This creamy date smoothie is full of sweet, fruity flavor! Blend it up as a frosty snack or easy breakfast.

Date Smoothie

Got dates on hand? Let’s make a Date Smoothie! Dates are ideal in smoothies: they’re a natural sweetener with a caramelly sweet flavor. They add a great source of fiber and enhance the creamy texture of a smoothie. Here’s how to make a naturally sweet smoothie using this tasty fruit: it comes out creamy and fruity, with a rich vanilla finish.

Ingredients in this date smoothie

This vanilla date smoothie is inspired by a date shake we had in Palm Springs (which is made with ice cream and a whole separate recipe!). We wanted to harness the flavor power of vanilla and dates, but make it into a healthier puree. Here’s what you’ll need for this date smoothie:

  • Milk
  • Greek yogurt
  • Frozen banana
  • Frozen pineapple
  • Medjool dates (or deglet noor; see below)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Ice

Blend it up, and you’ve got a tasty smoothie puree that tastes deliciously fruity. The only thing you have to remember: to freeze your banana in advance! You can also use purchased frozen bananas. Frozen banana and pineapple work together to provide a frosty base to this smoothie.

Medjool date recipes

Medjool dates vs deglet noor

Medjool dates are our top choice for this date smoothie. They’re very large, soft dates with an intense caramel sweet flavor. This type of date has become popular for their use in energy bars and they can be used in many types of recipes to add sweetness.

If you can’t find them, deglet noor dates can work too. However, this type of date is much harder in texture and not as sweet. How many deglet noor dates to substitute for Medjool? Use 8 deglet noor dates to equal 4 Medjool dates.

Date smoothie

Vegan variation

Want to make this date smoothie into a vegan smoothie? Simply substitute oat milk or almond milk for the milk and Greek yogurt. Use oat milk in place of the Greek yogurt and milk, starting with ¾ cup and adding more as needed.

You also may want consider adding a protein source, since Greek yogurt has lots of protein. Try 1 tablespoon almond butter, chia seeds or vanilla protein powder.

Date smoothie

More smoothie recipes to use dates

Want to make a different flavor fruit smoothie using dates as a sweetener? Here are a few great smoothie options where you can use dates as a substitute for the maple syrup or honey in the recipe:

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Date Smoothie

Vanilla Date Smoothie


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 small or 1 large 1x

Description

This creamy date smoothie is full of sweet, fruity flavor! Blend it up as a frosty snack or easy breakfast.


Ingredients

Scale
  • ¼ cup milk*
  • ¾ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple
  • 4 Medjool dates**
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender in the order listed above, pitting the dates as you add them. Blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 day (shake if it separates).

Notes

*For a vegan date smoothie, use oat milk in place of the Greek yogurt and milk, starting with ¾ cup and adding more as needed. Consider adding a protein source like 1 tablespoon almond butter, chia seeds or protein powder.

*Medjool dates are the best for this smoothie. If you can’t find them, deglet noor dates can work too. However, this type of date is much harder in texture and not as sweet. Use 8 deglet noor dates to equal 4 Medjool dates.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Smoothie
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Date smoothie

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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