My friend Claire approached me several months ago with a cooking quandary. She’d tried in vain to knock off the delicious shakes she remembered slurping down in college which involved little more than bananas and milk. Her attempts with the blender hadn’t yielded anything satisfactorily lip smacking.

A healthy, creamy banana shake? I was all over it, setting to work as soon as I got home. The trick, I figured out, was freezing the banana first, which gives the shake a frothy, frozen consistency reminiscent of ice cream, all without a drop of cream or sugar. Since then, I’ve downed more banana shakes than I care to count, ultimately including the recipe in the pages of my cookbook. You’ll have to wait for that one.

In the meantime, I’ve continued to tinker with banana shakes, expanding my repertoire most recently to include Medjool dates and walnuts. The dates add natural sweetness and a pleasing texture, and the walnuts lend staying power (not to mention other healthy benefits).

I will tell you that when I handed a glass of this to one of my kids, accompanied by an overly enthusiastic, “it’s a date shake, honey!” the response was far more lukewarm than my frosty drink. I can imagine how such excitement over anything involving nuts and dried fruit might induce suspicion in an eight-year old.

So, for now, Creamy Dreamy Date Shakes have become a household fave for me alone, which is just fine, since I’m so crazy for them I don’t much want to share.

As for the kids, they have been quite content downing these Frozen Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Milk Shakes. I use half the amount of chocolate chips called for in the recipe and all-natural, no-sugar added peanut butter. They are shockingly decadent-tasting considering the wholesome ingredients.

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  1. Pamela
    05.28.2012 at 8:27 AM #

    thanks~~~never thought of putting walnuts in the shakes. Another great idea!

  2. 05.31.2012 at 9:03 PM #

    Sounds delish!!! I’m all over this! Time to get some bananas!

  3. Ray
    12.03.2012 at 10:54 AM #

    Dates shake has been served in smoothie stores all over middle east for so many years.
    Also banana, date, walnut mix.

    Another mix you can try is : ice, cantaloupe, banana, cherry(pitted), sweet black fig
    I made this for some of friends, and they loved it

    • katiemorford
      12.03.2012 at 11:07 AM #

      That sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Deb B
    03.06.2013 at 9:01 AM #

    I make smoothies almost every morning so I actually buy bananas with the intent to let them ripen and then freeze them. I actually cut them up first, lay them out in a single layer on a cookie sheet, then freeze until firm. THEN I package them in a large freezer zipper bag. That way I can take out as many or as little as I want, when I am making my smoothies.

    I love the idea of adding dates to the smoothie. I love dates!

    My other favourite is a peanut butter/chocolate smoothie. Skim milk, frozen bananas, tablespoon peanut butter, heaping teaspoon of cocoa and protein powder. The peanut butter really gives it staying power.

    Loving your blog!

    • katiemorford
      03.06.2013 at 9:22 AM #

      Great tip re: frozen bananas, Deb. It’s the key to a a great, creamy texture in a smoothie.

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