This healthy date shake is made with frozen bananas instead of ice cream and requires only four simple ingredients. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan.
Date shakes are a well-known Palm Beach dessert. While I’ve never been to Palm Springs to experience a real date shake I heard about their deliciousness from friends while at the Date Summit last year. Dates blended into a milkshake sounds like absolute perfection so I knew right away that I needed to recreate the date shake at home.
To make it a tad bit healthier I decided to use banana ice cream instead of vanilla ice cream. This is an easy swap because frozen bananas work like a charm at creating a cold, creamy, milkshake-like consistency. They also add a little extra sweetness to the shake.
The remaining ingredients are quite simple — dates, almondmilk and ice. I used Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk, which is my favorite variety, especially for sweet applications like smoothies and shakes.
As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, EBF is teaming up with Almond Breeze for their Serve Up Your Best campaign. As part of the campaign, the brand is sponsoring the Team USA Volleyball athletes.
When I think of volleyball my mind immediately goes to beach volleyball and I honestly can’t think of anything better than a healthy date shake to sip while sitting on the beach watching a volleyball game. Heck, it would even be a good option if you’re playing!
I made these shakes on a day Maria was over and we both downed them in like 2.5 seconds. We were in the middle of cooking and shooting recipes, it was crazy hot outside and these shakes were the perfect cooling treat.
Of course this date shake is ideal for dessert, but considering it’s made with fresh fruit and almond milk I don’t see why you couldn’t have it for breakfast or a snack — especially if you’re headed to a workout. It’s full of energy and carbs to power you through!
Place dates and 1/2 cup almond milk into a high powered blender and blend until dates have broken down into small tid-bits. Add frozen banana chunks, remaining almond milk and ice cubes into blender and blend until smooth. Add additional almond milk if the shake seems too thick. Pour into glasses and enjoy