Datorade // A chocolate milkshake alternative

datorade recipe

I love watching Freelee the banana girl on YouTube. She’s a vegan who eats so much fruit and veg you wonder why she isn’t obese – but the vegan lifestyle she sticks to means she can eat as much as she likes as she is fuelling her body with heathy plant food. You can read more about that on her website: The Banana Girl.

Although I’m not vegan, or even vegetarian, her lifestyle bothย intrigues and inspires me to eat well and exercise. One of the things she often makes in her vlogs is something she refers to as datorade. It’s basically a blend of dates and water – she often adds other things into it, such as vanilla essence or cocoa powder.

Chocolate Datorade Recipeย 

datorade recipe

When I got some dark chocolate cocoa powder by Dr Oekter in my October Degustabox, I new I wanted to make something healthy to fuel me while training for my next 10k run. I decided to make my own version of Datorade.

datorade recipe


  • 7 date with the stone removed
  • 2 bananas
  • 12 raspberries
  • 2 teaspoons of dark cocoa powder
  • about 250ml water

datorade recipe

I blended all the ingredients together – you can use milk or coconut water if you wish and add more if you don’t like your smoothies to be as thick.

After I had got the consistency I like, I poured it into a glass and added some raspberries as a bit of decoration.

It was delicious and isn’t too sweet that it feels naughty! It’s a great way to get some fruit and fibre into your diet!

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  1. November 13, 2014 / 9:17 am

    The concept of this is really interesting! Isn’t is a bit of a sickly combo? I love mixing dates with pb at the moment. And haha yeah, I’m not vegan/veggie either but the lifestyle seriously intrigues me too. Thanks for this post! I will have to give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Corinne
      November 15, 2014 / 12:08 am

      It’s not that sweet, really! I kind of wished it was a bit sweeter but didn’t want to add any sugar – honey might have been a good thing to add though.

  2. November 13, 2014 / 9:29 am

    This looks yummy actually ๐Ÿ™‚ Love shakes ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  3. jackie harrison
    November 13, 2014 / 10:59 am

    This looks yummy I need to check the vegan on youtube how much fruits and veggies can you eat in one day wow sometimes I just need my carbs.

    • Corinne
      November 15, 2014 / 12:08 am

      Carbs are great ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. November 13, 2014 / 11:41 am

    I love chocolate, raspberries and dates, so this looks amazing!! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. November 13, 2014 / 2:28 pm

    I love the idea of dates in a smoothie. I was a vegan for a long time and I still try to eat that way 80% so thank you for putting me onto the Banana Girl. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Corinne
      November 15, 2014 / 12:10 am

      What made you stop?

  6. November 13, 2014 / 4:06 pm

    Although I’m not a vegetarian either, I’m always on the hunt for healthy, meat-free recipes since they’re usually quicker to make when I have a busy schedule. This smoothie sounds delicious!


  7. November 13, 2014 / 5:04 pm

    What a great idea! I will have to check out her channel ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m still wondering what to use my Degustabox Dr Oetker goodies for – it could well be this ๐Ÿ™‚



  8. November 13, 2014 / 6:01 pm

    That looks so yummy, def gonna try

    check me out

  9. Ileana
    November 13, 2014 / 6:55 pm

    Nam! It looks delicious! Will definitely try it !:)


  10. November 13, 2014 / 7:01 pm

    I’ve seen a few of her videos as my friend was inspired to become a raw vegan after seeing her YouTube channel.

    I tried eating as much fruit and veg as her but ended up bloated after only two days.

    My aforementioned friend has made this before and he said it was delicious but I’ve never tried it. I think I will now, thanks!

    Simone | Thirty Something OAP

    • Corinne
      November 15, 2014 / 12:12 am

      I hope you try it. I don’t know if I could eat that much!

  11. November 13, 2014 / 8:20 pm

    Is there a suggestion for a substitute for dates? I don’t like them at all but other than that, the other ingredients sounds super yummy.

    Reflection of Sanity

    • Corinne
      November 15, 2014 / 12:12 am

      You can’t really taste them that much amongst the other ingredients!

  12. November 14, 2014 / 8:08 am

    This does look really yummy, although I normally put one banana in shakes and the taste is still overpowering! I want t be vegan ๐Ÿ™

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

    • Corinne
      November 15, 2014 / 12:12 am

      I want to be too weh

  13. November 14, 2014 / 7:53 pm

    If it tastes as good as it looks then this would be my ideal drink. A good way to have a naughty and healthy treat Lucy x

    • Corinne
      November 15, 2014 / 12:13 am

      Who says you can’t have the best of both worlds?

  14. November 15, 2014 / 8:54 pm

    Just delicious ! <3

  15. Nicola
    November 20, 2014 / 12:42 am

    I’m hearing more and more frequently the praises of veganism. Is it expensive to be vegan? How do you get over the cravings!?!

    I know you aren’t vegan, but I am pretty much just wondering out loud haha.


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