Crush that cinnamon cookie craving with a healthy, protein-packed, refined-sugar free, creamy shake. You can enjoy it as a breakfast, post-workout or healthy dessert.
Meant to post this yesterday, but got swept up in the magic of the long weekend. But can we all agree that yesterday wasn’t reeaaaallly Monday? Which makes today the real Monday, which is good, because Mondays are a-okay, but that means tomorrow is still Wednesday which means we didn’t really have a Tuesday this week, which is awesome because Tuesdays are the worst, so that basically means this is the best week ever. Shotty logic? Maybe. Dope ass smoothie recipe? 100%
Just when I thought I ran out of great smoothie hacks to share with you, like how to make a non-icky green smoothie or how to make a smoothie bowl without bananas, I found another one. This little trick was inspired by Instagram, as so many creations are. I saw some peeps making almond milk and sweetening it with dates. Now dates in smoothies isn’t revolutionary. In fact, I had tried it before and they kept getting caught in the blades and were kind of chunky and inconsistent. Boo. Smoothies should be nice and smooth. Duh! That’s why they call it a smoothie not a chunky! However, what I saw they were doing differently was soaking the dates in water for at least a couple hours the get them nice and plump and soft.
If this worked for homemade almond milk then it had to work for smoothies right? Oh man, did it work. The soften dates add such a nice layer of subtle sweetness and texture. They really make the cinnamon pop and give the shake a true cookie taste.
To add a little nutritional oomph I used SunWarrior’s new vanilla protein powder they sent for me to try. This blend is a mix of rice, pea, chia and amaranth protein. I prefer using this blend in sweeter smoothies versus a green smoothie because the vanilla flavor lends itself more of a shake. Sun Warrior is hosting a giveaway so you can try some for yourself.
I’ve really been loving this Snickerdoodle Protein shake after a really hard workout when you need those extra carbs and protein. A lot of times if I need to refuel after a long run I’ll reach for a shake because typically I lose my appetite for a while after I run more than 4 miles. Weird! Probably one of the few times I don’t have much of an appetite. But a snickerdoodle shake? Um, yeah always a good idea.
- 1 Cup of Almond Milk
- 1 tsp of Cinnamon
- 1 Frozen Banana
- 3 Small Dates *(Soaked)
- ½ tsp of Vanilla Extract
- 1 Scoop (2 tbsp) of Vanilla Protein Powder
- Place all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth
- *For dates, make sure they are pitted and soak for at least 2 hours until soft, makes them blend easier
- Which do you prefer? Mondays or Tuesdays?
- Do you have any good smoothie hacks to try?
- Have you ever lost your appetite after a run?