A vanilla pudding smoothie that’s healthy + filling.
The other week I was on snack duty for Noe’s school. I remembered this on Sunday evening while in the shower so I did what any normal person would do, I told Michael to remind me in the morning and planned to leave early so we could stop at the store on the way in.
As Monday mornings are known to be, this well laid plan went out the window come, well, Monday morning. We left late, the neighbor wanted to stop and chat as we were leaving, my back was hurting so I was running extra slow and by the time we got to the store I realized the card I’d put in my pocket when we left the house was no longer residing there.
I apologetically dropped Noe off with her teachers and told them I’d be right back. Which really meant, I had to hightail it home (uphill the whole way), find my card, drive back to the grocery store and make it to school by snack time.
I won’t leave you in suspense, I didn’t make it.
But while I was shoveling $10 worth of blueberries into a bag for 10 hungry 2 year olds, I also grabbed some fresh medjool dates, which turned into today’s recipe. So not all was lost.
We’ll simply chalk it up to another Monday morning and another unprepared mom who did not receive a gold star sticker for effort, which by the way, someone should totally invent.
How amazing would it be to see all these adults with their “I attempted but failed” stickers on? You’re standing in line at the store and nonchalantly ask, “so what did you try and fail today?” No one would think you were being an asshole, it would just be a tale to tell and a reminder that you’re trying and that’s enough.
Alright, I digress, let’s talk about this vanilla pudding smoothie for a minute, shall we? Because that’s the real star of my parenting flop.
Do people still eat pudding anymore? I feel like the only person that eats pudding is my husband, weirdo. I kid, I’m sure people eat it all the time, I just don’t happen to be one of them and when I went about making this smoothie I had no intention of it turning into a vanilla pudding smoothie.
But like my Monday morning, this plan was ripe for a detour.
This smoothie only includes 5 ingredients: medjool dates, banana, mango, almond milk and vanilla. But I think the simplicity is what makes it taste so much like a healthy vanilla pudding.
It’s super creamy, sweetened by the dates and full of vanilla flavor thanks to the combo of the vanilla paste and vanilla powder (here is the one I use).
It’s also incredibly filling. I’m not usually one to “save” my smoothies for later but I couldn’t finish it. It’s almost milkshake like, which makes me think it would probably make a delicious dessert too.
Have a great Wednesday friends and if you need it, here’s a gold star for all the effort you put in today. Even if what you had planned was a big flop.
Vanilla Pudding Smoothie (vegan, gluten free)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 medjool date, pitted
- ½ cup frozen mango
- 1 cup almond milk (or sub vanilla soy milk if you want it extra vanilla tasting)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla paste (sub for 1 teaspoon vanilla extract if needed)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla powder, optional
- Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Drink straight or top with granola, if desired.