MMMmmmmm Datorade, lovely, creamy, sweet, intoxicating drink, you… people want to know you and I can’t keep our secret any longer…
I’ve been getting lots of search results on how to make datorade. I think there are basically 2 ways to make it and it really depends on your preferences. First you need some good dates… get dates that have no preservatives in them. They should be soft and juicy. If your dates are dry you will need to soak them in water, perhaps overnight. The best dates are organic and naturally grown dates.
My favorite varieties are medjool and khadrawy, two of the juiciest types of dates. Deglet noors are the driest dates I’ve ever had. I prefer to get dates from the date farms, but sometimes I’ll get the bulk variety from grocery stores, or very carefully picked packaged dates from the store. Pitted dates are not raw and contain sulfites. There are several companies that mail in dates, but the most well-known are http://www.thedatepeople.net and http://www.7hotdates.com
Two fruits of the Date Palm, The Left is a Medjool date, the right is a Khadrawi (or Hadrawi) date. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Quantity of dates.
Purchasing: If you’re trying dates for the first time or for the purpose of this recipe a pound is alright, I’d go with 3-5lbs. if you’re not convinced you will like them. Otherwise get as many pounds as you can handle. I usually get at least 20 lbs. when I order them.
Creating: I think it’s a really good idea to make a blender full, even if you have to store what you don’t drink right away because it makes it easier to blend and datorade a day later is all the better. For smaller dates I put in 20-30 dates. For medjool dates I put in 10-20 dates depending on the size. It looks like the blender is about 1/4th to 1/5th full of dates.
Water. Do you want your datorade to be thick like a milkshake or thin like a latte? If you want it thick you might put a few less dates in and fill the blender up with water until it’s half full for a 48 oz blender. If you want it more latte-like, fill it up 3/4 with water. You could also add in ice.
What you get… Depending on your blender and your dates, it might be difficult to get the dates to blend up completely. You might want to start with a few at a time, and continuously add more. Sometimes I blend in batches. I might start with all my dates and water in and then pour some off, adding it back in when I’ve got a batch completely blended and stored in a container.
If your datorade is thick you’re going to end up with a drink that looks like caramel and basically tastes like it as well. The thicker drink is sweeter, drink it like a dessert drink. If you go with the latter expect your drink to look more creamy, with a white foam at the top and taste sweet, but palatable enough to drink a gallon’s worth. It will look more like the smoothie to the right. Now once you get the hang of it, you’re probably going to experiment and pick a ratio you prefer which is why I haven’t given any direct measurements. Datorade is pretty flexible, but it can be a disaster until you get accustomed (addicted) to the taste and texture.
What I mean is that your comfort level will increase when you’re more confident that you know what you’re doing when you make it. I have seen others afraid of datorade, it may not mix well with other foods, especially if you’re drinking the thicker, sweeter blend in large quantities. I usually eat datorade as a meal. Being hydrated is also important with dates or any dry fruit. For this reason the more watery variety is better as a meal and if it’s not sweet enough for you add a few more dates to it and more water to decrease the sweet.
Datorade is a great food for energy and extremely filling. You can also add other fruits to it such as bananas, strawberries, or apples. You could also pour datorade over sliced apples, bananas, strawberries, cucumbers or whatever other fruits you want to try. This is a great staple for a fruit cleanse, eating a raw diet or eating fruit for breakfast.
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