Banana Date Shakes – A Delicious Way to Start the Day

Posted by on Mar 26, 2011 in Nutrition | 5 comments

I’m a big fan of green smoothies, and most days I start the day with a berry smoothie that’s heavy on the greens. Some days, on the other hand, I feel like something different.

One of my favorite green smoothies for days that I just want something quick and delicious is a Banana Date Shake. This one is so yummy that my kids are happy to drink it – even if it IS a beautiful emerald green (my daughter doesn’t tend to appreciate that in a fruit smoothie).  Here’s my recipe.

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Banana Date Shake recipe (serves 3 large servings):


– 4 cups cold water
– 2 tbsp flaxseed (pre-ground, if you don’t have a Vitamix)
– 4 cups spinach (or more – I use about 8 cups)
– 5 dates, pitted (I use medjool dates)
– 1/4 cup dried shredded coconut (unsweetened)
– 2 frozen bananas (peeled)


Put water, flax, spinach, dates, and coconut in blender – blend til smooth. Add frozen bananas, blend til smooth.

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Nutritional breakdown (per serving) [] :

This food is low in Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin A and Vitamin K.

– calories 250
– fat 5 grams – high in both Omega-3 fatty acids
– protein 4 grams
– dietary fiber 7 grams
– Vitamin A 77% DV
– Vitamin C 30% DV
– Vitamin K 244% DV
– Thiamin 10% DV
– Riboflavin 10% DV
– Vitamin B6 25% DV
– Folate 26% DV
– Calcium 10% DV
– Iron 11% DV
– Magnesium 25% DV
– Phosphorus 10% DV
– Potassium 24% DV
– Copper 19% DV
– Manganese 50% DV
– Phytosterols ~16mg


  1. Hi, all,

    I just had to share this.

    A few days ago I made this shake, but used only 5 dates, and added 1/4 cup of unsweetened dried coconut. It was fantastic! A beautiful green color, of course, and the most wonderful flavor. My son had a taste, and promptly asked for a glass of his own. My husband agreed that it was really delicious. My daughter couldn’t get past the color, but she’s still young 🙂

    Give it a try, and let me know what you think.

  2. Sounds deliscious. one question though… is it 500 total or 350 a serving?

    • Hi, Nani,

      It IS delicious! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

      Thanks for drawing my attention to the fact that I didn’t mention on this recipe that the nutritional breakdown is Per Serving. Throughout the site, all of my calories (etc) are per serving. I’ve updated this one so that it says that explicitly.

      Thanks for helping me make my site better / more useful.

  3. I love green smoothies. I have trouble eating veggies that are not cooked, so smoothies packed with something like spinach but sweetened by fruit are perfect for me. I wouldn´t have thought to use coconut though!

  4. I will try making the banana date shake using the procedure you have provided. It will be perfect to take for breakfast.

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