Vanilla Date Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, optional
- 1 large frozen banana
- 4 – 5 ice cubes or another frozen banana
- 3 – 4 medjool dates, pitted (soft and fresh is best)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth, about two minutes. Add a splash or two of extra almond milk if needed.
You may have visually small pieces of dates within the shake. That’s ok, and even with those I had no trouble using my straw without having to clear the bottom of it maybe once or twice….Those little chunks are so caramely and delicious!
For the protein powder, I’ve been using the Garden of Life Raw Fit lately. I love the fact that Garden of Life has a few protein powders that don’t contain stevia. I prefer to sweeten my shakes/smoothies with fruits and personally don’t care for the stevia after taste. I’m not on a weight management program but do love the high protein amount in this powder. The Raw Fit contains 28 grams of protein, which is half my daily recommended amount. For me, one shake a day is a perfect treat! If using protein powder, you may like to add 1/4 – 1/2 cup more of milk or water.