Banana, Date and Almond Shake

Banana, Date and Almond Shake


I really love smoothies, but sometimes it’s kind of nice to change them up a little. So I thought I’d put my go-to breakfast of almond butter, banana and dates (which I normally put on buckwheat toast) into the blender and see what happened. What came out was just unreal. It’s was so outrageously delicious. Thick, smooth and creamy, sweet and almost caramel like. Just such a treat. It’s almost hard to believe that it’s healthy, but it really is amazingly nutritious. The almonds give you an amazing dose of powerful plant protein, while their huge quantities of vitamin E will leave your skin glowing. The bananas fill you up with life giving potassium and magnesium, the cinnamon keeps your blood sugar perfectly balanced and the dates give you a much needed intake of fibre. It’s like drinking liquid health, even though it tastes like dessert. How perfect is that? It would also satisfy even the strongest sugar craving as it really is so indulgently sweet, which makes it a perfect afternoon pick-me up, after dinner treat or sweet breakfast. It only take 3 minutes to make so you wouldn’t be tempted to stray to the chocolate while you wait either!

Serves 2

– 2 large ripe bananas

– 1 and a 1/2 cups of almond milk (make sure it’s cold) (375ml)

– 6 medjool dates

– 2 teaspoons of almond butter

– 2 teaspoons of cinnamon

Optional: 2 teaspoons of maca for an energy boost

Peel the bananas and remove the stones from the dates. Then place all the ingredients in a blender and blend into a creamy deliciousness, this should take 2-3 minutes. Sip, serve and love.

P.S. If your milk isn’t already cold I’d recommend adding a couple of ice cubes or putting the smoothie in the fridge for 1/2 an hour.


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  • An Escapee of Facebook

    I am definitely going to try this. I always enjoy banana smoothies, and this one looks delicious.

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles

    Mmmm, this looks so delicious! I need to try this :)

  • Caroline collins

    Ella, just returned from a £££ Spain dettox week, wish I d had your blog and a very very small kitchen instead… On strong chemo, so much dosen’t tempt…but your food absolutely does. You and your receipes are an inspiration, please keep creating them for you and us! Caroline

  • Impo

    Just made this! It was great! I sneaked in some baby spinach and put in it the freezer for a little until it was almost like ice cream! Delicious!

    • Ella Woodward

      Awesome idea to add spinach and then put it in the freezer, sounds so delicious – I have to try that! Thank you for sharing and so glad you liked the recipe :)

  • Carole

    Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is collecting links to posts about shakes and smoothies. I do hope you link this lovely one in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links – there are a lot of good ones already. Have a great week.

  • kristine

    Just found your blog and I can’t wait to try this recipe! I’m always looking for a quick and healthy breakfast – do you think these ingredients would hold up if I prepared them in advance and kept it in the freezer before blending?

    • Ella Woodward

      Hi Kristine. I’m so glad that you love the look of this recipe, I totally agree quick & healthy breakfasts are the best! I quite often freeze the ingredients ready to go and it works perfectly, just as little colder when you drink thats all :)

  • Kristy

    This looks and sounds delicious. I was just wondering what recipe you use for making your own Almond butter. I found your mixed nut butter but was wondering if you could share your almond butter recipe? Do you make it the same but with all Almonds? I can’t tell you how much you inspire me to eat better. There can be a big difference between knowing what you should eat and what you actually put in your (my) mouth. Since discovering your website I have found it easy to stick to and enjoy some really good healthy food. Thank you

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Kristy. To make almond butter I simply blend almonds in a food processor with a sprinkling of salt, that’s it – it’s so easy! :)

  • Chantelle

    (please see amended comment, lot’s of typos in previous post)

    I’m always coming to your recipes for inspiration, I’m sick of the same old juices and staples that I ‘just know how to throw together’. I love this recipe, I used soy milk instead of almond as didn’t have any in, thank you for my gym fit breakfast, now off I go to the gym. Can you recommend where to get some macs from? I’m trying to collect as many recommendations as possible.


  • Maria

    Hi, New to your site, came across it via pollys path……. anyway, just wondering what type of almond butter you use – roasted, unroasted? If you could give me the brand , i’d be grateful!
    Many thanks

    • Maria

      Sorry, I can see from previous posts that my question has already been answered! Teach me to look before asking! thanks again

      • ellawoodward

        Glad you found the answer! :)

  • Madeline Myers

    Hi ella I was wondering what blender you use if you use a vitamix what version do you like? Do you also you juicers for smoothies? What’s the need of both of them?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Madeline. If you have a look at the food philosophy section theres a link to the food processor, blender and juicer that I use. The need for all is that they all do different things, the juicer makes juices which you can’t do in any other machines, the blender makes smoothies and the processor makes hummus, nut butter, crushes nut and date mixes etc

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  • Sara

    This is wonderful! Im preparing mine ready for making in the morning :)! Delish xx

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  • Cristina

    Hi Ella, this recipe looks delicious, and I am really motivated by the healthy way you eat and how it has improved your health. I was wondering why you sweetened this with dates rather than honey? Is it a health reason or just because you like the taste better?

