- 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
I’m always telling people that it’s easy to create healthier versions of their favorite indulgences with a little creativity, and this milkshake might be the perfect example of that. It’s a heavenly splurge that features not one unhealthy ingredient. In fact, this recipe doesn’t even land in the dessert section (reminder, you’re in the beneficial beverages section), though it certainly feels like one once you start sipping. Rich, creamy, salty and sweet—it’s pure satisfaction.
I use dates to lend natural sweetness and a whole lot of fiber. In fact, this drink contains as much fiber as a whole apple! I rely on almond milk to keep it dairy-free and vegan, but again, you can 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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- • Caramel hard candy, crushed into very small pieces
- • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- • ½ cup pitted dried dates
- • Heaping ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
- • 1 to 2 tablespoons creamy almond butter
- • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- • ¼ teaspoon maple extract or maple flavor
- • Heaping ½ cup ice cubes
- • 2 pinches sea salt (optional)
Dip the rims of 2 tall glasses in water, then into the crushed caramel candy to line them.
In a 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 candy-rimmed glasses, add a pinch of sea salt to each, if desired.
Nutrition provided for 1 serving.
Nutrition analysis courtesy of Genesis® R&D