Date Shake - Date Milkshake Recipe

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Date Shake, Date MilkshakeThe Date Milkshake is one of the tastiest culinary creations, which is commonly made in the date-growing region of southern California, especially in the southern half near Palm Springs. These shakes may sound strange, but date shakes are actually fabulous!

In February every year, Indio California, hosts the National Date Festival with its Arabian theme. Of course the specialty of the festival is the date shake.

Decades ago, you could find lot of places to purchase date shakes in California. Sadly, this is not true today! But don't worry - just make your own with the recipe below. The date shakes are filling, delicious, and full of calories! This is a shake you eat more than you drink as the shake is very thick. According to California legend, the date shake was invented in the 1930s by a California date farmer.

The first date palm trees in the United States were grown from seeds planted by Franciscan and Jesuit missionaries around 1769 in the San Diego, California, area. Most of the missions were established along the Pacific coast, where the damp coastal climate is not suitable for producing dates. Because of the coastal climate, only a few of these original date palms are still in existence (as landmarks only).

In 1890, the U.S. Department of Agriculture arranged for 68 offshoots (the suckers that grow out around the base of the tree ad produce fruit identical to that of the parent tree) to be imported from Egypt and Algeria. According to historical records, the Arab growers were very uncooperative and feared any competition. Supposedly the shoots had to be smuggled out at night.

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Date Shake Recipe - How To Make Date Shakes:

Recipe Type: Beverage, Ice Cream, Dates
Cuisine: Far West (California and Arizona)
Yields: 1 serving
Prep time: 10 min


1/2 cup (approximately 4 to 5 dates) pitted California dates, coarsely chopped*
1/2 cup cold milk
1 cup good-quality vanilla ice cream
1/4 teaspoon freshly-grated nutmeg
Whipped Cream (optional)

* Preferably Medjool Dates. Other dates have thicker skins and don't blend as well.


In a blender, process the dates and 1/4 cup milk at high speed until smooth. Add remaining 1/4 cup milk, vanilla ice cream, and nutmeg; blending at low speed until well mixed. The goal is to achieve a paste-like texture with minimal chunks.

Pour into a tall, chilled glass, top with whipped cream, and serve immediately.

Makes 1 serving.

Variation Ideas

Chocolate Date Shake: Add 1 1/2 teaspoons chocolate syrup.

Chocolate Chip Shake: Substitute chocolate chip ice cream for the vanilla ice cream.

Orange Date Shake: Substitute 1/2 cup orange juice for 1/2 cup milk.


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