Date Shake with ToastedĀ Nuts

February 27, 2014
6 Ratings
Author Notes

This yummy frosty treat is like a combination of a milkshake and a smoothie. It is from Louisa Shafia's book The New Persian Kitchen and is based on a drink called majoon. Though you don't need to use all of the nuts she lists, use at least some! They add a fabulous crunch to the drink. —fiveandspice

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Serves 2
  • 1 banana, peeled and frozen
  • 8 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon each: toasted coconut flakes, toasted chopped almonds, toasted chopped walnuts, toasted chopped pistachios, and toasted sesame seeds
In This Recipe
  1. Cut the banana into 1-inch-thick slices and place them in a blender. Add the dates, yogurt, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, ice cubes, and 3/4 cup water and blend until smooth. Add an additional 1/4 cup water if the shake is too thick.
  2. Pour the shake into glasses and top with rows of the coconut flakes, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and sesame seeds, and serve.

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