This creamy dreamy Almond Butter Date Smoothie is thick and luscious like a date shake, yet totally plant-based and packed with veggies. Naturally sweetened, nutty and delicious, this banana almond butter smoothie is just the thing when you want something sweet but healthy.
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Hey, my name is Katie and I love smoothies.
I love green smoothies and bean smoothies, zippy carrot apple smoothies, and everything in between. You can check out the full selection on our smoothies category page, and choose the one that you like best.
This Almond Butter Date Smoothie is one of my favourites when I'm in the mood for something sweet and satisfying, but still want to sneak some veggies into my body. It's completely vegan, naturally sweetened with only dates and banana, yet it's thick and lush and creamy like you're drinking down a milkshake as opposed to a green smoothie.
And sometimes a green smoothie that tastes like a treat is just what the doctor ordered, ya know?
What's in this date smoothie?
Here's what you'll need to pull this recipe together:
- Dates --> Just one or two medjool dates is all it takes.
- Almond butter --> I use my homemade Vanilla Almond Butter in this recipe.
- Banana --> Frozen banana works best for a creamy date smoothie!
- Frozen cauliflower --> You MUST use frozen cauliflower. Fresh will taste awful!
- Spinach --> A couple of big handfuls of baby spinach is how I roll.
- Oat milk --> Or whatever plant-based milk you prefer.
- Vanilla --> Just a splash! Try Homemade Vanilla Extract.
- Cinnamon --> To bring the whole thing home.
You're going to need a blender of some sort to make this banana almond butter smoothie. I have a Vitamix (this is the model that I have) but I've certainly made this smoothie in non-highspeed blenders with good success as well.
How to make a perfect smoothie
Making a great smoothie isn't rocket science, but there are a few tricks that will make things easier for you and your blender.
For example, did you know that the order in which you add ingredients to your blender matters? It's best to put the liquids in first so that the blades will have something to, err, lubricate things as they start to whirl around.
Then add your solids (in this case, frozen banana and frozen cauliflower), anything sticky or powdery (like almond butter and cinnamon) and lastly, any leaves.
When I make a smoothie that has a lot of frozen ingredients, I find that I often have to use the tamper to help things keep moving. Or, stop the blender, give the jar a shake, and start it again.
- If you don't have fresh spinach on hand, I often use frozen spinach in almost all of my smoothies because it's cheaper and convenient (related: How to Freeze Spinach).
- Oat milk is my smoothie making milk of choice, but you can swap it with almond, hemp, soy, cashew, or even good old cow's milk if that's how you roll. Water also works fine, but your smoothie will not be as creamy.
- Frozen bananas tend to make the best, creamiest smoothies. I like to keep a bag of peeled bananas in my freezer just for smoothies.
- Bulk prep your smoothies by making Frozen Smoothie Packs to make your weekday mornings a cinch!
Other delicious smoothie recipes you might enjoy:
Almond Butter Date Smoothie
- 1 large frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen cauliflower
- 2 cups baby spinach leaves or 3-4 cubes of frozen spinach
- 1-2 large medjool dates pitted
- 1 Tablespoon almond butter
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened oat milk
- Combine frozen banana, cauliflower, spinach, dates, almond butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and oat milk in a blender.
- Blend until completely smooth.
- Serve immediately.
- Nutrition values are an estimate only.
This recipe was originally published March 2012. It was retested, re-photographed, and most recently updated on December 29, 2020.