Date Shake (Milkshake with Banana and Dates)

Every region and culture has their own staple foods. Dates are among the staples in Middle Eastern cuisine! More than for cooking, dates are an important part of Arab culture. While most people snack on dates (natural or with a nut filling at most), there’s so much more that you can do with dates.

During my internship in the US a few years ago, I had a date shake. A California specialty, or so I was told. Back home, I’ve recreated a simple yet very delicious variation of this date shake with a Middle Eastern twist, inspired by the Californian original.

If you love dates or are simply looking for a delicious and filling drink, then this one is for you!

Date milkshake

Date Shake Ingredients

Beverages like milkshakes and smoothies are highly customizable. The ingredients and thickness can be adjusted depending on your taste.

I like this date shake to have a similar consistency to a regular milkshake (not too runny and not too thick either). Unlike the American original (which often has peanut butter), I use cinnamon powder for a hint of warmth. Below are the ingredients that I use for my Arabic style date shake.

  • Milk: Naturally, the main ingredient for this date milkshake is milk. You can use whole milk or semi-skimmed milk. Whole milk contains more fat and makes this shake slightly creamer, but the difference will hardly be noticeable.
  • Dates: Dates give the milkshake its flavor and sweetness. There are countless types of dates out there and it doesn’t really matter which ones you use. I like Medjool dates a lot, which are among the most popular varieties in the Middle East. You can use any other type of date too.
  • (Frozen) banana: This date shake is a great way to use ripe bananas! Bananas add to the texture of this shake. I recommend that you use fully ripe bananas (fully yellow or even slightly brownish, but not green), as they taste better in this shake than unripe bananas. For the best result, you should freeze your bananas for a couple of hours before making this shake, or use frozen bananas that are already in your freezer. Using frozen bananas makes your milkshake refreshing without the need of ice.
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a popular spice in Middle Eastern cuisine. It adds a warm taste and a hint of sweetness. It pairs very well with bananas and dates, so adding a pinch of cinnamon makes a wonderful addition to this date shake.

Note: Quantities can be found in the recipe card at the end of this recipe and can be adjusted according to the amount of servings you’d like to make.

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How to Make Date Shake (Step-by-Step)

Ready to make this easy and delicious date shake? Yallah, let’s get started!

Step 1: Pit the dates

First, remove the pits from the dates, as they are not edible. The easiest way to remove the pit is by cutting lengthwise into the date using a small paring knife. Pull the date open and remove the pit by hand.

Step 2: Blend the ingredients

Place the pitted dates into a smoothie maker. Add the frozen banana (ideally cut into 4-6 chunks before freezing), the milk and the cinnamon powder to the smoothie maker. Blend for 2-3 minutes until all the ingredients have blended into a smooth and even texture.

Step 3: Serve

The shake tastes best when served right away. If you use frozen bananas, it will have a wonderful texture and be slightly chilly. If you don’t have frozen bananas available, you could add some ice cubes or crushed ice when serving. Be careful not to add too much ice so your shake won’t be runny.

Depending on the occasion, serve with a Middle Eastern dessert, such as Baklava.

Date shake

Make Ahead & Storage

Date shake tastes best when it’s served right away. It’s not a great candidate for meal prep. That’s because it loses its taste when being stored.

If you can’t finish your shake right away, store it in an airtight glass bottle or shaker in the fridge and consume the next day.

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Date Shake (Arabic Style)

Kitty Ramasamy
Dates are a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine. Inspired by the Californian date shake, my recipe comes with a Middle Eastern twist.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Beverage
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 4 people
Calories 287 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 l (4 1/4 cups) whole milk
  • 16 dates e.g. Medjool dates
  • 2 bananas frozen
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder

Instructions
 

  • First, remove date pits. Slice the date lengthwise with a paring knife, then pull it open and remove the pit by hand.
  • Put the pitted dates in a blender (smoothie maker), add the frozen banana (sliced into 4-6 pieces before freezing),milk and cinnamon to the blender. Blend for 2-3 minutes until everything is smooth.
  • The shake is best enjoyed immediately. With frozen bananas, it'll have a great texture and be slightly cold. If you lack frozen bananas, consider adding some ice cubes when serving. Be cautious not to add too much ice to avoid a watery shake.

Notes

  • Dates provide flavor and sweetness to the milkshake. Any date variety works; I prefer Medjool dates, a popular Middle Eastern type, but others are fine too.
  • This date shake is perfect for ripe bananas. They enhance the texture and taste. Opt for fully ripe bananas (fully yellow or slightly brown, not green) for the best taste. Freezing them for a couple of hours or using pre-frozen bananas adds a refreshing touch without requiring ice.
  • A date shake is best fresh and doesn’t store well. It loses its flavor when stored. If you can’t finish it immediately, store it in an airtight container in the fridge and consume it the next day.

Nutrition

Calories: 287kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 10gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 99mgPotassium: 783mgFiber: 4gSugar: 37gVitamin A: 459IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 334mgIron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is only a rough estimate and may vary depending on factors such as the cooking method, exact weight, type, and brand of ingredients used.

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