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Be prepared to make this delicious smoothie over and over again whether it’s for yourself or your kids. You’ll love it, they’ll love it and you’ll wonder how this hasn’t been a staple in your life until now. Even more, It is dairy-free, vegan, and tastes like a dessert in a cup!
If you see me take out my new Ninja blender (gifted to me by my husband who knows me best), 9 times out 10 it’s because I’m about to make my go-to, whenever, for whatever favorite smoothie. I usually make it before my workout because it’s filling, tastes amazing, and provides me with everything I need to successfully get through even my toughest workouts.
This Healthy Banana Almond Date Smoothie is one of my favorite smoothies because it can be made for breakfast when you want something light, can be a great mid-morning snack, or is great for a pre and post-workout meal replacement. Besides that, my girls love this as an after-school snack and helps to keep them satisfied until dinner is ready. Kids will love it because it’s sweet and creamy, and you can even make one for chocolate lovers by substituting vanilla oat milk for the chocolate flavor or you can add a bit of cocoa powder.
What You’ll Need
- Banana – you can use a fresh or frozen banana to make this smoothie. When using frozen bananas, you can use less ice or skip the ice altogether.
- Almond butter – I use creamy almond butter because that’s what I always have in my pantry to spread on toast. If you prefer crunchy almond butter feel free to use that instead!
- Almond milk – I prefer to use vanilla oat milk, but if you like unsweetened oat or nut milk, feel free to use that instead.
- Dates – adds a bit of natural extra sweetness to smoothies
- Ground Flax– I love adding these to smoothies for a boost of plant-based protein and zinc! You can leave them out, or replace them with chia seeds or hemp hearts if you’d like.
- Ground cinnamon
- Plant-based protein powder (optional)
- Ice cubes
This smoothie is full of good nutrients to give your body what it needs on your fitness journey and is delicious enough, your kids will love it. The banana adds sweetness to balance the nuttiness of the almond butter, which provides your body with the omegas it needs to keep you energized. Dates and flax provide you with a source of fiber to keep you satiated, and I promise your kids won’t even notice the ground flax. Mom win!
The cinnamon added to this smoothie gives it that sweet dessert taste we sometimes crave in the morning. Of course, banana and cinnamon go hand in hand almost always in my opinion. When it comes to most smoothies, a little bit can go a long way as cinnamon can have a strong flavor profile. And of course, I’m going to squeeze in a little mention of how cinnamon can benefit your body and your training goals. The cinnamon added to this smoothie not only gives your body the antioxidants it needs, but it also has anti-inflammatory properties that will aid in muscle soreness post-exercise recovery.
This Healthy Banana Almond Date Smoothie is the perfect smoothie for everyone in the family. It’s flavourful, filling, and packed with all the good stuff your body needs to start your day, or give you back lost energy after an intense workout session. Enjoy!
Healthy Banana Almond Date Smoothie
- 1 small banana
- 2 pitted dates
- 1 tbsp ground flax
- 1 tbsp almond butter (or any nut/seed butter)
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- ½ cup ice (or 5 tray ice cubes)
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 scoop plant based protein powder (optional)
- Add ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth. Top with cinnamon, if desired.