This Walnut Smoothie is made using 5 wholesome ingredients like walnuts, dates, cocoa powder, banana and milk. It is tasty, nutritious and satisfying.
This breakfast walnut smoothie is made using superfood ingredients and naturally sweetened with fruits like bananas and dates like in date smoothie.
If you are planning, then I like to soak the walnuts and dates in a bowl of water, a few hours prior or even the night before. Soaking removes the phytic acid, is easier to digest, and also results in a super creamy drink.
Dates are one of my favorite sweeteners to use in smoothie recipes because it makes it thick and creamy, add subtle caramelly notes, and pack it with more fiber.
They also can be stubborn in a blender. If it's not blended well, you can end with tiny chunks of unblended dates, collected at the bottom of the glass. I like to use the Medjool variety and also a high-powdered blender to help make the blending easier.
Why you'll love this?
- Nutritious and satisfying
- Only 5 ingredients
- Tastes decadent
- Thick and creamy
Scroll down to the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and amounts.
- Walnuts - Use raw walnuts or soaked the night before, if you are planning ahead.
- Banana - Use a very ripe, heavily speckled banana for an intense fruity flavor and natural sweetness.
- Milk - Whole milk makes the walnut smoothie rich and creamy.
- Cocoa powder - It is the resulting powder after removing most of the cocoa butter and therefore has an intense chocolate flavor.
- Dates - I use Medjool dates which makes it easier to blend.
- Vanilla extract - Use the real thing. Although you might not notice much difference, when using imitation vanilla in baking recipes, real vanilla has innumerable flavor compounds, especially in a no-cook recipe.
How to make?
You can find the full printable recipe below, but here is a quick overview of the procedure along with step-by-step photos.
1 & 2. Add chopped walnuts, pitted dates, cocoa powder, and sliced bananas into the blender.
3. Pour in milk and vanilla extract.
4. Blend until uniformly smooth and creamy.
Pro tip: Dates are harder, super fibrous, and hence might be difficult to break down. Here are a few pointers to ensure you end with a smooth, creamy walnut smoothie.
- Use soft Medjool dates, if possible
- Use a high-powered blender
- Soften your dates first, especially when using the drier Noor variety.
How to store?
This walnut smoothie is best enjoyed fresh but can be stored for up to a day. The best part of this recipe is that it makes just one serving like the oatmeal smoothie, so you will not have any leftovers.
- Blenders to use – A high-speed blender like Vitamix is perfect for making morning smoothie recipes. Other cost-effective blenders I like are Breville or Nutri Bullet (as shown in photos), perfect for making a single-serve walnut smoothie.
- Dairy-free - Use plant-based milk, such as almond or oat milk to make it dairy free.
- Dates - I like to use the soft, plump Medjool variety. If using the Noor variety, then soak them in milk for a few hours before making the drink.
- Blend for at least one minute - Make sure to blend for at least a minute to ensure the dates are blended well.
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- 1 cup + ½ cup milk
- 1 Banana large
- ½ cup walnuts
- 3 to 4 large Medjool dates pitted (adjust according to desired sweetness)
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Add all ingredients into a blender, blend for at least a minute (until smooth) and serve.Tip: Dates are harder, super fibrous and hence might be difficult to break down. Here are few pointers to ensure you end with a smooth and creamy smoothie:1. Use soft medjool dates, if possible2. Use a high powdered blender3. Soften your dates first, especially when using the drier Noor variety.
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