Chocolate Milkshake

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Chocolate Milkshake (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free, Vegan)

I don’t know about you, but I think that chocolate milkshakes are one of the very best things in the world! This gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan milkshake was the result of throwing together very ripe bananas and some leftover coconut milk (both of which I wanted to use right away) plus a few more ingredients that just “felt right.” The results are just thick enough, creamy enough, and chocolaty enough—for an overall delicious Chocolate “Milkshake.” In fact, this milkshake is so delicious, so satisfying, that you’ll be willing your bananas to over ripen so you can make your own! UPDATE:  Be sure to check out my Chocolate Cherry Milkshake, too.

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Chocolate Milkshake
  • 3 very ripe bananas (frozen bananas will create more of a true shake effect, but room temp bananas will work)
  • 1 ¼ cup, full-fat coconut milk, chilled
  • 3 dates; fresh, soft, and pitted (soak if necessary, see notes)
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 cup very cold filtered water
  • 2 tbsp raw cacoa powder (or cocoa powder), or more to taste
  1. Add all to high-speed blender (I used my Vitamix) and start out on low speed increasing slowly to high speed until smooth.
  2. Makes about four 8-ounce servings.
For additional thickness and optimum temperature, feel free to add a few ice cubes, if needed. If soaking dates, soak them in boiling water a few minutes. Drain. (Reserve water in jar in refrigerator for smoothie later.)

This post is linked to Naturally Sweet Tuesdays, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Raw Food Thursdays, Wellness Weekend, Whole Food Friday, and 5-Ingredient Thursdays.

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49 Responses to “Chocolate Milkshake”

  1. Johnna on May 16th, 2013 11:23 pm

    I made this just as soon as I saw the post. It’s delicious! It reminds me of Wendy’s Frosty, only with ingredients I feel good about eating.

    • Shirley on May 16th, 2013 11:46 pm

      Wow, Johnna! I think you WIN for the fastest gfe recipe review ever! And you’re right … this milkshake does remind me of a Wendy’s Frosty! ;-) I’m so glad that you enjoyed this milkshake as much as I did. :-)


    • Shirley on May 19th, 2013 12:25 am

      Johnna–I love your review, as well as the photo you sent me. :-) It IS like a Frosty! ;-)


  2. V on May 17th, 2013 12:11 am

    For your readers who can’t have bananas, I’ve had pretty good luck with ripe pears.

    • Shirley on May 19th, 2013 1:22 pm

      Hi V–Welcome to gfe and thanks so much for the tip! :-) I know a lot of gfe readers can’t eat bananas so that info is very helpful. I’d suggest that a tad more almond butter might help with the creaminess factor if needed. ;-)


  3. Ricki on May 17th, 2013 11:34 am

    Holy moly, that looks INCREDIBLE. I used to love chocolate milkshakes in my teens. . . haven’t had one in ages. This might be the one! :D Have a great weekend, Shirley, and thanks for linking to WW! :)

    • Shirley on May 19th, 2013 1:24 pm

      Hey Ricki–I know we’ve been chatting a bunch about this recipe on Twitter and Google+. Thanks for all the sharing love! :-) I hope you can make a tasty version that works for ACD. ;-) I love linking to WW whenever I can! You always amaze me with your intro there and everyone else amazes me with their recipes, too. ;-)

      Happy Sunday!

  4. IrishHeart on May 17th, 2013 12:55 pm

    This looks YUMMY! and since I have all those ingredients on hand, and it is good for me, so there is “no guilt” LOL …I see one in my very near future! Thanks, Shirley!!

    • Shirley on May 19th, 2013 3:16 pm

      Hi Irish Heart–Good to see you again! Thanks for the props on this milkshake. Hope you love it as much as everyone else! :-) Now I need to get some more almond butter! ;-)


  5. Lynne on May 17th, 2013 12:56 pm

    Just yesterday, my husband mentioned that he wondered if Wendy’s still had their vanilla Frosty. (He can’t have chocolate, due to a heart condition.) I will surprise him with this recipe using carob powder….and because it’s dairy free, I can have it too! Yeah!!!

