Blog #3: Wisdom Tooth Recipes

What do wisdom tooth surgery and environmentalism have in common? “Strawless-ness” is a must!

In a few days, I’ll be getting my wisdom teeth removed (ouch!). And although I am dreading many things about the ordeal, thankfully avoiding straws is not one of them.

I’ve been avoiding straws for a few years now, ever since I saw the film Plastic Paradise for the first time. And one thing that I’ve noticed since I started saying “no” to plastic straws is the fact that most baristas, waiters, and bartenders are so surprised by my request to be served a drink without one.

In fact, several times I’ve had waiters acknowledge my request, then return several minutes later with a straw-bedecked drink in their hand and a look of immediate recognition of their mistake on their faces. Often this is followed by my server taking out the straw to hand me a straw-free drink, defeating the whole purpose of my crusade.

So how can you be truly “strawless” while still enjoying your favorite summer smoothies and shakes?

One way to avoid the plastic straw (and cup) is to make your own! And for the last real weekend of summer, I’ve got just the way to do it: A date shake reminiscent of the famous Hadley’s in Palm Springs (without the plastic).

I’ll be trying it out this weekend! Won’t you join me?

Charlotte’s Sustainable Eats #3: Strawless Vegan Date Shake (1 Serving)

Recipe Courtesy of Bon Appetit


What You’ll Need:

Bulk. You can also use almonds or cashews.

2 Tbs walnuts

Bulk items. I found mine at my local farmers market.

¼  cup Deglet Noor or Medjool dates, pitted


Pinch (or more!) of ground cinnamon


Pinch of kosher salt

I couldn’t get mine in bulk, but try to find a local variety or a glass/reusable container.

½ cup vegan, vanilla coconut-milk ice cream

6 Tbs cracked ice


  1. Optional: Preheat oven to 350°. Toast walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing once, until slightly darkened in color and fragrant, 8–10 minutes. Let cool.

  2. Meanwhile, place dates in a small bowl and add ¼ cup hot water to cover; soak 10 minutes to soften.

  3. Blend walnuts, dates with their soaking liquid, cinnamon, and salt in a blender until a coarse paste forms. Add ice cream and cracked ice and blend until smooth.


Enjoy your Sustainable Eats!

P.S. Did you try to make these for yourself at home? Tell me how it went and any tips you have to share!

Charlotte Will