I ventured a little out of my smoothie comfort zone with this recipe. My usual smoothies always consist of something green…kale, spinach, swiss chard, you get the point. It’s rare that I make a sweeter smoothie. In my 34 years I don’t think I’ve ever tried a date. I decided to pick some up last time I was in Whole Foods. Although this smoothie is sweet it is still very healthy and is only sweetened by nature. 🙂 This was my first little experiment with dates and I can’t wait to try them in more recipes. They have won me over!
This smoothie is packed with antioxidants with the addition of the chia seeds and cacao nibs. A Double Superfood Smoothie!
In case you are new to cacao nibs they are extremely good for you and have an intense chocolaty taste. Raw cacao nibs are roasted cacao beans made into raw chocolate. They are a great source of magnesium, iron, and fiber. They are raw, vegan, gluten free and considered a Superfood!
- 1 frozen banana
- 3 dates (pits removed)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tbsp cacao nibs
- 3/4 cup water
- Place all the ingredients into a blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend for 30-60 seconds depending on the consistency you are wanting.
Any suggestions for more ways to incorporate dates into recipes?
Do you enjoy smoothies as a snack/treat or as a meal replacement?