Scoot over chocolate candy and conversation hearts, there’s a healthier way to do Valentine’s Day. Here is a quick-and-easy, dairy-free strawberry milkshake recipe just in time for the day of love!

When I was was a child, I absolutely loved strawberry milk shakes. They were my favorite. Simple. Creamy. Delicious. I just couldn’t get enough. When I was thinking about a kid-friendly recipe for Valentine’s Day, initially chocolate-covered strawberries came to mind. However, I’ve noticed that my kids don’t get as excited about chocolate-covered strawberries as I do. Then it hit me! A strawberry milkshake is the perfect Valentine’s Day treat!

Not only is the “milk” naturally sweet, but when it comes to the holiday all about love, strawberries are its most popular food —after chocolate.

The milkshake is made dairy-free by using almond milk. I’m keeping it healthy by using ripe banana and dates for sweetness.

Remember those chocolate-covered strawberries I talked about earlier? You get the best of both worlds with these shakes because the glass rims are lined with chocolate syrup and then dusted with freeze-dried strawberries that have been blended to the perfect powdery consistency.

Dairy-Free Strawberry Banana Milkshake

Yield: 2-3 servings

Prep time: 10 minutes


  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 3 dates
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup vanilla dairy-free ice cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup freeze-dried strawberries
  • chocolate syrup
  • fresh strawberries


The first step is to blend the freeze-dried strawberries — or crush them using a rolling pin — for the garnish. Once done, set it aside.

Then, take the frozen strawberries, banana, milk, and dates, and add them to the blender. Blend until smooth, and reserve.

The last step is to dip the glass’ rims in chocolate sauce. Then dip them into the crushed freeze-dried strawberries. Finally, pour the strawberry shake mixture into glasses. Top with the fresh strawberries, and enjoy!