Cinnamon Date Smoothie

1.28.2021

Look no further for your next dessert! This date smoothie is delightfully creamy, and full of flavor + nutrition.

date smoothie using Natural Delights Dates

I love smoothies of all kinds, even ones that aren’t green! When my sweet tooth hits, I head to the kitchen to whip up this cinnamon date smoothie; it’s a seriously delicious dessert, without the guilt. Made with 100% whole food, plant based ingredients like these incredibly perfect Natural Delights dates, how can you not dive right in?!

Date smoothie using whole food ingredients

Natural Delights Dates

For this smoothie recipe, I’ve partnered with Natural Delights to use their pitted Medjool Dates to create this drool worthy date smoothie recipe. Natural Delights Medjool dates are grown in the Bard Valley, a beautiful, sun-drenched area fed by the Lower Colorado River where Arizona and California meet.

These dates are naturally sweet and packed with 16 essential vitamins and minerals as well as disease-fighting antioxidants. They’re perfect for any special diet since they are gluten-free, nut-free, Kosher, Halal, Vegan, Paleo and a raw whole fruit – they’re also available in Organic varieties.

simple, plant based ingredients like Natural Delights dates are great

Naturally sweetened date smoothie

I always seek out the most natural option I can find when it comes to sweeteners. Natural Delights Medjool dates are a whole fruit whose delicious natural sugars are paired with good-for-you dietary fiber. This combination is metabolized by your body slowly, resulting in lasting, natural energy to help carry you through your day – in a healthy, yummy way. This date smoothie provides sustained energy, instead of the sugar high, then crash.

And these dates aren’t just a healthier, natural smoothie sweetener. Natural Delights Medjool dates harness the power of potassium, having 50% more potassium by weight than bananas, which makes them an excellent pre- and post-workout snack. That’s why I add them to my post workout vanilla and chocolate smoothies– dates can help my muscles recover faster, and give me the nutrition I need to maximize the work I just put in.

a beautiful, healthy dessert

More dessert smoothie recipes

Starting to crave other desserts like this date smoothie? Look no further than this rawkstar list of recipes. These smoothies are a perfect afternoon pick-me-up, or a fun date night treat:

If plant based ingredients blended to perfection are wrong, then I don’t wanna be right!

Natural Delights dates are used in this smoothie

Non-smoothie date recipes

If dates are a new ingredient for you, then you’re probably looking for more ways to use them aside from smoothies. While I love dates in my smoothies, I also love putting them to work in other dishes too. Honestly, I just slice my Natural Delights dates down the middle, then fill them with a tablespoon of peanut butter. Such a good + filling snack… excuse me while I go make some now!

But seriously, here are a few ways I like to use dates:

Natural Delights dates in smoothies and beyond

Natural Delights Medjool dates are versatile, so you can eat them as-is, stuff them (like my date + peanut butter snack), chop and add to a salad or wrap or throw them in a smoothie for a little added sweetness. How do you like to use dates in your kitchen? I’d love for you to leave a rating of this smoothie as well as comment with your fav way to use dates.

A date smoothie that is simply delicious
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Cinnamon Date Smoothie


  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

I can’t wait for you to try this crowd pleasing Cinnamon Date Smoothie. It’s perfectly sweet and creamy, and will delight at your next party or family movie night.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3 pitted, organic Medjool dates
  • 1 1/2 cups non dairy milk (cashew, almond, or oat)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 serving Protein Smoothie Boost (optional)
  • 1 cup ice, optional

Instructions

  1. Blend oats until powdery.
  2. Add dates, non dairy milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon to blender, and blend again.
  3. Pour into a glass containing 1 cup ice, for an extra cold beverage.

Notes

*Ice can be added to blender at blending stage, yet blades tend to dull over time when blending ice, so we like to add it to our drinking glass.

**If you prefer no ice in this smoothie, yet still want it to be cold, then place in freezer for 30 minutes before serving.

  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: date smoothie, date smoothie recipe, Natural Delights dates

This blog post and delicious date smoothie recipe are sponsored by Natural Delights, using their Medjool Dates.

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Kim says:

    It’s like a cinnamon roll but good for you! SOOO good!

  2. Amanda says:

    This tastes like a cinnamon roll!

  3. Jessica says:

    Wow, I just inhaled my breakfast! When I made this smoothie, I subbed in the following ingredients:
    1/4 tsp of cinnamon instead of 2 tsp (next time I will try 1/2 tsp)
    1/2 frozen banana in place of 1/2 c up of ice
    added 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
    handful of pistachios
    1/2 tsp maple syrup

    The rest was per the recipe. It came out great! Next time I’ll try soaking the dates and blending those first because my Vitamix has trouble with them being so sticky and fibrous.

    Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Really cool swaps and additions, Jessica! Love that Greek yogurt for the added protein and creaminess. Keep us posted on how the soaked dates go. 🙂

  4. Lori says:

    I used quick oats instead of rolled oats (it’s all I had) and the grain kind of stayed in the back of my throat. I used 1/2 teaspoon less cinnamon than called for and it was a bit much for me. This one is a pass for me though I love your other smoothies. Thank you for posting something new for us to try!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Thanks for giving it a blend, Lori! We’ve had other say that they liked it better when they blended the milk and oats together really well first, as it made for a smoother smoothie (say that three times fast!). Might be cool to try it again using that tip, plus a bit less cinnamon. Either way, we love that you love our other smoothies! 🙂

  5. Debra says:

    Add a couple of frozen bananas and less almond milk makes a great soft ice cream

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      What a delish suggestion Debra!!! Perfect as the weather starts to warm up.

  6. Colleen says:

    I used this recipe as a base and then added frozen banana and about 2T leftover pumpkin purée since I had to finish up a can. Wow, it was so good!

  7. Anthony says:

    Tastes really good but a little chalky. I use a Nutribullet so maybe it didn’t ground the rolled oats enough.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Thanks for giving it a blend Anthony! Maybe try a bit more milk or a dif milk next time to see if that helps the consistency for you. 🙂

  8. LINDA E says:

    This recipe sounds yummy. With Medjool dates and oatmeal, how could it be NOT be delicious??? I am anxious to try it.

  9. Jennifer A says:

    A creamy and delicious sweet treat! If you like cinnamon, you will love this!

  10. Colleen says:

    I had to use soy milk as nuts aren’t safe for us. The end result was very liquidy. I was tempted to add a banana but usually try a recipe as written first. Next time I’ll add a banana for smoothness. I’ll also add flax meal, hemp hearts, and chia seeds for a nutritional boost. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      So awesome Colleen! Love that you are making great swaps for your family. Def keep us all posted on how your options work out!

  11. Michelle Shrewsbury says:

    This smoothie is absolutely outstanding! It is so tasty and delicious, it would be great anytime of day, especially breakfast! At the moment I am experiencing a lot of pain from a kidney stone and made this smoothie for the first time to try to cheer myself up and boy oh boy…. it did! I think I might make a second one!!!! The oats, cinnamon, dates, vanilla, and oat milk was incredible! (And I don’t even like dates, but this is fantastic!!!!!) Bravo on another delightful smoothie!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Oooh girl – I feel ya. Those kidney stones are no joke! Hang in there and so glad this smoothie brought you some comfort. xoxo

  12. Rachel says:

    i know this recipe is good, i have made myself many times a smoothie with just 2 dates because they are soo sweet. I also add dried mushroom blend and alternate with ashwagandah and maca. I also add half cup of oatmeal. Or i also add some plain yogurt. the dates give lots of fiber and sweetness to just about any shake you make. I love them just like that also when i dont add them to my shake, to fill a sweet tooth.

  13. Lori Sanderson says:

    Ohhhh I love dates and Cinnamon, I can’t wait to try this!!!

  14. Trina Denton says:

    Thank you for this recipe! Can’t wait to try, I love these dates – great in recipes and as a treat when you’re craving something sweet!

  15. Antavia says:

    Very, very delicious. Next time, I will add some spinach to it.

  16. Erica says:

    I have had belly problems all my life, now at the ( Dinosaur according to my 12 years old son ) age of 42 I have been adding your smoothies to my diet for some time and well…
    There’s no easy way to say this….
    TUMMY LOOOOVES IT
    Been sick for a while -covid, here in Stockholm it has been a really big outbreak so sadly enough I’m far from alone in this…
    Sickness aside – This warm and yammy smoothie made my immune system, body and soul do a ( a out of rhythm n’ hoffiin+ puffin kind of ) Cha Cha Cha
    And as many, many times before I’ll send you a thought filled with gratitude, love n’ blessings
    Thank you for making good and healthy available for everyone, no matter how big wallet!
    Love From Erica in Sthlm Sweden❤️

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      We’re doin the cha cha cha with you Erica! This is so awesome!!! Love and leafy greens right back at ya!

  17. Lourdes Seecharan says:

    I made this smoothie tonight. I really am impressed with dates. Never really had them. I love the almond butter and grapes smoothie. This one was tasty but the cinnamon was too strong for me and I love cinnamon. The oats were a little chalky but maybe its bc I used old fashioned oats. I dont know what they meant by rolled oats in the recipie. The dates were super sweet. I cut the recipe by one date and cut one tsp of cinnamon and cut a 1/4 of Oatmeal. I will absolutely make it again. My suggestion is too add things in slowly until you find the sweet spot, lol! Good job guys and keep the recipies coming!

  18. Jill Dace says:

    Looks amazing! Love the use of dates.

