A delicious date shake reminiscent of Middle Eastern flavors, I concocted this shake a few mornings ago to help reduce a surplus of milk and bananas. (With a little bit of inspiration from npr.org website.) Organic ingredients are preferred for this recipe. Note: this is not a thick shake. Yields one large sixteen ounce beverage or two smaller eight ounce beverages. Be sure your milk or milk substitute is well chilled before preparing.
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- 4 dates, pitted (I used two medjool and two deglet nours)
- 1 pinch ground cardamom
- 1 small banana, peeled and cut into chunks (a partially frozen banana is okay to substitute)
- 3 drops almond extract
- 1 cup milk (I use whole milk but you can use another milk alternative ( almond, rice, coconut milk, soy, etc.)
- 2 -3 tablespoons tahini or 2 -3 tablespoons plain yogurt
- 1/2 tablespoon honey, to taste (or other sugar alternative such as agave, unbleached cane sugar, etc.)
- 1/4 teaspoon orange blossom water
- cinnamon, to garnish
- 1Take a sharp knife and run it under hot water. Remove the pits and cut the dates up into very small pieces.
- 2Place the dates and the remaining ingredients *except* for the cinnamon in a blender. Blend on HIGH speed a full 1 minute. (Some of the date pieces will not blend and that is okay and to be expected.).
- 3Pour shake into a tall glass. The small dates pieces that didn't blend will sink to the bottom. Have a long sundae spoon handy to eat them!
- 4If desired, [lightly] sprinkle cinnamon on top.
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Nutritional Facts for Shake 'n' Date for 1
Serving Size: 1 (414 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 532.4
- Calories from Fat 214
- Total Fat 23.7 g
- Saturated Fat 7.7 g
- Cholesterol 34.1 mg
- Sodium 143.8 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 72.4 g
- Dietary Fiber 7.7 g
- Sugars 39.1 g
- Protein 15.1 g
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orange blossom water