I’m always pleased when a recipe comes together quickly and easily with just five simple (and healthy) ingredients. And this one really tastes like the real thing but without the dairy and refined sugar. This vegan 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.
A thick and creamy strawberry milkshake that is perfectly and naturally sweetened. It is 100% vegan, raw, dairy-free and gluten-free.
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 1.5 cups non-dairy milk of choice
- 1/4 cup raw cashews
- 4 dates, pitted
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 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.
- Pour into two glasses and enjoy immediately.
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.
- Category: Breakfast