The date shake I had at The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs has been on my mind since I got back. Date shakes are one of the must-haves when you visit Palm Springs. Many of them are pretty unhealthy though and rely on ice cream and milk to give substance. I found them a bit too sweet and heavy with all that dairy so I’ve been meaning to try to make my own. I played around with proportions and ingredients but this morning we cracked it. This is still a pretty sweet drink but the toffee like sweetness comes from the dates so you get the deliciousness with a nice hit of fiber and without any nasties.
We’re on a bit of a smoothie / shake roll at the moment in our house as the summer school holidays are giving us time to linger over making breakfast together. My little one had his 3rd birthday a couple of days ago and loves to cook. He and his 4 year old brother love chopping fruit for smoothies and, most of all, pressing the button on the blender.
The bananas make the shake creamy, fiber, potassium and magnesium rich. I added almond butter to give a nice hit of protein, skin boosting vitamin E and calcium. I also threw in some cinnamon for a little sweetness and because it can help stabilise blood sugar – handy when you’re having dried fruit. You could use regular cows milk but as my little one is lactose intolerant we’re switching over to coconut and almond milk. I used coconut milk today but almond work works fine. Just be sure to buy an unsweetened one. Dates have such a wonderful toffee flavour that you really don’t need anything else sweet.
If you wanted to add more substance you could add some oats too.
Leftover shake mixture is amazing frozen in lollypop [popsicle] molds too. Just the ticket for a mid-afternoon treat or a post-dinner bit of sweetness.
Don’t get hung up on the measurements, they are a guide to proportions rather than a precise recipe.
Ingredients (to make enough for 2 people)
2 ripe bananas, sliced
2 tablespoons organic almond butter – buy one that has as few ingredients as possible. Ideally just almonds and oil.
around 350ml [one and a half cups] very cold unsweetened almond or coconut milk
a quarter to a half teaspoon of ground cinnamon (depending on how cinnamony you like things)
4-6 dates, de-stoned
optional – half a cup of oats. If adding oats you’ll need to add extra milk or some water
1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until you have a smooth shake
2. Serve immediately or freeze in lollypop molds for later