July 25, 2024


Than a Food Fitter

Date Shake – WellPlated.com

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It’s a healthy dessert day! This rich and creamy Date Shake tastes like an old-fashioned vanilla milkshake with a kiss of cinnamon, but it’s made with frozen bananas, dates, and almond butter.

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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 me as a special post-dinner treat.

The milkshake affair continued on to high school, where every weekend, 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 milkshake.

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, where I became intimately acquainted with the shake needs of rowdy undergrads at 3 a.m.

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

This is a healthy date shake recipe without ice cream, but it tastes like a true treat. You’re going to love it!

creamy date shake in a glass

How to Make the Best Date Shake

The original date shake came from Palm Springs.

But with a few simple ingredients, no matter where you live you can make a vanilla date shake for a fraction of what you’d pay at a fancy resort.

  • A date shake has the same consistency as a traditional milkshake, but the sweetness comes entirely from the dates and frozen banana.
  • This is also a vegan date shake recipe, which means those with dairy allergies can enjoy it (the same is true of my copycat Shamrock Shake).
A bowl of frozen bananas next to a measuring cup of milk and a spoonful of peanut butter

The Ingredients

  • Dates. Dates are nature’s candy! They give this shake plenty of sweetness without the need for added sugar. Dates are packed with fiber and antioxidants.
  • Frozen Bananas. Blended frozen bananas taste remarkably like ice cream and make the shake thick, sweet, and creamy. Bananas are rich in potassium and fiber.
  • Almond Butter. Gives the shake richness and nuttiness. With healthy fats, almond butter also helps make it more satisfying.

Substitution Tip

Peanut butter is also tasty in this shake.

  • Vanilla Almond Milk. I love the subtle vanilla flavor and nuttiness of vanilla almond milk, but you can use any milk you have on hand.
  • Vanilla. Adds a warmth that perfectly complements the dates.

The Directions

smoothie ingredients being added to a blender
  1. Add the shake ingredients to a blender.
A blender with brown liquid inside
  1. Blend until smooth. ENJOY!
healthy date shake in a glass

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 1 day. To thicken it up again, reblend the mixture with more frozen fruit, ice, or dates.
  • To Freeze. Freeze the date shake in an airtight, freezer-safe storage container for up to 1 month. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

Meal Prep Tip

Up to 1 month in advance, prepare a handful of date shakes (multiply the recipe as desired). Freeze them in portions in airtight containers. Thaw and enjoy as needed.

palm springs date shake being poured into a glass

What to Serve with a Date Shake

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Banana Date Shake Recipe Variations

  • 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.
A creamy, cool date shake in a glass

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a glass with a thick date banana shake

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I hope you love this rich, creamy, healthy banana date shake as much as we do. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Make a Nut-Free Date Shake?

Yes, you can swap the almond butter for any nut-free butter you enjoy. Make sure you also use a nut-free milk.

  • 2 large bananas cut into chunks and frozen (about 2 cups sliced)
  • 4 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter or peanut butter plus additional to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or milk of choice
  • Small handful 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 recommend blending the milk and half of the frozen fruit first, then slowly 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!

  • TO STORE: Refrigerate leftovers for up to 1 day. To thicken it up again, reblend the mixture with more frozen fruit, ice, or dates.
  • TO FREEZE: Freeze the date shake in an airtight, freezer-safe storage container for up to 1 month. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

Serving: 1(of 2)Calories: 324kcalCarbohydrates: 69gProtein: 5gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gPotassium: 882mgFiber: 8gSugar: 49gVitamin A: 159IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 215mgIron: 1mg

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