I love a great date, and today I am not referring to the “romantic dinner and a movie” variety. Although, that is always a good idea! This shake would be the equivalent of speed dating. Quickly throw everything together, and in five minutes, you decide if you want to come back for more. It might just be the love you have been waiting for! For me, making a date with a  coconuy is always a good idea, and this smoothie sweetened with dates hits the spot. 

Fresh pitted dates would have to be one of the great culinary pleasures of life. Dates are the oldest, and certainly the sweetest fruit, with the highest concentration of fruit sugars. They are so decadent and fabulous. I really try and eat them in moderation, as they can really spike my blood sugar levels. Having said that -- when I decide to indulge, I like to commit. Come on, nobody likes a cheap date! 

There are literally hundreds of varieties of dates in the world. But there are really only a few varieties that are readily available in mainstream grocery stores and markets in the States. Typically the Medjool variety are on offer, as they yield a large sweet crop. 

Throw some delectable dates in your blender with some bananas, almond milk, and coconut water and you have a sweet date that will leave you waiting for the next encounter. Almond milk gets an invite to this date, and I have chosen to add coconut water (after all, it is a coconut smoothie recipe) for an added zing. Coconut water seems to be the latest fad drink of choice at the moment, and with good reason. It is nature’s wonder energy drink. Who needs Red Bull when you can smash open a coconut and grab a straw.

Coconut water is a high in protein, B Vitamins and Ascorbic acid; and loaded with electrolytes; and vitamins and minerals like magnesium and potassium. It is low in calories, is fat-free, and low in cholesterol. I recommend making home made almond milk and fresh coconut water for a quality date. But if you don’t have the time, or inclination, there are some great packaged almond milks and pure coconut waters at the health food store that make this shake really quick and easy. You can substitute cashew milk if you want a richer more buttery experience, and you could always add a spoonful of coconut butter to make it this recipe even more creamy. It depends on how indulgent you want your date to be!

If you want to make this shake nut free you could always use hemp milk, rice milk, or soy milk. It will yield a smoothie of a slightly different personality, but it is still really really good. 

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Raw Vegan Coconut Date Smoothie

Creamy Coconut Date Shake

  • 1 cup home made raw almond milk
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 6 – 8 pitted dates
  • 2 frozen very ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • pinch of Celtic sea salt
  1. Throw everything in the high-blender (I use a Vitamix) and puree until smooth and creamy.
  2. This makes about two 16-ounce glasses. But you won't want to share :)

Tips!

the best way to clean your blender

After blending up something sticky, gooey or smelly, just place a few drops of soap in the carriage with some warm water and blend on high until all of the congealed food slips away from the blades and sides. Then repeat this process. Then rinse with water and presto! Clean carriage. 
If you have smells or stains repeat this process with some bicarbonate of soda or lemon juice and water. 
Check out the video on A No Hassle Way To Clean Your Blender that I did as part of the Chow Tips Series.

I cannot believe no-one has grunted about this incredible smoothie. It is absolutely unbelievable. Thankyou Tess!

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Oh Mary - I just LOVE you!
I KNOW!
This was an early post before anybody was reading my blog I think :) LOL!
Thanks for the support. I really appreciate it!

This IS delicious. I read an article about coconut water and decided to try it. Now I have another treat I can make with it.

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Thanks Cara.
I am glad you enjoyed this.
It is one of my favourites :)

Oh Oh OH! This is just sensational!!!!

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LOL! I LOVE that! SO glad you enjoyed it. This recipe IS a WINNER!

This sounds yummy! I am always trying to come up with shakes to recommend to my clients as treats. I must send them to your blog.

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This is the first recipe I tried off your site because I LOVE smoothie and this ROCKED! Going to wash my carriage and try some more now! Oink Oink…..

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LOL! I LOVE it. Thanks Tammi.
Oink Oink :)

How many servings is this? I can’t seem to find servings on your site. I am assuming one because I don’t think I will want to share this. ha ha

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LOL! SORRY Shanna. I was hopeless about servings when I started this blog and am being better about it, after I realized the importance of it. This makes two 8 ounce glasses. But yes, you won’t want to share!
Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

LOVE LOVE LOVE this smoothie!! I just discovered your blog last night and this is the first recipe I tried. Delicious! I subbed coconut milk for the coco water and almond milk (none on hand). I also added some macadamia nuts. MMMMMMmmmm. Can’t wait to try more! :)

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Oh. LOVE your blend Carli!
So glad you enjoyed this.

This sounds delicious.  I saw a link to this post on Twitter and I’m so glad I found you.  I can’t wait to try this recipe out.

Do you have any tips for finding affordable young coconuts for fresh coconut water?  They cost $3/piece at our local grocery store, and so are a bit out of my budget usually.

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Hey Rachel,
Yes! This is one of my favourite shakes. It is YUMMO!
As far as finding affordable young Thai coconuts online….I have only found expensive options. Melissa’s sells them. But they are quite expensive.
You also need to be careful that it is a reliable source that has not dipped the coconuts in chemicals to preserve them for the long journey over to us!
If you only want the water, try the young green coconuts from Florida Coconuts.
A case of 12 makes them $1.75 each. Good for drinking water.
You can also ask your local grocer to sell them to you by the case and they will often give you a bulk discount. You can open them and freeze the water for use later.
I hope this helps =)

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Love this! I slightly modified it to make it non-vegan by adding a large spoonful of plain yogurt. I also add some oatmeal to the mix if I am really hungry. Oink. :)  A perfect smoothie for breakfast!

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LOVE your blend Stacey.
SO glad you enjoyed this.

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!

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Yep! That just about says it all doesn’t it?!

I can’t wait to try this.  All my fav ingredients.  I have all these to make it.  I even have the almonds to make the milk but haven’t ventured out to make almond milk yet.  Gonna have to give this a try.

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Hey Mary!
I can’t wait to hear what you think.
You don’t even need to make the milk to make this smoothie. Just throw the almonds in with the water and other ingredients.
But making almond milk is really easy.
Check out the recipe on the website.

mmmmmmm drinking it now.  I halved the recipe because I just wantedenough for me.  I had to use almond milk in a carton because I heard you have to soak your almonds.  It is very refreshing and delicious.  I like it a lot. I can’t wait to try more recipes on here.  I’ve been just making green smoothies but am ready to try different things withmy vitamix.

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Hey Mary,
It is best to soak your almonds so they digest better and you can remove the enzyme inhibitors.
But you don’t have to to enjoy this smoothie.
So glad you tried it and liked it :)

Ok, I’m going to rename this: Banana Cream Pie in a glass!! So thick, delicious, and just amazing, PERIOD. :)

Drank this for breakfast. ^_^ I betcha this would be even healthier with some spinach added in. Ooh, maybe kale? Just throwing some ideas in.

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Yes! 2 cups of romaine lettuce or baby spinach leaves are s’blended in this smoothie. So glad you enjoyed this. It is one of my all-time favourites!

Wow this is really so delicious and sweet. I recommend everyone who encounters this recipe make it at least once.

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Thanks Emily. I am so glad you enjoyed it. It is one of my faves too :)

Umm umm umm! Delish! just made this one for breakfast. So sweet and creamy and filling! love it.
thanks for sharing!!

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