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What: The Peanut Butter and Banana Shake

Where: Great Shakes, 160 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite A, Palm Springs

How Much: $5.50 to $7.50

Contact: 760-327-5300;

Why: Fresh ingredients make for … well, great shakes.

In April 2013, the walk down Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs became all the more dangerous for people’s waistlines—and all the more enthralling for people’s taste buds.

That’s when Great Shakes opened, in a little storefront just north of Arenas Road.

Inside, you’ll be greeted by a chalkboard menu offering more than two-dozen milkshake concoctions, all made with premium vanilla ice cream or a lactose-free option; floats and Dole Whip are available as well.

On a recent visit there, I quizzed the young woman working behind the counter on customer favorites. She recommended the date shake, the salted caramel shake, “anything with Oreos” and the shake with peanut butter and bananas. In a nod to The King himself, thank you very much, I went with the peanut butter and banana shake. Boy, was that a good call on my part.

The flavors melded perfectly, and the inclusion of both some unblended peanut butter (smeared somewhat artistically around the inside perimeter of the plastic cup) and several banana slices gave each bite/slurp some variety in flavor and texture. (The shakes come with both a large straw and a spoon. You’ll need them both.) Of course, all shakes come with a little mini donut—a nice touch.

I got a small-sized shake (pictured here), and that was more than enough to make my taste buds happy—and to add at least an extra half-hour to my next trip to the gym. But it was sooo worth it; you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better shake anywhere in the Coachella Valley.

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Jimmy Boegle

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. He is also the executive editor and publisher of the Reno News & Review in Reno, Nev. A native of Reno, the Dodgers...