Aside from her beautiful sights, Morocco is home to scores of fruits and exotic cuisines. A trip to Morocco is an assured treat to a variety of the freshest of Sharbat and shakes. Sharbats are natural juices of the various fresh fruits Morocco boasts of.
Avocados, bananas, dates, grapes, oranges, kiwis, pomegranates, plums, apricots, lemons, carrots, peaches, watermelon and peaches (the list sure goes on) are available at different times of the year in Morocco. Almonds and walnuts are not left out too; they come in handy as essential components for the fruit juices and shakes Morocco is known for.
These drinks and milkshakes which are served as a healthy snack, dessert or part of a meal are also freshly made and sold in the souks (open-air markets) and patisseries (cookie shops) all over Morocco. At weddings and special celebrations, in particular, it's a Moroccan culture to serve guests sweet almond date milk as a wish for a sweet life.
Rich in iron and an excellent source of dietary potassium, Dates are real healthy fruits. They're also considered sacred in Islamic cultures. And Almonds? Rich in carbohydrates, Vitamin E, protein, dietary fibre and monounsaturated fat, Almonds also improves complexion and possibly lower cancerous activities in the body. Consumption of almonds helps in elevating blood levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL, which is the good cholesterol) and lowering of low-density lipoproteins (LDL, the bad cholesterol).
Are you looking for a natural go-to drink to keep you refreshed this season? Or something out of the ordinary to thrill your guests as the holidays gets near? You should give this delicious, simple Moroccan milkshake a try - a healthy combo of dates and almond!
Aside from the refreshing taste, there is a broad range of essential nutrients this milkshake has to offer the body. Let's make some!
- ½ cup of Almonds
- 10 - 15 Dates
- 250 ml Three Crowns milk (preferably powder - dissolve about 4-5 tablespoons in a 250ml cup of water)
- A handful ice cubes
- One pinch ground cinnamon (optional)
Serving: 2 glasses
Soak almonds and dates in warm water for about 30 minutes each in separate bowls. Remove and deseed dates.
Pour half a cup of water into a blender or food processor, add soaked almonds and dates then process on high speed until finely ground.
Add the milk and blend on high speed for a good mix. If desired, add ice cubes and process until the ice is crushed and the milkshake is well chilled and frothy.
Pour into glasses and serve immediately. Love to spice it up a bit? Sprinkle on a dash of cinnamon!