I have to admit that for many years, I wouldn’t go near smoothies. It wasn’t that I disliked them, but that I associated a bad memory with them. My family and I took a trip to Hawaii when I was 15, where we all got our fix of macadamia nuts, shaved ice and smoothies. I happened to have a smoothie right before we took a drive on one of the scenic roads in Maui. For those of you who are also prone to carsickness, you’ll probably agree that many of those “scenic routes” turn out to be the most nausea-inducing. I felt terrible the rest of the day, and with the smoothie being the last thing on my stomach, my memory unfortunately linked it to nausea for many years.
I’ve luckily gotten over this unfortunate association and absolutely love smoothies now, with this banana date version being a new favorite. With almond butter for thickness (and deliciousness) and some cinnamon to add some spice and depth, this tastes exactly like banana bread batter. The dates add a bit of texture and a more complex sweetness than sugar, plus they’re packed with fiber. The smoothie may taste decadent, but it’s filled with simple ingredients that will make you feel great as you start your day.
I should also mention that it’s incredibly easy to make. I’m not one for fussy breakfasts! The most time-consuming part of this recipe is pitting the dates – but with just five dates total, this should take you about 30 seconds or less. If it’s any indication of how good the smoothie is, take a look at my naughty little Leo who got into the leftovers!
- 2 ripe bananas
- 5 large dates, such as medjool
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of sea salt
- 5 ice cubes
- Slice the dates lengthwise to remove the pits.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, blending until smooth.
Don’t have almond butter or almond milk? Sub in whatever nut butter or milk you have on hand – it will still be delicious!
Inspired by the banana date smoothie from The Kitchn.