Ah dates. That flurry of excitement, of expectation. The buzz of the unknown, and the possibilities still to come. The…oh wait.
Well, date smoothies are still exciting! Right? Delicious, certainly, when made this way.
We’re in complete denial that summer is coming to an end, whatever the looming rain clouds and reddening leaves might tell us.
So we’re not giving up without a fight – we’re going for one more summer recipe! This date smoothie is a lovely summer cooler, perfect for hot days and long evenings. That being said, I’d eat it at any other time of the year, too!
What’s in a smoothie?
The best thing about smoothies is that they’re easy to tailor to just how you like it. For us, when we can keep things vegan, we will. And this date smoothie is fantastic with non-dairy milk, so that’s what we’ll use.
Our favourite is oat milk (with almond milk being a close second) but to be honest it works so well with any milk in it.
If you really feel like you can’t do without dairy milk, then it might be worth thinking about our 30 Day Vegan Challenge to help show you the way.
Omega 3 fatty acids
Omega 3 is also a pretty big topic in the vegetarian world, and one that it probably pays to be wary of. It’s a heavily studied fat with more and more studies being conducted all the time.
Although it would now seem that omega 3 probably doesn’t play as big as role in cardiovascular health as previously thought, there are still many other glaring benefits of the fat, particularly those linked to the brain.
Flaxseeds are one of the very best vegetarian and vegan ways to get your omega 3s, so we’re definitely throwing a tablespoon into this date smoothie.
If you have a particular aversion to flaxseeds then chia seeds are a great alternative – you’ll just need to give the smoothie a few minutes longer to let the chia soften and expand.
Are we done?
Pretty much, yep. Just one more tip for the night before you make your smoothie: peel the banana, chop it, put it into a freezer-proof container and throw it into said freezer.
Then, when you come to use it, you’ll have an extra chilled, extra refreshing date smoothie ready and waiting.
Delicious Date Smoothie
- 1 banana (ideally frozen the night before)
- 1 ¼ cups oat milk (or your fav plant-based milk)
- 4 dates, dried
- 1 tbsp flax seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Making sure your banana is peeled, throw it into your smoothie maker/food processor.
- Add the milk, dates, flax seeds and cinnamon. Give it a good blend.
- Done! Easy peasy.