4 Jul 2012

ultimate best chocolate milkshake

ever seen DQ's brownie batter blizzard? this is better. seriously you're gonna die (in the best way possible). this thing is DANGEROUSLY DELICIOUS. So is this "milkshake" recipe, AND it has avocados!

the best part of course, is that it is good for you. it's mostly bananas, nut milk, cacao and dates. you could also add some protein powder. the first time i made this scrumptious chocolate monster was two days ago when my girl friend was over. our plan for the night was to dance, laugh and watch a lame movie. oh and eat amazing raw food! we accomplished all of it.


i improvised this in the kitchen before we left for my friends house and we couldn't BELIEVE how good it was. we freaked for like 10 minutes. i hadn't blended it completely so there were still small chunks of date and it seriously reminded me of a brownie batter blizzard from dairy queen. i made it for the second time today and did the exact same thing. oh my god all over again. this is a new favourite.



best freaking chocolate milkshake ever: serves 2 people (or me)

3 frozen bananas (peel before putting them in the freezer)
handful of dates
2 tablespoon cacao
1 tablespoon maple syrup/agave/other sweetener 
handful cashews or 1 tablespoon nut butter
2 cups water/non-dairy milk
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1/8 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
handful ice cubes

blend all ingredients together until ALMOST totally smooth. for the love of all that is good, leave those tiny date pieces in there. it should be pretty thick just like a milkshake at this point, but maybe one of us forgot something so do what ya gotta do to make it how you want. then pour it in a giant glass and slurp it up with a big ole straw all by yourself, or with someone you love.

70 comments:

  1. Okay so I am totally going to make this. Now I have to get up the gusto to make my own almond milk...

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    1. haha DO IT!! you won't regret it. just throw a handful of almonds in with the other stuff :)

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    2. AnonymousJune 26, 2013

      This sounds great, but where are the avocados in this recipe? I'm guessing we could improvise, but curious to know how many were used!

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    3. Oh actually the recipe linked right before the words "and it has avocados!" is a different chocolate shake recipe... with avocados ;) Just click the hyperlinked words.

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  2. Rachel StoneJuly 04, 2012

    sounds like heaven in a cup!
    nom nom nom

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  3. Must. Make. This.

    This is the best food porn I've seen all week.

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    1. HAH! best comment. i think i'm gonna make this again today, and take better pics for ya'll ;)

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  4. I JUST made this, and I sprinkled a cut up dried grape over it!! SOO good! I used the cashews and added some SunWarrior Vegan Raw Protein Powder after a nice run, and have to say-- BEST thing I've ever had!! And feel great about eating it up, too, knowing it's good for me!!!

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    1. ***dried date, not grape ahahaha

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    2. ooh yeah i was thinking of adding some protein powder but keep forgetting. yummy! cut up dates is a great idea. thanks, casey ;)

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  5. of course! And I have one more question for you-- what is a serving of dates? Like 3 or 4?

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    1. yeah about that. it depends on the size of the dates... but generally 4-6 are a serving 'cause they're around 120 cals. 120 cals of healthy yum-ness.

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  6. THIS IS THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD

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  7. Oh wow - I am definitely going to have to try this out!

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  8. This looks delicious! I have all the ingredients...I'm off to the kitchen right now....thanks for the inspiration :)

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  9. This is DELICIOUS. You are sooo right about the raw date pieces...I'm in raw heaven right now!

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    1. mm thanks :) i know right? better than DQ.

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    2. Yesss! Do you think it's okay to have this like, almost every day? Because the last two days have been incredible because of it hahaha

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    3. LOL yeah i know exactly what you mean. i made this like 4 times in a week. addictive. i'd say as long as you keep the added sweetener (like agave or whatever)to a minimum and have it instead of another snack you might eat... go for it. long live banana chocolate milkshakes.

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    4. Yeah I was thinking like 4 times a week... The thing is is that I don't actually use any of the agave or other added sweetener! I find it's perfect as is with just the dates. And honestly I find this so filling that I can have it as my meal when I'm actually hungry. This is why I initially thought it would be okay... but wanted your opinion! Thanks!

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  10. This looks great! would really like to make it but i am not a big fan of banana. So just want to know whether the banana flavor and the smell is dominant, cuz i once made an avocado chocolate milkshake and you could hardly taste the avocado in it.

