Healthy, refreshing, and energy-boosting, this dry fruit milkshake recipe is the perfect beverage to give you a quick boost throughout the day! It includes dried fruits, nuts, and plant-based milk making it a great gluten-free and vegan option.
Soak figs in hot water for 30 minutes or in water at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours or more until they soften.
If you have dried figs which are soft, then no need to soak them. If the dried figs are chewy and hard, then do soak them.
You can also soak dates if they are hard or chewy. If they are soft, then no need to soak dates. You can opt to soak the almonds, cashews and the remaining nuts.
Rinse the remaining nuts, dates and raisins except the saffron in a strainer or bowl. This is an optional step.
You could also choose to soak these nuts and raisins in hot water for 30 minutes. If you prefer, you can peel the almonds. For small kids, I recommend to peel the almond and the pistachio skins.
Once the figs have softened, then roughly chop them. Also roughly chop the dates.
Making dry fruits milkshake
Then add all of nuts, raisins, chopped dates, figs and saffron in a blender.
Add ½ cup soy milk (or any nut milk or dairy milk). Blend to a semi fine or fine paste. If making for small kids, then make a very fine paste.
Then add the remaining 2 cups of the soy milk. You can also add raw sugar if you prefer.
Blend well again. Pour in glasses.
Garnish with a few dry almond or pistachio slivers and serve dry fruits milkshake immediately.
Store any leftovers in the refrigerate for a few hours, but try to drink the milkshake the same day.½
Nuts: Add any nuts that you like to this milkshake as long as they are not rancid or bitter. I use almonds, cashews, and pistachios as I get them easily. However, you can add walnuts, pine nuts, hazelnuts, or macadamia nuts. Use your preferred proportions and combinations.
Dates: Use good quality dates for the best flavor. I would suggest pitted dates for this recipe as they are easier to chop and it will save you some time as you won’t have to deseed them before blending.
Dried figs: It is best not to use figs that are too dry, chewy because you may have some trouble blending them. I suggest to soak the dried figs in hot water (to soften them) for at least 30 to 45 minutes before blending.
Milk: I added soy milk to this milkshake because it is filled with nutrients and has a mild delicious creamy flavor. But, you can use any other plant-based milk such as almond milk, oats milk, coconut milk, or dairy milk.
When to drink? This milkshake is very filling as it contains nuts, dried fruits, and milk so I usually skip my meal when I drink it. It is also a great option during fasting or vrat seasons.
Spices: You can choose to flavor the milkshake with ½ teaspoon of ground cardamom or ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon or 1 to 2 pinches of nutmeg. Adding rose water is another option. Note that saffron and nutmeg are warm spices, so add them in your milkshake during winters or monsoons. Cardamom and cinnamon are cooling spices, so best to include them during summers or hot days.