Date Milk

Pistachio date milk smoothie recipe by Indiaphile.info

To me the perfect breakfast food is well-balanced but high on the protein side of things, and perhaps most importantly, quick and easy to make. Only on the rare weekend morning do I feel like putting in the work for anything complicated like an omelette before I’ve even had my morning coffee. There are so few foods that meet these restrictions. Eggs are wonderful but I get tired of them. Oatmeal is a little carb heavy and I don’t like it very much. Boxed cereals are pretty much all carbs, as are the great classics like pancakes, waffles, toast and bagels.

Pistachio date milk smoothie recipe by Indiaphile.info

But one standard I often go to is the Date Milk Smoothie that Puja introduced me to many years ago. Her parents are deeply into healthy eating, and this is based on one of her dad’s recipes. He makes it with almonds that have soaked overnight but I prefer the flavor of pistachios. You can also make it Puja’s favorite way, with pecans.

I like these smoothies because the nuts make them rich in protein and the dates add lots of sweetness. Over the years we’ve made many variations of it. When we first started making them we added honey, but that turned out to be unnecessary because dates are already so sweet. But I love pistachios. They are by far my favorite nut. I only recently I started making it with Almond milk which makes it vegan. Almond milk works just as well as regular milk, although the result is a little less creamy but you don’t really miss it because the pistachios already make it so thick.

Pistachio date milk smoothie recipe by Indiaphile.info

Xaria also loves pistachios. She’s an expert at opening the shells. When we have one that doesn’t even have that slight opening we toss it to her and she delicately opens it between her teeth, eating only the nut and leaving the shell.

In my opinion it is also a great post-workout vegan protein smoothie. But I often drop a raw egg into mine to give it even more protein. I like to tell people about the raw egg to see what kind of reaction they will have. The egg just adds a little creaminess and barely changes the flavor at all. I do this with most smoothies I make. I used to do it to Puja’s once in a while. She had no idea until one day I mentioned it casually in conversation and she freaked out and told me not to do it again. As tempting as it’s been, I haven’t done it since.

Pistachio date milk smoothie recipe by Indiaphile.info

Pistachio date milk smoothie recipe by Indiaphile.info

Pistachio date milk smoothie recipe by Indiaphile.info

Pistachio date milk smoothie recipe by Indiaphile.info

Pistachio date milk smoothie recipe by Indiaphile.info

I’ve been making Date Milk for 8 years now and I have a precise technique down. This is important because if you don’t do it right sometimes the dates won’t dissolve into the mixture and the result won’t be as sweet or flavorful as it should be. And you’ll end up with a clump of dates at the bottom. The two most important things to remember are 1. Use medjool dates if you can and 2. Blend the dates, pistachio and milk mixture well before blending in the ice.

Pistachio Date Milk

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk (or dairy milk)
  • 4 medjool dates, chopped
  • 5-6 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Put the pistachios and dates in a blender. Add about a half cup of milk. Blend at the highest setting. Stop the blender and scrape the sides with a rubber spatula, add the rest of the milk and blend again.
  2. When the mixture is nice and creamy blend in the ice cubes until they are thoroughly integrated into the smoothy. Serve cold.

Notes:


Be sure not to add the ice cubes until the very end. If the dates are too cold when they are blended they will clump and not blend well.
You can substitute other nuts for pistachios. We’ve had success with soaked almonds (raw, not roasted), cashews and pecans.
Medjool dates are by far the best for this smoothie. If you use a different kind you might try soaking them in the milk for a few hours ahead of times, or even cooking them into a syrup first, to make sure they blend well.

Comments

    • says

      Hi Katie, you can definitely do this with your blender. I used to make this with a $15 blender we got from Wal Mart years ago. We have a better one now since that one eventually burned out, but ours is not a Vitamix. The trick is just to not put too much liquid in at first, and to make sure to let it go for long enough, about thirty seconds or so.

    • says

      Hey,Katie, in my experience, chopper will work with nuts better than blender. I do not have Vitamix, so I use chopper to ground the nuts I use for my vegan chocolates. With blender, the nuts get stuck on the bottom.

      Indiaphile, your pictures are amazing.

      • says

        The nuts don’t get stuck at the bottom with this recipe since it involves plenty of liquid. If they are getting stuck at the bottom then you aren’t using enough liquid. They do tend to get tossed to the sides of the blender and stuck, but I find it only takes one scraping with a rubber spatula before adding the ice and the last of the liquid.

  1. says

    Hello! I just discovered your blog while trying to get ideas for what I wanted to do with the rest of the pistachios I have. I love this idea! I have a very long very early commute, and this would be a great quick breakfast. I was thinking about making a larger batch sans the ice cubes for a few days/week and simply pouring a glass in the mornings. Do you think there would be any issues with storing it like this?

    • says

      Hi Julia. Sorry for the delayed response! I make date milk and store it in the fridge for a day or two all the time. I would not recommend storing it for more than 3 days though unless you froze it in ice cube trays or something like that.

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