It’s a healthy dessert day! I have a recipe for a rich and creamy Date Shake for you. It reminds me of the old fashioned shakes I used to order at our late-night high school diner but this sneaky date shake recipe is made without ice cream. Grab your straw and a spoon, and let’s get sipping!

Blueberry Date Shake. Healthy vegan “milkshake” made without ice cream! Frozen banana, blueberry, almond milk, and any of your favorite fruit. Like a California date shake from Palm Springs, for a fraction of the cost!

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My love for milkshakes began in my childhood, when my dad would make vanilla shakes in the blender for my sisters and I as a special post-dinner treat.

The milkshake affair continued on to high school, where every Friday (and some Saturdays), my friends and I would end the night at the one and only 24-hour diner on our side of town.

My order was always a large strawberry shake. I’d pressure my then boyfriend into ordering fries so that I could dip them (I KNOW. I’m one of those fry-in-the Frosty people).

In college, I worked at a late night on-campus eatery that served a variety of treats, including milkshakes.

All the employees had to take a few Friday or Saturday night shifts, so I became intimately acquainted with the shake needs of rowdy undergrads at 3 a.m.

Now? I still love the taste, texture, and refreshing nature of milkshakes but not the heavy feeling they leave in my stomach afterward.

Vegan Date Shake with Blueberry and Banana

Date Shake — A Healthy Dessert Recipe

Since we all deserve a summer treat, I decided to revamp the iconic dessert into one that I could feel good polishing off any night of the week, which leads me to…

Healthy vegan date shakes made with almond milk, plump Medjool dates, and thick, creamy frozen banana!

  • They have the same consistency as traditional milkshakes, but the sweetness comes entirely from the dates and banana.
  • This is also a vegan date shake recipe, which means those with dairy allergies can enjoy them, too.

Date shakes are big in California and Arizona, but here in Wisconsin, they have yet to make a regular appearance.

No matter. With a few simple ingredients, we can make homemade date shakes for a fraction of what you’d pay in Palm Springs.

Date shake recipe with almond milk

The Ingredients

Our star date shake ingredients are:

  • Dates: For the ultimate date shake richness, I recommend buying Medjool dates with the pits in – they’re incredibly plump, juicy, and sweet. On their own, dates almost taste like caramel. I find them in the bulk section of the grocery store.
  • Almond Milk: I like using vanilla almond milk here for its undertones. Feel free to swap in any milk you like (I recommend using something unsweetened).
  • Almond Butter: A tablespoon is all you need for some added richness. I find that with the almond butter, this recipe tastes like a milkshake; without, it is more like a smoothie (try both ways and see what you enjoy!).
  • Frozen Banana: It tastes remarkably like vanilla ice cream when blended and adds thickness to the date shake without adding ice cream.
  • Pure Vanilla Exact: Because I can’t not.
Vegan Date Shake recipe without ice cream

Date Shake Recipe Variations

  • Add any of your favorite summer fruits: I plan to recreate my high school favorite and use this recipe for a healthy strawberry dessert shake next.
  • Go tropical: Add mango and sprinkle the top with toasted coconut.
  • Chocolate: Add a teaspoon or two of unsweetened cocoa powder and a handful of chocolate chips.
  • Protein date shake:Feel free to add a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder. Chocolate protein powder in the chocolate version would be mighty tasty, too.

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a glass with a thick date banana shake

Date Shake

5 from 1 vote
A rich and creamy healthy vegan “milkshake” made without ice cream. Recipe uses dates, almond milk, and frozen banana.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 3 mins
Total: 8 mins

Servings: 2 shakes (9 ounces each)


  • 2 large bananas cut into chunks and frozen (about 2 cups sliced)
  • 34 pitted Medjool dates plus additional to taste
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter plus additional to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or milk of choice
  • 2-3 ice cubes optional


  • Place the banana dates, almond butter, vanilla extract, and almond milk in a high powered blender (if you do not have a high-powered blender, I recommending blending the milk and half of the frozen banana first, then slowing adding the rest of the fruit and remaining ingredients).
  • Blend until smooth. If you would like the shake a bit thicker, add a few ice cubes and blend again. Taste and add additional almond butter if you'd like the shake a little richer or another date if you'd like it sweeter. Pour and enjoy!


  • Any leftovers (ha!) can be stored in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up 1 day. Give the jar a good shake, then sip away. If the mixture is thinner than you’d like, reblend it with a bit more frozen fruit, ice, or dates to thicken it to your liking.


Serving: 1(of 2)Calories: 277kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 5gFat: 6gFiber: 7gSugar: 42g

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  1. I just finished an almond milk smoothie – wish I had remembered to put dates in it! Such a delicious treat, so sweet, creamy and no doubt delicious :)

  2. To be honest this looks like a delicious breakfast smoothie for me instead of dessert shake…but can’t wait to try it! :)

    1. It’s sweeter and a little more indulgent that a typical smoothie, so I definitely feel like it qualifies for dessert, but if you want to eat it for breakfast, CHEERS!

  3. Tried this with strawberries last night – delish!  Do you think this would work freezing in popsicle molds as well?5 stars

    1. Hi Erin! I think it would freeze a little too hard for popsicle molds. I’d suggest adding a bit more fat and maybe a nondairy yogurt to see if you can get a softer consistency. Using more banana might help too. I’m SO glad you loved it as a shake. The strawberries sound super yummy!

  4. Wow, this looks incredible. I love the caramel flavor of dates, and I’m pretty sure they’ll taste amazing with all the vegan yummies included in this shake!

  5. I make something similar to this with dates, frozen berries, bananas and water (sometimes almond milk) as a fiber smoothie! Works great for pregnancy constipation relief! Lol

  6. Ha! Love how you described it as a smoothie affair. I’m in the same situation except mine will never end! Haha This is how I never run out of the best smoothies –

    Thanks for this recipe it’s perfect!