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Walnut-Date Smoothie

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Walnut Milk Recipe

Walnut milk is so simple to make from scratch that it’s a mystery why it isn’t more common. Thanks to its rich, nutty flavor, it has quickly become a staple in my kitchen.

Makes 4 cups

Total Time: 5 minutes plus soaking time

Hands-On Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients
  • 1 cup walnut halves, rinsed (about 4 ounces)
  • 3 cups water, plus more for soaking the walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of kosher salt
Directions
  1. Place walnuts in a bowl and fill with enough water to cover by 1 inch. Cover and set aside at room temperature to soak at least 1 hour to 12 hours (this helps remove some of the tannins and makes them blend smoother).
  2. Drain walnuts and rinse thoroughly. Combine walnuts, 3 cups water, honey, vanilla, and salt in the carafe of a blender then blend on low until very smooth, at least 2 minutes.
  3. Serve as is, or if you desire a smoother milk, pour through cheesecloth or a coffee filter to strain. (Will last up to 5 days in the refrigerator.)

Nutrition information per serving: Calories 182; Total Fat 16g; Saturated Fat 2g; Mono Fat 2g; Poly Fat 12g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 121mg; Carbohydrates 8g; Fiber 2g; Protein 4g

Walnut-Date Smoothie

 

Makes 3 servings

Total Time: Under 5 minutes

Hands-On Time: Under 5 minutes

 Whenever I visit Palm Springs, I always make time for a date shake. This smoothie version is a great choice that lets you indulge in the regional specialty without making the trip. The walnut milk adds another layer of flavor and balances the dates’ natural sweetness. If you’re feeling indulgent, go ahead and use vanilla frozen yogurt in place of the yogurt and ice.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup walnut milk (recipe above)
  • 1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 3/4 cup Medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup ice cubes (about 8)
Directions
  1. Combine everything except the ice in the carafe of a blender and blend on high until the dates are broken up and the mixture very smooth, at least 1 minute.
  2. Add ice and blend briefly on high until ice is just broken up. Pour into chilled glasses and serve immediately.

Nutrition information per serving:Calories 235; Total Fat 6g; Saturated Fat 1g; Mono Fat 1g; Poly Fat 4g; Cholesterol 2mg; Sodium 64mg; Carbohydrates 43g; Fiber 4g; Protein 7g

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