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This banana date smoothie is a deliciously satisfying smoothie that tastes like dessert! It contains plenty of natural sweetness from bananas and dates, so there is no added sugar in this recipe.
Smoothies don’t always need to be green and super healthy! This date smoothie is a great treat that you can indulge in every now and then.
It really satisfies my sweet tooth when I’m craving a yummy treat!
Ingredient quantities and full instructions can be found in the recipe card below.
Here is what you will need for this smoothie:
- Medjool dates – make sure they are pitted and softened.
- Frozen banana – this will make the smoothie nice and creamy.
- Peanut butter – I recommend natural peanut butter.
- Vanilla extract – for some added deliciousness.
- Oat or almond milk – either works well. Use almond milk for less calories.
- Ice – This will help thicken the smoothie a bit more.
How to make
Making this banana date smoothie is super easy.
One step that you shouldn’t skip though is softening your dates.
Then just add all of the ingredients except the ice to a blender and blend until smooth.
Add the ice and blend again.
- Chop your banana before freezing it. I make a lot of smoothies with bananas, so I always like to have some frozen bananas ready to go. The best way to prep your bananas is to chop them into fourths before freezing. Peel them, chop them, then freeze them in a container with parchment paper between layers. This will make it much easier for the bananas to blend.
- Do not skip soaking your dates! You might be able to get away with not soaking if your dates are already fairly soft and you have a high-powered blender. But if you do not have a high-powered blender, definitely soak them even if they are already soft. I find the easiest way to do this is to boil water in my electric kettle, then pour it over the dates in a bowl. Let the dates soak for about 15 minutes, then drain the water and they are ready to use!
Substitutions and adjustments
- Instead of peanut butter, you can use almond butter.
- I like to use oat milk or almond milk for this smoothie, but other types of milk would probably work well too.
- Add more ice if you want this date smoothie to be thicker.
More smoothie recipes
- 3 Medjool dates (softened, see note below)
- 1 large frozen banana
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cups oat or almond milk
- ½ cup of ice
- Start by softening your dates. Remove the pits and place the dates in a bowl. Pour boiling water over the dates and let them sit for 15 minutes.
- Drain the water from the dates, then add the dates to a blender along with everything except the ice.
- Blend until smooth, then add ice and blend again.
If you don’t soften your dates, they may not blend very well, especially if you don’t have a high-powered blender. Even if your dates are already soft, I recommend soaking them in boiling water to soften them further.
Add more ice if you want to thicken the smoothie some more.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 smoothie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 420
Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary based on ingredient amounts and brands used.