Vanilla Date Smoothie

April 18, 2013

When I was little our family used to eat a lot of ice milk. I don’t know if it even exists anymore but it was a lighter version of ice cream, if I remember correctly. On special occasions my dad would use it make me banana milkshakes as evening treats. They were always served in these huge beer mugs and were oh-so delicious and creamy. This morning I created a vanilla date smoothie that tasted just like those milkshakes from my childhood.

This recipe all started because I wanted to use a little of the vanilla bean I bought last week for one of my WalkJogRun recipes. I haven’t done a ton of cooking with vanilla beans and I was anxious to get my hands on it again. I scooped out the seeds, mixed them with some dates, a banana and some almond milk to create a thick, rich, healthy smoothie. If I had kids I’d trick them by making this instead of real milkshakes…maybe…

vanilla date smoothie

Makes 1 serving

Estimated cook time from start to finish: less than 5 minutes

Vanilla Date Smoothie (vegan, gluten-free)

2 inch piece of fresh vanilla bean, seeds scooped out

1 frozen banana

2 pitted dates

5 ice cubes

1 cup almond milk

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Cut a small bit off your vanilla bean. Slice it down the center to open it up. Try not the cut all the way through. Run the back of a spoon or butter knife along the pod to scoop out the seeds.vanilla bean pod

Place seeds in blender.

Add remaining ingredients.

Blend until ice cubes breakdown and make a thick, creamy smoothie.

Note: don’t skimp on the vanilla bean. Vanilla extract will not give you the same flavor. The fresh bean has an intense, rich vanilla flavor that is worth the cost of the bean.vanilla date smoothie

I enjoyed my vanilla date smoothie with the first trial of my vegan scones. Not quite there yet but still worth eating.

vanilla date smoothie

Before I go, I wrote a little piece for WalkJogRun on a “recovery” recipe for those who participated in the marathon but I think we could all use some recovery right about now. Check it out.

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Enjoy and Exhale!

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4 Comments

  • Reply Julie April 18, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Would Medjool dates work with this? I was given some at a race and have yet to look up smoothie recipes for them–I thought I had heard they work well in smoothies. This looks delicious!

    • Reply Lisa April 18, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      I used medjool dates in this, they work beautifully!

  • Reply Samantha F September 28, 2013 at 2:23 am

    Delicious! Been wanting to make this for a while and finally got around to grabbing some more dates. Im allergic to almonds so I made it with coconut milk, added an extra date (got a real sweet tooth), and added some cinnamon. Fantastic bedtime treat :D!

    • Reply Lisa September 30, 2013 at 9:39 am

      So glad you liked it Samantha! It sounds even better with a little coconut milk instead of almond milk. I’m going to have to try that!

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