Okay, so I solemnly swore not to make any dumb date puns on this post but the temptation is all too great. And I just. can’t. resist.
…I’ve got a hot date tonight.
boyfriend blender. And trust me, it’s going to be really, really good. No awkward moments where you both pretend to reach for the bill. You don’t have to laugh at his corny jokes. You don’t have to make out after you’ve scarfed down a salad filled to the brim with red onions. Just sit…and sip.
Have you ever craved a chocolate milkshake? Umm…yeah, me too. Far too often than I care to admit. As in liiiiiike…every day. And this delicious shake satisfies that sweet tooth. I wouldn’t be posting it if it didn’t. You think I’d be all up on here posting a weenie little vegan shake that tastes like chalk and rabbit pellet? Absolutely not.
This shake is made with bananas, almond milk, cacao/cocoa, and WOAH you guessed it, sweetened with dates. I started experimenting with dates when I began cutting back on refined sugars in my baking. Along with honey, maple syrup, and agave, it turns out making a paste from thick and chewy dates is a wonderful way to add a little natural sweetness. Dates, despite their off-putting wrinkly exterior (see off-putting photo above), are loaded with fiber, iron, potassium, and vitamins A and K. Mix them up with the rest of the ingredients like potassium-loaded banana and fibrous chia seeds, and you’ve got pure unadulterated creamy dreamy chocolatey goodness that’s healthy, too.
Ladies can I get an amen.
Aaaaaand it’s amazing topped with granola for a nice pre-sweat-inducing bicycle ride.
Cacao Date Shake
- 3 Medjool dates (these are the stickier, sweeter type but really any type will do)
- 2.5 T cacao (unsweetened cocoa powder will work beautifully too!)
- 1 banana, frozen if possible
- 1 cup almond milk, or other non dairy beverage like soymilk
- 1 T chia seeds
- 4 or 5 ice cubes
The directions are about as simple as it gets:
- Add ingredients to blender….
- Are we following? Groovy. But wait! There is ONE exception: the dates! You can either let them soak for 10 minutes in warm water or (if lazy like myself, read on) throw them in a bowl, cover with water, and microwave for about a minute or a minute and a half. Then take out the pits and add them in with everything else and blend, blend, blend away!
- If you have time to plan ahead, it is best to add the chia seeds to the nut milk and let them soak for a good 10 minutes. Chia seeds are super absorbent little guys and they will thicken up the milk. This shake is great plain, or you can put on your fancy pants and top it with almond butter, granola, or fresh fruit.
- Getcho’ sip on.
This sun is out, the birds are chirping…spring is definitely in the air….and all this talk of dates. And hot dates for that matter, or in my case, complete lack thereof. Regardless, here’s a sweet little lovey dovey ditty by The Donkeys to soothe you while you stab the Blend button repeatedly. Happy Friday kids.