California Date Shake

Do you ever come across a recipe in a magazine that sounds SOOOO crazy you just know it has to be either completely amazing or an absolute boo hiss? This is one of those crazy recipes that amazes!

California Date Shake
California Date Shake

Adapted from Bon Appetit (I used pecans instead of walnuts – because pecans and dates? Yeah, they are just meant to go together) but otherwise kept the recipe pretty close. The nut idea threw me for a minute until I realized I often use a little nut butter (peanut or almond) in my smoothies. So why not pecans in a shake?


So trust me on this on this – this is one wonderful shake. It will have you completely rethinking shakes in your future. I mean, it’s not even chocolate, and it rocked my world. So dig those dates out of the back of your cupboard or go buy new ones. And enjoy…:)

I always stock up on items like dried fruit and nuts during the Winter Holiday Sales. There are often coupons, too. Freeze the nuts and make sure any dried fruit is in a heavy bag. Check Aldi, too, for great prices if you have one near you.

California Date Shake
California Date Shake

California Date Shake

  • Servings: 2 abt 8 oz each
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/4 cup pecans (may toast if desired)
  • 1/2 cup Deglet Noor or Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup water, very hot
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • vanilla ice cream (about 3 scoops)
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Place dates in a small bowl and add ½ cup hot water to cover; soak 10 minutes to soften.

Blend pecans, dates with their soaking liquid, cinnamon, and salt in a blender until a coarse paste forms. Add ice cream and ice and blend until smooth.

If necessary, stop and stir and if needed add a touch more water.

Divide shake between 2 glasses and serve immediately.

Note: to toast pecans, place in a 350 degree oven on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for about 8 to 10 minutes until dark and fragrant. Cool before proceeding with the recipe. Alternatively, place nuts in a skillet and heat over medium heat, shaking or stirring until nuts are toasted.

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I’ll be linking this recipe to our Throwback Thursday Link Party and to the Country Cook’s Potluck as well as Angie’s Fiesta Friday, cohosted this week by Judi @ cookingwithauntjuju and Cynthia @ eatmunchlove.

26 thoughts on “California Date Shake”

    1. I actually went and got MORE dates so I can make them again – they are that good – then one of the folks got up in the middle of the night and ate the ice-cream. Empty carton and a spoon…so I’ll need to go back to the store, and hide the ice-cream, lol!

    1. I think you’ll love it! I’m becoming more and more of a date fan the older I get, I think. It started off with Date Nut Bread, then Sticky Toffee Pudding, the Date Bars…

  1. I made a smoothie sweetened with dates for the first time over the winter, and I was hooked!! I can imagine it is also good with ice cream, as a shake! I’ll have to try this!

      1. Yes, it’s on my blog, under the title of “Soothing Smoothie.” It has banana, vanilla, and almond milk in it, plus the dates. Maybe healthier than the shake, but I bet your shake tastes so delicious and perfect as a treat! I think my kids would even go for it, since it has ice cream. 😉

        1. Great! I’m going to try your smoothie next! I bet your kids would love this – but to tell ya the truth, I almost considered soaking the dates for this in coffee for a more grown up shake…

  2. When I was little my Mom and Dad used to take us all to the date farm or ranch and we always left with a date shake. I have not seen this in a very long time they are absolutely delicious.

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