Thursday, March 8, 2012

Banana, Date and Almond Smoothie

I love the versatility of dates because you are only limited by your own imagination.  So far,  I have made sweet and savory dishes with my large bag of dates.   Now what else could I use them in... how about a healthy smoothie?  My kids didn't care for the dates plain, but I was determined to get them to try it somehow.  So being the sneaky mother that I am,  I offered to make them a smoothie after school.  They didn't question me about the secret ingredient and they loved it.  Score one point for Mommy on this one-- trust me I don't win all the picky eater battles. These smoothies are super healthy and a great snack or breakfast. As eager as I was to finish up my bag of dates, now I'm getting sad that I'm getting close to the end of the bag just when it started to get fun finding fun ways to use them up. Hmmmm.. maybe I should buy another bag. :)
1 cup of pitted dates
1 ripe banana
3-4 cups of unsweetened almond milk (substitute soy or regular milk)
1/2 cup of plain yogurt
some freshly grated nutmeg (or a pinch of ground nutmeg)
a pinch of ground cardamom powder
1/2 cup of ice (optional)
whip cream (optional)
Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend for 1-2 minutes until smooth.  Serve immediately. Enjoy. 

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  1. Ooh, yum - how delish! A sweet smoothie that's also healthy. Dates are great that way!

  2. wow looks so sweet. love date and banana combination.

  3. Very healthy, nice way to start the day..

  4. Awesome Recipe Dear..Bookmarking it to try soon..


  5. This looks delicious Ramona and dates add a natural sweetness but not too sweet. I say buy another bag of dates. I like that whip cream on the top too. I used them to sweeten a strawberry vegan ice cream over the weekend.

  6. I MUST TRY,,,sound Yummy for spring drink idea :)

  7. I might have to get some dates just to try this smoothie!

  8. It takes baby steps to get kids (and hubbies) to accept new foods! This smoothie would convert me to a date lover if I weren't one already~

  9. wow....what a delicious smoothie.....I love dates....Im definitely going to try this out :-) bookmarked !

  10. Ramona! This looks incredible. We have smoothies every Saturday afternoon when we get back from the kids hockey games. I am so going to try this one. Thanks!

  11. How interesting to have dates in the smoothie! My kids will most likely drink this smoothie without realizing there are dates that they don't really like in there. ;-) Fabulous recipe Ramona!

  12. Never thought to put dates in a smoothie, but with their natural sweetness and richness it only makes sense! You are genius!!!

  13. Wow what a coincidence, I bought dates and Silk Coconut Milk today. This sounds so good. Way to sneak those dates in.

  14. A smoothie w/ date and almonds! That sounds wonderful.


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