Date Shake with Toasted Nuts from The New Persian Kitchen

Winnie Abramson, ND

By Winnie Abramson, ND

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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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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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