I love a great date, and today I am not referring to the “romantic dinner and a movie” variety. Although, that is always a good idea! This shake would be the equivalent of speed dating. Quickly throw everything together, and in five minutes, you decide if you want to come back for more. It might just be the love you have been waiting for! For me, making a date with a coconuy is always a good idea, and this smoothie sweetened with dates hits the spot.
Fresh pitted dates would have to be one of the great culinary pleasures of life. Dates are the oldest, and certainly the sweetest fruit, with the highest concentration of fruit sugars. They are so decadent and fabulous. I really try and eat them in moderation, as they can really spike my blood sugar levels. Having said that -- when I decide to indulge, I like to commit. Come on, nobody likes a cheap date!
There are literally hundreds of varieties of dates in the world. But there are really only a few varieties that are readily available in mainstream grocery stores and markets in the States. Typically the Medjool variety are on offer, as they yield a large sweet crop.
Throw some delectable dates in your blender with some bananas, almond milk, and coconut water and you have a sweet date that will leave you waiting for the next encounter. Almond milk gets an invite to this date, and I have chosen to add coconut water (after all, it is a coconut smoothie recipe) for an added zing. Coconut water seems to be the latest fad drink of choice at the moment, and with good reason. It is nature’s wonder energy drink. Who needs Red Bull when you can smash open a coconut and grab a straw.
Coconut water is a high in protein, B Vitamins and Ascorbic acid; and loaded with electrolytes; and vitamins and minerals like magnesium and potassium. It is low in calories, is fat-free, and low in cholesterol. I recommend making home made almond milk and fresh coconut water for a quality date. But if you don’t have the time, or inclination, there are some great packaged almond milks and pure coconut waters at the health food store that make this shake really quick and easy. You can substitute cashew milk if you want a richer more buttery experience, and you could always add a spoonful of coconut butter to make it this recipe even more creamy. It depends on how indulgent you want your date to be!
If you want to make this shake nut free you could always use hemp milk, rice milk, or soy milk. It will yield a smoothie of a slightly different personality, but it is still really really good.