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


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

Description

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


Ingredients

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  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 6 Medjool dates
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Toppings: toasted coconut, chocolate chips, etc

Instructions

  1. The night before (or at least 3 hours before): Pour ¾ 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

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

    1. 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.

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

  4. 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

  5. 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!

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

  6. 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??

    1. 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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