Need a date? How about three? In under five minutes?

No, we’re not talking about matchmaking; we’re talking about smoothie-making.

This smoothie recipe uses dates as a natural sweetener, which makes it a great choice when you want to satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt. It’s also great when you need a speedy, filling and nutritious breakfast on the go.

Feel free to experiment with the ingredients a bit: Try it with avocado for a heart-healthy twist, add some protein powder for a post-workout snack, or add a pinch of flaky sea salt to the chocolate smoothie to add some savory to your sweet.

It’s easy, worry-free and fun — which is more than we can say about actual speed dating. Enjoy!

  • Servings: 1 glass
  • Prep Time: 2-10 minutes


1 cup almond milk
3 dates, pitted and roughly chopped
1/2 ripe banana, sliced and frozen
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Ice cubes (optional)

For a green smoothie:
Add 2 cups spinach

For a chocolate smoothie:
Add 1 tablespoon cacao powder and cacao nibs for garnish (optional)


If you’re using dried dates, soak them in water for 10 minutes to hydrate. Pour almond milk and chopped dates into a blender and blend for about 1 minute or until smooth. Add banana, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract and ice (for a colder smoothie) and blend until well-combined. Take a sip and fall in love.

Categories: Beverage, Breakfast, Dessert, Snack





Submitted by Executive Chef | More posts by Executive Chef

Dr. T. brings this to you via Kaiser Permanente:  FOOD for HEALTH/recipes for life.

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