Delicious and healthy all-natural energy banana date smoothie made with dates, bananas, oats, and almond butter. Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder for a protein-packed drink that will keep you satisfied for hours. Perfect for a quick and refreshing breakfast or snack!

If you are looking to try a new smoothie recipe, give this Banana Date Smoothie a try! With just 5 key ingredients, it comes together in minutes. It’s a thick, cold, creamy blend of milk, dates, oats, almond butter, and a frozen banana. Dates are a great source of fiber and antioxidants, plus they add a lovely caramel flavor and natural sweetness.

Smoothies are my go-to in the morning because they are super easy to make and customize. There are so many varieties! You can add and tweak ingredients based on the flavor you’re craving or what you have in your kitchen. We cannot get enough of this banana date smoothie! The flavor is out of this world and the consistency is perfectly thick. It’s sure to disappear fast!

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • So tasty: The taste and texture of this date smoothie is beyond delicious. One sip and you will be obsessed!
  • It’s filled with nutrients: Smoothies and shakes are a great way to increase vitamins, minerals and protein in your diet! Dates contain fiber, antioxidants and several vitamins and minerals. In addition, bananas are filled with potassium, fiber and other nutrients. The almond butter and oats add heartiness and staying power!
  • Quick & easy: Grab your blender and have this ready to go in just a few minutes!

Ingredients needed

Just a short list of ingredients needed to make this banana date smoothie recipe. Here’s a note on everything you’ll need:

  • Banana: An extra ripe, frozen banana is recommended for maximum sweetness and creaminess.
  • Milk: Use any milk that you prefer. To keep this recipe vegan, we like unsweetened almond milk or cashew milk.
  • Dates: You’ll need 2 pitted dates. We like to use Medjool dates because they have a wonderful caramel-like taste and a soft, chewy texture whereas regular dates, called Deglet Noor, are usually smaller with a more firm flesh and not as much flavor.
  • Oats: Use instant or rolled oats to add heartiness and to thicken the smoothie.
  • Almond butter: Adds a nutty flavor that complements the banana and dates so well. You can also replace it with peanut butter or your favorite nut butter.
  • Vanilla protein powder: Want to add a boost of protein? Feel free to add about 1 tablespoon of your favorite vanilla protein powder.
  • Cinnamon: For a bit of warmth, mix in a pinch of ground cinnamon.

How to make this recipe

Get ready for the best smoothie of your life in just 5 minutes! Here’s how to make it:

  1. Blend: Place all the ingredients in a high powdered blender and blend until smooth.
  1. Pour and enjoy: Pour into a glass and enjoy with a straw. You can even add some toppings if you’d like. Granola, shredded coconut flakes, a drizzle of almond butter or chopped nuts would be incredible!

Expert tips

  • Freezing the banana: Be sure to remove the peel from the banana before freezing. It also helps with even blending to slice it into large chunks before freezing.
  • Use frozen fruit: For a thick, cold and creamy drink, it’s always best to use frozen fruit. However, if you don’t have a frozen banana, use a room-temperature banana and add ½ cup ice to the smoothie.
  • Blending: To fully incorporate all of the ingredients, start with the blender on low speed, then gradually increase it to high speed, then move it back to low speed to finish.
  • For multiple smoothies: The recipe makes one smoothie, double or triple as needed.

Frequently asked questions

Is it OK to blend dates?

Yes, dates typically blend very well in smoothies. It does work best if you have a high-powered blender. If your dates are a bit firm and not very moist, soak them for 5 to 10 minutes in warm water.

Are banana smoothies healthy?

Depending on the ingredients used, banana shakes can be very nutritious. Choose natural sweeteners and limit the amount of high calorie, high fat add-ins you’re blending into the smoothie.

Can I make a banana date smoothie ahead of time?

Surprisingly, you can meal prep smoothies! Pour your blended smoothie into an ice cube tray and freeze for a few hours, overnight, or longer. When you’re ready to enjoy, thaw in the fridge for about 1 hour, then transfer the cubes to the blender, add a bit of extra milk (start with just a splash, you can always add more as needed) and blend, then enjoy.


  • Nut butter: You can use cashew butter, peanut butter or sunflower seed butter instead of almond butter.
  • Fruit: Use a different fruit, depending on what you’re in the mood for and have on-hand! About 1 cup of any frozen fruit will work great. You can still add in about 1/2 of the banana or omit the banana altogether. Blueberries, strawberries, mango chunks, peaches, pineapple and cherries.
  • Milk: Any milk that you have in your fridge works, but unsweetened almond milk will keep the calories and fat low, and also make this vegan and dairy free. It also has a neutral flavor. Other go-to options are unsweetened cashew milk, unsweetened oat milk, or use cow’s milk to increase the protein.

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Banana Date Smoothie

Start your day with a creamy, perfectly sweet High Protein Banana Date Smoothie! With just 5 key ingredients, it comes together in a matter of minutes. Perfect for a quick, refreshing, satisfying breakfast or snack!
Prep5 minutes
Total5 minutes
Servings 1 smoothie



  • Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!



Notes: If you don’t have frozen banana, use a room-temperature banana and add ½ cup ice to the smoothie. The recipe makes one smoothie, double or triple as needed.


Serving: 1smoothie, Calories: 421kcal, Carbohydrates: 60g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 131mg, Potassium: 1088mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 36g, Vitamin A: 540IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 439mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast, Smoothie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana date smoothie recipe, banana smoothie, date smoothie
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