I rarely eat the same thing twice. A food or drink has to be really and truly insanely delicious for me to make it more than once; I guess that says a lot about this shake since I blended it up four times last week.

Date Shake with Toasted Nuts from www.healthygreenkitchen.com

The shake recipe comes from a wonderful new book (that’s officially out today!) called The New Persian Kitchen. I received a review copy from Ten Speed Press a couple of weeks ago and I simply can’t get enough of author Louisa Shaffia’s beautiful writing, or her food.

This is Louisa’s second book. I adored her first one (Lucid Food: Cooking for an Eco-Conscious Life), too. In fact, I wrote extensively about Lucid Food in a series of posts back in 2010: this granola is one of the recipes I featured.

One of the things I like best about The New Persian Kitchen is how Louisa weaves exotic, traditional Persian ingredients into contemporary dishes. Some of the recipes I most look forward to making include:

Cold Pistachio Soup with Mint and Leeks
Whole Roasted Fish with Oranges and Saffron
Sour Cherry and Rose Preserves
Herb Frittata with Walnuts and Rose Petals
Grilled liver with Cumin, Garlic, and Fresh Basil
Pomegranate Semifreddo with Blood Orange Compote
No-bake Persimmon and Goat Cheese Cheesecake

Don’t these recipes sound amazing? I am also a big fan of the ways in which Louisa shares cultural and historical information in this book. And the photography? It’s positively dreamy, as is always the case when Sara Remington is behind the lens.

I simply can’t say enough good things about this book, and I am pleased to let you know that Ten Speed Press has generously offered to send a copy of the New Persian Kitchen to one of my readers! You’ll find the information about how to enter the giveaway at the end of the post.

Recipe for Date Shake with Toasted Nuts

Yield: 3 1/2 cups

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes (for toasting the nuts)

Total Time: 15 minutes

I've played with this shake a lot. Sometimes I use more banana, fewer dates, and less ice. I've substituted raw milk for the yogurt, as well. In the photos, you see toasted pistachios, sesame seeds, and coconut because I was out of almonds and walnuts.

For the pistachios, sesame seeds, and coconut flakes: toast them at 300 degrees F. for 3 to 4 minutes, then transfer to a plate to prevent burning. Toast the almonds and walnuts at 350 degrees F. for about 12 minutes.

Ingredients:

Shake:

*1 banana, peeled and frozen
*8 Medjool dates, pitted
*1/2 cup plain yogurt (not thick)
*1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
*Pinch of ground cinnamon
*Pinch of sea salt
*2 cups ice cubes
*3/4 cup to 1 cup water

Toppings:

*1 tablespoon toasted unsweetened coconut flakes
*1 tablespoon toasted almonds, coarsely chopped
*1 tablespoon toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped
*1 tablespoon toasted pistachios, coarsely chopped
*1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Directions:

Cut the banana into 1-inch-thick slices and place them in a blender. Add the dates, yogurt, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, ice cubes, and 3/4 cup water and blend until smooth. Add an additional 1/4 cup water if the shake is too thick. Pour into glasses, top with rows of coconut flakes, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and sesame seeds, and serve.

Reprinted with permission from The New Persian Kitchen, copyright ©2013. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

Date Shake from www.healthygreenkitchen.com

To enter the giveaway for a copy of The New Persian Kitchen:

Mandatory entry: Leave a comment on this post from now through Monday April 21st, 2013 at midnight (I won’t accept entries after that time).

Optional: For an extra entry, join my community on Facebook and then leave me a comment telling me you did so. If you’re already a fan on Facebook, let me know in the comments section.

Optional: For a third entry, you can sign up for my blog’s email updates (you’ll find the sign up box in the top right sidebar of my blog). Once you are signed up, just leave a comment letting me know.

So that’s it! There are up to three entries for each person and I’ll choose a winner via random.com next Tuesday morning. I will notify the winner by email so make sure I have a valid email address for you. US readers only, please. Good luck!

 

92 Comments

  1. 1

    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 16, 2013 @ 11:07 pm

    I don’t know what I like more, the shake or the toppings. Either way, this looks great!

  2. 2

    Christy S — April 16, 2013 @ 11:09 pm

    I love Persian food and would love to learn how to make it.

  3. 3

    Dawn — April 16, 2013 @ 11:19 pm

    Already a fan on Facebook of course and the page :) The shake sounds delicious, can’t wait to try it since I have dates!

