This Date Smoothie is made using 5 simple ingredients, ready in under 5 minutes, bursting with nutrients, and shockingly decadent.
Dates are naturally sweet and not only lend their incredible flavor but also contribute to the delightful thickness of this date smoothie, just like in the walnut smoothie.
Sweet ripe bananas when combined with the caramelly dates, give a luscious thick consistency and the cocoa makes it taste decadent, just like a chocolate milkshake.
For the perfect touch of sweetness and a delightful hint of caramel flavor, my go-to choice is soft Medjool dates, like in my date balls or date caramels. These lusciously soft fruits are incredibly easy to blend, seamlessly incorporating into the drink. If using the Noor variety then soak them in the milk for about 30 minutes, prior to making a smoothie.
Why you'll love this?
- Only 5 wholesome ingredients.
- Refined sugar-free
- Ready in under 5 minutes.
- Filling and satisfying.
- Thick and creamy.
Scroll down to the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and amounts.
- Dates - There are two types generally found in grocery stores – Soft, plump Medjool variety or a drier, chewier Deglet Noor variety. I like to use Medjool for its soft texture in date nut salami.
- Banana - Use a heavily speckled banana for natural sweetness.
- Almond butter - Adds thickness, creaminess, and a nutty flavor. Peanut butter is a great substitute.
- Cocoa powder - Dutch process cocoa powder is sweeter and less acidic than natural cocoa.
- Milk - Whole milk adds richness and creaminess.
Tip: Use a frozen banana to make the date smoothie ultra thick.
- Nut butter - Use peanut or cashew butter instead of almond butter.
- Vegan - Almond milk instead of regular milk.
- Protein - Feel free to add a scoop of your favorite vanilla or chocolate protein powder, like in the peanut butter smoothie recipe.
- Add toppings - Top the date smoothie with granola, sliced almonds, mini chocolate chips, shredded coconut, or sliced banana.
How to make?
Add pitted dates, almond butter, cocoa powder, milk, and vanilla extract into a blender and blend until very smooth, for 1 to 2 minutes.
Tip: You'll need 3 Medjool dates or 4 to 5 Noor varieties for this date smoothie recipe.
This date smoothie is best enjoyed fresh, but it can be stored in the fridge in a sealed mason jar for up to a day.
- Make it dairy-free: Use almond or oat milk instead.
- Blenders - You want to use a blender that has enough power to blend the dates into a smooth creamy consistency.
- Pit your dates before using.
Absolutely! Dates blend exceptionally well in smoothies, due to their soft and chewy texture, creating a velvety consistency in your drink. They break down easily, infusing the date smoothie with their natural sweetness and imparting a caramel flavor. So, whether you're seeking to add sweetness, enhance the texture, or introduce a unique taste, dates are an excellent choice for a seamless blending experience in your smoothies.
When it comes to choosing dates for my smoothies, Medjool dates are remarkably tender and soft, eliminating the need for any additional softening. They effortlessly blend into the date smoothie, adding a touch of sweetness and velvety texture.
However, if you opt for the Noor variety, which is slightly firmer, there's a simple trick to ensure they blend seamlessly. Before adding them to your smoothie, soak the Noor dates in milk for at least 30 minutes. This gentle soak helps soften them up, making them easier to break down during blending.
Well, what's a date smoothie without its star ingredient – dates? These naturally sweet wonders not only lend their incredible flavor but also contribute to the thick and creamy consistency. However, if you'd like to use other sweeteners, then honey like in the oatmeal smoothie, or maple syrup like in the chocolate avocado smoothie will be a great substitute.
More healthy smoothies
- Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.Tip: You'll need 3 Medjool dates or 4 to 5 Noor varieties for this date smoothie recipe.
Nutritional information, based on third-party calculations, should be seen as estimates, not guarantees, as various factors like product types, brands, processing methods, and more can alter the nutritional content in recipes.
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