This delicious banana almond butter date smoothie is packed with dietary fibre, healthy fats, and protein and is gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and so incredibly easy and delicious!
Fibre-Full Banana Almond Butter Date Smoothie
Happy New Year my friends, I can’t believe we are now in 2020 and I’m back after a nice break over the holidays to share my first recipe of the year…this delicious, fibre filled, plant-based, gluten-free Banana Almond Butter Date Smoothie that you HAVE to make.
Even the pickiest of smoothie connoisseurs will enjoy this one, I swear! The combination of creamy banana with rich, nutty almond butter, sweet dates, cinnamon, vanilla, chia and flax seed is perfection. The dates when blended don’t break up 100% so when you enjoy this smoothie you’ll get little chewy, sweet bits of dates with every sip that honestly are like a little candy surprise!
Why Get Enough Fibre In Your Diet?
One thing I’m focusing on for January is getting enough water and fibre in my diet. It seems sometimes, if I’m not being intentional about it, I can get less fibre than I need and it definitely slows down my digestion. It’s recommended that adults get at least 30g of dietary fibre each day so a delicious drink like this Banana Almond Butter Date Smoothie makes it super easy to get that fibre in.
The smoothie has multiple sources of fibre including banana, dates, flax seed, and chia seed. All of these provide a mix of soluble and insoluble fibre keeping your digestive system running nice and smooth. When your digestion is optimal your body can eliminate toxins efficiently, it promotes hormone balance, and of course you’ll just feel a whole lot better in general!
Adding Fibre To Smoothies
Seeds: My favourite way to add an extra boost of fibre to my smoothies (as the fruits in them contain fibre already) is by tossing in seeds of all kinds – flaxseed, chia seed, hemp seed, and pumpkin seeds. My Raspberry Apple Flax Smoothie is another one of my faves using seeds!
Veggies: Another option is to add veggies like cooked sweet potato, raw kale, cooked or raw carrots and beets, and broccoli to your smoothies. When you combine these veggies with a bunch of sweet fruits you won’t even notice they are in there but you’ll benefit from the added fibre and antioxidants.
To get a nice amount of blood-sugar balancing protein in my Banana Almond Butter Date Smoothie I used plant-based vanilla protein and the almond butter and seeds also add protein. The subtle vanilla flavour is delicious with the other ingredients but if you want to avoid flavoured proteins you can also use unflavoured collagen protein which is virtually undetectable in taste but adds in a great amount of protein (just to note, collagen is not plant-based but still great for gut and skin health).
This delicious smoothie Banana Almond Butter Date smoothie is filling, satisfying, perfectly sweet and is unlike your typical fruit smoothie. Definitely worth adding into your breakfast or snack rotation!
I hope you enjoy this delicious smoothie. Be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save this one for later!
Before you go…The Vegan Bundle is Still Available!
I also want to take a moment to mention that The Vegan Bundle I’ve been sharing about on my email newsletter and over social media is still available! This amazing bundle contains 60 plant-based e-books perfect for those who are vegan, transitioning to a vegan diet, or non-vegans who just want to add more plant-based deliciousness into their lives!
The e-books are so fantastic and I’ve bee thoroughly enjoying going through each one of them and making the recipes. My plan is to go through the e-books in the bundle over the year and expand my plant-based recipe repertoire!
If you are interested in learning more about the bundle just follow this link and note that it’s only on sale for another 4 days. Until Wednesday you can buy the bundle for just $50 USD, a savings of 96% off as it’s regularly over $1300! Crazy!
Have a great Sunday and here’s to a wonderful 2020!
Christal // NITK