I was at Costco the other day, as you do, and picked up a giant bag of dates. I’d eaten a date exactly once before, at which time I thought, “This is not fruit, this is tree candy. It’s weird and I hate it.”
But eating dried dates by themselves is not the ideal way to use dates, Past Me. Dates are little weird sugar pods that happen to also grow on trees. Use them as sugar.
This smoothie might change your life, not to put too fine a point on it. It’s not too sweet, super chocolatey, and full of healthy crap. I have not tested this, but you might be able to trick small children into thinking it’s terrible for them.
Note: I have the world’s crappiest blender. I manage to make this smoothie by running it for about twelve years. If your blender is better than garbage, you’ll have an easier, faster time.
Oh! And this could be vegan if you substituted something vegan for the dairy yogurt.
Chocolate Banana Date Smoothie
- 2T chia seeds
- 4T water
Mix these in the blender pitcher and let sit for 5-10 minutes. It’ll turn into a creepy-looking gel. This is what we’re going for.
- 4 dried dates, finely chopped (oil your knife so they don’t get stuck)
- 1T coconut oil
- 1C cashew milk (or coconut, or almond, or cow)
- 1/4C plain yogurt
Add to blender pitcher and blend. Blend the living hell out of this. Blend until you can’t see any date chunks.
- 2T cocoa powder
- 1t vanilla extract
- sprinkle of wheat germ
- dash of cinnamon
- 4 ice cubes
- 1 banana (frozen or fresh)
Add to pitcher and blend until smooth. Serve. Love. Enjoy.