Homemade Cannoli Milkshake, an easy vanilla milkshake recipe with tastes of a cannoli including ricotta, orange, cinnamon, and chocolate. Add a little liqueur for the best adult cocktail version!
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You know how much I love cannoli anything and everything! This Cannoli Milkshake recipe fits right in with all my other fun cannoli recipes. Start with a vanilla milkshake base and add some cannoli flavors like orange, ricotta, and chocolate shavings and you’ll have a fun Cannoli Milkshake in no time.
If you’re wondering “What is a Cannoli?”, let’s start with that. It’s a delicious Italian pastry with a crisp shell and filled with a sweetened ricotta filling.
Check out some of my other fun twists on a cannoli with all these cannoli inspired recipes:
- Mini Cannoli Dip Cups
- Best Cannoli Dip
- Cannoli Cake
- Cannoli Cream Chocolate Truffles
- Cannoli Cookies
- Cannoli Muffins
All delicious and crowd pleasers! Perfect for parties, potlucks, and dinner parties.
How to Make a Milkshake
In my opinion, for how to make the best milkshake, I’d suggest not over blending all the ingredients. If you leave your blender on too long, I find the milkshakes can become really “runny” and not as thick as you may like.
To make this Cannoli Milkshake, all you need to do is put all your ingredients including the vanilla ice cream, ricotta cheese, milk, orange zest, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and chocolate shavings in the blender or milkshake maker and blend until just combined.
If you like your milkshakes really thick you may want to add less milk and/or use full-fat ingredients. You can use low-fat ingredients such as milk, ice cream, and ricotta cheese but your milkshake may not be as thick and flavorful. Personal choice though!
How to Make a Milkshake Without Ice Cream
If you have a dairy allergy, you can definitely use a vanilla ice cream substitute that you like such as an almond milk or coconut milk ice cream.
You could try using ice and a little yogurt, tofu, or banana for texture for more of a smoothie type drink, but I have not tried them with this particular recipe so can’t say how it will turn out. You may need to experiment a little.
Instead of milk, you could also use cream, half-and-half, or a dairy substitute such as almond or coconut milk.
Again, be careful to not over blend all your ingredients. Once you have your milkshake, pour into your favorite milkshake glasses. The recipe makes one really large or two small milkshakes. It would also be great as “shots”.
Top with your favorite toppings such as whipped cream, additional chocolate shavings, chopped pistachios, and/or Cannoli Chips or broken cannoli shells.
For a fun adult version of this milkshake, add a little of your favorite liqueur to the blender such as amaretto or nocello. Cake vodka would also be great! Yum!
Hope you enjoy this Cannoli Milkshake recipe! You might also enjoy my chocolate healthy milkshake which is a great alternative and snack! Or these Cannoli Cinnamon Rolls are another fun cannoli inspired recipe.
Homemade Cannoli Milkshake
- 1 cup vanilla ice cream (or ice cream substitute)
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- 2 teaspoons grated chocolate divided
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh orange zest
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Optional toppings: whipped cream, grated chocolate, chopped pistachios, orange zest, and/or cannoli chips