This creamy dreamy Date Almond Smoothie is thick and luscious like a milkshake, yet totally plant-based and packed with veggies. Naturally sweetened with frozen banana and dates, nutty and delicious, this is just the thing when you want something sweet but healthy.
This is the smoothie that got me through the first trimester. That’s a lie, actually. What got me through the first trimester was carbs, carbs, and more carbs, but this smoothie is probably the only reason I got any actual nutrients into my body over a period of approximately six weeks.
I kind of forgot about smoothies in the beginning since all I could tolerate was fast carbs like bread and pasta and pretzels, but then one day I woke up feeling particularly queasy and set out to answer this question: how many pieces of toast will I need to eat before I stop feeling like I might throw up? Turns out the answer was somewhere around five, which is something I’m neither proud or ashamed of; it is what it is.
But it turns out that when you eat five pieces of toast for breakfast and then drag yourself to a nutrition workshop where you smuggle in a couple of emergency cheeseburgers-hold-the-beef from a certain fast food joint, eat your emergency burgers because, yes, they were indeed necessary, and *then* go out for burgers and fries with your colleagues, well, if you’ve ever wondered how much bread is too much I now have an informed answer.
I think all of that kicked my body into remembering that in spite of being repulsed by basically all non-bread food, it did in fact need other things, like vegetables and fruit and protein. I remembered about this Date Almond Smoothie, which I used to make on the reg but hadn’t made in ages. It’s packed with veggies, naturally sweetened, and tastes like a milkshake, which was just the thing I needed.
Like many recipes that have been sitting in the archives for a lengthy time, it was well in need of an overhaul. Fewer dates to begin with – the original recipe called for FOUR, which seems like an unnecessary sugar bomb, even if all of that sugar is coming from fruit. I also felt like the recipe needed more veggies, of course, and since I throw frozen cauliflower into pretty much all of my smoothies these days, I tried it out here as well with good results.
My plant-milk of choice these days is unsweetened oat milk, which I’ve spruced up with a splash of vanilla extract and a pinch of cinnamon. That, along with the creaminess provided by the frozen banana and cauliflower, help this smoothie taste like more of a milkshake than anything else – which sometimes is exactly what you need.
Tips for making awesome smoothies:
- I use frozen spinach in almost all of my smoothies because it’s cheaper, convenient, but if your frozen spinach doesn’t come in handy little pucks that are perfect for tossing into smoothies, you can use a couple of big fistfuls of fresh spinach instead.
- 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.
- Frozen bananas tend to make the best, creamiest smoothies. I like to keep a bag of peeled bananas in my freezer just for smoothies.
- Don’t forget about make-and-freeze smoothie packs to make your weekday mornings a cinch!
Other delicious smoothie recipes you might enjoy:
Date Almond Smoothie
This creamy dreamy smoothie is thick and luscious like a milkshake, yet totally plant-based and packed with veggies. Naturally sweetened with frozen banana and dates, nutty and delicious, this is just the thing when you want something sweet but healthy.
- 1 large frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen cauliflower
- 2 cups baby spinach leaves or 3-4 cubes of frozen spinach
- 1 large medjool date pitted
- 1 Tablespoon almond butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened oat milk
Combine frozen banana, cauliflower, spinach, date, almond butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and oat milk in a blender.
Blend until completely smooth.
Nutrition values are an estimate only.
Originally published March 2012