Breakfast Shake or Milkshake Print Recipe Print Recipe

I’m leaving this one up to you.

I can’t decide whether I like this better as a breakfast shake or as a milkshake. Not like it has to be one or the other, really.

It’s nutty. It’s sweet. and if you ask my husband, it’s like an oatmeal cookie-shake.

If you’re entertaining and there are guests with gluten or dairy allergies, this would be a great option – dinner party or a brunch/breakfast gathering. Serve [chilled] in mini glasses, they’ll be a hit!


[Photographed by Lisa Thiele | With Style and Grace]

That is correct, I drink everything out of a mason jar.

Almond Milk-shake with Oats & Dates

PRINT Recipe

[Adapted from Saffola Oats Cookbook]


  • 4 tablespoons gluten-free rolled oats
  • 8 dates, roughly chopped
  • handful of [raw] almonds – approximately 6-8, chopped
  • 3 cups of [unsweetened vanilla] almond milk


In a small non-stick pan on low heat, carefully dry roast the oats to bring out the nutty aromas. If you’re in a hurry, you may skip this step.

In a food processor, add oats, chopped almonds & dates. Pour in milk and pulse until it’s reached a creamy consistency.

Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to an hour. Serve chilled.

Optional: If serving to guests, garnish with chopped dates and almonds.

Makes 3-4 small glasses

*gluten-free *dairy-free

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  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    That looks delish and filling and perfect! YUM!

  • Rebecca – A Daily Something

    With four of my favorite foods (ok, so I have lots of favorites), this shake is BOUND to be delicious. I never ever though of blending dates into a shake, but it sounds mm mm good. 🙂

  • Bev Weidner

    Who cares what it’s called, just as long as it’s IN MY FACE.

  • Ridgely’s Radar

    Yum! Looks delicious!

  • Maria

    Yes please! This sounds perfect for my grain-free,sugar-free,free-of- anything-except-taste trial diet! 😉

  • Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola

    Ohh this looks like a perfect breakfast!! And easy to take on the go! I’ll be making it soon! 🙂 PS Love that you drink everything out of mason jars!

  • Maria

    Love this shake!

  • Ashley

    Can’t wait to try this! The mason jar is the perfect added flair 🙂

  • Rivki Locker

    I just got a vitamix and am hunting down recipes. this looks perfect. thanks!

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

    great healthy shake!

  • Ali

    What a healthy and delicious shake. adding the dates just made it a whole lot sweeter. this I have to try 🙂

  • Leia

    You have a wonderful blog! I can’t wait to check out some of your other posts! This recipe looks delish, I’m copying it down and trying it for my next breakfast.

  • chad

    how about breakfast AND dessert, this looks great!

  • Daily Cup of Couture

    this looks delicious! cannot wait to try it! xx

  • Daisy

    I wonder if it would be as delish with soy milk?…

  • Liz

    i have made this before! add a banana and it tastes exactly like banana bread batter. sooo good.

  • Channing

    Does this work with dry (and dusted) dates? (they look like rabbit food pellets lol)

  • Anonymous

    I think I know what you’re referring to and yes, they should work just fine.