  19. Corrinne says:

    Delicious! So yummy!! I’ve been waiting all day to make this and just finished blending. The cinnamon taste is so amazing and I did not add any ice either. It’s cold where I live and it’s perfect right out of the blender at the temperature of the almond milk. Thanks, Jen! Delish!

  20. Angela says:

    Yum! I made this as soon as I read the email. I love the taste of cinnamon in my smoothies, and this was amazing! I will say I didn’t even add ice because I wasn’t in the mood today for cold, and I still enjoyed this recipe. Thank you!

  21. Anita says:

    This smoothie blend was not pleasant for me. I do enjoy eating dried dates! A thank you for your creation experiment it was simply not a pleasant experience for me

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Oh no Anita! If you try it again, def post again to share what you customized to make it work for you – we’d love to know!

  22. Mel G says:

    This looks amazing and I love your star anise garnish. I feel like dates do not get the recognition they deserve. They are a well kept secret, I suppose.

  23. Lisa Hendrix says:

    OH. MY. GOODNESS!! I am a huge smoothie fan, but this is definitely at the top of the list! Love it.

  24. Pat Bacon says:

    Really tastes like a cinnamon roll! If you love cinnamon, you will love the Cinnamon Date Smoothie!

  25. Penny Stafford says:

    This sounded delicious when I saw it and did not disappoint when I made it. It’s delicious! Not surprising though, I make one of Jen’s simple green smoothies every weekday morning. Thank you for sharing your creative, yummy recipes.

  26. Arleicha says:

    I love cinnamon rolls…So I’m excited to make this for myself, and my 2 year old Grandson! I’m giving it 5 stars in advance, because I know it’s going to be Delicious!

  27. Danielle Hinkson says:

    This will be my celebration smoothie when I finish the Thrive 7 Day Reset this weekend! I’m thrilled to have healthy AND tasty options for my sweet tooth!

    • Nia Dells says:

      Can I use homemade coconut milk instead of the oat or almond or cashew milk in any of your smoothie recipes?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      For sure, Nia! Homemade coconut milk is a great swap in most smoothies! There may occasionally be a flavor profile where another milk or even water would be better due to coconut milk’s touch of natural sweetness. Other than that – go for it! Let us know what you try it in and how you like it. 🙂

  28. Carol says:

    I gave it five stars because even though I haven’t made it yet, oats, dates and cinnamon are one of my favorite combos. I am going to share this with my brother later today. Thanks for what is obviously another great recipe! I work in retail, but I often recommend your site to my customers who are looking to up their game.

  29. Phillip Hurlbut says:

    I have been drinking Your oatmeal Smoothie A couple times a week . The cinnamon date Sounds very similar And I am excited to try it . I love dates ! Thank you For keeping Me Healthy! ☺

  30. Debbie A Meshishnek says:

    Can’t wait to try this one, I love cinnamon ❣

  31. Cheryl Dziobecki says:

    Used coconut milk. Like all ingredients had on hand!

  32. Beatrice says:

    I love dates and really enjoyed this smoothie! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  33. Louise says:

    Have tried a lot of different recipe, but never tried anything like this one. Sounds easy and interesting.

  34. Suzanne says:

    Love dates & can’t wait to make this smoothie!

  35. Evee Greer says:

    Dates are my favorite natural sweetener. I love this smoothie recipe and the caramel apple dip on your site that use dates! Thank you for the yummy, healthy recipes.

  36. Chiantelle says:

    Oooh love dates! I went to Palm Springs this time last year and learned so much more about them while having some date shakes too. I love how versatile they are as a snack or as a sugar substitute for baking. I don’t think I’ve ever added rolled oats into my smoothies so I’m definitely trying this out 🙂 thank you for sharing!

  37. Lisa says:

    In freaking love! An internal hug! A cinnamon date shake… best thing ever! Thank you

  38. Jass says:

    I love it so much! The cinnamon and dates are such a flavourful combination and just makes you want more! I can’t wait to try this out with my family tonight! Thank you so much Jen for sharing this recipe.

  39. June says:

    OMG! I literally just picked up stone mejool dates from one of the shipping warehouse. I just started addingvthem to my smoothies . This one seems like it’s going to be yummy. Making first breakfast. I also put dates in my salad and use hummus as the dressing. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      What a great way to use dates! Love the idea June!

  40. Karen Maynes says:

    This sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it. My favorite milkshake is date- so I’m sure this will be yummy!

  41. Sherri says:

    Dates are the best all natural sweetener, I can’t wait to give this recipe a try,

  42. Celeste says:

    Looks yummy! Can’t wait to try it!!

  43. Katie-Marie Parsons says:

    This sounds delicious Going to make for breakfast!

