This shake is a great way to introduce anyone to the world of green smoothies.
It has a creamy texture, thanks to the addition of almonds and chia seeds, and is naturally sweetened with fiber-rich dates. Studies have shown that dates can be considered a low-glycemic food and that they may even be beneficial for those dealing with diabetes, so I love adding them to my smoothies whenever possible.
Spinach does give this shake a noticeably green hue, but its flavor will go totally unnoticed when paired with vanilla and cinnamon. It’s just an added nutritional bonus when you drink this sweet and creamy shake!
Almond Butter & Spinach Shake
1 cup water
2 tablespoons raw almond butter
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 to 3 soft Medjool dates, pitted
1 large handful of fresh spinach
2 handfuls of ice
Combine everything, except for the ice, in a high-speed blender and blend until the ingredients are completely broken down. Add the ice and blend again until smooth. Serve cold!
Note: If you don’t have a high-speed blender, soak the chia seeds in the water overnight for easier blending in the morning.
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons raw almond butter
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 to 3 soft Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 large handful of fresh spinach
- 2 handfuls of ice
- Combine everything, except for the ice, in a high-speed blender and blend until the ingredients are completely broken down. Add the ice and blend again until smooth. Serve cold!
Substitution note: I love using dates for their neutral sweet flavor, but if you have difficulty locating them, feel free to a frozen banana, instead. The result should still be delicious and fiber-rich!
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