Date Shakes

Date Shakes: Nutritionally Sound Drinks

Date shakes are an iconic food of southern California’s Coachella Valley. This is where the treat originated when date gardens began offering locals and travelers milkshakes made with dates and ice cream.

Dates are rich in polyphenols, a plant antioxidant that have a higher capacity of reducing oxidative stress.

Dates are free of saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and cholesterol.  Including dates into a daily diet contributes to keeping a heart healthy.  Give them a try in the recipes below for cool, creamy date shakes!

Did you know?

Fresh California Dates, Deglet Noor and Medjool varieties are now certified by the American Heart Association.

Date Shakes – The Recipes

Low Fat Date Yogurt ShakeDate Shakes
Makes 1 serving.

1/2 cup chopped California dates
1/2 medium banana
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1/2 cup crushed ice

Combine first three ingredients in blender. Puree until dates are finely chopped. Add yogurt and ice. Blend until just combined.

Tropical Date Shake
Makes 1 serving.

1/2 cup California dates
1/2 cup pineapple juice
2 tablespoons shredded coconut
1-1/2 teaspoons light rum, (optional)
3 scoops vanilla frozen yogurt

  1. Combine all ingredients except frozen yogurt in blender and puree until dates are finely chopped.
  2. Add frozen yogurt; blend until just combined.

Orange Date Shake
Makes 1 serving.

1/2 cup California dates
1/2 cup orange juice
3 scoops vanilla frozen yogurt

  1. Combine dates and orange juice in blender. Puree until dates are finely chopped.
  2. Add frozen yogurt. Blend until just combined.

Recipes courtesy of the California Date Administrative Committee.

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing

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