Can you make a shake… from a date? We had never even heard of date shakes before we moved to Southern California. But if you’re driving to or from the Southern California desert, you’re certain to pass at least one date shake stand. Date shakes are a smooth and creamy ice-cold treat made from the fruit of the desert. They’re refreshing and naturally sweetened.
Our favorite dates to work with are Medjool dates, which are known as the best-tasting variety of dates in the world. (People sometimes call them the “diamond” of dates.) They’re a good source of fiber, contain no added sugar, are high in antioxidants, and contain important vitamins and minerals. In addition, they are gluten-free, vegan, halal, and kosher.
Inspired by our trip to a date farm, we decided to create our own date shakes. This version has no added sugar and no dairy. We also gave them a slight cocoa color and flavor, because that way we could pass them off to the pickiest of our eaters as “chocolate” shakes and we wouldn’t be telling a lie. These are great for dessert but, frankly, no one would complain if you served them for breakfast.
Coconut Date Shakes Recipe
Coconut Date Shakes
These delicious and refreshing coconut date shakes are dairy-free and vegan.
- 1 large ripe banana, peeled and frozen
- 6 to 8 large Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1 tbsp (unsweetened) cocoa powder)
In a large blender or food processor, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately. Makes two large shakes or three small ones.
Just a reminder: When you’re shopping for dates, get the freshest dates possible. If they’ve been sitting on a shelf for a while, they tend to get dry and gritty. The dates should be soft and melt-in-your-mouth chewy.
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P.S. If you love eating dates and you just get can’t get enough, we’ve got a few more date recipes for you to try. Check out this Quinoa Stuffing with Dates and Walnuts or this Cauliflower Date Pistachio Salad with Mint and Dill.
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