Morning Date Smoothie

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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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Topics: Breakfast

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2 months ago Tara Messenger

Also suggest blending the dates with the milk first before adding the ice and frozen banana as the cold can make the date pieces seize up and become harder to blend.


5 months ago Jessipes

@NuMystic. Jamba Juice is so far from my daily consumption, that I wasn't even thinking of their content! I enjoy dates in my smoothies as well, but starting my day with 34 grams (including the banana) seems a bit will just have my feeling more hungry sooner. The fiber in dates is really not the reason to add 4 of them to my smoothie. I would prefer to do 2 and add a 1/2 or 1 scoop of hemp protein or 1 tablespoon of chia seeds/flax/hemp. That would make this smoothie much healthier. Regardless, comparisons to Jamba Juice are correct of course! Enjoy !


5 months ago NuMystic

@Jesspies obviously healthy is relative. A "classic smoothie" from Jamba juice has 53-70g sugar by contrast. Not to mention that dates are also packed with more fiber and more nutrients than the vast majority of other sweeteners.


5 months ago Jessipes

I'm not so sure I would consider this healthy! 4 dates: Thats about 20 grams of sugar right there. I definitely agree that I would double the liquid on this one.


6 months ago Carol

I have my own version of this most mornings! I like unsweetned coconut milk with frozen banana, hand full of cashews and a few dates! YUM!


8 months ago meredith

Just made this as an alternative to going to the store for ice cream for my evening snack-- delicious, it fit the bill! :) I followed the recipe pretty closely, only substituting a little light coconut milk and water for the almond milk. I could see this being more breakfast-y with other fruits/veggies or a little nut butter. A very yummy, adaptable recipe.


11 months ago sarabclever

I loved this. I don't usually keep almond milk on hand, so I just used almonds and water instead. I doubled recipe, used 1/3 almonds, probably about a cup of water and double everything else. (I started with 2/3 cup of water, to make one cup of almond milk, but that wasn't enough liquid). So delicious! I used medjool dates and it was like dessert.


12 months ago kalexa

I have been making a modified version (based on previous comments) of this for breakfast this week and I love it. No almond milk, about half a cup of cold coffee (I take what didn't fit in the travel mugs and slip in into the fridge before heading to work), and two to three tablespoons of greek yogurt and almond butter. I add a teaspoon of cocoa powder and blend it up in my Vitamix. Perfectly delicious and filling, and portable for the drive in. And I've had enough caffeine that I haven't really been drinking my hot coffee.


about 1 year 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!


about 1 year 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.


over 1 year ago EmilyC

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


over 1 year 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!


over 1 year 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.


over 1 year 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!)


over 1 year 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!


over 1 year ago millay

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