A creamy, nutritious shake that tastes like Southern California in a glass is truly the best way to welcome in the warmer weather. And what could be better than my Gut-Healthy Cashew Date Shake? This milkshake is a staple within the Coachella Valley of California (aka, where dates grow in abundance) and is made healthier and dairy-free with the help of a not-so-secret ingredient: cashews! This shake was one of my favorite treats a child, and I know it will become one of your favorites, too!
Growing up, my family didn’t have much. My dad was an immigrant from Armenia, and worked extremely hard to provide us with what he could. But even despite not having much, my immigrant father always found ways to make our trips to Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley special. One of my fondest memories from those trips was getting a date shake. These delicious treats were a staple in the area and made with dates, ice cream, and milk. While they were a rare indulgence for us, they always brought a smile to mine and my sister’s faces.
As I grew older, I became more conscious of my health and realized that the traditional date shake wasn’t the best option for my gut. As someone who can be sensitive to dairy, a shake loaded with milk and ice cream isn’t necessarily ideal. That’s when I decided to create my own spin on this recipe, that was just as creamy and delicious, but much better for my body.
To make this shake gut-healthy, we’ll be swapping out the ice cream for cashews. Cashews are a great source of healthy fats and can help improve digestive health. They also add a delicious nutty flavor to the shake. If you want an even creamier shake, you can soak the cashews overnight or for at least 4 hours. However, if you’re short on time, you can soak them in hot water for 30 minutes before blending.
And let’s not forget the star ingredient of the shake – dates! Dates are a natural sweetener and are also rich in fiber, making them great for gut health. To make them easier to blend, we’ll need to soften them first. To do this, soak the dates in boiling water for 10 minutes. This will make them plump and soft, allowing them to blend easily with the other ingredients.
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It only takes four steps in order to bring this delicious shake to life! Simply start by adding all of your ingredients (minus the coconut yogurt) to a high-speed blender.
Next, blend your ingredients together on high until they’re fully combined. If needed, you can pause the blender, remove the lid, and scrape down the sides so that everything is fully incorporated.
Once done, divide your smoothie across two glasses and top each smoothie with a dollop of coconut yogurt. Serve immediately, and enjoy!
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