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Banana Date Smoothie Bowl (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

By Rachel Conners @bakeritablog
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This Banana Date Smoothie Bowl (or smoothie) is a creamy and sweet treat that tastes like ice cream but is simple and healthy enough for breakfast thanks to a secret veggie that’s snuck in there. Make yourself a bowl of this paleo and vegan banana date goodness on the next warm morning for a refreshing breakfast.

This Banana Date Smoothie Bowl (or smoothie) is a creamy and sweet treat that tastes like ice cream but is simple and healthy enough for breakfast thanks to a secret veggie that's snuck in there. Make yourself a bowl of this paleo and vegan banana date goodness on the next warm morning for a refreshing breakfast.

Sooo…I put cauliflower in your smoothie. Don’t knock it until you try it, guys! Because this veggie-filled smoothie does NOT taste like it’s packing veggies – I promise.

In fact, it tastes more like a sweet banana milkshake, which I am ALL ABOUT. This sweet & simple smoothie bowl was inspired by a local favorite. In San Diego, we’ve got this healthy grocery store, Jimbo’s – they have pretty much all organic everything and have been doing healthy since before it was “cool”.

This Banana Date Smoothie Bowl (or smoothie) is a creamy and sweet treat that tastes like ice cream but is simple and healthy enough for breakfast thanks to a secret veggie that's snuck in there. Make yourself a bowl of this paleo and vegan banana date goodness on the next warm morning for a refreshing breakfast.

I LOVE Jimbo’s and get legitimately sad that I don’t have one all that close to me where I live right now so I always swing by when I’m coming back from north county San Diego. One of the best things about Jimbo’s is there hot prepared foods section (when I was eating gluten and dairy, their mac and cheese was LIFE) and their smoothie bar.

Such delicious smoothies – a long-time fave with my family has been the Palm Desert Smoothie. It’s a simple date-sweetened smoothie, and although it uses mostly healthy ingredients, they do add a big scoop of vanilla ice cream (or Rice Dream, for us dairy-free folks 🙋)

This Banana Date Smoothie Bowl (or smoothie) is a creamy and sweet treat that tastes like ice cream but is simple and healthy enough for breakfast thanks to a secret veggie that's snuck in there. Make yourself a bowl of this paleo and vegan banana date goodness on the next warm morning for a refreshing breakfast.

My dad recently requested/suggested a recreation of the Palm Dessert Smoothie, and I of course immediately knew I had to replace that ice cream with something a little more breakfast friendly. Enter: CAULIFLOWER.

The cauliflower blends into the bananas and becomes smooth and creamy – you won’t even notice it’s there! Just make sure you steam it before freezing or buy it pre-steamed (I think Whole Foods brand is already steamed) – steaming gets rid of any weird raw cauliflower taste.

This Banana Date Smoothie Bowl (or smoothie) is a creamy and sweet treat that tastes like ice cream but is simple and healthy enough for breakfast thanks to a secret veggie that's snuck in there. Make yourself a bowl of this paleo and vegan banana date goodness on the next warm morning for a refreshing breakfast.

The banana and cauliflower are paired with a date for a little extra sweetness, a scoop of almond butter and a spoonful of flax seeds for some extra fat + protein, and then you can optionally add a splash of vanilla extract and/or a shake (or two) of cinnamon. So good!

If you’re going for a smoothie bowl, add all the toppings. I went for berries, freeze-dried bananas, flax seeds, and almond butter. Ooooh yeah. This will keep ya full for hours and is sure to satisfy your morning sweet tooth. Hope you love this one as much as I did! :)

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This Banana Date Smoothie Bowl (or smoothie) is a creamy and sweet treat that tastes like ice cream but is simple and healthy enough for breakfast thanks to a secret veggie that's snuck in there. Make yourself a bowl of this paleo and vegan banana date goodness on the next warm morning for a refreshing breakfast.
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Banana Date Smoothie Bowl

This Banana Date Smoothie Bowl (or smoothie) is a creamy and sweet treat that tastes like ice cream but is simple and healthy enough for breakfast thanks to a secret veggie that's snuck in there. Make yourself a bowl of this paleo and vegan banana date goodness on the next warm morning for a refreshing breakfast. Course Breakfast, Snack Cuisine American Prep Time 5 minutes Total Time 5 minutes Servings 1 bowl Calories 354 kcal Author Rachel

Ingredients

  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 banana frozen
  • ½ cup frozen cauliflower steam before freezing for the best flavor
  • 1 Medjool date pitted
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoons flax seeds
  • Optional: ½ teaspoon vanilla extract and/or ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender (I used my Vitamix).
  2. Blend until smooth + garnish with freeze-dried bananas, flax seeds, almond butter, berries of choice, and/or whatever other goodness you feel like!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition facts do NOT include toppings!

Nutrition FactsBanana Date Smoothie Bowl Amount Per Serving (1 bowl) Calories 354 Calories from Fat 135 % Daily Value* Total Fat 15g 23% Saturated Fat 1g 5% Sodium 184mg 8% Potassium 950mg 27% Total Carbohydrates 53g 18% Dietary Fiber 10g 40% Sugars 32g Protein 8g 16% Vitamin A 1.5% Vitamin C 43.7% Calcium 25.8% Iron 10.4%* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This Banana Date Smoothie Bowl (or smoothie) is a creamy and sweet treat that tastes like ice cream but is simple and healthy enough for breakfast thanks to a secret veggie that's snuck in there. Make yourself a bowl of this paleo and vegan banana date goodness on the next warm morning for a refreshing breakfast.

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