If the world were ending, I’d make this decadent treat my finale. The incredible creaminess and blend of warm spices in this banana- and date-based smoothie will make you weak in the knees. The boosters add an injection of protein and omega-3s. Reprinted with permission, from The Blender Girl Smoothies* © 2014, 2015 by Tess Masters. Photographs copyright © 2014 by Erin Kunkel. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or other nut, grain, or seed milk (strained if homemade)
- 1 cup coconut water
- ¼ cup chopped pitted dates (soaked, if using a conventional blender)
- 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cardamom
- Pinch of ground cloves
- Pinch of natural salt (optional, to bring out flavors)
- 2 medium frozen sliced bananas
- 1 cup ice cubes (optional)
- 1 tablespoon blanched raw almonds, soaked
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil
- Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and puree on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy.
Per serving: Calories: 227; Total fat: 1g; Sodium: 280mg; Carbs 52g; Fiber: 6g; Sugars: 35g; Protein: 3g; Calcium 284mg; Iron 1mg
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