This healthy chocolate milkshake has a healthier spin with coconut milk and Mejdool dates! It’s a wholesome way to enjoy this classic treat.
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 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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Garnish with toasted coconut and chocolate chips.
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Frozen
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Healthy Chocolate Milkshake, healthy milkshake
About the Authors
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 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.