As a result of a chew-challenged family member, I was blending and whirring in my new Vitamix 5200* about eight times a day, leaving me little time to write or stay connected on social media.
But I am easing back into my routine and anxious to start sharing some inspiring summer recipes with you.
Let’s start with something simple, sweet, and unexpected that you can make in, you guessed it, a blender. A date smoothie, inspired by Louisa Shafia’s date shake in her book “The New Persian Kitchen“. I’ve made it in my $30 Oster blender (thanks for your years of excellent service) and my $375 Vitamix. Great in either case, if you like dates.
I changed it up a bit – adding peanut butter for a bit more protein and the nutty flavor and some almond milk, again for protein and texture. I use medjool dates, which I buy at the international market and I also see regularly at Costco and Whole Foods. Fresh medjools are so sweet — if you close your eyes when you eat them, you will be certain you are eating candy. Louisa tops her shake with lots of toasted nuts, seeds, and coconut. Highly recommended, but just use whatever you have on hand or skip it if you don’t. It’s still a mouth pleaser and steps in as a terrific breakfast on the go.
Want more blender inspiration, check out my friend, Tess Master’s new best-selling book “The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks–100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes!”. The food is healthy, the book is beautiful, and offers much more than pureed soups and smoothies. It’s full of toothsome dishes from appetizers, to main courses, to desserts.
I’m glad to be back and I hope you were happy to see my post pop up in your inbox or favorite social media news feed.
What have you been up to in your kitchen while I’ve been busy blending?
*(I was not compensated for this post and I purchased the blender myself)
- 1½ cups crushed ice (approx.)
- 8 medjool dates
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 banana
- 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened or sweetened or vanilla flavored)
- 1 tablespoon honey if using unsweetened almond milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ⅓ cup peanut butter
- dash of cinnamon and sea salt
- to your liking - add toasted nuts and seeds as toppings such as pistachios, almonds, walnuts, coconut flakes, sesame seeds
- Place all ingredients in the blender and process until smooth. Top with nuts or seeds of your choice. Drink immediately - can also be stored in the fridge for a day or two if you have leftovers.