    • Shirley on May 19th, 2013 9:43 pm

      Hi Lynne–It’s so good to see you here again! :-) I love your idea of making this shake with carob and the fact that you can both enjoy it. :-) I’m also thinking of a vanilla version now, too. ;-)


  6. Kathy P on May 17th, 2013 2:31 pm

    Looks wonderful.. it’s been ages since I had a milk shake will do this weekend.. just need to get bananas and ready to go… Healthy all the way…

    • Shirley on May 19th, 2013 9:46 pm

      Hi Kathy–It looks like you’re new to gfe–welcome! :-) I hope you make this milkshake and LOVE it! ;-)


  7. Linda on May 17th, 2013 2:56 pm

    I love the ingredients in this Shirley. Can’t wait to give it a try!

    • Shirley on May 19th, 2013 9:48 pm

      Hey Linda–Thanks! :-) I hope you enjoy it. I’m contemplating making one right now. ;-) I won’t because Mr. GFE has gone to bed and my Vitamix is too loud, but it is on mind for sure. Maybe I’ll have one for breakfast tomorrow …


  8. Vicky on May 17th, 2013 4:25 pm

    Bananas and chocolate, yum! I love the way you’ve added in almond butter as well and the creaminess of the coconut milk! This must taste absolutely fantastic! I love the way you’ve just used dates to sweeten it further – in all a very healthy drink! Just wonderful! :)

    • Shirley on May 19th, 2013 9:49 pm

      Thanks, Vicky! The combination of ingredients was just perfect … if I do say so myself. ;-)


  9. Amber on May 18th, 2013 12:01 am

    I’m so impressed with this recipe, Shirley!! Just beautiful. I’ve made a similar version and love it. And..I love that mug you have there. Ha ha, so true.

    Signing off for the weekend. Off to work on Sat & Sun. Nice change of pace after being home with the kiddos all week.

    Maybe I’ll make your milkshake for myself on Saturday after work (but I might use a seed butter or cashew butter, as almonds don’t like me too much). At any rate, this would be a nice after-work treat. It’s going to get HOT here over the weekend.

    Have a restful, peaceful weekend.


    • Shirley on May 19th, 2013 9:52 pm

      Hi Amber–When you’re focusing on healthy dairy-free, sugar-free ingredients, I guess it’s not surprising that we’d come up with a similar recipe. ;-) Yes, I couldn’t resist that mug! Hope you enjoy your modified version when you make it! :-)

      Hope you had a good weekend, dear! xo,

  10. Cassidy @ Cassidy's Craveable Creations on May 18th, 2013 8:16 am

    Looks awesome!!! My husband has been rebelling and letting my son have dairy (NNOOOO!!) so I’m trying to come up with awesome dairy free recipes. A chocolate milkshake was on my list to make, thanks so much!!!!


    • Shirley on May 19th, 2013 9:54 pm

      Cassidy–Uh oh … that can sure be challenging! Having awesome dairy-free recipes is definitely a good plan. :-) Hope this one makes the grade for you all! ;-)


  11. Claire on May 18th, 2013 10:20 am

    Oh, this sounds delicious! I’ll be making this for my friend when next she comes to visit!

    • Shirley on May 19th, 2013 9:57 pm

      Hello, Claire–It looks like this is your first time commenting on gfe–welcome! :-) What a good friend you are to make this shake for your friend! Hope both of you love it. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. ;-)


  12. Kelli on May 19th, 2013 10:35 am

    OMG this is delish! & tastes just like a chocolate shake! I reduced ingredients to make for 1 & it was perfect!

    • Shirley on May 19th, 2013 10:00 pm

      Hi Kelli–Welcome and thank you so much for this really terrific review! :-) I love that you made it a single serving. That’s a safer approach than making the whole batch when one is alone, and then trying to exercise restraint. ;-)


  13. Heather @Gluten-Free Cat on May 19th, 2013 9:08 pm

    A treat that’s good for you! Love it! I’m a sucker for all things chocolate, and this sounds just perfect. Thanks so much for linking it up at Raw Foods Thursdays too!


    • Shirley on May 19th, 2013 10:02 pm

      Hi Heather–Thanks so much, dear! I really think you will be surprised how good this one is. So far everyone who has made it has loved it. ;-) And I am always so happy when I can link up to Raw Foods Thursday. :-)


  14. Ewa "Mom Photographer" on May 20th, 2013 11:28 am

    Oh… that sounds so milk-shaky delicious!!!

