Peanut Butter Banana Date Smoothie

 

How was your Valentine’s Day weekend?!?

Ours was super relaxed, but still full of delicious food (as to be expected). We went out on Saturday night to this incredible vegan restaurant in Raleigh called the Fiction Kitchen. Every year they do a three course vegetarian/ vegan meal with wine pairings that is OUT OF THIS WORLD!! We went for the first time last year and it’s become a little tradition for us while we’re living in North Carolina.

 

Peanut Butter Banana Date Smoothie // pumpkin & peanut butter

 

Now I have to tell you all about the menu. We started with this luscious potato soup with carrot “bacon” (yup, that’s a thing!) that was so rich and silky. And that carrot “bacon”— I MUST figure out how they made that! It was smokey, salty, crunchy, and even kind of looked like bacon! So impressed.

For our next course, I ordered this warm and comforting pecan-crusted sweet potato fillet with pesto quinoa and buttered chard (which also happened to be the same thing I ordered last year!). Ohhh was this dish spectacular. Actually, I loved it so much last year that I recreated my own version on the blog and I highly recommend trying it.

Now onto dessert— which is the most important part of a Valentine’s Day meal (duhh). I ordered this melt-in-your-mouth chocolate mousse with raspberry sorbet and it was beyond perfect. I’m usually not a fruity-sorbet kind of person, but this may have been my favorite thing on the plate. Wait, did I just say I liked something better than chocolate?? Something must be wrong here. It was THAT good.

After our decadent meal, we met some friends out for drinks and spent the rest of our Valentine’s Day Eve with all the other people we love! That’s my kind of celebration— good friends, good food, and my boy by my side through it all 🙂

 

Peanut Butter Banana Date Smoothie // pumpkin & peanut butter

 

Speaking of my boy— Nate and I just realized that this Valentine’s Day marks 9 years since we started dating! 9 YEARS! That’s like a third of my life! Crazy when I stop and think about it.

I can still remember him coming over to my house that Valentine’s Day in 2007— we were seniors in high school and had NO idea that our budding relationship would ever become what it is today. It was a snow day (which, like, never happened where we’re from in Rochester NY), but he was still determined to give me my Valentine so he walked over to my house in 2 feet of snow (we lived right down the street from each other). I knew right then and there that he was something pretty special.

Man, I can’t wait to marry him in October 🙂

Peanut Butter Banana Date Smoothie // pumpkin & peanut butter

 

Ok, I promise I’m done with all the lovey dove stuff now. Let’s talk smoothies! I’m not a huge smoothie person in the winter, but once in a while I get a huge craving for something creamy and refreshing (especially after a work out).

This has got to be the easiest smoothie you will ever make! Bananas, dates, peanut butter (I used PB2), and milk— that’s it! It’s so creamy and sweet that it almost tastes like dessert to me. Dessert smoothie, can we make that a thing? Well, I guess that’s what a milkshake kind of is, but this is a million times healthier. I’ve also thrown a big ol’ handful of spinach into this to make it “green” and that’s been just as fabulous.

So that’s it for me for today. Now what about you??? Any incredible eats or Valentine’s Day stories? Do tell!

 

Peanut Butter Banana Date Smoothie

Serves 2
Prep time 5 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Beverage, Snack

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup non dairy milk of choice
  • 4 pitted medjool dates
  • 3 tablespoons PB2 (powdered peanut butter) or natural peanut butter
  • optional: mini dark chocolate chips

Directions

Step 1
Place all the ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) into a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Add a little more milk if you want a thinner smoothie. Pour into two glasses and garnish with a sprinkle of dark chocolate chips, if desired. Drink up!

Peanut Butter Banana Date Smoothie {vegan} // pumpkin & peanut butter

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Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!

15 Comments

  1. Oh man that restaurant sounds amazing, and that carrot bacon!? yum. This smoothie has to be my favorite combo of ingredients ever. This looks so thick and perfect it’s not even funny!

    • Right?!? Carrot bacon is truly a magical thing 😉 So glad you like the smoothie— let me know if you get a chance to try it!

    • Thanks Brie!! You MUST try it! It gives it this decadent caramely flavor 🙂

  2. EEK You guys are SO cute. It sounds like you had such a delicious Valentine’s Day! 🙂 And this smoothie – (!!!) I’m not a huge smoothie fan – they always make me super cold haha -, but you literally pulled my favorite flavors into one delicious drink here! I can’t wait to try this one out 🙂

    • I’m with you— especially in the winter— but this smoothie is SO worth it! It makes a great dessert 🙂

  3. Hi!!! Popping over to say hi after I saw your comment on my blog. 1. This recipe looks amazing. I am obsessed with all of these flavors. 2. That story from 2007 is ADORABLE. loooooove! Can’t wait to read more of your posts!

    • Yayyy I’m SO glad we connected Rachel 🙂 And you’re going to LOVE this smoothie— it’s seriously rich and creamy! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Thanks Beverly! I don’t typically add dates either but it added this beautiful, caramelly sweetness that was SO SO good!

    • Aww thanks Lucia!! Hope you guys had a wonderful Valentine’s Day too! Your flowers were GORGEOUS 🙂

  4. Oh man! Everything about this smoothie!! I am so obsessed with medjool dates and PB2 powder these days, it’s pretty unreal. I didn’t know you were in the wedding planning process too?! I’m getting married at the end of June to the guy I’ve been dating for almost 8 years. Isn’t wedding planning the most stressful and most wonderful thing all at the same time?!

    • No way!! June is coming up so quickly— it’s going to be here before you know it. That is SO exciting! And how funny that we’ve both been dating for about the same amount of time!

      YESSS, it’s been so wonderful doing all the planning but there is so much more involved than I ever thought there would be! We’re doing a lot of the decor, invitations, etc DIY too so there’s LOTS of little pieces (and I’m so afraid I’m going to forget something). Can’t wait to read more about yours on your blog 🙂

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