Healthy Chocolate Milkshake

This healthy chocolate milkshake has a healthier spin with coconut milk and Mejdool dates! It’s a wholesome way to enjoy this classic treat.

Healthy Chocolate Milkshake

We don’t generally label recipes as “healthy,” especially desserts — since the term almost implies there is something unsatisfying about the food. Plus, it can be subjective (what really qualifies something as healthy?), and even healthy foods in massive quantities are no longer healthy. (Except maybe celery.) But, how to label a milkshake recipe made of only whole foods? The best search term we could come up with was “healthy,” so we went with it.

We wish we could take credit for this healthy milkshake idea, but it’s an adaptation of this stunning almond joy milkshake from our friend Ashley of the blog Edible Perspective. We love that it’s sweetened entirely with Medjool dates, and made of coconut milk — which makes it suitable for those dairy-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free people in your life.

We went mad for these healthy chocolate milkshakes.

A few quick caveats: #1. This tasted chocolate-y enough for our palates, but we’re not used to overly sugary foods. If you’re a traditional milkshake lover, you may have to stretch yourself a bit with this one. #2. This recipe makes enough for two modest-sized milkshakes. While not the traditional gigantic milkshake portions, they’re a satisfying amount. #3 You’ll have to think ahead on this one, so make sure to freeze the coconut milk several hours prior to serving.

Have at it.

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This healthy chocolate milkshake recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, dairy free, naturally sweet, and refined sugar-free.

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Healthy Chocolate Milkshake

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


This healthy chocolate milkshake has a healthier spin with coconut milk and Mejdool dates! It’s a wholesome way to enjoy that classic treat.


  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 6 Medjool dates
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Toppings: toasted coconut, chocolate chips, etc


  1. The night before (or at least 3 hours before): Pour 3/4 cup of the coconut milk into an ice cube tray. Reserve the remaining coconut milk in the refrigerator.
  2. Remove the pits from the dates. When the ice cubes are set, place the reserved coconut milk, cocoa powder, dates, and vanilla extract in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add the coconut milk ice cubes and blend again until smooth.
  3. Garnish with toasted coconut and chocolate chips.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Healthy Chocolate Milkshake, healthy milkshake

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    April 21, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Uhh, yum. Is it ok to keep both servings for myself? Kind of a milkshake hog ;)

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      April 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      Haha! Most definitely.

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    April 21, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    when I say these on Ashley’s site I went crazy for them! That girl is a genius when it comes to making yummy, delicious, healthy foods!! This looks so good, I need to try it!

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    April 21, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Delicious! I even find that raw cacao has a “chocolatier” taste, which would make this recipe raw as well – and more chocolate flavour is always a good thing in my book!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    April 22, 2013 at 6:19 am

    I love this idea! Coconut milk in a smoothie is sooo good!

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    Michelle Ritchie | Delicious Karma
    April 22, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Wow…these ARE healthy! The photo is gorgeous and looks invitingly naughty (ha, ha). Must make! Had to post into our Pinterest “Dazzling Drinks” Board: YUM!

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    Megan | Make Eat Repeat
    April 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    What a great recipe! I love that the ingredient list isn’t long.

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    April 22, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    LOVE your simplified version! I have been waiting for this post!! :) Thanks for the shout! xoxo

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      May 26, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      Of course — thanks to YOU for the idea!

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    Courtney Jones
    April 22, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    This milkshake looks delicious! I love that it’s sweetened with dates and not too overpoweringly sweet. Yum! Must try this soon.

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    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen
    April 23, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I love that you froze the coconut milk! I bet it makes it so rich and amazing…..

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    Sherri @The Well Floured Kitchen
    April 24, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    These look so refreshing! I am assuming the dates are a thickening agent?

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      April 24, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      Thanks, Sherri! The frozen coconut milk makes for a thick base, but the dates add even more to the thickness! I haven’t tried it with alternate sweeteners like honey yet, but it’s possible that may work — it just likely wouldn’t be as thick.

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    April 24, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Sounds awesome! Pinned it & looking forward to trying it

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    April 26, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    These look amazing – Grabbing the blender now!! We here at agree about the term “healthy” how about “deliciously wholesome”? thanks for the yummy recipe!

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      May 26, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      Haha — deliciously wholesome sounds much better! We’ll have to start a campaign.

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    May 6, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Lovely and simple. I love it. I do agree with you on the labelling of foods as ‘healthy’ too. In one sense it’s important to be positive about food and encourage choices based on health and wellness but you are right, we have to be careful not to categorise foods into good and bad/healthy and unhealthy as it’s not as simple as that. Well articulated! Cheers, Zoe

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    July 29, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    While I bookmarked this recipe the moment I saw it, I tend to be a bit skeptical of recipes that promise to make decadent recipes healthier – they usually promise more than they deliver. I finally tried this milkshake today, though, and I was astounded at how awesome it is! (Still am – I’m finishing it as I type!) This really succeeds in recreating the texture of an amazing milkshake (actually, my husband thinks it’s just like a Wendy’s Frostee). It’s thick and luscious, but not too sweet. I’m going to have to keep these ingredients on hand for whenever a milkshake craving hits! Thanks for the delicious recipe!

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      July 31, 2013 at 8:59 am

      Haha! It’s the best when something is perfectly decadent without sacrificing goodness ~~ glad you enjoyed!

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    March 18, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Do you taste the coconut milk?

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      March 18, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      Yes, there’s a little coconut flavor to this recipe.

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      December 6, 2014 at 9:10 am

      It tastes exactly like a coconut milkshake, if you don’t like coconut I don’t recommend it at all.

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    May 19, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    This looks so good and healthy! I love your blog and your photography. I recently made a roasted strawberry and rhubarb milkshake and mentioned your recipe in my post. If you get a chance check it out:
    Take care!

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    October 24, 2015 at 10:27 am

    What is the weight/size of the 1 can light coconut milk you are using? Please advise.

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      October 25, 2015 at 10:00 am

      Hi! It’s a 15oz can.

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    Manjot Rajanwal
    May 27, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Can i make these in advance? for example i needed to take them to school for a part in my presentation, can i make them at 8:00am and keep them refrigerate then serve at 2:00pm?? or will it ruin the milkshake and cause it to do weird things like split and such??

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      May 29, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      Hi there! We would not recommend making these milkshakes in advance – the texture probably wouldn’t work! Is there any way you could make them right before serving?

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