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…
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
Place seeds in blender.
Add remaining ingredients.
Blend until ice cubes breakdown and make a thick, creamy smoothie.
I enjoyed my vanilla date smoothie with the first trial of my vegan scones. Not quite there yet but still worth eating.
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.
Enjoy and Exhale!