This is a creamy, healthy smoothie which is a blend of avocado, dates and almond with no added sugar!
Sounds strange, but I fell in love with this traditional Moroccan drink on my trip to Marrakesh last year. Our guide suggested I try this drink. He said it was called ‘Beldi’. I have to admit I was a bit hesitant at first. The idea of an avocado and milk combination didn’t sound too appealing to me, but I decided to try it because RadikalKitchen is all about exploring flavours!
I was pleasantly surprised and thrilled to have discovered this creamy, refreshing and healthy drink.
Avocado milkshakes – or avocado smoothies – are an immensely popular beverage in Morocco, particularly during the month of Ramadan. They’re quick and easy to make and are both filling and nutritious. This is served as a refreshing snack or as a traditional beverage during Ramadan in Morocco.
It is common to add sugar to the smoothie in Morocco. However, I haven’t added any sugar because I wanted to keep the health quotient high. The sweetness comes from the natural sugars in the dates.
As with any smoothie recipe, feel free to play around with what you have at home and make it your own.
- Large ripe avocado
- 1 cup almond milk (vegan) or or normal milk
- 6-8 dates, cut the dates and remove the pits
- 2 Tbsp ground almond powder, grind the almond powder if you don’t have ground almonds
- Peel the avocado and place into a blender.
- Combine the dates and avocado, with half the milk in a blender.
- Blend until very creamy and smooth.
- Gradually add another cup or two of milk to make the shake as thin or as thick as you like.
- Add the almond powder and give it one more whizz until done.
- The texture is creamy, smooth with hint of date specks.
- It is very important that the avocado is ripe or else it won’t blend well. The consistency should be thick but smooth. You can add more milk if you prefer a thinner smoothie.
- You can add a mix of almond and walnut powder (coarsely ground) to enhance the nutty flavours.
- Add a few drops of Orange blossom to give it a magical fragrance and flavour