Breakfast is not my fifth grader’s favorite meal of the day. (My first grader, on the other hand, practically jumps directly from his bed into a seat at the kitchen island with a spoon in his hand.)
I invented this breakfast shake one morning to sweeten the deal. It’s something fun and filling. I also love that it’s full of calcium, potassium, and protein to start his day.
You can easily adjust this recipe to your tastes and needs by:
- Subbing in a non-dairy milk such as almond or soy
- Using your favorite kind of nut butter
- Adding just one date (or omitting them completely) if you want less sweetness
I first heard of blending dates into a shake from Katie of Mom’s Kitchen Handbook, whose Creamy Dreamy Banana Date Shake is another sweet and satisfying favorite. Dates can be tough to pulverize completely in the blender, but I got this great tip from a reader: Soak them in a little dish of milk overnight (see how at My 10 Favorite Kitchen Tricks).
- 1 frozen banana, peeled and broken in half
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
- 2 small pitted dates , or 1 regular size date
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 shake Serving Size: 1 Shake
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 390Cholesterol: 10mgSodium: 174mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 6gSugar: 45gProtein: 14g