If you’ve ever been to Palm Springs, California, you know that dates are extremely popular, due to the date farms that exist out there. Roadside stands typically offer delectable date treats like date shakes, but they’re made with ice cream, milk, and other ingredients that are fattening and overly sugary. Not this shake, though!
Instead of ice cream, this recipe calls for frozen banana, which give the smoothie a creamy consistency. For those who lack experience in the smoothie game, it’s best to peel, cut, and then freeze a banana. You don’t want to deal with removing a frozen peel, as it is quite difficult. It can also be beneficial to place the banana pieces on a tray or plate lined with parchment paper to help avoid sticking. It takes a few hours for banana pieces to freeze, so you can add them to a Ziploc bag after that.
This smoothie also contains a lot of spices that many people incorporate into holiday desserts. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla may very well be the holy triumvirate of flavor combinations. They just work, you know? And they work especially well with dates and bananas. You’re bound to love this smoothie, so we won’t waste any more time. Get to blending and let us know how you like it in the comments below!
- Prep Time:5m
- Total Time:5m
- 2/3 c raw cashews (soaked in water for 2 hours and then drained)
- 6 Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 banana sliced and frozen overnight
- 3/4 c filtered water
- 2 c ice
- 1 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- pinch cinnamon
- pinch sea salt
- Add all of the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until thick and creamy.
- The idea is that you want to have this smoothie resemble a milkshake, but you can always add a little more water if the shake is too thick for your liking.
- Pour into a tall cup and enjoy.