Okay it may sound weird at first. Dates in a smoothie? Yes, it is true… Combine milk, pitted dates, almond butter, and cacao powder with ice, and you’ll have a breakfast or dessert smoothie that is so filing and good! Dates are sometimes overlooked but they provide energy and are great when you’re craving something sweet. They do have calories but also fiber so they are good to help regulate digestion and contain vitamins such as B 6 and niacin. Paired with milk, almond butter and cacao powder, this recipe can be a healthy breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert. If you’re not familiar with cacao powder, you can find it at specialty grocery stores. It’s healthy alternative to chocolate with great flavor but without sugar and any processing. It’s also raw, vegan and a source of antioxidants, iron and fiber. This only takes 5 minutes to prepare, so blend and enjoy!
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk or skim milk
1 frozen banana, cut into pieces
1/2 cup pitted dates
2 tablespoons almond butter
2 teaspoons cacao powder
1. In a blender combine milk, banana, dates, almond butter, cacao powder and ice. Process as directed until smooth. Sprinkle with cacao powder, and serve.