  4. 4

    Kim Foster — April 16, 2013 @ 11:23 pm

    Since I didn’t get the blue jars, I want in on this cookbook. You know I’ve been dying to get my hands on it. It’s gorgeous.

    Also, do not let @NutmegNanny get it. I want it more than her. :)

    xo Kim

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    Amanda — April 17, 2013 @ 12:04 am

    The other great thing about this shake is that it features ingredients you almost always have on hand — even the banana can probably be frozen, right? Would love to see those other recipes as well! Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Mary Graves — April 17, 2013 @ 12:06 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe. Dates are my favorite addiction and always looking for unique ways to use them. Actually have all the ingredients in the kitchen and just froze bananas yesterday. Heading out to the kitchen right now so I can make this!!! I can also see adding a touch of almond extract to this. Will be fun to experiment with this one! Thanks again and really enjoy your Facebook page.

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    Ali — April 17, 2013 @ 12:08 am

    This looks heavenly!
    Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try it….. I’m thinking breakfast tomorrow morning ..mmmmm
    Would love love love to win the cookbook!:)

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    laurasmess — April 17, 2013 @ 12:42 am

    Wow… this looks so, so delicious (and healthy!). I make a very similar shake to this with dates and banana, but use almond milk instead of yoghurt. The toppings are a fantastic idea to add a bit of crunch and extra deliciousness on top of all that goodness! Love your pictures too. Mmm :)

  9. 9

    Christine — April 17, 2013 @ 12:52 am

    Awesome, thanks! I’ve been looking for more recipes aside fromt he traditional strawberry or raspberry shake. Thanks! Book looks awesome!

  10. 10

    Christine — April 17, 2013 @ 12:53 am

    I follow you on FB!

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    Christine — April 17, 2013 @ 12:53 am

    I’m on your email list!

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    Linda Linder — April 17, 2013 @ 1:01 am

    Haven’t had a date shake for such a long time. . . Sooo good!!
    I am a new subscriber to your email updates and just became a fan on facebook. Would love a copy of “The New Persian Kitchen”.

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    Shawna Kinsman — April 17, 2013 @ 1:10 am

    Oooo this looks awesome. I bet a little shaved dark chocolate would be yummy on top too. I hope my market has dates in today, I really want to try this!!

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    Sherry — April 17, 2013 @ 5:19 am

    Hi! Im a Facebook fan already and I’d love my very own copy of The New Persian Kitchen! I’ve been drooling over it from what I’ve seen of it! This date shake sounds yummy!

  15. 15

    Julia Lecuona — April 17, 2013 @ 5:50 am

    This recipe is awesome, I’d love to get my hands on the book, started following you on Facebook right away! Thanks!

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    Stacy — April 17, 2013 @ 6:45 am

    This looks like a winner. I’m already hooked on your pumpkin shake recipe.

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    Salvegging — April 17, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    The book looks so inspiring and that date shake delectable. So rustic and sweet-looking. Yum!

  18. 18

    Kelly — April 17, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    I love nontraditional flavors! I would love to win such a awesome book!

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    Tabitha Hooker — April 17, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    I’m also a fan of yours of FB. I like what I’ve seen so far–nutritious and delicious.

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    Julia Lecuona — April 17, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    I am a fan on Facebook, too. Loved the blog and the recipes, thank you for sharing them with us!

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    Michelle M — April 17, 2013 @ 11:41 am

    This recipe sounds wonderful and you’ve totally caught my attention on the new cookbook!

  22. 22

    Jennie — April 17, 2013 @ 11:41 am

    Would love to get this for my sister – she does a good deal of Persian cooking with her in-laws!

  23. 23

    vaishali — April 17, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

    Wow…would love to win a copy! Thanks!

  24. 24

    Jess @ Floptimism — April 17, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

    I recently tried a date shake and liked it – I’d love to try this version, along with all the other recipes in the book!

  25. 25

    Jess @ Floptimism — April 17, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

    I like your page on FB! (as Floptimism)

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    Jess @ Floptimism — April 17, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

    And I subscribe to your email updates.

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    Eliza — April 17, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

    Has anyone ever tried the date smoothie at Taim in New York City? I love that smoothie, and I am hoping this recipe comes close to it. It looks delicious!

  28. 28

    Elaine — April 17, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    Looks great!

