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If you’re looking for new smoothie or shake ideas, try this Date Shake – it’s naturally sweet and super filling. You can enjoy it for breakfast, as a snack or dessert, which is my preference. Made with all natural ingredients and no added sugar, this date smoothie is packed full of protein and fiber. It’s going to keep you feeling full for a while!
Smoothies and shakes are a quick and easy breakfast to make for the whole family and they often appear on busy mornings in our house. Dates, banana and peanut butter create a wonderful tasting smoothie that’s healthy for the whole family. It actually tastes as good as dessert!
Ingredients in a date shake
- Bananas: I like to use frozen bananas as they eliminate the need for ice which can dilute and thin the shake. They make the shake creamy and they are a great source of vitamins and minerals and give you energy.
- Dates: A great source of antioxidants, and they help to create a sweet smoothie without the need for added refined sugar.
- Chia seeds: I include chia seeds in my diet wherever I can! They are nutrient dense and rich in fatty acids, fiber and antioxidants. They help to bulk up the date shake with plant-based protein.
- Peanut butter: Peanut butter is high in protein as well as being delicious with banana! Can you think of a better combo?
- Milk: I like to use almond milk for this smoothie, but if you prefer you can use dairy milk or another plant based milk like soy or oat.
- Cinnamon: It gives it a warmer taste with a little kick. You can leave it out or switch to another spice like nutmeg, cloves or ginger.
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How to make a date shake
It’s so quick and easy to make this smoothie. Simply add all of the ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
Tips to make a date shake
- Drink this smoothie straight away, as once the ingredients start to oxidize they begin to loose nutrients. If you do want to make it ahead of time, cover the smoothie with plastic wrap or transfer to an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
- Allow time for your bananas to freeze. It will take about two hours for them to freeze so they are ready to use. I often keep several bananas in my freezer to grab whenever smoothies are on the menu. And the kids can help themselves to make their own smoothies.
- Use a high speed blender. There’s nothing worse than drinking a smoothie and getting chunks in your mouth. This is especially needed since we’re using dates. If you don’t have a high speed blender, I recommend stirring it every once in a while with a long spoon and blending for an extra 1 minute.
- Soften the dates with warm water. You can soften the dates for 10 minutes in warm water to make it easier to blend it into the date shake. This will especially help if you don’t have a super strong blender.
Frequently asked questions
I like to use slightly over ripe bananas in this date shake. They have more natural sweetness than just ripe bananas and they have more antioxidants too. When my bananas are starting to turn, I slice them and pop them in the freezer to stop them ripening further so I can grab them whenever I need.
If you use a high speed blender, you shouldn’t need to soften the dates, but if you don’t have one, you can soak them in warm water for 10 minutes. This will plump them up and soften them and they will be easier to blend.
This shake is a great breakfast option; although because of the higher sugar, I often have it as a midday snack or dessert. Still, it’s full of fiber and protein that will give you energy for the day and will keep you feeling full until lunch. It’s packed full of nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants and is vegan to boot.
More smoothie and juice recipes
- Tahini Milkshake
- Dragon Fruit Smoothie
- Detox Kale Smoothie
- Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- Cucumber Juice
- Aloe Vera Smoothie
It’s so quick and easy to make this healthy breakfast or snack for your family. The kids love the sweetness and you know that you are loading them with all of the good stuff.
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- 2 bananas frozen
- 4 dates pitted
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- Place all the ingredients in a high-speed blender, and blend for 60-120 seconds until you get a smooth and creamy texture.
- Taste the smoothie, adding more milk if it is too thick or adding more sweetener if it’s not sweet enough for you. Pour into a cup or mason jar. Enjoy immediately, or store in fridge for up to 24 hours.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.
This is more of a peanut butter banana shake than a date shake. Yes, it continues dates, but peanut butter and bananas are the prominent flavors. A cookies and cream shake may contain vanilla, but you wouldn’t call it a vanilla shake. Anyway, this is a perfectly fine take on a banana peanut butter shake but not really a date shake, in the same way that a chocolate chip cookie isn’t a “brown sugar cookie” – foods aren’t typically named for one of their sweeteners. They’re named for their primary flavors.
I am so sorry the date flavor didn’t shine. Is it possible you used older dates that may have lost some of the flavor? I have noticed that the older the dates are, the less they retain their flavor and the more “sugar” forward they become. If the bananas were too ripe, they could have also taken over. You can try increasing the dates and decreasing the bananas to 1 and the pb to 1 tablespoon as well. Thank you for the feedback.
This is my favorite shake of all time! My husband loves it and I make it a least once a week. Ever since you did the video back in 2020, I was hooked! Love all your delicious recipes! Thank you! From your fellow Michigander!
That makes me so, so happy to hear! I love that! Thank you for all of your support!
My physician friend recommended a date shake for weight gain after many surgeries and many years of illness, still haven’t gained my normal weight (muscle mass) back. How would you tweak this recipe to provide faster, yet healthy results. I’m normally 165-175 Lbs. but have been lingering around 130-140 for last 3 years.Thanks. Please email back response.
Hi! I cannot provide medical advice, as I am not a professional. I do know that those gaining weight need to be in a caloric surplus, so eating calorie-dense foods can help. With this recipe, for example, you could add more nut butter.
This recipe is so good!!! I was looking for a recipe to get my 7 dates in a day to help my cervix since I’m 35 weeks pregnant and this is sooooo yummy!
This is perfect for that! Thank you so much!
Hi Yumna! I’m planning on trying this soon but I was wondering if the nutrition info provided was for 2 shakes or just 1?
So excited for you to give it a try! The nutrition info is for one serving (1 shake).
Wow, this is beautiful thanks for sharing! How can this recipe not so viral on TikTok??
Thank you! You’re so welcome! Haha, who knows!!
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