Healthy Date Shake

Healthy date shake recipe - vegan & gluten-free

Have you ever had a date shake? A southern California staple, this creamy treat typically contains a blend of vanilla ice cream, whole milk and the sweet, caramel-like dates grown in the Coachella Valley. Date shakes are also a tradition in my family. My dad, who grew up in the desert, would whip them up almost every Sunday when I was a kid. Nick and I kept the tradition alive on our recent babymoon in Palm Springs, which included a mandatory trip to a date orchard to get our date-shake fix. If I give birth to a 10-pound baby, this decadent drink may be to blame.

Thankfully, it’s possible to make a healthy version of the date shake at home. Dates are packed with potassium and fiber, making them a wonderful source of natural sweetness and a mainstay in many health-conscious desserts (see exhibits A, B and C). To thicken up this shake without ice cream, I used frozen banana (more potassium!) and raw cashew butter, which tastes like cake batter but better (no salmonella, way more protein). Almond milk adds calcium without dairy, while a little vanilla extract and sea salt finish things off in the flavor department. The result is a creamy, vanilla-caramel shake that’s actually good for you.

And there’s even better news for expecting mamas. A study showed that women who ate dates during pregnancy had easier labors, so drink up!

Healthy, vegan date shake with almond milk, Medjool dates, cashew butter, frozen banana, vanilla extract & sea salt

Healthy Date Shake (Vegan & Gluten-Free)
Serves 1

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
3 pitted Medjool dates
1 heaping tablespoon raw cashew butter
1/2 ripe, frozen banana
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pinch sea salt

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

Healthy date shake with no artificial ingredients (vegan & gluten-free)

To shake things up, add a shot of espresso to make creamy date coffee, or blend in a teaspoon or two of raw cacao powder for a chocolate-flavored shake.


  1. Can't wait to try this shake! It looks so yummy! Thanks Julia.

    1. You're welcome, Jenny! Drink up—dates are supposed to be great for pregnant women! Check it out:

  2. Wow, this sounds DIVINE! I'll try mine with a little cacao powder because #Chocolate.
    xoxo, BA

    1. I've been whipping up the chocolate version all week because #pregnancycravings ;) I know you can relate! xoxo and congrats on your news!