I love oats for breakfast any day of the week but as soon as summer rolls around I crave a good smoothie to start my morning! I’m especially into the super thick smoothies that make you question whether you’re eating breakfast or dessert, know what I mean?

This smoothie is amazingly creamy, thick, and naturally sweet. What more could you ask for? It honestly tastes like a milkshake. Basically, this is the smoothie of your dreams, no other explanation needed!

Smoothies aren’t always the most filling breakfast which is why I like to load mine with nutrient-dense foods like nut butter and seeds. With the right ingredients, a smoothie can keep you full and energized for hours. If you want to add something a little extra to your smoothie I recommend granola! I often top my smoothies with one of my favorite granolas to add some extra fuel and crunch.

vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar free

Total Time: 5 min. Makes: 1 serving

Ingredients

1 large banana, frozen

1/2 cup almond milk

6 ice cubes

1 tbsp. almond butter

1 large pitted Medjool date, soaked

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. maca powder

1/8 tsp. all spice

1 pinch of sea salt

Directions

  1. Soak your date in warm water. This makes it softer, juicier, and easier to blend!
  2. While the date is soaking, add the rest of the ingredients to the blender.
  3. Add the date to the blender.
  4. Blend all of the ingredients on high until smooth. You can stop the blender and stir the smoothie with a spoon periodically to make sure there are no leftover chunks of ice or banana.
  5. Pour the smoothie into your glass of choice and enjoy!

Substitutions

I have not tested any of these substitutions so I cannot guarantee the same results, but based on the nature of the ingredients I suspect the following will work well.

Swap the almond butter for another nut or seed butter. Depending on the nut/seed butter your decide to use, the taste may change accordingly because, for example, something like peanut butter has a pretty distinctive flavor.

Swap the date for a tablespoon of liquid sweetener such as maple syrup. This may alter the texture of the smoothie to make it a little thinner but it shouldn’t be drastic!

Omit the maca powder. I like maca for the benefits and the nutty taste but if you don’t have it on hand you can omit it. I’m not sure how this would affect the taste.

Swap the almond milk for any other non-dairy milk. This shouldn’t affect the taste or texture.

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