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Totally Bananas Date Night Epic Milkshake – Banana Date Shake Recipe

Have you ever seen those EPIC milkshakes, sometimes called FREAK milkshakes, on Pinterest? My kids are all over that trend! When my friend Jen came to town with her family earlier this year, her kids asked us to find a freak shake shop to visit with them. But the only one I knew of was in Palm Springs, too far away from Los Angeles for our day trip. We skipped the shakes but it got me thinking about Palm Springs. One of the things I remember most from my childhood is stopping in Cabazon, just outside Palm Springs, for banana date shakes with my grandma. Now, it's a favorite tradition with my own kids. You can't go to Palm Springs without stopping for a banana date shake! So when Lip Smacker announced their Lip Smacker Tastemaker Contest and asked me to make a recipe, I knew I wanted to make an epic take on the date milkshake: a Totally Bananas Date Night EPIC Milkshake!

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Banana Date Shake with fruit decorations

Dates and date palms are one of the biggest industries in the Coachella Valley, where Palm Springs is located.  We live about an hour and half from Palm Springs and it's surprising how many of my daughter's teen friends don't know what a date is … and they've never tasted one either. Dates are naturally sweet, even sweeter than sugar! They look like dried kiwi fruit almost, with a shiny exterior. They're used to sweeten all kinds of foods and are great on oatmeal, in breads and desserts, and of course, in shakes. Because dates are SUPER sweet, a little goes a long way. My husband made date banana smoothies for us one morning and he put so many dates in that the smoothies were too sweet for anyone to drink!

vegan banana date milkshake with fruit and toy toppers

When I think about Lip Smacker, I think about yummy flavors that make you wanna smack your lips, literally! I remember using Lip Smacker growing up … all the kids had to have all the flavors! When I got one, I cherished it forever and it lasted for months and months. Now my kids and I both enjoy Lip Smacker lip balms… and the designs are so cute, like the new Tsum Tsums. So when I heard about the 2017 Lip Smacker Tastemaker Contest, I wanted to come up with a flavor that was lip smacking and had some special meaning to my kids and I: a Totally Bananas Date Night EPIC Milkshake! My daughter said a lot of kids would not know what dates were so we did a play on the word “date” with a double entendre … “date night”. I mean, who wouldn't love a date night in Palm Springs?

vegan banana date milkshake with fruit and toy toppers

Have a great idea for a new Lip Smacker Flavor?

Enter the 2017 Lip Smacker Tastemaker Contest with your best idea for a chance to become the 1st official Lip Smacker Tastemaker! The winning flavor will be featured on lipsmacker.com in fall 2017 with YOUR NAME in the credits and you'll get a personal batch of hand-crafted, artisanal Lip Smacker lip balms in YOUR flavor. How cool is that?!

vegan banana date milkshake with fruit and toy toppers

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Totally Bananas Date Night Epic Milkshake Recipe

We thought of everything we love about Palm Springs to put into this one “date night” epic shake:

vegan banana date milkshake with fruit and toy toppers

Dinosaurs – where Highway 111 to Palm Springs meets up with Interstate 10 are several dinosaur statues that have been icons and symbols of this desert oasis. We put toy dinosaurs on skewers to put as decorations in our shake.

Rainbow sprinkles – Palm Springs is super colorful – from the hotels and resorts to the famous painted doors to the fabulous people and tropical feel, we thought rainbow sprinkles captured all the fun that is Palm Springs

Banana Palm Tree – It's not Palm Springs without palm trees! We made an edible palm tree out of bananas, kiwi, and blackberries.

Cookie Straw – these just look cute! Who doesn't love drinking through a COOKIE straw?!

Caramel Drizzle – dates' sugary taste has an almost caramel flavor so this drizzle on the glass not only holds on the rainbow sprinkles but compliments the banana date flavor of the shake.

Whipped Cream – every 50's and 60's shake had whipped cream and a maraschino cherry on top. Palm Springs started getting really popular around the 1950s and 60's, that's why so much of the architecture has that retro feel.

We made the date shake base vegan compliant so everyone can enjoy it! If you're vegan, skip the whipped cream, caramel, and cookie straws in the decorations to keep this shake vegan compliant. You can substitute regular vanilla ice cream and milk for the vegan ingredients if you would like a full-fat dairy version of this milk shake recipe.

Watch this video to see how to make the vegan date banana shake recipe, the fun dinosaur picks, and how to decorate the shake to make it a FREAK SHAKE!

Vegan Banana Date Shake Recipe

Directions:

  1. Pit and chop dates.
  2. Peel banana and chop into chunks.
  3. Blend all shake ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Once you have the shake base made, it's time to decorate! Again, these decorations are vegetarian but not vegan compliant so make adjustments as needed.

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Vegan Banana Date Shake Recipe

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Date banana milkshake inspired by Palm Springs. The shake base is vegan. Toppings are not vegan.

  • Author: Jennifer Priest
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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  • 1 banana
  • 2 dates
  • 1 cup dairy-free vanilla bean coconut frozen dessert (vegan ice cream)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

Instructions

  1. Pit and chop dates.
  2. Peel banana and chop into chunks.
  3. Blend all shake ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  4. Once you have the shake base made, it's time to decorate! Again, these decorations are vegetarian but not vegan compliant so make adjustments as needed.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 glass
  • Calories: 498
  • Sugar: 72.3
  • Sodium: 114.7
  • Fat: 13.9
  • Carbohydrates: 103.7
  • Protein: 4.9

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vegan banana date milkshake with fruit and toy toppers

Ingredients:

  • Vegan Banana Date Shake (download recipe)
  • tall skinny glass
  • whipped cream
  • 2 plastic dinosaurs
  • caramel
  • bamboo skewers
  • 1 kiwi fruit
  • 5 blueberries
  • 1 strawberry
  • rainbow sprinkles
  • cookie straws
  • maraschino cherry with stem

vegan banana date milkshake with fruit and toy toppers

Directions:

  1. Use the tip of a hot glue gun to melt a hole into the bottom of each dinosaur. Add a dot of hot glue to the top of each skewer and quickly insert into the bottom of the dinosaur. Allow to cool.
  2. Cut kiwi slices into leaf shapes. Attach to a peeled banana with toothpicks. Attach 3 blueberries to the center of the leaves with a dab of caramel to make a banana palm tree.
  3. Use a butter knife to apply a 3/4″ thick layer of caramel along the outside top rim of a tall glass.
  4. Roll the top edge of the glass in rainbow sprinkles.
  5. Fill the glass with the date shake mixture, just 3/4″ from the top of the glass.
  6. Add whipped cream to the top of the shake glass in a pyramid shape.
  7. Add the banana palm tree to one side.
  8. Cut a slit in a strawberry and add to the opposite side of the glass.
  9. Tuck a kiwi slice and a couple of blueberries behind the strawberry, into the whipped cream.
  10. Add the dinosaur picks and cookie straw. Enjoy!

vegan banana date milkshake with fruit and toy toppers

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Banana Date Shake with fruit decorations

Banana Date Shake with fruit decorations

Banana Date Shake with fruit decorations

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Jennifer Priest is a 20+ year designer in the arts & crafts industry and home DIYer with a passion for creativity. An Army veteran raised on a ranch, from her experience, she shares smart DIY projects that save money and fun craft ideas that anyone can make. Besides blogging, Jennifer is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Hypnosis, and MER, and coaches other online entrepreneurs on money mindset, business, and living an intentional life. When not blogging, Jennifer is having adventures in the wilderness, on road trips, playing with her cats, and making paleo food.

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