Chocolate Lovers Skinny Milkshake

by Marla on March 11, 2012 · 63 comments

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Can I tell you a little secret? It was virtually dark outside when I took these photos. I was determined to satisfy a BIG chocolate craving and shoot some quick photos for this post. Both needs were met. Thankfully the pictures look sunny, bright and happy with the last glimmer of natural light. No artificial help at all.

We love our chocolate. Whether it is in cookies, cakes, parfaits, crepes, smoothies or shakes. We love it in bar form too. Hot cocoa is grand. Any which way, we fit it into our day. This shake will razzle dazzle you with a creamy blend of coconut milk, almond milk, Medjool dates and of course lots and lots of chocolate.

Let’s shake things up!

SKINNY Chocolate Lovers Milkshake | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Take a look at these awesome pure chocolate sprinkles…These are not fakers.

SKINNY Chocolate Lovers Milkshake | FamilyFreshCooking.com

They are the real deal, 100% chocolate and not waxy like the typical ones you find at the market. I learned about these when I took baking classes at my favorite OC bakery: Blackmarket Bakery.

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I love blending a few dried Medjool dates into my shake too. As shared in my Creamy Roasted Carrot Coconut Shake recipe I prefer a little chew factor in my milkshakes.

The dates offer up sweet chewy bursts.

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As do the little sprinkles and the spattering of slivered toasted almonds. Use any nuts and toppings you wish. My Skinny Chocolate Sauce would be yummy in this too. So would shaved chocolate curls. My biggest advice: don’t be shy with your chocolate. If you are Paleo and watching your sugars and carbs simply omit the sprinkles. If you are vegan you will want to find dairy free sprinkles.

Your taste buds will still be tickled by your awesome milk shake no matter what.

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Embrace it and enjoy!

SKINNY Chocolate Lovers Milkshake | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Do you have a favorite shake recipe? What ingredients do you like to put in your shakes?

Chocolate Lovers Skinny Milkshake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: Two 9 ounce shakes

Chocolate Lovers Skinny Milkshake

Ingredients

Method

  • Purée all ingredients in a blender. Top with any toppings you desire.
  • Notes
  • If you are 100% vegan you will need to find a dairy free version of these chocolate sprinkles, the ones I mention are not.
  • If you are Paleo and watching your sugars and carbs simply omit the sprinkles. The flavor in this shake will still be amazing!
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1 Xiaolu/6Bittersweets March 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Mmm my boyfriend loves chocolate shakes and chocolate milk — he’d go crazy for this =)

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2 Antonia @ healthinspirations March 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm

These pictures look amazing. I can’t believe you took them while it was dark. I have yet to learn and improve my photography skills for “not natural light” shoots. The milkshake looks delicious as well. Love that it contains coconut milk, good that a just bought a carton yesterday!

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3 Marla March 11, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Antonia, no artificial light in these photos. Still something I need to master ~ in love with natural light! Glad to hear you have that coconut milk handy :)

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4 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga March 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I pretty much have something like this, but hot, every night the past month or so. I do it hot chocolate style :)

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5 Marla March 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Averie, that is a comforting bed time snack. Tho that dark chocolate jacks me up. Maybe if I was extra tired!

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6 Rosa March 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Oh, so devilish! That shake is tempting me…

Have a great week.

Cheers,

Rosa xx

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7 Dee at Deelicious Sweets March 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Wow, this chocolate shake looks like it’s the bomb diggity! I love the chocolate sprinkles on top, too!

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8 Marla March 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Dee ~ bomb diggity. I like that :)

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9 Jessica March 11, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Gorgeous photos! Can I ask what kind of lights you use? I currently have one light and I’m looking to upgrade and get a few more – but I’m not 100% sure what I want.

I’ve never seen those sprinkles before – brilliant! I need to get a box – my husband is a chocolate fiend but he doesn’t like the waxiness of traditional chocolate “jimmies”.

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10 Marla March 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Jessica, that is the last little bit of natural light I could grab before the sun went down. No lights over here :)

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11 Jessica March 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Ah, I just re-read your post and saw that. Thanks! Your photos are beautiful – really lovely.

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12 Marla March 11, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Jessica, I actually updated that first paragraph to make it clear that there was no artificial light source. All ready lots of questions on that ;) Thanks for your sweet compliments!

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13 Marina@cowboycountryvegetarian March 11, 2012 at 7:38 pm

We have forecast for 77F for tomorrow, and this shake would be a perfect treat!

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14 Marla March 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Oh good Marina, I hope you get to try this tomorrow :)

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15 Alyssa (Down_To_Earth) March 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm

A 3 minute chococlate recipe?!? This is going to solve all my late-night dessert issues! I’m really intrigued with the dates in the shake, too. Like you said, they add “chewy sweet bursts”, and that sounds just wonderful.

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16 Marla March 11, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Alyssa, quick + easy + simple + delicious + healthy + chocolate recipe. Now all is right in the world :)

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17 Rikki March 11, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I am definitely a chocolate lover so I think this shake will make for a perfect treat after dinner tomorrow. I cant wait! [:

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18 Sanjeeta kk March 11, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Oh..yes chocolate any time..and if it is in this form than no stopping…Love your pictures, Marla…each picture brings so much of cheers and happiness with the sunshine you capture in them! Hugs.

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19 Erin @ Brownie Bites March 12, 2012 at 3:44 am

Currently regretting my decision to limit carb intake for a few weeks.

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20 Marla March 12, 2012 at 6:04 am

Erin, you don’t need to worry about your carb free diet with this shake. Simply omit the sprinkles to take out all refined sugars. If needed you can also take out the dates and just sweeten with stevia :) The unsweetened coconut milk and almond milk have much fewer carbs then dairy does. You are in great hands girl!