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    Elaine — April 17, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    I liked your page on FB

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    Elaine — April 17, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    I’m already signed up to your e-mail list, that’s how I heard about this.

  31. 31

    Dorothea — April 17, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

    I’ve been a fan of Persian cooking for a while now, so I can’t wait to browse through this cookbook to find new favorites!

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    Dorothea — April 17, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

    I’m subscribed to email updates for the Healthy Green Kitchen.

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    mindy trotta — April 17, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

    LOVE date shakes after living in CA for 24 years. Have many Persian friends there and know the food well. (Tadiq (sp) is soo good!)
    Would really enjoy making the recipes from The New Persian Cooking!
    Also a fan of yours on FB, Winnie! Recently posted a gluten-free Spring smoothie on Betterafter50.com, and would love to include this recipe as well, if I may!

  34. 34

    ann — April 17, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    This book looks delightful !

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    ann — April 17, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

    I am subscribed to receive your emails. Thank you.!

  36. 36

    brooke — April 17, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

    Reminds me of a smoothie I adore with dates, banana, almond milk and almond butter.

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    Marcy — April 17, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

    I like the flavor of dates but have never been a fan of eating them outright. I’m not sure what else to do with them until this recipe- looks fantastic! I’ll be trying it this weekend!!

  38. 38

    Urban Wife — April 17, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

    Oh my! I would make this shake every single day – it sounds amazing!

  39. 39

    Heather — April 17, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

    Undoubtedly would love the entire book, but most anxious to see the recipes for the whole fish with citrus and saffron as well as the persimmon and goat cheese cheesecake!

  40. 40

    Heather — April 17, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

    Like HGK on Facebook.

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    April — April 17, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    April — April 17, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

    Subscribed!

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    April — April 17, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

    Followed on FB!

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    Rachel — April 17, 2013 @ 7:48 pm

    This shake looks amazing!! I followed on Facebook and subscribed to your newsletter. Can’t wait for the updates.

  45. 45

    Claire — April 17, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    Just discovered the Persian market a few blocks from my apartment. This book would give me the perfect reason to explore it more!

  46. 46

    Claire — April 17, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

    Just discovered the Persian market a few blocks from my apartment. This book would give me the perfect excuse to explore!

    Just followed on the Facebook and subscribed :)

  47. 47

    Marisa — April 17, 2013 @ 11:24 pm

    Looking forward to trying this shake, and the book sounds delicious-thanks for the opportunity!

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    autumn — April 18, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    I’ve been on such a date-shake kick recently, Winnie! The timing of this post is perfect :) I made one w/ kefir, which was great, but I love that this one has toppings!

  49. 49

    chelsea — April 18, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

    both of those books look amazing – just came across your blog, have signed up for your email newsletter as well!

  50. 50

    James Overland — April 18, 2013 @ 5:22 pm

    Great stuff….But am I the only one that adds chia seed, hemp seed, flax seed, apple cider vinegar and aloe to their smoothies??

  51. 51

    Aggie — April 18, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

    This shake and all its goodness completely caught my eye. I love Medjool dates, and pretty much everything else that is in here, I can see why you made it so many times :)

    This cookbook sounds like something I would love!

  52. 52

    Emily — April 18, 2013 @ 10:38 pm

    I loved her previous book and this one looks even better

  53. 53

    Nushin — April 19, 2013 @ 2:55 am

    I am a fan your page and Lucid Food. With a few adjustments that the author has most likely made, Persian food can be the most sustainable, nourishing and delicious on the planet. Our secret is out! :-)

  54. 54

    Wendy — April 19, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    Lucid foods is such a lovely cook. I’ve made a few recipes and my favorite by far are the condiments she creates – so flavourfull and simple. I love to add this to my collection! Thank you for the opportunity

  55. 55

    Sonnet — April 19, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    So excited to have just found your blog and this book has me intrigued!

  56. 56

    andie d — April 19, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    This sounds delicious!

  57. 57

    KD — April 19, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

    Joined your FB community as well as subscribed to your site. Just want to thank you for all the time and energy you dedicate to sharing healthy ways of living for those of us who are wanting to learn! Really enjoy your posts and recipes. Keep up the great work! ~KD :)

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    Brighid — April 19, 2013 @ 11:27 pm

    I just found your site via punkdomestics.com and it’s a happy find!

