Date Shake with Toasted Nuts from The New Persian Kitchen

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.

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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.

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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 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!

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Recipe for Date Shake with Toasted Nuts

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.
Prep Time3 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 3 1/2 cups



  • *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


  • *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


  • 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.

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  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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

  8. 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
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  11. 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

  12. 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! :-)

  13. 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!

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

  15. 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!

  16. 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 :)

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

  18. 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!

  19. 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!!

  20. 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, and would love to include this recipe as well, if I may!

  21. 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!

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

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

  25. 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!

  26. 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!!

  27. 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”.

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

  29. 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 :)

  30. 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!:)

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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