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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


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
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Toppings: toasted coconut, chocolate chips, etc


  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

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. I can’t wait to try out some of the Majool date recipes! Following that, I’ll be looking over some other wonderful options on your website. Love healthier options and new choices. The “shakes” are what I call smoothies and rather than coconut milk could I substitute Silk Coconut? I’m truly excited!

  2. 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?

  3. 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!

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

    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.

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

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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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