Banana Date Cardamom Smoothie

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I made this banana date cardamom smoothie yesterday for breakfast and it was so good, I made it again this morning.

I’m a big fan of anything that involves banana and dates together. Dates add sweetness in smoothies so then you don’t have to add extra sweetener like honey or agave.

I added cardamom at the last minute because I thought it would add more complexity. I was right: It balanced the sweetness of the banana and date and gave the smoothie a tangy flavor.

Full disclosure: I made the smoothie two different ways. Yesterday morning, I used Siggi’s vanilla skyr for the yogurt base and this morning, I used plain, nonfat Greek yogurt and a drop of vanilla extract. The good news is, the smoothie tasted exactly the same at the end. If you keep the rest of the recipe the same, it doesn’t matter if you use vanilla yogurt. The real star of the smoothie is the cardamom, anyway.

I topped by smoothie with French toast granola from Granola Jones, a local company I’ve been obsessed with lately. I also sprinkled some chia seeds on top for texture.

In other news, has anyone started watching SMILF? I just watched the first episode last night and I’m in love. I went into it with relatively high expectations because I read a good review yesterday. I was not disappointed. The acting is commendable, the storyline is compelling, and the dialogue is on point. If you haven’t seen it already, I’d highly recommend it.

On an unrelated note, here’s a song I’ve been listening to the past few days. Jerry Garcia is a genius on the guitar.

Banana Date Cardamom Smoothie 

Ingredients

1 banana
3 dates, pitted
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1 container Siggi’s vanilla nonfat yogurt (or 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt with a drop of vanilla extract)
1 heaping Tbsp almond butter
1 cup regular almond milk (not unsweetened)
French toast granola and chia seeds for topping

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Top with French toast granola and chia seeds. Enjoy!

About Emily Wasserman

Hi! My name is Emily and I'm a writer based in St. Louis. If I was stranded on an island and could request three items of food, they would be avocados, Halloumi and chocolate croissants.
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