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. 

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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4-Ingredient Healthy Date Shake


A thick and creamy date shake made with frozen bananas instead of ice cream. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan.



  1. 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 Size: 1 shake
  • Calories: 256 |
  • Sugar: 47g |
  • Fat: 1g |
  • Carbohydrates: 65g |
  • Fiber: 7g |
  • Protein: 3g

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

      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!

    6. Patricia @ Grab a Plate
      August 22, 2016 AT 11:47 am

      What a great shake! We pass a date farm driving from Phoenix to San Diego and they always have a big sign, “Famous Date Shakes.” One of these days we’ll stop — until then, thanks for your recipe!

    7. Taylor Kiser
      August 22, 2016 AT 11:36 am

      Love how easy this shake is! Perfect addition to my list of healthy options for breakfast or as a mid-afternoon snack!

    8. Harry
      August 4, 2016 AT 12:06 pm

      I agree this would be great for breakfast as well as quick refreshing sip during the day! Using bananas is also a nice switch up!

      Harry Bowden

    9. payudara
      August 2, 2016 AT 9:45 pm

      I was eager to try it . thank you

    10. monika
      August 2, 2016 AT 2:20 pm

      I came across this golden nugget of information and thought you might find it useful/interesting.
      Or maybe you already know about this…either way, here it is:

      …a prospective study was carried out on 69 women who consumed six date fruits per day for 4 weeks prior to their estimated date of delivery, compared with 45 women who consumed none…It is concluded that the consumption of date fruit in the last 4 weeks before labour significantly reduced the need for induction and augmentation of labour, and produced a more favourable, but non-significant, delivery outcome. The results warrant a randomised controlled trial.

      1. Liz Willis
        February 18, 2018 AT 5:56 pm

        That very study is why I’m here, looking for a way to incorporate dates into my diet, since I’m not a HUGE sweetness fan ATM.. I thought of sticky date pudding first, but would have to eat 100 slices to get to the 6 dates a day lol fingers crossed this shake works 😉

        1. A L
          July 27, 2018 AT 5:02 pm

          Yes, my search to incorporate dates into my diet before delivering my baby is how I ended up here as well. I’ve already been freezing banana slices to make ice cream, to help prevent leg cramps. What a bonus that this delicious shake has both bananas and dates. It tasted perfect! Thank you for this recipe.

        2. Matthew Leslie
          May 16, 2018 AT 11:54 am

          Plus you’re gonna have a kid addicted to dates…haha

    11. Heidi Kokborg
      August 2, 2016 AT 1:27 pm

      This looks very good. I love that it’s so easy to make and doesn’t require very many ingredients! Thanks for sharing.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 2, 2016 AT 5:37 pm

        Of course, I hope you great a chance to try it!

    12. Amanda
      August 2, 2016 AT 10:16 am

      These look delicious! What a good idea!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 2, 2016 AT 5:39 pm

        Thanks Amanda. The shakes are really delicious! I hope you get to try them. 🙂

    13. Jess @hellotofit
      August 2, 2016 AT 9:23 am

      Okay, I am SO into dates lately. I’ve been pitting them and topping them with huge globs of PB 😛 I bet this tastes sooo delish.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 2, 2016 AT 5:40 pm

        Me too! They’re one of my favorite snacks, especially topped with globs of peanut or almond butter!

    14. Chris Martin
      August 2, 2016 AT 4:14 am

      Thanks for the healthy organic shake 🙂 It looks really nutritious and mouth watering! Will definitely try out today 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 2, 2016 AT 5:41 pm

        Awesome Chris! You’ll have to let me know what you think of it.

    15. Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet
      August 1, 2016 AT 11:34 am

      I could live off of dates, I swear – what a perfect breakfast. Hope you’re well, Brittany!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 1, 2016 AT 2:40 pm

        Oh girl, me too! They’re so sweet and delicious! 🙂

    16. Kori
      August 1, 2016 AT 11:31 am

      Mmmm this looks so refreshing! I love the combination of dates and bananas. Cute straws too!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 1, 2016 AT 2:42 pm

        It’s the perfect summer treat! And thank you, the straws are awesome… until they get soggy and start to fall apart. You have to drink your beverage fast, which works for me because I drink everything quickly. Happy Monday, Kori.

        1. Kori
          August 1, 2016 AT 3:21 pm

          Matt thinks I’m silly for buying the paper straws for that reason, but yes, you just sip quickly then! 😉

          1. Linda
            February 22, 2019 AT 12:02 pm

            I bought the stainless steel straws the last forever! The smoothie was delicious!

    17. Les @ The Balanced Berry
      August 1, 2016 AT 11:20 am

      This shake looks so simple and so good. Dates just make everything delicious. I definitely will give this a try with a little maca and almond butter added too!

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