Craving a chocolate shake? Make this Dark Chocolate Date Protein Smoothie instead for the same great flavor, but so much more nutrition! With 10g of protein and 9g of fiber, this protein smoothie is the perfect post-workout snack or breakfast on the go.
We have a pretty great routine down in the mornings on Team Fit Foodie. After our workout, two of us jump in the showers, and the other starts breakfast — then we swap. Usually by the time the first round of showers are done, breakfast is nearly whipped up. One morning we were all craving something chocolatey and full of protein + greens and by the time I got out of the shower, I had this amazing smoothie waiting for me. Guys, you’re going to love this one.
Dates in Smoothies
We never used to put dates in smoothies, but we’re here to tell you dates in smoothies are GENIUS. It adds a hint of sweet and a delicious caramel flavor plus a great touch of thickness. Just remember to pit your dates before you put them in your blender (been there!). And if you’re dealing with a rather hard batch of dates, the easiest way to soften them up is to soak them in a cup of water for a few hours, and you’ll be good to go! Dates are truly the perfect pair for chocolate if you ask me. Which is the star of the show in this smoothie 😀 Read on…
In today’s smoothie we used Silk’s Protein Nut Milk, which is thick, creamy, and so so soooo yummy. It’s made with an almond and cashew blend and has 10g of protein per serving with only 2g sugar. HELLLLLS to the yes. But feel free to use any nut milk of your choice in this bad boy. We’ve tried it with unsweetened almond milk, cashew milk, and straight up chocolate cow milk — if you’re feeling really jazzy.
Protein Smoothie Ingredients
In addition to the protein nut milk (or other milk of your choice), this smoothie has some other great nutritional components in it, including:
- Bananas (here’s a super easy tutorial for freezing your own banana slices for smoothies and baking!)
- Cocoa powder
That’s all you need! We topped ours with almond butter and chopped dates, but feel free to get creative with your smoothie toppings. Here are some of our faves:
- Nut butters
- Chia seeds
- Hemp seeds
- Sliced almonds
- Sliced bananas
- Sliced apples
Other Smoothie Recipes on Fit Foodie Finds
- Superfood Protein Smoothie
- The Best Breakfast Smoothie
- Peanut Butter Banana Cold Brew Protein Smoothie
ALL smoothie recipes on Fit Foodie Finds
Dark Chocolate Date Protein Smoothie
- 2 frozen bananas medium
- 3 medjool dates pitted
- 1 cup kale deboned and chopped
- 3 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup nut milk of your choice
- Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and mix until smooth.
I like the recipe but I made some adjustments to it that I like better. I’m not sure calling it a protein smoothie makes sense. Most of the other smoothie recipes I see have a higher protein content. The protein percentage is also low compared to the carbs and fat.
YES dates and dark chocolate!!! Best way to make the combination even healthier is to integrate protein, which you’ve done absolutely beautifully. In general, I don’t use dates in a smoothie since I find my smoothies to be sweet enough, but they are seriously to die for, especially if your bananas aren’t super ripe!
Looks tasty!! Definitely will try this sometime soon.
smoothie with dates? It is a surprise for me!
I need to try it!
This looks like an amazing, healthy recipe to try. Would like to try this out sometime soon, thanks for the share.
How great that not only you start your mornings with workout but that while you shower Linley gets started on breakfast! 😉 And this chocolatey caramel smoothie looks so decadent, I love to have a healthy nutrient filled dessert 😀
Hehehe, deboned kale is funny
This looks so good!
I love chocolate and dates!
Izzy | Pinch of delight
Woohoo me three!
Hahaha! I never heard some one debone kale! love it!
From now on, I will never again “remove the thick stems”.
DEBONING IS WAY COOLER!!!!
That’s what I’ve always called it!!! LOL
Supposedly eating a lot of dates in the last 4-5 weeks of pregnancy is supposed to help with labor. Will it? I have no clue. But I think I’m going to try it, so I might need to make this happen!
WHAT?! How did I not know this?!
There are some crazy weird things out there on the internet! Who knows if it has any amount of credibility 😉
Watch out Mark, she puts her dates in her smoothies!
I never would have thought to put datesin smoothies either, but that is brialliant. Adds so much sweetness!
Brilliant is RIGHT.