California Date Shake

One of the great foods of the Sunshine State, the date shake is exactly what you want to be slurping while visiting baking-hot date country near Palm Springs. Our favorite shake is the one at Shields Date Gardens, in Indio. Shields uses its own date "crystals"—dehydrated Deglet Noor and Blonde dates (the latter is one of its signature varieties). You can order these online ( or substitute fresh, we we've done here. This shake is sensational with a shot of rum stirred in.


Makes 4 cups (3 to 4 servings)
Total time: 10 Minutes

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Recipe Time

Total: 10 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 614
Caloriesfromfat 30 %
Protein 9.2 g
Fat 20 g
Satfat 12 g
Carbohydrate 105 g
Fiber 6.8 g
Sodium 157 mg
Cholesterol 79 mg


4 cups pitted Medjool dates (about 3 oz.), coarsely chopped
1/4 cup very cold milk
1 1/4 cups high-quality vanilla ice cream


In a blender, blend dates and milk until smooth and super-frothy. Add ice cream and pulse a few times, until just blended.


Note: Nutritional analysis is per shake.