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I’ve been enjoying Kris Carr’s new book, Crazy Sexy Diet. Kris has managed to keep a rare form of cancer in remission for over 7 years simply by adhering to a predominantly raw diet.  This is her holiday “egg” nog.  Make your own almond milk – my recipe’s right here.  Feel free to adjust proportions.

3 cups almond milk
3 – 5 dates, pitted
1 banana
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Blend on medium-high setting for 40 to 50 seconds (“Whole Juice” setting with a Blendtec).
Refrigerate and serve with a pinch of nutmeg on top.

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  5. I never thought I’d have to say this, but the Blendtec does struggle a little with this recipe because of the dates. I used 5 pitted dates and blended on the whole juice cycle and then an additional 30 seconds on the highest speed and there still were little bits of date chunks. I would have gone longer, but the drink was heating up. Any suggestions?

    I’m planning to blend again after it cools with the refrigerator.

    • Just an update: In my experience with this recipe and using the Blendtec Designer Series is that it is better to use the “soup cycle”. The problem with the whole juice button is that it doesn’t kick into high speed until the last 18 seconds of the 50 second cycle. But with the soup cycle, it kicks into high speed after 10 seconds, so you get 80 seconds of high speed blending, which is even longer than using the manual high speed (50 seconds).

      The only problem with this is that it does heat up the drink, so if you want it immediately, then it would probably need to be served on ice unless you don’t mind it being room temp to lukewarm.

      Normally an easy solution would be to add ice, but I didn’t because it would dilute the drink and might throw off the consistency/taste.

      Anyway, these were my finding incase anyone was interested. And actually now that I’m thinking about it, using the manual high speed for 50 seconds might work also right off the bat. It didn’t occur to me at the time. But that might take away the heat problem as it would blend for 50 seconds instead of 90.

      • Blenderdude

        Joe, yes, you have already figured out the main solution – with that many dates you are going to want to blend longer. You are also correct about the best way to combat heat generated from friction when using the longer and more powerful cycles. Incorporating something frozen into the recipe is ideal. Yes, you could always serve this over ice, but I might suggest instead that you pour some almond milk into ice-cube trays and freeze overnight. Then, just use these “almond milk cubes” in your recipe which will allow for a longer blending duration without either diluting the recipe or permitting it to heat up while you’re making sure those dates get fully incorporated.

        Using either the manual controls on Speed 10 or the Soups cycle will be ideal for this recipe. Remember, you can always stop a blend cycle or manual cycle before it times out on its own by pressing any button on the control panel if you start to get concerned about generating too much heat while blending. Thanks for sharing your experience and work-arounds with this recipe!

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