A Contest Winner: Spiced Banana Date Smoothie

Spiced Banana Date Smoothie

Here’s a naturally sweet smoothie so delicious it can sub as a dessert. It would fool you for a milkshake if you didn’t know better. Flavored with “warm” spices like cinnamon and cloves, it gets a little kick from ginger, chile powder and cayenne (the hot spices are optional). It’s not a burn-your-tongue-kick but one you can feel creeping up the back of your throat. The dates lend an earthy, syrupy sweetness and banana is a classic ingredient for smoothies, and a natural to include with these spices.

I’m entering this in Maman & Gourmand’s Smoothie/Shake contest to win a $200 Health Master Emulsifier from Healthmaster.com . Update: The contest is over – I won – thanks for all your votes!

Spiced Banana Date Smoothie

Spiced Banana Date Smoothie
(by Reeni)
1 cup Milk (I used Vanilla Soymilk)
4 Medjool dates, pitted, chopped
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon Chile Powder*
1/16 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper*
3/4 cup sliced ripe banana
3/4 cup Ice
Add your milk and dates to a blender and blend on highest speed until
the dates are incorporated into the milk.
Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.
*Optional for a spicy kick.

Spiced Banana Date Smoothie

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  1. Pete says

    Wow, I am visiting your blog for the first time and it is making me extremely hungry. What great photo's and recipes. I am going to be visiting here often. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Bunny says

    Oh how I love milk shakes, it doesn't matter what the flavor is, they're all good to me!!

  3. girlichef says

    Oh my gosh, Reeni! You always make me hungry…it's always as if you make the food just for me. I love dates…and the spices in this- perfection. I must have one…any left in the blender jar? ;)

  4. Chef E says

    What a beautiful glass of Yum! I love all the ingredients you have combined…take a slurp for me!

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