Pumpkin Date Shake, like the famous date shakes from Hadley’s in California with creamy pumpkin added in.
I caved. Its November already and I finally caved in and made something pumpkin. I was pretty proud of myself for holding out for so long but I had the idea for this recipe last year actually and an opportunity presented itself that was perfect timing for sharing this amazingly delicious pumpkin date shake.
I grew up in Southern California and California is known for their dates. Hadley’s on the way to Palm Desert is known for their date shakes. I lived in San Diego when I was younger and as would take road trips there just for their date shakes. It was a LONG road trip for a shake. We didn’t even go all the way to palm springs. Silly kids.
Anyway the shakes were amazing. They make theirs with a blend of date paste, milk and ice cream. Simple but oh so good. I had no idea how amazing the date was until my early 20s.
When I was a kid I thought all that they were these little rock hard nuggets that came in trail mixes. Those are only one type of dehydrated date pieces. I avoided all dates after almost breaking a tooth on them. I had no clue that the glorious medjool date had been available to me since I was a kid.
My parents got a dried fruit tray during the holidays and I would always snag the dried pineapple and peaches and that was it. There were medjool dates on the tray but I had no clue what they were, and since no one else was eating them then they must have been gross and I wasn’t about to eat one either. Then I had one later on in life (early 20s is so old you know) and realized what I had been missing out as a kid.
I now have been making up for lost time. One of the ways I have been doing this is with bacon or prosciutto wrapped dates (WOW) and the other is with these pumpkin date shakes. There are a few different types of dates, medjool are my favorite. Soft and caramel like and so good! I figured it has been fall for a while now that I should make at least one pumpkin recipe this year.
And I had been craving a date shake for a while. I wasn’t about to road trip it to Hadleys so I figured this would be a great way to test out the Ninja blender.
- For the shake:
- 1 dozen medjool dates, pitted and chopped
- 1 c cold unsweetened almond milk (or any milk you feel like using)
- ⅔-3/4 c pure pumpkin puree
- 2 c organic vanilla bean ice cream
- ½ c ice
- ½ tsp grated nutmeg
- For the topping:
- ⅔ c heavy cream
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- more grated nutmeg for garnish
These really are very good. You can sub out the pumkin for anytime of sweet winter squash puree – butternut or acorn would be good. Even sweet potato would be yummy.