Spiced Walnut Date Smoothie

Spiced Walnut Date Smoothie

Originally developed for California Walnuts

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Spiced Walnut Date Smoothie | http://saltandwind.com Whenever I visit Palm Springs, I always make time for a date shake. This smoothie version is a healthier choice that let’s you enjoy the regional speci...
Skill
Course
Breakfast, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine
American
Ingredients
10
Hands-On Time
5 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes plus soaking time
Yield
4 cups
Servings
2 to 4
Diet
Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Spiced Walnut Date Smoothie | http://saltandwind.com
Skill
Beginner
Course
Breakfast, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine
American
Ingredients
10
Hands-On Time
5 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes plus soaking time
Yield
4 cups
Servings
2 to 4
Diet
Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Spiced Walnut Date Smoothie | http://saltandwind.com

Whenever I visit Palm Springs, I always make time for a date shake. This smoothie version is a healthier choice that let’s you enjoy the regional specialty without making the trip. The walnut milk adds another layer of flavor and balances the dates’ natural sweetness. If you’re feeling indulgent, go ahead and use vanilla frozen yogurt in place of the yogurt and ice.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup walnut halves

    rinsed

  • 3 cups cold water

    plus more for soaking the walnuts

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

    divided

  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1 cup chilled almond or walnut milk

    recipe below

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped pitted dates
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    plus more for optional garnish

  • 1 cup ice

    about 8 cubes

Instructions

For the walnut milk: Place walnuts in a bowl and cover with water. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature to soak at least 1 hour to 12 hours (this helps remove some of the tannins and makes them blend smoother). Drain walnuts and rinse thoroughly. Combine walnuts, 3 cups water, honey, 1 teaspoon of the vanilla, and salt in the carafe of a blender then blend on low until very smooth, at least 2 minutes.

Tip

The walnut milk will last up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

For the date smoothie: Combine the 1 cup of walnut milk with the yogurt, dates, cinnamon, and remaining 1 teaspoon of vanilla in the carafe of a blender and blend on high until the dates are broken up and the mixture very smooth, at least 1 minute. Add ice and blend briefly on high until ice is just broken up. Pour into chilled glasses, garnish with additional cinnamon (if desired), and serve immediately.

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