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The Best -- And Easiest -- Vegan Chocolate Milkshake

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Every other Thursday, Gena Hamshaw of the blog Choosing Raw shares satisfying, flavorful recipes that also happen to be vegan.

Today: A smooth, chocolatey milkshake, with frozen bananas and almond milk standing in for dairy. Stop what you're doing, and make one now.

This milkshake recipe is so intuitive and familiar to me that I tend to take for granted how absolutely delicious it is. I've made banana and almond butter shakes, often with the vital addition of cocoa powder, dozens of times.

So when I whipped up this chocolate "milkshake" (there's no regular milk involved, but see if it doesn't taste like one of the richest, creamiest shakes you’ve ever had) last week, I wasn't expecting to have the reaction I did; I was amazed at how a mixture of such simple things (bananas, almond milk, cocoa, dates) could taste so good. I took my first sip, sat down at my dining room table, and stopped everything so that I could savor the entire glass. I suppose it's never too late to rekindle your love affair with an old standby.

More: Make your almond butter from scratch -- here's how.

This shake will benefit tremendously from bananas that have had time to get nice and ripe before you peel, chop, and freeze them; the riper they are before freezing, the creamier and sweeter your shake will be. If you don't have almond butter, cashew and coconut butter are great substitutes, and soy or hemp will also do nicely for the milk base (just don't use rice milk here -- it's not quite creamy enough). Peanut butter works well in the recipe, too, though its flavor is so strong that the taste profile will shift immediately from "chocolate milkshake" to "chocolate peanut butter milkshake" -- which may not be such a bad thing, after all.

Vegan Chocolate Milkshake

Makes 4 small or 2 large servings

2 ripe medium or large bananas, peeled, chopped into pieces, and frozen
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 pitted medjool dates
1/4 cup almond butter
1 1/2 cups almond milk (soy or hemp will work well, too)

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by James Ransom

Choosing RawGena's new book Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat is a thorough, relatable guide to incorporating raw and vegan foods into any diet. It's full of no-fuss recipes for every meal, which range from fully raw to mostly cooked, with plenty of snacks and desserts to keep everyone happy.

 

 

Tags: vegan, chocolate, chocolate milkshake, vegan milkshake, breakfast, snacks, special diets, almond butter, almond milk, all almond everything

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20 days ago Amy

I made this yesterday and the taste was great but I had trouble with the dates staying in little chunks and not blending properly...any tips or tricks to get them blended into the same smooth consistency as the rest of the milkshake?

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24 days ago Lyana Sahrom

For people who are not a fan of banana, can try substitute with egg free tofu & add vanilla essence to add some oomph to the taste.

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about 1 year ago Caitlin Nation

Delicious! Please try swapping the almond butter for a teaspoon of tahini! It's a nice option and high in calcium!

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about 1 year ago Cococi

I'll have to try this one. I am lactose intolerant but I adore milkshakes so this seems like a great idea. I made a diary free milkshake with cashew milk on my blog a few months that is a great option too.

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about 1 year ago Gena Hamshaw

Hope you enjoy!

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about 1 year ago Joy Belamarich

I make this all the time. Sometimes with a tiny splash of vanilla extract, if I'm feeling fancy. It's SO GOOD.

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about 1 year ago Gena Hamshaw

Oooh, vanilla. Good call :)

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about 1 year ago Angie

I wonder if the taste of it would be vastly different or worse if I used coconut butter instead.

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about 1 year ago Gena Hamshaw

Nope. I think it'd be great.

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about 1 year ago Beth

I wish there was a good substitute for dates because I don't like them. :-(

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about 1 year ago HFog

IMO it's way too sweet with the dates. You don't need them. the bananas provide enough sweetness

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about 1 year ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

I loved the dates -- I didn't identify them at first taste, but once I realized they were in there, I credited them (plus the almond butter) with making this more nuanced than my average black & white shake.

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about 1 year ago Gena Hamshaw

Beth, you can also use a touch of maple syrup. To taste. The dates definitely enrich this -- they give it a caramel-like flavor that's perfect for a milkshake -- but it's sweet on its own.

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about 1 year ago Sarah Jampel

Sarah is Food52's contributors editor.

Ever since I tried this milkshake, I've been coveting a blender -- and that's a true story.

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about 1 year ago Gena Hamshaw

YAY!

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about 1 year ago Annaliese

Wow! I have been noticing a lot of this type of shake/smoothie in the past few days on many food blogs. These are wonderful, and are also a great post-workout treat! What a great version :)