Healthy, 3 Ingredient Date Shake(Naturally Vegan and Grain/Gluten Free)

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on

 A healthy date shake with only three ingredients!  You’ll never go back to the calorie heavy version after you try this healthier version!


I’m taking a little time to unplug this week but I thought I’d pop in with at least one recipe.  A super simple, cold dessert type drink for you.  Have you ever had a date shake?  If you haven’t, let me tell you they’re amazing.  But there’s something about putting a whole ton of dates with another ton of ice cream that kind of bothers me.  I’ve been eating way too much sugar lately, so this is a still amazingly sweet, but way less sugar version of a date shake.


And did I mention this shake is so simple?  Any other moms feeling a little worn out this time of year?  I definitely need some simple recipes right now.  For us school starts in less than two weeks.  We’re packing in a few things we wanted to do this summer but haven’t done yet plus a little bit more back to school shopping and I desperately need a little time to unplug and then it will be back to regular schedule.  Yay!

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So I hope you’ll enjoy this super simple sweet snack or dessert and enjoy the rest of your summer!  I’ll be back next week with a roundup of school lunch ideas for your little ones including lots of snacks, granola bars, larabar style bars, healthy cookies(including some nut-free ones) and some healthy lunches you can send with or without a thermos.

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Healthy, 3 Ingredient Date Shake
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
Servings: 1 -2 servings
Author: Heidi @ Food Doodles
  • 2-3 soft Medjool dates pits removed
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk plus more to blend if necessary
  • 1 large frozen banana chopped
  • dash vanilla optional
  1. If using harder dates, roughly chop, cover with almond milk and let sit 20-30 minutes before blending.
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until as smooth as possible(there will still be some small date pieces left).
  3. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Vanilla is optional, I like to use a vanilla unsweetened almond milk(omit the maple syrup) but if you use a plain almond milk, add a touch of vanilla if you'd like.


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1 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} August 21, 2013 at

I’ve never had a date shake, but I love treats that are sweetened with dates, so I’m sure I’d love this. And yes, I’m feeling especially busy lately, too. Ugh!
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2 Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper August 22, 2013 at

This sounds good! A date shake sounds wonderful.
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3 Ari @ Ari's Menu August 22, 2013 at

YESSS!!! This. I LOVE frozen banana shakes, and I love adding dates to my smoothies for sweetness. This looks absolutely perfect!
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4 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies August 22, 2013 at

I’ve used dates to sweeten smoothies before, but I’ve never had something where the dates were the star of the recipe. I think I would love this though!
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5 Susan August 22, 2013 at

I haven’t eaten dates in a long time and haven’t had a date shake, but this sounds really good. I like the fact that all the sweetness comes from ‘real’ ingredients like dates and bananas, because I prefer not to add sugar to everything.


6 Julia August 22, 2013 at

Brilliant in it’s simplicity! I don’t think I’ve ever put dates in a smoothie before, but that is about to change!
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7 Heather September 5, 2013 at

LOVE Dates but have never had a date shake- so much fun to say too 😉
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8 Ally @ Om Nom Ally November 9, 2013 at

This is the kind of shake I would make for dessert – healthy ingredients but sweet and caramel-tasting. Yum!


9 Linda Albertini March 13, 2017 at

Oooh I just made this for dessert! So cool, refreshing, and sweet-but-not-too-sweet.
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10 Adriana Espi August 28, 2017 at

love this healthier version!!! I have gone to Palm Springs just for a shake!!!


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