Banana-Coconut Jungle Smoothie

Marygrace Taylor

banana smoothie

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Makes 4 servings

8 Medjool dates, pitted

3 cups unsweetened coconut milk beverage

3 tablespoons almond butter

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish

Any kid would go bananas for these creamy, chimp-inspired smoothies, sweetened naturally with dates. Be sure to use a coconut milk beverage (like one from So Delicious or Silk) found in the dairy case or alternative milk aisle.


1. Place dates in a heatproof bowl; pour enough boiling water over dates so that they’re completely covered. Allow dates to soften for 15 minutes; drain and coarsely chop.

2. In a blender, add dates, bananas, coconut milk, almond butter, and cinnamon. Blend until completely smooth.

3. Pour into 4 glasses, garnish with cinnamon, and serve.

Per Serving:

Calories: 390

Carbohydrates: 75 g

Fat: 11 g

Protein: 3 g

Fiber: 9 g

Active Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes