RecipeSalted Caramel Milkshake

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 180
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Total Fat: 6 g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 5.5 g
    • Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 31 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4 g
  • Total Sugar: 22 g
    • Natural Sugar: 22 g
    • Added Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 150 mg

It’s easy to create healthier versions of our favorite indulgences using a little creativity, and this milkshake might be the perfect example of that. It’s a heavenly splurge that I make without incorporating a drop of added sugar. It’s rich, creamy, sweet and salty satisfaction.

I use dates to lend natural sweetness and a whole lot of fiber. I rely on almond milk to keep it dairy-free and vegan, but you can feel free to swap in the milk of your choice. You can find the maple extract or flavor (it comes in a small bottle) at most mainstream supermarkets and definitely at specialty shops and health food stores.

I first showed off this recipe on the Food Network’s show, The Kitchen, and I challenged the hosts to guess the secret healthy ingredient. They could hardly believe there was no added sugar or ice cream within. You and your family will be surprised, too, that something this indulgent is actually good for you. Grab your straw and start sipping.

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This recipe makes 2 servings
  • • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • • Heaping ½ cup pitted dates
  • • Heaping ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • • 1 to 2 tablespoons creamy almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • • ¼ teaspoon maple extract or maple flavor
  • • Heaping ½ cup ice cubes
  • • A few pinches sea salt (optional for subtle salty flavor)

In a high-power blender, combine the milk and dates and process until well combined and there are virtually no date bits and pieces visible. Add the pineapple, almond butter, vanilla, maple extract or flavor, and ice cubes. Blend on medium speed just until the ice cubes are pureed and the beverage is thick and frothy. Pour into the glasses, add an extra pinch of sea salt to each, if desired.

Note: If you have a high-power blender, you can add all ingredients at once.

Nutrition provided for 1 serving.

Looking for more sweet treats? Try my Chocolate Chip Chamomile Cookies and Cherry Oatmeal Cookies!