Morning Date Smoothie

By • March 25, 2014 • 8 Comments



Author Notes: Training for a half-marathon (I know...everyone is doing one these days) means early morning workouts and quick, healthy breakfasts that we can take to work, on the go. This is a nutritious frozen treat that is sweet and creamy but not so heavy that it'll slow you down. You can also add 1/2 cup of protein powder if you'd like. And play around with different kinds of milks and ratios like coconut milk and soy milk. This shake is fast and requires no prep. And most important of all, it's tasty! Get excited for your morning date!AGIRLANDAPIG

Food52 Review: It isn't often that the words "decadent" and "healthy" can be used in the same sentence. This recipe is one exception. Smoothies tend to be cloying and creamy, which may not appeal to some, but Agirlandapig completely bypasses this issue by using almond milk. The dates and bananas are quite sweet by themselves, but their flavors and sweetness are perfectly balanced. I can't think of a better way to begin a healthy day. Using fresh, homemade almond milk is worth the extra effort for its flavor, although store-bought would work equally well.Panfusine

Serves 1

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 pitted dates
  • 1 banana, preferably frozen
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. In a blender, combine the almond milk, dates, banana, cinnamon, vanilla, and ice. Blend everything together well until the dates are in tiny pieces and everything is smooth. Adjust with as splash of this or that. Enjoy cold!
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about 1 month ago SophieL

This is a keeper! The comments are all so helpful - diced dates soaked in the almond milk and adding espresso and yogurt are all good tips. Am drinking it now! Also appreciated the shout-out to Indio's date shakes - I go to Palm Springs a lot and this comment made me smile. Thanks!

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about 1 month ago wendy white

This smoothie is delicious. I doubled recipe to make for me and my niece and we both loved it! Will be making it again tomorrow morning.

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4 months ago EmilyC

Made this today and it's delicious! I added 1/4 cup of yogurt to make it more filling. Thanks for sharing!

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4 months ago AGIRLANDAPIG

Thanks for all the feedback! So appreciated. We'll make it with a shot of espresso next time. Makes complete sense! I always carry around my coffee mug and another smoothie receptacle. I should combine it in one container!

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4 months ago Scott Silverman

This ones definitely a keeper – something a little different to add to my smoothie repertoire. I added a spoonful of plain whole milk yogurt for extra creaminess. Delicious!

And I love the idea of adding a shot of espresso! Trying that next time.

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5 months ago NuMystic

Even in a vitamix there wasn't enough liquid to get this to turn over so I'd recommend adding another 1/4 cup of almond milk unless you're doubling the recipe or have a smaller container blender like a bullet.

Also consider adding one of the following to boost the protein/antioxidant profile: Maca Powder, Cocoa Nibs, Raw Cocoa Powder, Almonds or other nuts which this base recipe will stand up to quite well as it's already very sweet with just the banana and dates. (and I used unsweetened almond milk!)

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5 months ago tanager

This is very reminiscent of the famous date milkshakes from Indio, in the Southern California desert where dates are grown commercially. The date/banana combo is plenty of sweetness. My blender didn't smooth out the dates enough in my first try, so I gave them a rough chop and let them sit in the almond milk for a bit. Yum!

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5 months ago millay

This was lovely - I needed a wake up kick so I added a shot of espresso. It was good :P