D and I have become obsessed with a beverage so sweet, so simple and so splendid -- a banana date almond shake. There was something on the menu of my favorite after-school snack stop in grade school, I believe it was called "the monkey." It is only fitting that we should return to this flavor profile as (semi) grown ups. Now it's an after-work (soon to be after-school for D--yipee!) monkey -- whatever time of day, whatever you call it . . . This shake is sure to get your lips smackin.

It's so tasty.


Now I'm pining for the time when my Dad picked me up and dropped me off from school . . . He often wore a conehead and declared "disgusting donut day" whereupon my brother and I and all of our carpool buddies were allowed to pick out the biggest, most heavily-sprinkled, frosted piece of fried dough at our neighborhood donut shop -- no questions asked, no health concerns heeded. I always got a plain glazed twist -- ugh -- I'm purely a chocolate cake donut girl now, thank God! Anyway . . .

Banana Date Almond Shake
serves 2 as a snack, 1 for breakfast

1 date, finely chopped
1 frozen banana, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
2 tablespoons almond butter
1/2 - 3/4 cup water, depending on desired thickness (both thickish and thinnish are lovely)
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla

I place all ingredients in the blender and whizz until uniform and creamy. I always have a few remaining date pieces that don't fully blend, but they are delicious with a spoon at the end of the treat!

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