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Chocolate Banana Date Smoothie

Chocolate Banana Date Smoothie is easy to make with 5 simple ingredients, packed with nutrients, ready in less than 5 minutes and tastes so delicious.

We love using dates as a natural sweetener in many healthy recipes. Some of our favorites include Healthiest Chocolate Hummus, Date and Almond Candy or Carrot Oatmeal Cookies.

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chocolate date smoothie in a glass topped with chocolate shavings and almonds for decoration

BANANA DATE SMOOTHIE

Smoothie is a perfect healthy sweet treat any time of day! Whether for quick breakfast, snack anytime or after workout, it’s sweet, delicious and so easy to make!

Dates add natural sweetness, creaminess and nutrition. Kids love it since it is sweet and chocolatey, perfect snack when they are playing outside.

I love shakes of all kinds, especially ones that tastes chocolatey! When my sweet tooth hits, it’s a seriously delicious dessert, without the guilt. Made with 100% wholesome ingredients, The fruit add a caramel tones, thickness and decadent!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS DRINK?

  1. Only 5 ingredients – Can’t get any easier than that!
  2. Refined sugar free – This milkshake gets its sweetness from the fruits, so there is no need for additional sweeteners.
  3. Fiber-rich – The fruits and almond butter are all high in fiber which helps to keep you regular and aids in digestion.
  4. Keeps you full – This is filling and will keep you satisfied for hours and help you power through until lunch time.

BENEFITS

Medjool dates are a natural fruit packing in a lot of fiber, several nutrients and antioxidants. It is also a wonderful source of potassium, iron and adds natural sweetness to recipes. Try out amazingly healthy homemade candy using this amazing fruit.

Bananas are rich in Vitamin B6, dietary fiber, potassium, and manganese. Potassium may help maintain a healthy heart and blood pressure, and manganese helps in the production of collagen.

Milk, Almond butter and Cocoa Powder adds protein, calcium, antibacterial, potassium, more vitamins and minerals. They also reduces inflammation and may have positive effects on mood and improves calmness.

How do you soften dates in smoothies?

We like the extra fancy Medjool variety, which is soft and tender when compared to the Noor variety, so they don’t need any prepping before blending.

If using Noor variety, then blend them along with the liquid for 20 to 30 seconds (this helps in breaking down the fibers and resulting in a more creamier smoothie), before adding the remaining ingredients. You can also soak them in warm milk for at least 5 minutes. This will help them soften up and make sure that you can easily blend them.

Are dates a healthy snack?

They are a wonderful source of potassium, iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc, antioxidants and fiber. It can suppress appetite, leaving you full for hours and boost your energy. Sweet, chewy and delicious, they are a natures candy!

What Type of Dates to Use?

These are two types generally found in grocery stores – Soft, plump Medjool ones and drier, chewier Deglet noor variety. This recipe uses 3 Medjool fruits (If using Noor variety then use 4 to 5).

Best blenders to use

We love to use Vitamix or Nutri bullet when making a single serving. But, any home blender will do the trick. You want to use something that has enough power to blend the dried fruit into a smooth creamy consistency.

INGREDIENTS

This shake recipe requires only 5 simple ingredients!

  1. Medjool dates – It gives a natural sweetness and caramel flavor (or use Noor variety). Make sure to pit them before using. They are nature’s candy!
  2. Banana – Use fresh or frozen ripe fruits.
  3. Almond butter – It adds thickness, creaminess and a nutty flavor. Peanut butter is a great substitute.
  4. Cocoa powder – Dutch process cocoa powder.
  5. Milk – Use full fat, reduced fat milk or almond milk to make it vegan.

PRO TIPS FOR SUCCESS

  • Make it dairy-free: Simply replace regular milk with almond milk.

VARIATIONS

  1. Nut butters – Use peanut or cashew butter instead of almond butter.
  2. Vegan – Almond milk instead of regular milk.
  3. Protein – Feel free to add a scoop of your favorite vanilla or chocolate protein powder.
  4. Make it thicker – Use frozen fruits to make it extra thick.
  5. Add toppings – Top the shake with granola, sliced almonds, mini chocolate chips, shredded coconut or sliced banana.
a glass filled with smoothie with dates and stainless steel straw

How to make?

Add fruits, almond butter, cocoa powder, milk and vanilla extract into a blender and blend until very smooth. Enjoy immediately.

Storage/Make-Ahead Instructions

This is best enjoyed fresh, but it can be stored in the fridge in a sealed mason jar for up to a day.

Have leftover ripe bananas? Check out these ideas:

FAQ

Are dates good for sweetness?

They are a source of fructose, a natural sugar found in fruits and a few vegetables. Hence, they make a great healthy replacement for white sugar with almost 30 grams per serving.

How many dates should I eat in a day?

They are dried fruits, which results in a higher calorie content than most fresh fruits. A serving of 3 to 5 Medjool guys has 140 calories, so it recommended to consume them in moderation which can help in weight loss as well.

How many calories are in a date smoothie?

There are 333 calories with 7 grams fiber and 10 grams of protein in one serving.

Do dates blend well?

Yes, especially if you are using medjool variety. Softening them in some warm liquid or using a high-speed blender will help as well.

chocolate date smoothie in a glass topped with chocolate shavings and almonds for decoration

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Chocolate Banana Date Smoothie

Chocolate Banana Date Smoothie

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Chocolate Banana Date Smoothie is easy to make with 5 simple ingredients, packed with nutrients, ready in less than 5 minutes and tastes so delicious.

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately.

Notes

Nutrition - Packed with potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese, fiber, protein, calcium, iron, Vitamins E / B12 / B6, and calcium.

Dates – These are two types of dates generally found in grocery stores – Soft, plump Medjool dates and drier, chewier Deglet noor variety. This recipe uses 3 Medjool dates (If using Noor variety then use 4 to 5 dates)

Banana – Either a fresh or frozen banana will work for this recipe

Almond butter – Peanut butter is a great substitute

Cocoa powder – Dutch process cocoa powder

Milk – Use full fat or reduced fat milk.

Dairy free - Simply replace regular milk with almond milk.Best blenders for smoothie:

Blender - A high speed blender like Vitamix or NutriBullet is great for smoothies.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 333Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 66mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 7gSugar: 32gProtein: 10g

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