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    1. Thanks, Chamali - what a great name you have!
      I suggest you stick to the avocado shakes... the banana flavour stays pretty strong no matter what ya do =/

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    2. just sub in an avocado in this recipe

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    3. thanks!! :) its just that good quality avocado is nowhere to be found these days, should try when it is back in season. oh and guess what... i discovered kale!! i thought we don't have it here but as it turns out we just call it a different name. I am so gonna try all ur kale recipes now! :D

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    4. what do you call it? great news :)

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  11. I suppose it has always been called kale in english, just that english is not my mother tongue and i only knew the sinhala (my mother tongue) name for it, which is kola gowa.

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    1. That is so cool. I wanna start calling it that from now on :)

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  12. Delicious!! I then took it a crazy step farther!!! I poured it into home made ice pop makers and made fudgicles

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  13. AS I TYPE I'M DRINKING THIS SHAKE........IT IS SO YUM.....EVEN MY SON LOVES WE HAVIN IT FOR BREKY SO FILLING AND DELISH......AND I THINK I WILL MAKE IT INTO FUDGICLES AS WELL.....

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  14. I think I could live off of this. Delicious! You might want to remind readers to peel their bananas before they freeze them...ask me how I know...

    Thanks for the great recipes. I am really enjoying your site.

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    1. Good lord I know. Bananas are my best friend. Oh - good idea. I've been too lazy before and I'm never making THAT mistake again...

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  15. This is SO GOOD! Thank you for this delicious milkshake!! Brings all the boys to the yard!!

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  16. What type of dates do you use? The dried ones (I think they're the Iranian dates) or the Medjool?
    Thanks!

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    1. I always use dried medjool unless otherwise stated =)

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    2. Thanks! LOVING this site by the way!!!

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  17. AnonymousMay 05, 2013

    Oh my god. I tried this- the date pieces. the coconut cream. the milkshake. wow.

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  18. AnonymousMay 11, 2013

    Hey, this looks amazing! Was wondering if you could sub dates for prunes? :)

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    1. Yep! As long as you like the taste of prunes hah ;)

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  19. I'm in love with your recipes, really... this one was wonderful, I almost couldn't believe how good it is... if I'm gonna die tomorrow I want it as my last meal, LOL...

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  20. OMG the best milkshake EVEEER!! I just did and I really think that I found my true love <3
    hahahahaha

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  21. Kind of sad I didn't like it that much : ( I made 4 recipes before and I very liked every of them but not this one... I must have difficulties with drink unfortunately!! hahah

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  22. I used pistachios instead of cashews because I didn't have any and holy moly was it good...

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  23. This was really good! I used prunes instead of dates because I don't have any, and my homemade pecan butter. Best. Breakfast. Ever. :)
    Do you know of any good recipes where I can use up my huuuuggee supply of pecan butter? Thank you!! <3

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    1. Oh lucky you! Well for any of my creamy recipes, use it instead of nuts. And in chocolate, use it instead of coconut oil!

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  24. I JUST made this and it was amazing. I didn't use any agave and only had 1 banana so I subbed frozen blueberries. Still so good. Ate the whole serving myself.

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  25. Melissa nicoleFebruary 18, 2014

    I have made this five times now and I just love it. So does my little girl! I'm so pleased to give her something that I know is good for her and I also know exactly what went into it. Today we subbed some natural peanut butter for the nut butter and wow! So so good. It tastes better than the ice cream milkshakes that I used to have. You are so gifted and we really love your web site so much. I seriously can't wait for your book!

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  26. Absolutely amazing! Ice cream is a HUGE weakness of mine and this totally satisfied my craving!

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  27. Pretty good, my measurements weren't perfect, but it's a solid base for a chocolate smooothie, little more cocoa and little more cashews next time

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  28. Oh my <3 I LOVE LOVE LOVED THIS! will be making this all the time now, thanks a bunch! :)

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  29. My Fiancé and I make this all of the time! It is such a yummy quick treat. Emily you are totally Rawsome!

    P.S. The dates totally make this smoothie.

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  30. Does this taste a lot like banana??

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  31. I have made this so many times.

    SO GOOD. So so so so very good.

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  32. I love this recipe! I craved for chocolate and this shake made my evening! Greetings from Austria, Vera

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  33. Made this today. YUM! Will definitely be making again. I didn't have powdered cacao only a block, but it still came out good... I just made sure it was thoroughly whizzed :D

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  34. So, this is the best thing I've ever eaten in my life, ever.
    THANK YOU!

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  35. AnonymousMay 10, 2016

    Mine came out really runny so I'll add more but butter and less cashew milk next time. I wonder what happened...

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  36. Maria SimpsonDecember 08, 2018

    This is my favorite smoothie of all time!! Totally hits the spot for a chocolate fix! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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