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This Dry fruit milkshake/smoothie is a great way to combine dry fruits and milk to create a wholesome meal for any time of the day. Make one today!
Those who regularly follow my blog probably know how obsessed we are with smoothies. Not only do we drink smoothies in the morning, but we often savor them as a part of our afterschool snack routine as well.
One of our favorite smoothies is this dry fruit smoothie. Made with the goodness of dried fruits and milk, this smoothie is a healthy beverage instead of a cup of coffee or juice.
Why use dry fruits in smoothies?
Dry fruits such as dates, raisins, figs, etc., provide essential nutrients that are rich in fiber and are a good source of antioxidants. The natural sweetener in these fruits can eliminate the need to add sugar to smoothies or milkshakes.
From boosting your immune system to providing a punch of antioxidants, dry fruit smoothies offer numerous health benefits due to the presence of dry fruits. This is because dried fruits are –
- High in vitamins and minerals that support bone health.
- Rich in dietary fibers that help regulate the digestive system. They are also filling, and this prevents mindless snacking.
- A good source of antioxidants and help reduce inflammation.
- High in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats lower the risk of heart disease.
To summarize, drinking a dry fruit milkshake is an easy and delicious way to include essential nutrients in your diet. Whether starting your day or refueling after a long day, a dry fruit smoothie can be both satiating and satisfying.
- Whole milk – for a vegan version, use oat milk or almond milk, or any plant-based milk of your choice.
- Bananas sliced into bite-sized chunks
- Raisins (golden or black) – add a hint of sweetness.
- Chopped dates – Make sure to use pitted mejdool dates. If you don’t have a high-performance blender, soak the dates in 1/4 cup of warm milk or water for 15-30 minutes. Dates are known for their natural sweetness, so there is no need to add sugar.
- Nuts – cashew nuts and almonds (make sure they are unsalted)
- Ice cubes, optional
The blender I recommend
This high-speed blender is not only great for smoothies but also makes fine purees and spice powders.
Frequently asked questions
Yes. Fresh fruits like bananas, apples, etc., combine well with dried dates, figs, etc, to create a delicious smoothie.
No, the combination of dates and raisins brings about enough sweetness in this smoothie – so there is no need to add any processed sugar.
Yes. Dried dates and figs pair well. You can also add other dried fruits, such as apricots, golden or black raisins, and freeze-dried berries of your choice as well.
Dry fruit smoothie / milkshake recipe
- Add milk to the blender, followed by all the other ingredients. Blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately for a best tasting smoothie.
Disclaimer: Approximate nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and can vary depending on the exact ingredients/brands used. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist.
The best part of this dry fruit smoothie recipe is that it is very versatile. You can create your own version with dried fruits and nuts, such as figs, pistachios, walnuts, pecans, etc.
- To make a thick smoothie bowl. Add chopped frozen bananas for extra creaminess or
- To make a creamy dry fruit milkshake recipe, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and blend it in.
- Spice/spice powders – add a pinch of saffron and/or ground cardamom while blending for a delicate fragrance.
- Taste the nuts before adding them – Nuts lying around your pantry for too long can taste bitter or rancid.
- Use a high-performance blender, if possible – this will ensure that the dried fruits get pureed properly without leaving any unsightly bits and pieces behind.
- Soak nuts and dried fruits such as figs and dates before pureeing – Do this, especially if you are not using a high-powered blender. Soaking in warm water or milk for about 20-30 minutes will soften the fruit, making blending easy.
Serve this creamy milkshake in a mason jar or a tall glass.
How to store
Refrigerator: Smoothies taste best when freshly made. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to two days. Stir well before serving.
Freezer: You can freeze this dry fruits milkshake in freezer-safe containers for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
Pour the leftover smoothie into popsicle molds and freeze. Makes for a delicious frozen treat during summer.
Other fruit smoothie recipes you’ll love
If you liked this easy smoothie recipe, here are a few more delicious smoothie recipes for you to choose from –
Whip a creamy and healthy chocolate banana smoothie in 5 minutes with only 6 ingredients! This scrumptious smoothie boasts all the rich flavors of a milkshake while containing fewer calories.
Need more smoothie recipes? Check out this list of 10+ delicious smoothie recipes for when you need fresh ideas to keep your smoothie-drinking routine interesting.
This post was originally published on 09/02/2017 and was completely updated with pictures and new text on 7/27/2023.