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I’ve always been a fan of a good milkshake, but it turns out lactose makes my body mad (furious, even).

I say what milk is to cows, almond milk is to unicorns and we should drink to our heart’s content. This little gem is one of those versatile drinks that is a perfect treat in the morning and an equally perfect boozy after dinner delight. I urge you to try it, immediately!

what you’ll need:
• 16 oz sweetened vanilla almond milk
• 8 dates, pitted and chopped
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 vanilla bean
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• coarse salt
• 2 cups of ice
• 4 oz kahlua (if you feel like drinkin’)

what to do:
• pour the almond milk, dates, cinnamon and nutmeg into a blender
• then split the vanilla bean by running a sharp knife lengthwise down the bean, and use the tip of the knife to scoop out the vanilla seeds inside.
• add the seeds and the vanilla extract and blend until the mixture is smooth-ish, cause you’ll still have some date bits floating around. don’t worry about them, cause they’re delicious. (ps if you don’t have a vanilla bean, just substitute in another teaspoon of vanilla extract)
• oh, and now is the time to add the kahlua, if you’re ready to party.
• and then a pinch of salt and the ice . . . and blend some more.

• sprinkle some coarse salt on a paper plate or saucer
• dip the edges of each glass into the almond milk mixture, just a little bit and then roll the glasses over the salt.
• once all of the rims are salted, pour in the shake
• top off with a dash of salt and a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg
• give it one last stir, serve, slurp, enjoy!

{ column + photos by jen gotch, see all the recipes here }


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    Kristin says:

    that sounds delicious! I want one right now!!

    This sounds amazing–I have never had almond milk before so I will have to give this a go!

    Allywan says:

    This looks tasty! I may have to try. Have you tried the almond/coconut milk combo? It’s my new favorite thing in the world.

    Oh looks refreshing and hits the spot!

    definitely trying this one!

    Tish Tosh says:

    You did good Bri. I might have to use this bad boy for Fit Bottomed Girls…If I do I’ll give ya credit. I just wrote a post about unicorns today…it’s just a unicorny day apparently!

    oh. this is SO happening.

    Marie says:

    Yum! And I love those drink mixers…very cute! 🙂


    gia says:

    Where’s the vodka? If it’s a take on a white russian, I’d put a dash of vodka and a dash of kahlua so it isn’t crazy sweet… 😉

    Sarah says:

    Sounds delicious! I’m not extremely well acquainted with almond milk, but this combination of dates, almond milk and salt sounds so yummy!

    Becky says:

    I was JUST thinking about how I need to use a recipe for this stuff because I sure do make up some wonky concoctions that I would never serve anyone but myself.

    If you like soy milk, I found the best brand last week. I have never loved soy milk this much and the world must know! Plus the packaging is awesome. 8th Continent in vanilla.

    John says:

    I had no idea that Almond milk even existed. It must take some tiny fingers to milk an almond.

    Nicole says:

    The stirrers look like those trees from The Lorax!

    Lola says:

    Lookin’ delish – love these photos!!

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