Healthy Strawberry “Milkshake”

This healthy strawberry “milkshake” is thick, creamy and naturally sweetened.  It is loaded with plant-based protein and nutritious pantry and freezer ingredients to satisfying your sweet tooth.  Simply blend the ingredients together to enjoy this refreshing and vitamin-C rich treat!

Healthy Strawberry Milkshake Vegan

Healthy Strawberry “Milkshake”

I’m always pleased when a recipe comes together quickly and easily with just five simple (and healthy) ingredients.  And this vegan Healthy Strawberry “Milkshake” really tastes like the real thing but without the dairy and refined sugar.  

This plant-based spin on a strawberry milkshake is not only thick and creamy but is bursting with sweet strawberry flavor with a hint of vanilla and extra sweetness from the dates.  Dates are a fresh stone fruit that come from a date palm tree.  They are naturally sweet, moist, juicy and have a distinct caramel flavor.  They provide sweetness for less calories and also offer lots of healthy fiber, vitamins and minerals including zinc, copper, magnesium, manganese, vitamin B6, niacin, calcium, iron and vitamin K.  And this fact blows me away: dates contain 50% more potassium than a banana (weight for weight).  Potassium builds muscles, regulates your heartbeat, controls fluid balances and breaks down carbohydrates.

The creaminess of this milkshake comes from the cashews which provide plant-based protein.  Each milkshake serving contains 1 cup of strawberries which are high in vitamin C and a great source of folate.  You really can feel good about gulping this “milkshake” down since there is no refined sugar, heavy cream or ice cream in this recipe.

Vegan Healthy Strawberry Milkshake

Want more strawberry recipes?

Here are some of my favorite recipes that feature strawberries (all vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free):

Strawberry Salsa

Chunky Strawberry Avocado Salsa

Crispy Quinoa and California Avocado Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Almond Pulp Strawberry Vanilla Smoothie

Almond Pulp Strawberry Vanilla Smoothie

Also be sure to download my smoothie e-book (Rock Your Blender) which has my favorite smoothie recipes of all time.

Healthy Strawberry Milkshake

Now, let’s get to making this easy and vegan Healthy Strawberry “Milkshake”!

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Healthy Strawberry “Milkshake”


  • Author: @EatingbyElaine
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This healthy strawberry “milkshake” is thick, creamy and naturally sweetened.  It is loaded with plant-based protein and nutritious pantry and freezer ingredients to satisfying your sweet tooth.  Simply blend the ingredients together to enjoy this refreshing and vitamin-C rich treat!


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsweetened frozen strawberries
  • 1.5 cups non-dairy milk of choice (I like almond milk or oat milk)
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews (or substitute raw slivered blanched almonds – not sliced almonds)
  • 4 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and puree from low to high leaving on the highest speed setting for one minute to allow the drink to get extra creamy.
  2. Pour into two glasses and enjoy immediately.

Notes

If you have a hard time getting the blender started and you are using a powerful blender like a Vitamix, you can use the tamper to help process the strawberries. If you do not have a powerful blender just add more milk. If you do add more milk, the result will not be as creamy and thick though. Alternatively, you can allow the strawberries to sit out for about 10 minutes before processing. This will allow them to blend more easily.

You may want to soak the cashews in advance if not using a powerful blender. I find with my blender I do not need to soak. If you do soak, I recommend using boiling water for at least 2 hours and then draining just before using.

Sometimes I add 1/2 cup of frozen riced cauliflower and/or a cup of crushed ice cubes to make the milkshake thicker and more frosty.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Blender

Keywords: Healthy Strawberry "Milkshake"

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