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Vanilla Date Smoothie

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5 from 1 reviews

Date smoothie is an easy, sweet treat naturally sweetened with vanilla and banana for a healthy and delicious breakfast or snack smoothie! Vegan  + wfpb recipe.

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (use your favorite non-dairy milk)
  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 45 ice cubes (or another frozen banana)
  • 34 medjool dates, pitted (soft and fresh is best)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional add-ins:

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew, sunflower etc.)
  • 23 teaspoons cacao or cocoa powder

Instructions

Combine ingredients into a blender cup and blend until smooth, about 1 – 2 minutes, depending on your blender. Add a splash or two of extra almond milk as needed, especially if adding protein powder.

Serves 1

Notes

Use soft dates: If your dates are a little older or dried out, you can soften them before blending by adding the dates to the milk and let them soak for 5 – 10 minutes to soften. This will help your dates blend better and make for soft bits of goodness.

For the protein powder, I’ve been using the Garden of Life Raw Fit lately. I love the fact that Garden of Life has a few protein powders that don’t contain stevia. I prefer to sweeten my shakes/smoothies with fruits and personally don’t care for the stevia aftertaste. I’m not on a weight management program but do love the high protein amount in this powder. The Raw Fit contains 28 grams of protein, which is half my daily recommended amount. For me, one shake a day is a perfect treat! If using protein powder, you may like to add 1/4 – 1/2 cup more of milk or water.