Homemade maple walnut milkshake without refined sugar or ice cream is creamy, delicious, nutritious and healthy protein rich drink perfect for busy mornings breakfast or whenever you want a delicious refreshing drink!
This is also a naturally protein rich milkshake recipe without protein powder if you are looking for easy, healthy protein rich milkshakes that do not use any artificial or store bought protein powders!
Walnuts are naturally rich in protein and has a lot of health benefits including heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids.
Including walnuts in the diet can naturally add protein to the diet, especially when we follow a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Milkshakes are usually made with ice cream or sugar and it’s much like a dessert drink.
This walnut milkshake is not like that.
This creamy and delicious milkshake is made without refined sugar and it’s delicious and filling as well.
We use pure, fresh maple syrup to sweeten this homemade maple walnut milkshake.
Maple syrup is a natural sweetener and a comparatively healthy alternative to refined sugar in recipes.
Pure fresh maple syrup is a great choice to sweeten dishes like oatmeal, drinks, cookies etc.
Maple syrup goes great with peanut butter so I like to pair maple syrup with peanut butter in many recipes.
So I wanted try maple syrup with this walnut milkshake as well, and it turned out great as well!
If you do not have maple syrup, you may also use honey or your favorite sweetener to sweeten this milkshake.
Tips to make milkshake healthy
Milkshakes are dessert like calorie rich sweet drinks made with milk, ice cream, sugar, cream etc.
Some milkshake recipes also use fruits, nuts, syrups also in the recipe.
To make a milkshake healthy, the first thing that helps is to replace the ice cream with something creamy and delicious, naturally.
When we use ingredients like walnuts, peanut butter, almonds, almond butter etc, the milkshake will naturally become more creamy in texture.
Using fruits like strawberries, mangoes etc will also help to make creamy, thick milkshakes without using ice creams.
Another tip to make the milkshake more healthy is to replace white refined sugar with something natural like a natural sweetener.
Pure fresh maple syrup, honey, stevia etc are great options to naturally sweeten the milkshakes.
While the milkshakes prepared with natural sweeteners still are sweet and have sugar content, this is comparatively more healthier than milkshakes prepared in the traditional way using refined sugar.
Also, while making healthy milkshakes, you can use skim low fat or even fat free milk instead of whole milk to make it more healthy.
Following all these tips will help you to make healthy, delicious milkshakes that are comparatively low in calories and naturally sweet and creamy.
So here is how you can make this easy, delicious maple walnut milkshake at home.
How to make healthy maple walnut protein milkshake at home?
We use the following ingredients to make easy, delicious homemade walnut milkshake.
ingredients to make maple walnut protein milkshake
walnuts 1 cup
milk 3 cups (chilled)
maple syrup 2 tablespoons (adjust to preference)
vanilla extract 1 teaspoon
Step by step instructions
Transfer the walnuts to a good quality blender.
Also add the chilled milk, vanilla and maple syrup.
Blend until smooth, transfer the contents to glass cups, serve immediately for best results.
If serving later, you may store the milkshake in the refrigerator for a couple of days.
Keep in mind that this milkshake is sweetened with pure fresh maple syrup which is a natural sweetener, but still it’s a sweetener and has sugar content in it.
So if you are diabetic or if you are looking for low sugar milkshake recipes or low sugar drinks, this recipe may not be for you.
Can you make maple walnut milkshake vegan?
Yes, you may make this milkshake vegan as well.
To make this recipe vegan, replace the milk with walnut milk or use other plant based milk alternatives like almond milk, oat milk, cashew milk, coconut milk etc.
The flavor of the vegan walnut milkshake will also depend on the kind of plant based milk that you use, but it will still be delicious.
Can you replace walnuts with other nuts?
You may try to replace walnut with other nuts for a different flavor and texture if you wish.
Other suitable options include cashews, blanched almonds etc.
Different nuts give different texture and flavor for the milkshake and while walnuts can be directly used to make milkshake, it is best to soak some nuts in water or milk prior to adding them in drinks so that they will be softened.
If using other nuts, you may try soaking them in milk or water or you may also strain the milkshake once prepared to remove any nut residue.
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Below you can get the recipe for maple walnut protein milkshake in detail.
Healthy Maple Walnut Natural Protein Milkshake Without Protein Powder
- 1 cup walnuts
- 3 cups milk chilled
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup adjust to preference
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Transfer the walnuts to a good quality blender.
- Also add the chilled milk, vanilla and maple syrup.
- Blend until smooth, transfer the contents to glass cups, serve immediately for best results.