Peanut Butter and Basil Milkshake

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Tall glass of our Peanut Butter and Basil Milkshake recipe topped with whipped cream

Before you shudder, turn away and never return to this blog, know that this recipe is totally worthy of your attention. I told you before that I wasn’t done with the peanut butter and basil combination and for good reason. The two were meant to be together, perhaps more than PB & J. They’re a mind-blowingly delicious combination. Throw ice cream in the mix and you have a cocktail for perfection. This is no lie.

Vanilla ice cream and fresh basil leaves for making a simple and delicious milkshake

If you thought my PB & Basil Sandwich was a little out there, this may be your sweet gateway drug into peanut butter basil neverland. The flavors meld together so perfectly in this shake that your guests will be left wondering what’s inside. But it’ll be so delicious they won’t care. It can be out little secret. Our delicious little secret.

Tall glass filled with our Peanut Butter and Basil Milkshake recipe

I made this recipe using regular vanilla ice cream but it could also be made vegan friendly with soy, almond or coconut-based vanilla ice cream and non-dairy milk. And while I used peanut butter powder, the real stuff could be subbed in if you don’t have the powder on hand. Just put your spin on it to make it your own.

Top down shot of a Peanut Butter and Basil Milkshake topped with whipped cream

Peanut Butter and Basil Milkshake

Peanut butter and basil meld perfectly together in this sophisticated milkshake that would be a lovely afternoon treat or after-dinner dessert. Be skeptical, but don’t be afraid to try this daring milkshake.
Author Minimalist Baker
Top down shot of a glass filled with our Peanut Butter and Basil Milkshake recipe
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 (shakes)
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan (optional), Vegetarian
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? Best when fresh


  • 1 large handful fresh basil (lightly rinsed and dried)
  • 3 Tbsp peanut butter flour (like PB2)*
  • 4-6 cups vanilla ice cream* (I used light)
  • 1 splash milk* (any kind)


  • Blend all of the ingredients together, washing basil beforehand if necessary.
  • If you prefer a thicker shake, add more ice cream. If you prefer a thinner consistency, add a little more milk.
  • Top with a little more peanut butter, basil and a swirl of whipped cream and serve immediately (in chilled glasses if possible).


*Use natural peanut butter in place of the powder if that’s what you have on hand.
*Sub non-dairy ice cream and milk to make this vegan friendly.
*Questions about substitutions, equipment, or troubleshooting? Check out our Recipe FAQ page.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 shakes Calories: 340 Carbohydrates: 38 g Protein: 10 g Fat: 17 g Fiber: 1 g Sugar: 33 g
Peanut Butter and Basil Milkshake #minimalistbaker

In.saaaanely delicious. I’m telling you, try this. You must. Put it on your summer bucket list. Serve it to your friends. They’ll be so impressed. And you’ll be so popular. It’s really a win-win-win if you think about it.

Peanut Butter and Basil Milkshake #minimalistbaker


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  1. Taylor says

    I don’t know why this is so good…but it is. Followed directions pretty exactly (I’m a peanut butter lover so toyed with the idea of adding more; glad I didn’t.)

  2. Phoebe says

    Would you maybe perfect a basil smoothie recipe? I did frozen banana with vanilla extract instead of ice cream, and added a little avocado. Super yum…but needs a little something else…? Maybe just a MB touch up!

  3. Jess says

    I was skeptical…but this is absolutely delicious! I made it with Coconut Bliss vanilla ice cream. Peanut, coconut, and basil play well together in Thai food, why shouldn’t they play well in a shake?

  4. Jess says

    Best ice cream shake we have yet to make! Who would’ve thought basil would go perfectly :-) Thx for the great recipe! We’ve needed lots of comfort food this past week! And trying to make it as healthy as we can:) Thx again!

  5. Jess says

    This recipe is from a few years ago but wondering if I can use real peanut butter vs PB flour? I’m excited to try it!:)

  6. Faux Leather says

    Wow — I never would have thought to combine these flavors! It was a great, sweet drink on a hot morning,

  7. Alison says

    Sooo good! Made them tonight…perfect refreshing way to cool down on a record hot day! Peanut butter and basil are two of my favorites and they do make a fabulous pair! Thanks for the delicious idea!!

  8. Tricia C says

    Wow this sounds amazing! I’m making this for my mom later this afternoon. Thanks for the recipe, I would never have thought to put those together!