Malt vs shake

If anyone asks you about the differences between a malt and shake the easiest way to describe that is, ‘All malts are shake, but all shakes are not malt.’

Malt is a special kind of milkshake. A milkshake is a glass of blended ice cream, milk, and other mix-ins or flavorings. When you include an addition of malted milk powder in the milkshake, that little twist turns the milkshake into malt.

In the tug of war of malt vs shake, this can definitely be said that malted milk powder enhances the flavor of the ingredients of a shake, giving sweetish and richer-tasting malt.

Malt vs Shake


A powdered gruel made from a mixture of malted barleywheat flour, and evaporated whole milk is known as Malted milk. Originally invented as a dietary supplement for babies, malted milk earns popularity very quickly amongst the adults as well. And eventually, it found a way into the milkshakes and was called as malt.

Generally, malt and a milkshake share the same taste. A rich, thick consistency and flavors such as vanilla and chocolate. The addition of malt powder, however, provides a distinct, sweet flavor that for many tastes gives an addition to the shake.

Partly because of the huge amount of sugar they contain milkshakes and malts taste so good. The average milkshake contains between 55 and 60 grams of sugar. Malts are slightly better, but still, they contain between 18 and 25 grams of sugar, almost all of it in the form of added sugar.

A War of Calorie!

Malt and shake may have their differences in the process, but share any difference in calorie.

  • Regular milkshake contains about 350 calories. Malt contains slightly less than that.
  • Both contain a similar 8 to 9 grams of fat, of which 5 to 6 grams is saturated fat.

Nutrition facts

Despite milkshake or malt contains a huge amount of fat and sugar, the drinks have some redeeming qualities.

  • Both milkshakes and malts supply a huge amount of calcium
  • Supply a small amount of vitamin D
  • Contain vitamin B-12

Which one is better for health?

As a malted milkshake contains malted milk powder and a milkshake doesn’t, malt is slightly beneficial than shake. Malted milk powder was originally considered a health product. And thanks to the malted grain, malted shakes do contain nutrients such as protein, riboflavin, folate, phosphorus, and other vitamins that aren’t present in regular milkshakes. That’s the edge malt has over shaken.

When added to a shake, malt powder causes a difference in flavor also. It changes the texture, thickening it somewhat. But the main purpose is the flavor. Malted powder just adds some taste wise twist to the shake. Otherwise, both are pretty same. And one can choose very easily between the two according to their taste.

Preparation method

Milkshakes and malts are one of the most quintessential American treats. A very refreshing on a hot summer afternoon, but they don’t deserve a regular place in your diet because they’re high in saturated fat and added sugar.

The making process of both shake and malt can tell the story by itself. The inclusion of malted milk powder in a shake presents a difference even on its own. This slight difference results in drastically different products and entails a fair share of recipe variations.

Malted Chocolate Shake

Malted Chocolate Shake


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup malted milk
  • 1-pint chocolate ice cream
  • ¼ cup chocolate milk powder
  • Sweetened whipped cream

Remembering just a single thing that, the cream will come at the specific end of the making procedure. Put all the other ingredients into the blender and blend them until you are sure that it reaches the desired consistency.

Banana Milkshake

Banana Milkshake


  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 6 chopped almonds
  • 1 fresh cherry
  • Sweetened whipped cream

This milkshake is to be prepared in the same manner as the previous malt. Just put everything in the blender except the cream. Blend it a couple of rounds, pour it into a glass and put the cream on the top.

Tips and Suggestions

  • Try to reserve shake or malt for special occasions
  • Use low-fat chocolate or chocolate syrup as an ingredient
  • Use low-fat plain or vanilla yogurt to lower the fat or sugar

If you are a lover of the drinks like malt or shake just try to use healthy ingredients in the making process. Try to lower the fat of the drinks as much as you can. Despite, a little difference of shake and malt enjoy the drinks according to your taste.

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My name is Sherry F. Solar and I am a Registered Dietitian, Certified Nutritionist, and Certified Personal Trainer with a private practice in Somerville, MA. I got my Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Boston University and finished my Dietetic Internship at Oregon Health and Science University. After working as a personal trainer for almost five years and completing the dietetic internship, I took a detour on my career path to pursue a role as a blogger. There will be plenty of information shared on losing weight, building muscle, eating healthy, and living a happy, healthy life on my blog. I enjoy blogging and strive to share accurate information about nutrition and health knowledge. My blog is for those who are on the journey of healthy eating, and it is also for anyone wishing to attain total health all while aging with no worries. I believe that anyone can have a healthier body and a happier mind when armed with the right education, resources, and knowledge. I want my readers to know that they will learn a lot about becoming healthier and happier through this blog. I try to ensure all articles are informative and useful.


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