The transition between all the holiday goodies and real life can be a challenging one. But this luscious smoothie might help ease the pain!
Dates are naturally sweet with an almost caramel like flavor. Said to be high in a variety of nutritional values – great source of fiber, antioxidants and good things supporting brain health – all added benefits to their delectable taste!
This isn’t a nutritional blog and we’re not offering medical advice – we just really like dates. And this is a delicious way to use them!
Smoothies have been around since the 1930s and there’s no shortage of fun combinations of ingredients. Bananas add great flavor and creaminess. I always keep ripe bananas in the freezer. So don’t toss super ripe bananas. Though on the outside they look a bit rough they have an intense flavor and are wonderful for baking and can be used in place of ice cream for frosty drinks.
This smoothie blends dates with bananas along with familiar additions of milk and yogurt plus a touch of tahini.
Tahini is a smooth and soft nut butter of sorts – almost a thick liquid – made from toasted sesame seeds. It has a flavor resembling toasted nuts. You can normally find tahini with the nut butters in food markets but if you can’t locate it you can certainly use creamy peanut butter or your favorite nut butter.
Dates were one of my Grandmother’s favorite things and after one sip of this beverage you’ll understand why!
¾ cup vanilla yogurt
½ cup milk
1/3 cup chopped pitted dates
3 tablespoons tahini or creamy peanut butter
2 frozen bananas
1 ripe banana
½ cup ice cubes
Scoop the yogurt into a VitaMix or blender followed by the milk.
Add the chopped dates, then the tahini paste.
Cut the frozen and the ripe banana into thirds, add to the blender.
Pour in the ice cubes. Process the mixture starting on low for about 10 seconds then on high speed for about 15 to 20 seconds until smooth.
Serve well chilled.
Makes 2 large or 4 small drinks.
Date Smoothie, courtesy of Preserving Good Stock
Dates are naturally sweet with an almost caramel like flavor and they make the most luscious smoothie imaginable!
- ¾ cup vanilla yogurt
- ½ cup milk
- 1/3 cup chopped pitted dates
- 3 tablespoons tahini or creamy peanut butter
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 ripe banana
- ½ cup ice cubes
- Step 1 Scoop the yogurt into a VitaMix or blender followed by the milk. Add the chopped dates, then the tahini paste.
- Step 2 Cut the frozen and the ripe banana into thirds, add to the blender.
- Step 3 Pour in the ice cubes. Process the mixture starting on low for about 10 seconds then on high speed for about 15 to 20 seconds until smooth.
- Step 4 Serve well chilled.