Oct 092013
 

As with everything else in life, my food preferences have changed over time. As a child and into my mid-20’s I couldn’t stand fresh tomato. Cooked tomato in things like spaghetti sauce was fine, but finding a slice of tomato on my hamburger had the potential to ruin my entire meal, depending on how easily it could be removed and how much “residue” was left behind. I’m still not to the point where I can pop a cherry tomato into my mouth and enjoy it, but I do like thin slices on my sandwiches and I gobble up fresh tomato salsa.

Dates are another one of those formerly-hated foods. As a kid I would scarf down any baked good my mom made, unless it had dates in it. Date bread and date bars were left to the adults. My interest in dates has just developed over the last year or so. I’ve seen dates used on some of my favorite food blogs, so maybe that is what piqued my curiosity now. I don’t know. I DO know that dates are full of fiber, vitamins and minerals. They’re also a great way to add some healthy sweetness to a smoothie.

I used chopped dates, soaked in hot water for a bit, for the first few incarnations of this smoothie. Even with my high-powered blender, I still ended up with straw-clogging date chunks. So I popped the rest of the package of dates into a sauce pan, covered with water and simmered them for 10 or 15 minutes. I removed the dates (saved the liquid) and pureed them in my food processor. I ended up using a bit of the liquid to thin the paste out. Using this paste makes my smoothies much more…smooth. The Green Thickies blog has several ways to make date paste, along with a ton of healthy smoothie recipes. My smoothie is a great, filling way to squelch some of those pesky sugar cravings without the use of refined sugar.

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Date Cookie Dough Smoothie
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 1 large or 2 small
 
Note: If you would like a smoother texture, cook and cool the oatmeal first
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons date paste
  • ¼ cup oatmeal (regular or quick)
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
Instructions
  1. Put ingredients in blender in order given. Pulse a few times to get everything moving and then blend until smooth.

This post is part of Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish Reads

  24 Responses to “Date Cookie Dough Smoothie”

Comments (24)
  1. Hmm, still not convinced about dates! still hate broccoli! But my daughter loves the stuff.

    • I’m not a big fan of broccoli, either. I think I’ve always had a problem with the texture of dates. So blending them in this smoothie pretty much takes care of that problem for me!

  2. It sounds good to me.
    Thanks for sharing Janel
    :)

  3. Oh I *love* dates!! And I’m just learning to make and drink smoothies for breakfast or afternoon treat. I will definitely be making this sometime soon. And thanks for the link to the smoothie blog; just what I needed.

    • My kids and I love smoothies. I got a high-powered blender last fall and it really makes a difference. Hope you enjoy my smoothie if you try it!

  4. I’m not a smoothie person, but I think I might like this one!

    I didn’t like raw tomatoes growing up, either. I’ve finally got to the point of popping a cherry tomato in my mouth — but only if it’s fresh from the garden, still warmed by the sun.

    • I am not to the point of eating a whole cherry tomato at any time! I became obsessed with making tomato pie this summer, though. So I’m getting closer.

  5. Different thats for sure! I have a box of dates in the cupboard might have to try this!

    • Let me know what you think if you do try it. The date paste makes a much smoother smoothie, even with a high-powered blender. So if you like it, I’d suggest making the paste. :)

  6. I like dates and I like smoothies — never thought of using a date paste to sweeten one, though. Great idea. Thanks for the link to the Green Thickies blog too!

    • You could use the date paste to sweeten a lot of things. I bet it would be great in oatmeal or other kinds of hot cereal.

  7. I am a date lover too but never thought about putting in a smoothie. Bet that is a rich taste.

    • I think the dates have a more complex sweetness than sugar or some other sweeteners. The consistency should also be helping keep the smoothie nice and thick.

  8. I love dates, but am not a big fan of smoothies! I’d rather have the actual date cookies, unfortunately. 😉

    • I kind of go in streaks with smoothies. I’ll make them every day for a week and then not make any for a month…that kind of thing. We have a bakery called Cops & Doughnuts near here that make legendary date cookies. They’re actually too sweet for me, but I’ve heard many people rave about them.

  9. I feel the same way about tomatoes, although my family thinks I’m crazy.

    • I remember my mother trying to get me to eat tomatoes out of our garden every summer. I wonder what there is about tomatoes that turns so many people off.

  10. This is a new one to me – we don’t have a cookie dough tradition here in NZ.

    • There is actually a cookie dough cookbook out right now, like brownies with a layer of chocolate chip cookie dough on top. My daughter makes the best chocolate chip cookie dough truffles. Yummy!

  11. I’m totally with you on the tomatoes…except oddly enough I can eat the cherry tomatoes in small quantities. For me it’s Brussels Sprouts. Hated them as a kid but love them now. If only I could convince my husband! This recipe sounds interesting–I’ve never had oatmeal in a smoothie before.

    • I haven’t had Brussels sprouts in a long time, so I’m not sure whether I like them or not. The oatmeal makes this smoothie nicely filling, more of a meal.

  12. I don’t like dates at all. I do love tomatoes sliced. Not crazy about cherry tomatoes. I am a picky eater like a child. Hate it. Wish I could learn to widen my tasting buds or appetite.

    • I really wonder what makes us like some foods and hate others. My son is a picky eater and dinner is always a challenge. Sometimes, though, he finds something he likes that he thought he hated.