I don’t have much of a sweet tooth (as I’ve written about before) but I needed something special this afternoon. Something that would give me a bit of a boost, with natural sugars, and keep my belly feeling full for a while. Something rich, decadent and hearty.
Most people would think I’m talking about a brownie or a cookie. Nope. This sweet treat comes in a glass.
Dates and bananas are two great sweet ingredients to use when you’re trying to avoid “real” sugar. Paired with almond milk and rolled oats, they whip up into a quick, easy, and totally satisfying slurry. It’s so rich, I’d almost call it a milkshake. This is a great mid-morning or mid-afternoon pick-me-up, with just four simple ingredients.
Banana Date Oat Smoothie
Yield: 1 serving
4 medjool dates, chopped
1 cup almond milk
1/4 cup rolled oats
- Puree chopped dates with almond milk on a high setting until the dates are just little brown specks.
- Add the banana and puree until smooth.
- Add the oats. Puree immediately or pulse to combine and allow to soak 2-3 minutes before pureeing.
Note: I like this smoothie at room temperature but if you want it cold, consider using a frozen banana instead of fresh. A bit of nut butter would also add great flavor and texture.