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Course: Drinks
Keyword: Breakfast, Coffee, Dairy-Free, Date Shake, Healthy, Vegetarian

Chocolate Date Shake

Alton Brown drinking a chocolate date shake
ACTIVE TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 10 minutes
Yield: 2 servings
I don't know about you but, in the afternoon, I really want a beverage that's loaded with nutrition but also tastes a lot like chocolate and is full of caffeine.
So basically, this is a date shake masquerading as a chocolate shake that supplies a bit of a pick-me-up and also gives you some world class nutrition.
Other things you could add? Kahlua, vodka, chocolate liqueur, bourbon, or creme de menthe. Not all at once.
Did I mention it's dairy-free?
This recipe first appeared in the Pantry Raid video series.
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  • 3/4 cup unsweetened, unflavored almond milk
  • 10 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 frozen banana, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 8 3/4 ounces ice cubes
  • 2/3 cup brewed coffee, chilled (or chilled cold brew)

Specialized Hardware

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Alton Brown drinking a chocolate date shake
ACTIVE TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 10 minutes
Yield: 2 servings

Procedure

  • Combine the almond milk, dates, banana, cocoa powder, and salt in a blender. Blend on medium speed until the dates have been broken up, about 1 minute. Increase the speed to high and continue to blend until smooth, about 20 seconds.
  • Add the ice and coffee. Blend on high speed until you don't hear any more chunky bits of ice running around in the blender, about 15 seconds. Pour out into glasses and consume with a straw.
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