3 tablespoons raw nut butter (use your favorite!)
2 cups water
3 dates (soaked)
1/3 vanilla bean (seeds scraped)
4 dashes of cinnamon (freshly ground)
Dash of nutmeg (freshly ground)
Pinch of sea salt
1. Drain the dates and pour the soaking water into the blender. Add enough water to bring the total liquid up to 2 cups.
2. Add the nut butter and blend until smooth. If you like your beverages really smooth, especially if you are using a butter from a harder nut (almonds, for example), you might want to strain the milk and rinse the blender before proceeding with the next step. I skipped this step because I am lazy.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender and whirr away! If you have a high-powered blender, you can blend the vanilla bean whole. Otherwise, scrape the seeds and reserve the pod for some other fragrant use (before my Vitamix, I put my scraped vanilla bean pods in a sachet in my underwear drawer!). Also, I tend to be stingy with my vanilla beans, so please feel free to use more than the recipe specifies if you are feeling carefree. A splash of vanilla extract is also fine to substitute if you like.
4. Adjust the seasonings to taste. I started slow with the nutmeg, because it can get a bit overwhelming. I used about four times as much cinnamon as I did nutmeg.
5. Blend one last time to combine, then pour into a festive glass and enjoy!
Jenny2052's ThoughtsBy jenny2052
Our neighborhood Whole Foods was selling this by the glass in the raw section, but just as I was becoming filled with the holiday spirit, the person in line in front of me snapped up the last of it.
Undeterred, I took another peek at the ingredient list and came up with this version.
Feel free to customize or substitute to your heart’s content!
I think this would be delicious in many different incarnations.
Note: This version is on the rich and sweet side. You can dial back the richness by starting with two tablespoons of nut butter instead of three. Start with one or two dates if you prefer less sweetness.
On the other hand, if you really want it to be decadent, try adding a smidge of coconut butter towards the end of the blending (the warmth caused by the blending will keep the coconut butter from seizing).
Experiment with different nut butters, too! It is pecan season in Austin, so I used homemade pecan butter from my own trees. But I think walnut butter would be fabulous, as would almond, cashew, or macadamia.
-Add a splash of almond extract for another dimension of flavor.
-Add cloves, ginger, or cardamom for additional spicy warmth.
-Add a bit of finely grated orange rind for a warm creamsicle effect.
-Use frozen banana for a noggy shake!
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