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Date shakes are a Southern Californian specialty. It’s a Palm Springs thing. Date palms may be found all throughout the low desert, but it wasn’t until one particularly astute date farmer opened a roadside “shake shack” that dates became famous. I’ll never forget my first date shake. On all of our family visits to the desert, I had actually avoided them for years. Dates were the equivalent of prunes in my eyes as a teenager, black, wrinkly, and nasty, so why would I put either in a creamy vanilla milkshake?!

Date shakes are traditionally made with milk, ice cream, dates, and a dash of spices. Although I am not completely dairy-free, I am obsessed with utilising cashews to make dairy-free creamy bliss. And, you guys, this cashew date shake is insanely similar to a classic date shake. It’s rich, creamy, and sweet, and it’ll keep you cool on a scorching day. I topped mine with leftover coconut whipped cream from last week’s video, but you can eat it plain as well.

This Cashew Date Banana Drink is very thick and creamy, and it tastes like dessert rather than a healthy shake. The cornerstone for this filling breakfast or snack shake is bananas and dates. Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free, and No Refined Sugar Added.

Prep Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 30 mins

● 2/3 cup of raw cashews, soaked for 2-4 hours
● 6 pitted Medjool dates, soaked in water for 10 minutes
● 1 banana, sliced and frozen
● 3/4 cup water
● 2 cups of ice
● 1 tsp of vanilla extract
● 1/4 tsp nutmeg
● pinch of cinnamon
● pinch of sea salt


● Remove the pits from the dates and soak them in a small basin of room temperature water for 5 minutes.
● In the meantime, combine the remaining ingredients in a high-powered blender or food processor, reserving the ice for last.
● Put the cashews and dates in a high-powered blender once they’ve been soaked and drained.
● Blend in the dates until they are creamy and thick. Then add the ice cubes and mix one more. Blend in the remaining ingredients on high until they are thick and creamy.
● Serve right away, or store in a sealed jar in the fridge until ready to eat!


● Add more cinnamon and chia seeds if desired.
● Because of the nutrition, fibre, and antioxidants that they give, they make an excellent healthy substitute for white sugar in recipes. Date paste, as used in this recipe, is the finest way to replace white sugar with dates.
● Cashews provide healthful fats, vitamins, minerals, and 5 grammes of protein in a single ounce serving. Yogurt is a high-protein food (use Greek yoghurt to make this smoothie even more protein-packed!). Probiotics, which are bacteria present in fermented foods, are also abundant in yoghurt.
● Cashews are high in fibre, heart-healthy lipids, and plant protein, and are low in sugar. Copper, magnesium, and manganese are key nutrients for energy production, cognitive development, immunity, and bone health.

Last Updated on August 10, 2021

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