4-Ingredient Healthy Date Shake (Vegan + GF)


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. 

Two glasses filled with Healthy Date Shake and blue straws.

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.

Two glasses filled with Healthy Date Shake and blue straws.

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!

Overhead shot of the ingredients to make Healthy Date Shake.

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.

Two glasses filled with Healthy Date Shake and a blue straw.

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!

4-Ingredient Healthy Date Shake

4 from 6 votes
A thick and creamy date shake made with frozen bananas instead of ice cream. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan.
Overhead shot of two glassed filled with Healthy Date Shake and blue straws.
Servings 2



  • 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


Serving: 1shake Calories: 256kcal Carbohydrates: 65g Protein: 3g Fat: 1g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 47g


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    1. Adeel Hassan
      June 25, 2019 AT 2:21 pm

      5 stars
      I make this delicious shake at home. the taste was great. After 7 days continue to use I saw my skin glow and I gain weight 0.5 Kgs. I will recommend to those who have anemia or lack of irons problem.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 25, 2019 AT 10:47 pm

        So glad you liked it! 🙂

    2. Shanna
      March 29, 2019 AT 12:20 pm

      47 grams of sugar is all the sugar you need in a day. If you were bringing the sugar down to 15-20, what would you change?

      1. Alan
        April 25, 2019 AT 7:28 pm

        You can’t.
        Banana and dates are naturally high in sugar.

        You can dilute it more by adding more ice/almond milk but that kind of defeats the purpose of drinking date shake which is to enjoy a naturally sweet treat.

    3. Matthew Leslie
      May 16, 2018 AT 11:52 am

      I also dd greek yogurt to mine for the pro-biotics or sometimes a little cinamon spice, just to switch it up a bit !!

    4. Sandra Marie
      March 1, 2018 AT 2:57 pm

      DELICOUS! I use unsweetened vanilla cashew milk and coconut water 🙂 Perfect!

    5. Danae @ Recipe Runner
      August 22, 2016 AT 11:50 am

      I remember when I lived in Arizona my husband and I would always stop in Dateland on our to San Diego for a date shake, they were so good! This shake looks so good, healthier and I don’t have to go on a road trip to have one!

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