    Kim

  22. Liz says:

    I love anything with coconut! this milkshake is perfect, especially with the warm weather!

  23. Tayler Ross says:

    You had me at coconut! This looks like the perfect refreshing treat for summer!

  24. Bhavani says:

    Can it be frozen for the next day or should be made instantly for flawless taste

  25. Sues says:

    @Bhavani- I’ve never tried, but I think that would be OK! You’ll likely just need to stir it and let it thaw a bit before drinking.

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