  59. 59

    Brighid — April 19, 2013 @ 11:28 pm

    I just signed up for email updates!

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    Dianne — April 21, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    Just found your site, recipe for date smoothie looks great, many thanks

  61. 61

    Teresa Winters — April 21, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

    The date shake sounds so good. My husband and I love Persian food, so this sounds like a great book for us.

  62. 62

    Teresa Winters — April 21, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

    I get your email updates.

  63. 63

    Teresa Winters — April 21, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    I am following you on Facebook.

  64. 64

    Kristin — April 21, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

    I’m subscribed to email updates for the Healthy Green Kitchen.

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    Kristin — April 21, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

    I am following you on Facebook.

  66. 66

    Kristin — April 21, 2013 @ 9:52 pm

    The date shake sounds awesome. I am looking forward to trying this for a breakfast on the go for workdays :-)

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    Amy — April 21, 2013 @ 11:13 pm

    Love the idea of sesame seeds and pistachios on the shake, so clever!

  68. 68

    Lois — April 21, 2013 @ 11:18 pm

    The book looks wonderful – sure would love to win it! Thanks for this opportunity.

  69. 69

    Lois — April 21, 2013 @ 11:19 pm

    I am a subscriber to your blog!

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    Burta — April 22, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    Thank you for this chance to win!

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    Burta — April 22, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    Thank you!!!

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    Mina — April 22, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    Please offer more Persian recipes and cooking tips

  74. 74

    Mina — April 22, 2013 @ 8:57 am

    Now part of the FB community, hope I haven’t missed a chance to win.
    I believe I’m already signed up for emails I’ll check
    Thank you

  75. 75

    Mina Balakhani — April 22, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    Yes I am signed up and have tried several of your recipes.
    Thanks again :)

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    Ashlie — April 22, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    My husband is Persian and I am always looking for new recipes to surprise him with. Our favorite Persian meal is Gormeh Sabzi – it is a wonderful stew of fresh herbs and greens (Sabzi = green) including parsley, cilantro, leeks, green onions and fenugreek, kidney beans, and dried limes (it also usually has beef shank, but we typically leave that out). Here is an old post on our much neglected blog that gives a recipe for it http://www.edibleexistence.com/2009/10/gormeh-sabzi-persian-green-stew.html

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    Ashlie — April 22, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    I am a long time facebook fan :)

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    Melissa — April 22, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    Wow! This shake looks beautiful and tasty! I can’t wait to try it! I’ve been reading your blog for quite awhile now and really enjoy it – thanks for all you do!

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    Jan — April 22, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    This would be a lovely cookbook addition to anyone’s collection.

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    Jan — April 22, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    I’m an email subscriber

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    carol — April 22, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    would love to have this new book!

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    Carla — April 22, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    Your recipes, I don’t think people realize the nutritional value in each one. They seem great in formation as it goes in category. Protein, vital vitamins and nutrients. Even some trace elements. And all yummy! Thank yoy for willing to assist and advocate a healthier lifestyle to others.

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    amanda — April 22, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

    Sounds like a lovely book! I’d buy it for that Sour Cherry and Rose Preserves recipe alone. Wow.

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    amanda — April 22, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

    And I’m a fan on FB! Love your work.

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    Cheryl — April 22, 2013 @ 5:45 pm

    This looks so delicious – I can’t wait to try!!

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    The Wimpy Vegetarian — April 23, 2013 @ 12:24 am

    I am completely the same, Winnie. It’s a rare dish I make twice. If I do, I’m doing some kind of tweek on it. This shake looks really good. I’m allergic to nuts, so I’ll have to skip the topping, but honestly it looks pretty wonderful just straight up!

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    Kristi Rimkus — April 23, 2013 @ 12:38 am

    I found this recipe in Pinterest and I’m glad I did. What a deliciously healthy shake.

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    Lynn Wiese — April 24, 2013 @ 12:13 am

    This looks fabulous – morning, noon or night!

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    Jijin Mohan — April 24, 2013 @ 1:54 am

    Would love to have this book. Your blog is such a great resource.

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    Shilpa — April 26, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

    I just discovered your website via Nourished Kitchen. You and your website are such great resources for food! I cannot wait to try out your recipes. They look simple and so delicious! I also signed up to get your email updates and newsletter.

    I love Persian food. And like you I also fell in love with Louisa’s first book. I would love to have her latest book and cook more Persian food at home.

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