This Roasted Strawberry Milkshake recipe is an unbelievably delicious homemade shake recipe that will knock your socks off! Make these shakes with in season or out of season berries since roasting them ramps up the flavor.

Two glass mason jars are filled with Roasted Strawberry Milkshakes. Each shake is topped with some extra roasted strawberries. There is a striped gray straw in each glass and the glasses are set on a striped napkin.

I mentioned a few weeks back that grilling bacon was a revolutionary cooking technique for me to add to my kitchen repertoire. 

Well, roasting strawberries is exactly on the same level of amazingness as grilling bacon is. It seems almost sinful to take perfectly ripe summer strawberries and to stuff them into a hot oven. But friends, I feel no guilt when I do it. 

When I made those roasted strawberry, dark chocolate, and brie grilled cheese sandwiches earlier this year, I knew roasting summer strawberries would be even better.

And I was right. Roasted summer strawberries just explode with flavor!

I roasted probably close to 4 quarts a couple weeks ago and used them in various ways, including these milkshakes. Roasted strawberry milkshakes? Oh yes yes yes!! 

They are slightly more time-intensive than your regular milkshakes due to roasting and cooling the strawberries, but my goodness, they are so so sooo worth it. 

Of course, the strawberries can be roasted in advance and chilled for a few days so as to quicken time-to-dessert after dinner. This is definitely my preference for how to do things. 

Overhead view of two glass mason jars are filled with Roasted Strawberry Milkshakes. Each shake is topped with some extra roasted strawberries. There is a striped gray straw in each glass and the glasses are set on a striped napkin.

Strawberry Shake Ingredients

The ingredient list for these shakes is so short, it’s almost laughable. Here’s what you’ll need but be sure to see the full list in the green recipe card below!

For the roasted strawberries:

  • fresh strawberries
  • granulated sugar

For the milkshakes:

  • softened vanilla ice cream
  • all of the roasted strawberries and their juices
  • milk

If you don’t feel like [or just plain don’t] making your own vanilla ice cream, store-bought ice cream will work fine. Or, there’s always Talenti Tahitian vanilla bean gelato which, from personal experience, is like making the milkshake of my dreams. 

When a pint of Talenti costs less than the quart of milk I need buy to make the ice cream – it was on sale for $2.50 a couple weeks ago – rest assured, I’m going with the Talenti. 

How to Make Strawberry Milkshakes

If you’ve got a regular blender or an immersion blender, you’re good to go! You don’t need an expensive blender for this recipe, especially since you won’t be blending any ice.

STEP 1: Mix the cut strawberries with sugar and spread them out on a baking sheet. Roast until soft and juicy. Cool the berries completely.

STEP 2: Blend the vanilla ice cream, milk, and most of the berries and their juices in a blender until smooth.

STEP 3: Pour the milkshake into 2 glasses. Top each with a little of the reserved berries and juices. Stick a straw in your milkshake and slurp away!

The great thing about these shakes and roasting strawberries in general is that you don’t need summer strawberries. Winter strawberries are fine.

The process of roasting strawberries makes even the most mediocre berries quite amazing so even in the middle of winter (like for Valentine’s Day!), these strawberry shakes would be outstanding!

Two glass mason jars are filled with Roasted Strawberry Milkshakes. Each shake is topped with some extra roasted strawberries. There is a striped gray straw in each glass and the glasses are set on a striped napkin.

Roasted Strawberry Milkshakes

Yield: 2 large servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Roasting Time: 30 minutes
Berry Chilling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Strawberry Milkshakes are one of the best frozen treats you can easily make at home! For these shakes, I ramp up the flavor big-time by roasting the strawberries first and blending the chilled berries and all their juices right into the ice cream.

Ingredients

For the roasted strawberries:

  • 2 quarts fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced in half lengthwise
  • ΒΌ cup granulated sugar

For the milkshakes:

  • 1 pint (2 cups) vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
  • All of the roasted strawberries and their juice
  • Up to 1 cup milk

Instructions

  1. To roast the strawberries: Preheat the oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay out the berries, pour the sugar over them, and toss until the berries are coated with sugar.
  2. Roast for about 30 minutes, until the berries are softened and have released their juice. Allow them to cool to room temperature on the pan then transfer the strawberries and the juice to an airtight container and chill thoroughly (about 30 minutes).
  3. To make the milkshakes: Add the ice cream, strawberries and juice, and some of the milk to a blender. Process until smooth, adding more milk to thin out the mixture to your desired shake consistency; add less milk for a spoonable dessert or more milk if you want to sip the shakes through a straw. Transfer the shake mixture to glasses and serve immediately.

Notes

adapted from Not Without Salt

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  • Warm Vanilla Sugar
    August 12, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Loving this!! What a fun recipe!

  • Winnie
    August 12, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    I can’t wait to try this! You have me buying Talenti now, it is so delicious. I love the Belgium Choc., and the Salted Caramel, so now I will try the Vanilla! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Fran Holmstrom
    August 12, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Strawberry milkshakes using roasted strawberries? I’m on board! Looks amazingly delicious…

  • August 12, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    I love strawberry milkshakes and love the idea of roasting the berries first!

  • Josie
    August 13, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Oh man, Tara, These look amazing. I need one like, now.

  • August 16, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    I need these in my life. Like rightthissecond.

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