Roasted Strawberry Basil Milkshake

*Note: This roasted strawberry basil milkshake recipe first appeared on February 21, 2012. The recipe has been edited slightly to now include a fun pistachio cacao nib crumble and roasting the strawberries for the milkshake and the topping (a great way to bring out sweetness in any fruit out of season) and the photographs have been updated. I still stand by my hatred of Kelis’ song and Gnarls’ stupid name though in the text, which is original. This is a great one for Valentine’s Day if you’re not quite into the chocolate thing or, save it for spring and strawberry season which is hopefully right around the corner!


This roasted strawberry basil milkshake with a pistachio cacao nib crumble is a grown up and healthier version of the classic treat. Perfect For Valentine’s Day!

This roasted strawberry basil milkshake with a pistachio cacao nib crumble is a grown up and healthier version of the classic treat. Perfect For Valentine's Day!

There’s one very tragic and unfortunate thing about this roasted strawberry basil milkshake:

It comes with a severe case of the Milkshake song getting stuck in your head for hours on end.

And if you’re anything like me it goes something like this, “my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard and they’re like, it’s better than yours”…repeat x54234756 because you have absolutely no idea what she says after that since you’re so preoccupied with how utterly annoying the song is in the first place.

A pistachio cacao nib crumble takes this roasted strawberry basil milkshake over the top with a fun crunchy addition! Roasting strawberries brings an added sweetness to this milkshake, perfect for Valentine's Day and spring!

There are two songs from this century so far that I absolutely, 100% cannot stand.

Crazy by Gnarles Barkley (Gnarls? Is that even for real?) and Milkshake.

This strawberry basil milkshake is a mostly healthy treat, just a small scoop of strawberry ice cream brings the perfect amount of decadence to each sip. Celebrate spring and/or Valentine's Day with this roasted strawberry basil milkshake.

Thankfully, the actual milkshake was pretty damn good and worth the annoyance.

So far at least. It’s been about 18 hours, if it continues past 24 I have the right to revoke that statement.

Creamy, sweet with a punch of freshness from the basil, this roasted strawberry milkshake is a delicious and healthy way to indulge!

Milkshakes weren’t really my thing growing up. We didn’t have any Dairy Queens near me, just the hole in the wall local ice cream joint that was a once a week treat in the summer. I was way more of a vanilla cone with cherry dip or rainbow sprinkles kind of kid though than a milkshake one. If I was getting ice cream, I wanted to be able to SEE it, eat it, lick it, not drink it.

So my only memory of a milkshake is actually from college. It involved my two best college friends, a loooong happy hour at the local bar, the Gingerbread Man with a few too many whiskey sours, a 2 mile walk to Dairy Queen where local neighborhood trash cans were picked up, put on our heads and moved down the street and a really delicious strawberry cheesecake milkshake of some sort.

The walk back also involved a sober friend with a car picking us up, people flailing about on the sidewalks and passing out in bed by 9pm but that’s beside the point.

This roasted strawberry basil milkshake is a pretty, pink and festive way to celebrate Valentine's Day! With roasted strawberry topping and a pistachio cacao nib crunch, it's not your average milkshake!

We’ve grown up a bit since then.

In fact, one of those friends had a baby two days ago, so I’d like to say that this strawberry basil milkshake is the grown up version of that milkshake too.

Although, I’d totally be game for happy hour and a few whiskey sours again.

And since St. Paddy’s Day is right around the corner, check out my healthier version of the classic McDonald’s Shamrock shake too!

Roasted Strawberry Basil Milkshake

Roasted Strawberry Basil Milkshake

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This roasted strawberry basil milkshake with a pistachio cacao nib crumble is a grown up and healthier version of the classic treat. 


For the milkshake:

  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup strawberry ice cream, divided
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-5 drops liquid stevia
  • 3 leaves fresh basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum, *optional for thicker milkshake

For the crumble:

  • 1 tablespoon shelled pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey


For the milkshake:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place strawberries on a baking sheet and roast for 10-15 minutes, tossing a couple of times until juicy and starting to caramelize. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. Place almond milk, 1/2 cup of the ice cream, yogurt, vanilla, stevia, basil and xanthan gum if using in a blender. Add half the roasted strawberries and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour milkshake into two glasses. Top with remaining 1/2 cup ice cream and spoon the leftover roasted strawberries on top. 

For the crumble:

  1. Place the pistachios, cacao nibs and honey in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Garnish milkshakes with a crumble before serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 493Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 307mgCarbohydrates: 83gFiber: 4gSugar: 54gProtein: 14g

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  1. Julie @ Table for Two

    ugh, you suck. I was craving a milkshake/smoothie last night. in this exact flavor. and now you had to post it so it must mean i have to make it tonight or whenever i get myself a blender. or i can be ghetto and use my new food processor. who’s judging, anyway? and yes, immediately, first song that popped in my head…yeeeuppp. lovely! i remember far too many college days of drinking too much and being an idiot on the sidewalk. it’s so embarrassing looking back on it but hey, you live once!

  2. katie @KatieDid

    hahah hilarious memmories from college. We do some pretty similarly ridiculous things for food as well… like runs to the mall 20 minutes away at 9pm on a friday for auntie anne’s pretzels….. yeah. Anyways, this milkshake does sound dreamy, it reminds me of the super thick mcdonalds shakes that my brothers lovedddd growing up. The kind that are far too thick to even make it up the straw so you always end up opening the cap and drinking it down.

  3. Ebeth

    Yes we have definitely come a long way since then. Don’t tell all my secrets, I don’t want Carter to read about them one day ;)

  4. Margarita

    This looks so good! I like the basil addition. It reminds me of some fruity strawberry cocktail with basil. I would take a milkshake over some fancy cocktail anytime though and this is awesome! Your pictures are so pretty.

  5. Amanda

    I love the strawberry and basil combination, and this looks rich and creamy, without a ton of ice cream. I used to work at an ice cream shop in high school and was kind of horrified when I learned how much ice cream went into a milkshake. We’re talking a solid four or five heaping scoops, plus whole milk, plus syrup. No wonder they were so good. ;)

  6. Cait's Plate

    I don’t know what has me drooling more in this post, the strawberry milkshake or all that phenomenal natural light!! I think the milkshake wins by a hair…but JUST a hair… ;)

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I know, I’m so lucky that my house has awesome light. If we ever move that’s like #1 on the list. Well maybe #2 behind walk in closets…

      1. Cait's Plate

        It’s seriously the #1 thing on my list when I finally buy a home. I’ll trade you my walk-in closet for your natural light. Deal?!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I almost used mint instead of basil and then it totally would’ve been! Although if we take Cat’s advice we could turn it into an adult version ;)

  7. Deanna

    I’ve had a craving for milkshakes and I’ve been resisting, but I think you might have pushed me over the edge. And I would like to nominate ANYTHING by Ke$ha for most annoying songs of the century. She must have terrible teeth and a very rich dentist if she brushes her teeth with a bottle of Jack.

  8. Heidi @ Food Doodles

    Oh no, not that song! Ahh, I hate it too. Love the milkshake. Although I’ve always been curious(but not enough to try) the strawberry basil combo. I see it being delicious but I’m still scared of it. Must try when I have some nice fresh basil :)

    1. Jessica

      The shake looks really good and while I agree that the Milkshake song is incredibly annoying, there is no way on earth I could justifiably put Crazy on the same level of annoying/suckiness as it. It’s not THAT bad.

  9. Elise Walsh

    I have to admit, I immediately put the Milkshake song on when I read this. My boyfriend is not pleased. Oh well, great recipe anyway- I AM SO EXCITED FOR SOME MILKSHAKES

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