    • ellawoodward

      I normally use dates as I prefer the flavour, honey works too just make sure it’s raw honey!

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  • chlo24

    Cannot wait to have this for breakfast this week <3 I have such a sweet tooth and this sounds perfect

  • Rez

    Hi Ella,

    Is it okay to use any dates or is there a reason you tend to only use Medjool? I love them (so juicy and big) but my bank balance doesn’t as they tend to be more expensive :(
    Or can the dates be replaced with prunes/figs? I don’t think I have seen that you use prunes much?

    Thank you,

    • ellawoodward

      I’m not a huge fan of prunes, my stomach just doesn’t like them much! I use medjool dates as they’re much softer and the other types don’t blend well! :)

  • Anke Hannukka

    I just love this shake, I’ve recently turned vegan for health reasons, and was ready to give up before I even began as I just couldn’t find any recipes I liked online, and most were focused on weight loss as a goal. Your enthusiasm rubbed off on me, and in the last 3 weeks I’ve pretty much lived off your recipes. This shake is one of my favourites, and best thing is my kids love many of the recipes too. Thanks!

  • Rez

    Thanks for the reply Ella. Much appreciated. Update: Oh my good lord. Made this today for a mid-morning hunger pang attach at work. WOW! So heavenly! A tad too sweet for me (and I have a huge sweet tooth!!) but so amazing at the same time. Next time I might put less dates in, but my word. I will so be having this again on the weekend! Love that it has no dairy, but my own homemade almond milk too! Thank you so much Ella! Have a good day. x

  • Sophia

    I just made this smoothie and it was delicious..thanx for the fab recipe ..will definitely make again

  • Daniel

    I´ve tried many many of your smoothies. I think this is it if not my favourite smoothie. It tastes so so amazing!! I add some black sesame seeds in it before blending all the ingredients, which creates a beautiful colour an amazing texture.

    Thanks for all!


    • ellawoodward

      Amazing! x

  • Daniel

    Hi Ella! Love your post about Nut Butter. I have a small question, do you know that Blender/Food processor you talked about in your philosophy section? I mean the one that was really unexpensive… I basically spend all my money in almond butter, do you think that Blender/Food processor will work for doing nut butter in general?

    Thank you so much!

    Have an amazing day!


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  • Carole J.

    Just made it for breakfast this morning, replaced the dates by dried figs cause I didn’t have any, and the almond butter with powdered almonds… It is a killer! The perfect start and breakfast before a run!
    Should be trying the ice lollies this afternoon as it is getting really hot in France.
    Love your blog, I have been sharing it with all of my friends!
    xx from Lyon, Carole

  • Regi

    Looks nice… Will try… Step by step to find all ingredience here in Africa Congo :-/ difficult begining but happyend! Let u know!;-)

    • ellawoodward

      You could always order online if you struggle to find certain things!

  • Panna

    Hi Ella,

    I came across your blog yesterday and am loving your website and recipies. So glad to have found you, am feeling totally inspired. I tried the recipie above just a little while ago and wow! It is totally scrumptious and satisfies my sweet tooth :) Will make it again for my daughter, sure she’ll love it!

    Keep up the good work (…and recipies 😉

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Panna,
      I am so pleased you loved the shake and I hope your daughter does too!
      Ella x

  • Panna

    PS I added spinach and matcha green tea to make it more ‘green’

    • Courtney

      Nice idea!

  • Valerie

    WOW! just made this one – unbelievable … I ate it with a spoon like a desert. And yes it is hard to believe that it is healthy 😉
    it`s more a sweet topping to me than a shake – will try this as a topping for the sweetpotato brownies
    thank you for sharing!

  • Amanda

    This smoothie is just delicious!! It was so good I almost felt guilty drinking it.

    • Ella Woodward

      I am so pleased you loved it!

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  • Nicoletta Digaudio

    Hi please can you tell me which brand and type of almond butter you use and is it best to use a raw one?

  • ellawoodward

    I tend to use Meridian but there are lots of great brands out there!

    • Esther

      But you do make your own as well right? I just made one for the first time this evening, from the recipe in your book! Which I love by the way!

  • Crisarlin Vazquez

    Just made it for lunch, and I love it!! Very sweet, but I love sweets!!

  • Hoda

    Hey ella,
    Im new at this smoothie thing can i replace almond milk with regular milk?

