Now this: Green Vanilla Smoothie – the Banana Variation, when you’re looking for something a little more substantial. It’s creamier and more filling, but still no pronounced banana flavor.
As with the other Vanilla Smoothies, you can blend a pod of real vanilla bean with the dates to boost the vanilla quotient.
- 2 medjool dates,* pitted
- about 1 T vanilla extract
- organic baby spinach (about 2 fistfuls, or fill to the 4 c mark)
- 1 frozen banana, sliced
- 1 1/2 c ice
- 1 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
In a high speed blender, pulverize dates and vanilla with just enough milk to cover (about 1/2 c).
Add spinach, banana, ice, and remaining milk.
Blend until smooth.
Makes 2 satisfying servings.
*The dates are for added sweetness. Depending on your taste and the sweetness of your banana, you can use more or less.