    • Shirley on May 20th, 2013 7:11 pm

      Hi Ewa–Welcome to gfe! :-) It really is “milk-shaky delicious.” ;-)


  15. Renee on May 20th, 2013 2:51 pm

    Thanks for this amazing recipe! I was feeling kind of down this weekend when my family had frozen custard and I couldn’t join them (I’m avoiding dairy as much as possible). Then I came home and remembered this post. I whipped up this shake and it was incredible! Much better than frozen custard;) I have a nut sensitivity, so I used sunflower seed butter and it was perfect. Thanks for saving my evening!!

    • Shirley on May 20th, 2013 9:12 pm

      Renee–Welcome! :-) I’m thrilled that this milkshake pulled you out of the “I can’t have frozen custard” doldrums. I’ve been there and only recently, so subconsciously that might have inspired this recipe. ;-) I’m happy to know that sunbutter works, too. I thought it would!


  16. debby day on May 20th, 2013 5:58 pm

    The milkshake looks divine.
    Now here is the question…how much protein is in this drink. I am looking for a substitute for ensure.Ensure has 15 grams but is expensive.
    Any ideas….
    Thanks, Debby

    • Shirley on May 20th, 2013 7:07 pm

      Hi Debby–Thanks! I don’t do nutritional analysis of my recipes. You might want to try one of the online sites like Calorie Count to do an analysis.


  17. InTolerant Chef on May 21st, 2013 4:25 am

    Love the idea of using frozen tomatoes- yummo!

    • Shirley on May 24th, 2013 5:57 am

      Hi InTolerant Chef–It’s always good to see you. :-) I think you meant bananas. LOL Wondering what savory meal that features tomatoes you’ve had on your mind? ;-) I’ve made ice cream using tomatoes though and I loved it, so it could happen with the a shake, too!


      • InTolerant Chef on May 24th, 2013 7:15 am

        Damn auto correct! How funny, but I think bananas would definitely taste better than tomatoes :)

        • Shirley on May 24th, 2013 7:18 am

          Haha!! Have you ever read the “Damn Auto Correct” website? Oh, my … I have several friends who will read that site any time they need a good laugh! Seriously. It can be x-rated though. No kidding. I’m glad you think I made the right choice with bananas. ;-)

          Happy weekend, dear!

  18. Kim-Cook It Allergy Free on May 23rd, 2013 4:15 pm

    Shirley…this looks amazing. I can just picture drinking one of these on your porch right now! I love the ingredients and love how Johnna says it reminds her of a Wendy’s Frosty, but with good ingredients… So going to make this as a treat for the boys!

    • Shirley on May 24th, 2013 6:02 am

      Hey there, Kim!–I do think you all will love his one! I’ve made it several times now and have been just as pleased each time. I was out of almond butter the last two times and made it using peanut butter–it was equally thick and yummy! Another reader has made this shake using sunbutter and loved that version, too. :-)

      Enjoy! Happy Memorial Day weekend! xoxo,

  19. Adrienne on May 23rd, 2013 5:09 pm

    I will have to try this. I don’t eat bananas and will try the pear substitute mentioned. I’m not big on dates…is there something else that could be used instead? This does look good, thank you for sharing. :)

    • Shirley on May 24th, 2013 6:12 am

      Hi Adrienne–It looks like you are new here at gfe–welcome! :-) FYI–There’s no taste or texture of dates here and while they do add a little to the texture and thickness, you can probably add any other sweetener (if you feel you need more sweetness; it will depend on how sweet the pears are). You can also probably add a tad more of the almond butter (or whatever nut/seed butter you’re using) for thickness, and a pinch more cacao powder if the nut/seed butter flavor is too “strong.” You can taste with each addition until you get your shake just right. ;-) Hope you create a version that works for you that you love!


  20. Aubree Cherie @ Living Free on June 24th, 2014 2:49 pm

    I’m always up for a milkshake style treat! Love the ingredients for this. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe at last week’s Naturally Sweet Tuesday! ~Aubree

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