  • ellawoodward

    Absolutely if you eat dairy! x

  • Alex Norman

    This smoothie is amazing, made it the last three evenings in a row using frozen banana making it even creamier hands, down my new favourite smoothie! :) x

  • kiki
  • cindy

    hi ella!

    this is a bit random, but you mentioned buckwheat toast. do you make your own, or do you buy them? i was wondering what other types of bread you usually eat (since i don’t buy market proclaimed “gluten free” because they have a bunch of additives in them).

  • ellawoodward

    I buy my buckwheat toast from a brand called Biona. There is a superfood bread recipe on my blog! X

  • Melissa

    Absolutely delicious, am trying to resist drinking the other half in the fridge which is going to be my breakfast! X

  • Karen Goldberg Finn

    Mmmmmm, so delicious! I added a handful of spinach and used Nutriblast Superboost powder (a blend of hemp, goji, cacao & maca) rather than just maca, and OMG. I need to find fatter straws as it’s so thick and creamy… :-) This is definitely my new breakfast!!

  • Courtney

    This looks really amazing, full of protein too, but two bananas is way too much sugar, even if it’s natural. (Each banana has about 12g of sugar). Better than many other sweet things, of course, but definitely still a treat, I would say, esp with dates in there too.

  • laura

    what is maca good for??

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Laura, there is a whole blog post all about my favourite superfoods including maca! It’s under the ‘Products I Love’ section on the blog! X

  • Anna Nuttall

    What else could you use if you don’t like dates?

  • Alex N

    Another AMAZING Deliciously Ella recipe!!! Even my younger brother, a picky eater, LOVED this and asked me to make a second batch the same day!!

  • Rebecca

    Yum! I have just made this smoothie (with homemade almost milk from your recipe) and it’s delicious! Thank you

  • Esther

    I didn’t have dates, but even without it was delicious. I can’t have maca because I am breastfeeding. This is definitely one of my favourite things to eat now! Thank you!

  • Dainty

    Hi Ella, what can you use instead of almond butter?

  • ellawoodward

    You could try another nut butter or pumpkin seed butter! X

  • ellawoodward

    Yes I have one almond butter recipe on the blog and one on the app! X

  • Emily Murray

    Hi Ella, I was also just diagnosed with POTS recently around the same age you were. Doctors have not really given me too much advice on lifestyle changes to help with the disease, besides medications, so I am excited to start here. Wanted to let you know how much your story has inspired me and I hope to make a permanent healthy change! <3

  • Jolene B

    I have a similar recipe but it’s half the ingredients, only 1 date (I don’t like it too sweet) and a serving of rice protein powder added. It’s my breakfast on the go. Everyone asks for the recipe. I’ll have to start recommending your website. I love it!!!

  • Kate

    I agree the two bananas make it very sweet so I used only one banana and half the dates. Also, I used a frozen banana and it was the yummiest smoothie ever.

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Emily, I am so glad you feel inspired. I really hope you start to feel better soon. Keep up your healthy journey, have a lovely day! X

  • Rory

    Hi Ella, I’ve made this and I have to agree, its outrageously good! We are following your recipes and are really feeling the benefits.
    I do a lot of sport and would like to drop dairy based recovery shakes for a protein hit, what would you recommend?

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Rory, so glad you love the shake. Hemp protein powder is a really great post-workout plantbased protein. You can add it to smoothies or energy bites! X

  • Quin

    Just made it. I didn’t have any cinnamon but it still turned out really good! Definitely going to try this again. Thanks so much for the simple recipe :)

  • Ruby Williams

    Hi Ella,
    Heard about you through a girl at the organic grocer I work at – have never been feeling so inspired! Having been suffering from depression & anxiety for a couple of years, I can feel the symptoms lifting and I feel the best I have for so long. I want to thank you for all that you do and for helping me and so many others turn their lives around. It is amazing what nourishing your body with whole and nutritious foods can do. What you do is beyond amazing and I am just so lucky to have been brought here. And OMG this smoothie… it is AMAAAAZING. So so good, so much amazing flavour. Thank you again Ella and I hope you are having a wonderful day :) Ruby xx

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Ruby, I am so happy to hear that you feel inspired by the blog and are feel so much better! Keep up your healthy journey and enjoying lots of the recipes! Ella x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Emma, that’s so great. This is a more sweeter recipe so I don’t think spinach would work so well but there are loads of smoothie recipes on the blog which include spinach! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Suzie, so happy to hear that you loved the shake! You really need a powerful blender when the recipe uses medjool dates are they are super sticky and can be difficult to blend. Here is a list of all my favourite blender recommendations which you might find helpful!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Natalia, I would suggest using prunes or dried figs instead however they’re not as sweet as Medjool dates so I’m not too sure how it would turn out. I imagine that it would still taste good without the dates, perhaps just a little less sweet. Hope you love it! X

  • ellawoodward

    It’s not a few app but there has been a new update. It’s called Deliciously Ella. You might need to go into your app store to update it manually to see all the new recipes x