What are your favorite recipes using Malted Milk Powder


Last week I found a King Arthur Flour recipe for pancakes that called for Malted Milk Powder. I'd never heard of such a thing but since I love malted milk balls I became quite curious. I used regular sugar that day, but placed an order for Malted Milk Powder - it arrived yesterday!

Other than pancakes and waffles, I'm somewhat at a loss for what to do with the powder - I'm curious if anyone has any awesome recipes that use this ingredient. Any suggestions? Open to any and all recipes, I need ideas!

badge posted by: natetowne on January 05, 2012 at 8:52 am in Baking, misc.
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reply by: bluehorizongal on January 05, 2012 at 9:12 am

anything you make with chocolate in it ( baking) you can add this item and the difference in taste would be the same difference between a a regular chocolate shake or a chocolate malted shake. ( In the olden days you ordered a choc. malted shake for that malt flavor.)

reply by: KAF_Keri on January 05, 2012 at 9:17 am

I have some at home but haven’t had a chance to use it much yet. We have a website page to search for recipes that use a certain ingredient. Go to this page, type "malted milk powder" and search - it should come up with 17 recipes!


The only thing I’ve used it in so far is a malted bread, which was great. I know lots of people love to use them in milkshakes, and it’s also awesome in pancakes and waffles!

~Keri @ KAF

reply by: Mike Nolan on January 05, 2012 at 1:43 pm
Mike Nolan

As a former soda jerk, a 'milkshake' is made with milk, ice cream and flavoring, a 'malt' is a milkshake that also has malted milk powder in it. (Ice cream shops that want to do it on the cheap use 'malt base' ice cream instead, bleh!)

In Boston, before the coffee fanatics usurped the word, a 'frappe' was another name for a milkshake, although traditionally it was one done with a special mixer (no longer made) that whipped extra air into it. You can get a pretty good approximation of that if you have a hand blender with a 'smoothie' attachment, though.

We have a working soda fountain in our basement, so we use malted milk powder a lot, for malts and on ice cream. (It is especially good with hot fudge, and a malt made with hot fudge is fantastic, even better is a malt made with hot fudge and marshmallow sauce, which you can make by thinning marshmallow creme down with simple syrup.)

I also use it in the 'Austrian Malt Bread' recipe I have posted, which is an adaptation of one that Donna German had in her first Bread Machine cookbook.

I have also been known just to eat it with a spoon. :-)

reply by: tarragonmh on January 05, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Okay Mike, just reading some of your past posts about all the delicious things you make has caused me to wish you would adopt me. But now I hear you have a soda fountain in your basement? I'll have the papers drawn up, when can I move in?

reply by: omaria on January 05, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Tarragonmh, Nothing will happen, nobody will move in with Mike until he has moved to my street to become my neighbor. I put my bid in for him all ready a long time ago, when Vibeguy was still on this blog. I still miss that guy ! So prepare to move to So. California.

reply by: frick on January 05, 2012 at 9:50 pm

There's a Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops cookie with Malt Balls in Dorie Greenspan's Baking book. I found I did not like the malted milk flavor (and I bought a huge can) so will not repeat that recipe, but I believe it has many fans. PS: I ate all the rest of the Malted Milk Balls, glutton that I am.

reply by: sandra Alicante on January 06, 2012 at 12:40 am
sandra Alicante

Malted Milk Balls - are those Maltesers? I LOVE Maltesers, very addictive! Am I right in thinking that malted milk powder is like Ovaltine? I've been meaning to try that bread recipe!


reply by: Mike Nolan on January 06, 2012 at 1:11 pm
Mike Nolan

I think Malteasers are similar to malted milk balls in the USA.

Personally, I don't think Ovaltine and malted milk powder taste very similar. Ovaltine has much larger grains, too.

reply by: JaclynM on January 08, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Nigella Lawson has a great recipe for "Chocolate Malteser Cake." And yes, Maltesers are the UK equivalent of Whoppers (malted milk balls) in the US. Both the icing and cake use malt powder.

Here's a page I found with the recipe online: http://www.growntocook.com/?p=254

And here's a photo I took of my version. I doubled the icing so that I could ice the sides of the cake too (it looks better that way, I think): http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=507236777757&set=a.507236767777.2...

reply by: sandra Alicante on January 08, 2012 at 8:24 pm
sandra Alicante

Evil cake, here is a link to my malteser evilness! Enough sugar in there to keep a kid high for a year.....


I may have to make your version, love malty things, just need a good excuse. Someone must have a birthday coming up!


reply by: Mike Nolan on January 08, 2012 at 9:14 pm
Mike Nolan

Looks nice, I agree about frosting the sides, a cake that isn't frosted on the sides looks weird.

I've seen a cake like this done with the malted milk balls cut in half (which is a lot of work.)

reply by: sandra Alicante on January 09, 2012 at 2:24 am
sandra Alicante

Now who in their right minds would want to cut the malted milk balls in half? :) Unless of course, they don't get to eat the actual cake, in which case they still got to eat all the ruined malted balls.....

I agree about the frosting though, it always looks better if done all over, even if only a thin layer on the sides, unless the sides are hidden with a ribbon or something but then it looks bad when sliced.


reply by: aak on January 21, 2012 at 9:10 pm

There's an amazing chocolate malted cake in The Sweet Melissa Baking Book. It's worth buying the book for that recipe - but everything else in the book is wonderful too!