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21 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit March 12, 2012 at 4:53 am

The sprinkles look good, but I gotta ask… how did you do this with no light help? High ISO? I can never, ever get pics like that when it’s dark outside… ever.

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22 Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray (soon to be Rachel Cooks) March 12, 2012 at 5:31 am

This looks awesome, Marla!

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23 Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free March 12, 2012 at 5:57 am

Whoa. I cannot believe you took these in the dark either!! Wowzaaaa!

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24 Maria March 12, 2012 at 7:16 am

Love all of that chocolate!

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25 Kitchen Belleicious March 12, 2012 at 7:49 am

yes indeed! I am loving this milkshake!

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26 HeatherChristo March 12, 2012 at 7:54 am

Great milkshake Marla!

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27 susan March 12, 2012 at 8:59 am

I am cleansing right now…however, if I could eat/drink just one thing, it would be this luscious shake! From one chocolate lover to another, this looks fab!

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28 Esi March 12, 2012 at 9:20 am

This is a chocolate lover’s dream!

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29 Angie March 12, 2012 at 11:21 am

Yummy! I am a chocoholic and this is delicious hot or cold.
Great photos Marla! You create your own light.

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30 Deliciously Organic March 12, 2012 at 11:33 am

This looks amazing! Makes for a super fun after-school snack. Beautiful photos!

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31 Bre March 12, 2012 at 11:41 am

I am impressed-my “dark” pictures always look dreary. These look fabulous!

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32 Kristina Vanni March 12, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I love any sentence that includes chocolate and healthy! Neat take on a delicious treat. Great tip to use almond milk!

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33 MikeVFMK March 12, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Love chocolate shakes. I still feel like a kid when I hit up a diner or place with a real shake machine and order it. Like the first time. Love the light in the pictures, M! And the sprinkles are extra amazing.

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34 Marla March 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Mike, me too. Nothing like a great milkshake to bring back those childhood memories. Love it watching my kids sip away too :)

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35 jenna March 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm

i’m so excited to try this! i love the idea of using medjool dates! fun!

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36 Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles March 12, 2012 at 7:26 pm

What fun photos! Love all the chocolate sprinkles and cocoa and sliced almonds…mmmmmmm! You always make me think outside of the box, too (adding dates) – thanks, Marla! :)

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37 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers March 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Wow, thats it for ingredients, it looks amazing!!! I’m debating if I want to make one now or have it for tomorrows snack! Looks so good!! What a great healthy milkshake!!

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38 Marla March 12, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Thanks Jennifer, so glad you like it!! Hope you do get to try this tomorrow :)

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39 Cookin' Canuck March 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Love the ideas of adding dates into a shake. What a tempting treat, Marla!

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40 Teri March 12, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Wow, as made, 320 cal? And that’s with no toppings. Not skinny. If you omitted the dates you would save 198 cal (66 cal. each). Maybe substitute with fresh raspberries? Or blueberries? A banana would only add 70 for one small whole banana.

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41 Marla March 12, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Teri, for most folks this is super skinny. There is no ice cream or frozen yogurt in it and no refined sugar if you omit the sprinkles. Love your idea to use the berries and banana. Also the yield is for TWO nine ounce servings which would halve the caloric number you mention :)

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42 shelly (cookies and cups) March 13, 2012 at 5:25 am

This is so crazy Marla! Just crazy enough to be delicious!

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43 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. March 13, 2012 at 6:54 am

love this! Yum!

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44 chinmayie @ love food eat March 13, 2012 at 8:31 am

My summer is going to be so much better with this milk shake! YUM!

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45 aida mollenkamp March 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm

What gorgeous photos with no light — well done, Marla! I will definitely be trying this out because you’ve combined some of my favorite flavors here.

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46 Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids March 13, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Wow! You are amazing. Beautiful photo with little light and delicious recipe. I cannot wait to try it!

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47 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 14, 2012 at 12:54 am

You know I love my chocolate too and this is my kind of shake!

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48 Soma March 15, 2012 at 8:10 pm

The photos are beautiful!!! can’t tell any gloom here. And the shake is even more beautiful and healthy! dates, almond milk and chocolate.. you cannot go wrong. Thanks much for mentioning mine. xo

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49 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] March 16, 2012 at 10:38 pm

i love dates and chocolate. love it all!

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50 Jenny March 30, 2012 at 5:14 am

This looks amazing. I bet it’s refreshing too. Can’t wait to make it.

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51 Natalie Negroni June 8, 2012 at 10:44 pm

kind of iffy about adding the dates but I will be trying this once I buy stevia drops:)

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52 amy marantino July 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm

making this recipe was my first time incorporating dates into something, and i am pleased with the results. thanks

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53 Abby August 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Delicious! I modified it a little bit to what I had at home, but thanks for the inspiration!

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54 Marla August 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Awesome Abby!! So glad I could inspire :)

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55 Diana @ Eating Made Easy December 31, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Yummy! My sweet tooth is craving this now. I love that you use pure chocolate sprinkles…they really do make a difference. A friend of mine makes the cutest (all natural) sprinkle kits if you are interested! http://www.ticings.com/collections/sprinkles-sugars/products/finishing-kit-naturally-colored-sprinkles

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56 Marla January 1, 2013 at 2:23 am

Oooooooo, thanks Diana! Such a helpful link ~ love the real deal!!

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57 Deborah June 1, 2013 at 1:08 pm

This sounds seriously amazing!

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58 Amy October 4, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Yummy! I love that there are Medjool Dates in this – I just realized how amazing these are and can’t get enough of them.

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59 Marla October 5, 2014 at 5:54 am

Dates are such a great way to sweeten recipes :)

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60 BlackAsphodel October 14, 2014 at 3:53 pm

I want one right now! Perfect for the cold season!

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