We’re makin’ it through the Monday blues, and this healthy take on a Date Shake is going to help us get there. I have to admit, I created this recipe out of my own selfishness. Who here’s been to Palm Springs? Who here’s been lucky enough to visit Oasis Date Gardens on said trip to Palm Springs? Me! Me!
Now, we all know that this Power Protein Smoothie has been our “go-to” smoothie since, well, forever, but hold on tight folks because we’re about to totally shake things up (haha, pun intended.) We may have found another favorite.
If you have been to Oasis Date Gardens, you’re so welcome because today I am sharing my healthy take on their extremely tasty, yet extremely indulgent Date Shake. If you have not visited this little slice of paradise, consider yourself even luckier that I am introducing you to this healthy version that is totally acceptable to make every day (and for breakfast!) before you get your booty down there and taste the real deal. Once we go down healthy Date “Shake” lane, we’ll at least be able to satisfy our cravings (and waistlines!) if we can’t head to Palm Springs every weekend.
The classic Date Shake (from the Gardens themselves) is, as far as I can tell, a glorious mixture of vanilla soft serve ice cream and chopped dates, mixed up using a machine similar to what we see McDonald’s using for their McFlurry’s. It seems so simple, yet it is such a special treat, especially when they’re using some of the freshest, most delicious dates I have ever tasted in my life (we’re talking sooooo far from anything you buy at a grocery store…plump, juicy, caramelly sweet…BRB I’m going to go grab some out of the refrigerator right now to shove in my mouth as I’m writing this.)
For my Date “Shake,” we’re upping the healthy ante so we can drink this every day and feel so good about all of the nutrients we’re putting into our body. Not only do we get the classic Date Shake flavors of vanilla and dates, we also get an anti-inflammatory dose of turmeric and cinnamon. Frozen bananas, Greek yogurt and unsweetened vanilla almond milk lend the creaminess we’d typically get from the soft-serve, with sooo many fewer calories.
We throw everything into our trusty Vitamix blender and, voila! We have our healthy Date “Shake” made in under 10 minutes flat. Perfect for a rushed weekday morning! (Just remember to pre-freeze the bananas the night before.)
So, what do you think? Ready to give this a shot? We have about five pounds of dates sitting in our refrigerator, so I know this Date “Shake” is going to be on a very regular rotation in our household.
Don’t forget, if you make this, snap a photo and share it on social media using #caligirlcooking. I love to see all of your creations!
A lighter take on the frosty Palm Springs classic. You'll never miss the extra calories and get a ton of health benefits to boot!
- 10 dates, pitted and chopped
- 2 frozen bananas, sliced
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
- 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1 cup ice or frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into two glasses and serve!
Them dates tho!