Banana Date Smoothie

This protein-packed banana date smoothie recipe is quick and easy to make. It is naturally vegan and gluten-free.

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Hands up if you like blending things as much as I do! 

I received a Vitamix as a birthday gift and my life hasn’t been the same since. From homemade peanut butter to garlic aioli, it has done me well. It has even reshaped a few spoons, albeit not on purpose.

This Banana Date Smoothie is a natural energy drink that you will love. It makes for a great breakfast when you don’t have much time or a delicious snack when you’re craving something sweet.

Should I put dates in my smoothie?

The blended dates add a little je ne sais quois to the mix. They are a great natural sweetener and add a thicker texture than you might expect.

The recipe includes no added sugars – just the fruit. So it is a healthy alternative to some other breakfasts, snacks or desserts.


  • Frozen ripe bananas
  • Medjool dates
  • Almond butter
  • Almond milk
  • Ice
  • Cinnamon
  • Scoop of protein powder (optional). I suggest a vanilla protein powder.

How to make a banana date smoothie

Add the frozen bananas, dates and other ingredients into a high-speed blender. Put on the lid and blend. Divide into two glasses and enjoy!

Can you blend dates in a blender?

If you have a high speed blender, you should have no problem using medjool dates in the blender. Over time, dried dates might lose some moisture, so if your blender is older or not as strong, fresh dates will blend better.


There are many substitutions you can make to this recipe without impacting its quality. For instance, if you would like to make it nut-free, you can sub in oat milk and seed butter.

  • Almond milk: other nut, oat or soy milk. You can also use regular dairy milk.
  • Almond butter: peanut butter, another nut or seed butter. Almond butter is more neutral so if you decide to make this a peanut butter banana smoothie recipe, expect it to be a bit more nutty…

Optional add-ins

  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Cocoa powder
  • Protein powder
  • Chocolate chips (better as a topping than blended in)

Leftovers & storage

This date smoothie is best if you serve immediately. It will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

You can also add the ingredients into a cup without the almond milk and store it in the freezer for 1-2 months. When you are in need of an easy breakfast, add the milk to the frozen ingredients and blend.

Banana date smoothie in a jar, dripping down the sides, with cut up date on top

Banana Date Smoothie

Naturally gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan.
This protein-packed smoothie is quick and easy to make. It is sweetened with bananas and dates to make for a healthy breakfast or snack option.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Breakfast, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast, dairy-free, easy recipe, gluten-free, quick, refined sugar free, smoothie, vegan
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 289kcal
Author: Becca Harris, RD, MHSc


  • Blender


  • 1 frozen ripe banana
  • 1/8 cup Medjool dates (about 5 dates)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • ½ cup almond beverage any nut or beverages can be used as a substitute
  • ½ cup ice (about 5-6 large pieces)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon


  • Add all ingredients into a blender.
  • Put on the lid, blend and pour.
  • Enjoy!


To be enjoyed right away or frozen for a later date. Freezes well for 1-2 months. 
Tastes great as a protein shake too! Add 1 – 2 scoops of protein powder for best results.


Calories: 289kcal

As always, if you have any questions, comments or substitutions that you have tried, please leave a rating and comment on this post. I would love to hear how you enjoyed your date smoothie!

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  1. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe!

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