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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