Blueberry Date Shake

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It’s a healthy dessert day! I have a recipe for a rich and creamy Blueberry 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!

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.

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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 fruit! They have the same consistency as traditional milkshakes, but the sweetness comes entirely from the dates and frozen fruit. 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

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.
  • Almondmilk: I love Almond Breeze almondmilk Vanilla Unsweetened for this recipe. Its creamy texture is ideal for making healthy desserts that still taste decadent.
  • 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 Blueberries and Banana: These frozen fruits add thickness to the date shake without adding ice cream. The blueberry flavor shines, while the banana is a supporting role for the texture.
  • Pure Vanilla Exact: Because I can’t not.

Vegan Date Shake recipe without ice cream

Date Shake Recipe Variations

  • Swap the blueberries for 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: Swap the blueberries for mango and sprinkle the top with toasted coconut.
  • Chocolate:Replace the blueberries with additional banana. Add a generous amount of unsweetened cocoa powder and a handful of chocolate chips. More chocolate chips on top doesn’t sound like a bad choice either.
  • Protein date shake:Feel free to add a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder to any fruit version. Chocolate protein powder in the chocolate version would be mighty tasty, too.
5 from 1 vote
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!
Blueberry Date Shake
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
Total Time
8 mins
 
Blueberry Date Shake. A rich and creamy healthy vegan “milkshake” made without ice cream. Recipe uses dates, almond milk, and any of your favorite fruit.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Blueberry Date Shake, Vegan Dessert
Servings: 2 shakes (9 ounces each)
Calories: 277 kcal
Author: Erin
Ingredients
  • 2 medium bananas cut into chunks and frozen (about 8 ounces or 1 1/2 cups slices)
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries about 4 ounces
  • 3 pitted Medjool dates plus additional to taste
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter plus additional to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Almond Breeze almondmilk Unsweetened Vanilla
  • 2-3 ice cubes optional
Instructions
  1. Place the banana, blueberries, dates, almond butter, vanilla extract, and almondmilk in a high powered blender (if you do not have a high-powered blender, I recommending blending the milk and half of the frozen fruit 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!
Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
Blueberry Date Shake
Amount Per Serving (1 (of 2))
Calories 277 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 42g
Protein 5g 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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About Erin Clarke

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14 comments

  1. Love this healthy take on a shake (ha ha – I made a rhyme!). The color is just FAB!

  2. 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 :)

  3. Adding this to my to-make list!

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

    • 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!

  5. Healthy shake!! Surely try for it, thanks for sharing it.

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

    Rating: 5
    • 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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

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