  44. Kathleen says:

    Thanks for the recipe! Looks delish. I often use Natural Delights medjool dates in smoothies.

  45. Robin says:

    We really like these dates. And cinnamon rolls. Now to be able to indulge in both without the guilt. Can’t wait to try this recipe. BTW we enjoy these dates plain or stuffed with a pecan.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Love the yum without the guilt! And thanks for the pecan stuffed date idea – great suggestion. 🙂

  46. KARTIK BHATIA says:

    I tried dates in my smoothie and it gave right of sweetness

  47. Sharon Weiner says:

    We just started eating dates this past year! I never knew they were so good. I make the peanut butter and sesame seed snickers bites and this recipe gave me another delicious recipe for the yummy morsels. All those years without dates! Who knew! Thank You!

  48. Patricia says:

    Look really creamy. I can’t wait to make it.

  49. Saayeh Siahmakoun says:

    I have two things every single day, no matter the circumstance: oats and Medjool Dates (usually 2-3 a day). They are my favorite foods to eat and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of them. I NEVER thought to put them together like this and if I would’ve, I NEVER would’ve imagine they would create such an insane combination. With the sharp sweetness of cinnamon, the natural sugar of the Medjool Dates, and the nutty-, oatty- ness of the blended oats, this recipe is definitely going to be my new “what I have to have every. single. day.” I’m not exaggerating, thank you for this simple but impeccable idea of combining two of the best foods out there. I. Am. Obssessed.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Love, love, love that you are enjoying this so much Saayeh. 🙂

  50. Karen Schlueter-Morland says:

    I am on a 7 day healthy cleanse right now but will definitley try this when I am done. I love dates…..and of course cinnamon rolls

  51. Susan Ellen McCann says:

    Looks Good, I will give it a try after I have completed the 7 Day Reset.

  52. john mayar says:

    Great ingredients

  53. Alexcia Lane says:

    Looks delicious and sounds notorious to use non-milk is a plus for me when i am trying to eliminate dairy to keep inflammation done due to my eczema in the winter months.

  54. Anna M says:

    I have feeling this one is going to be a favorite in my house! Thanks so much for your great recipes, even some of my family that are kind of iffy about green smoothies will drink yours 🙂

  55. Cindy says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! As a runner, I am super excited about having such a delicious vehicle for my potassium intake!

  56. Nishtha Daniel says:

    Wow! Thanks for the delicious, non-green, sweet smoothie. I was just looking for a change from green smoothies, which can satisfy my sweet taste buds and at the same time nutritious, and here it is.
    Thanks again,

    • Johanna says:

      oooh, you should try the mocha coffee smoothie. I love love it! I get my coffee fix plus, it keeps me energized without the crash.

  57. Teresa McClennen says:

    OMG! Shut the front door! This recipe is over the top. I honestly feel like I’m cheating because it is so delicious but also so healthy! Love it!!
    Teresa

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      No cheatin here Teresa! That door is open and we’re handing ya smoothie through it!! 🙂

  58. Theresa Alderson says:

    I can’t wait to make this! The weather has been perfect for a sweet smoothie like this one.

    Thank you for your guidance and support, this program is simply amazing! I am simply motivated to be a better version of me and it is because of the wonderful plant based foods you have championed.

    Thank you again!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Keep up the awesome work rawkin those plants Theresa. You’ve got this!

  59. C. KELLY says:

    I am soooo making this ASAP….I might even add a bit of star anise in it, your pic gave me the idea and Ihappen to have them on hand. I think it will work and I love all those flavors together! Keep these wonderful recipes coming!!

  60. Pat G says:

    Looks delicious. Love cinnamon and dates in my smoothies. Thanks for the recipe.

  61. Marjorie Caldwell says:

    Looksmdeliciousiwill have totryit

  62. Amy Buell Beck says:

    Can’t wait to try this! I am so used to doing green smoothies, this will be a treat!

  63. Alicia Cline says:

    The is a yummy smoothie that satisfies my sweet tooth. I love using dates in my smoothies! Thanks for the recipe.

  64. Michelle D says:

    I am new at this, and loved loved the cinnamon date smoothie! Thank you

  65. Lynn Cohen says:

    Sounds delicious! I would add a shot of espresso for the perfect boost ❤️

  66. Magdalena says:

    This looks soooooo good! To be honest I usually avoid date recipes because we live in the middle of nowhere and dates are exPENsiveeee.
    I love their flavor though, and all the things you can do with them. When I was younger I remember I would blend up raisins to use as a substitute in recipes that called for dates. That is, until my mom found out and told me that raisins were expensive too!
    So yeah. Good times. XD

  67. Susan Bricker says:

    This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it! I also love the idea of using dates in the granola bar recipe you shared Jen. You come up with the best recipes. Thanks so much.

  68. Milanka Schray says:

    Okay Jen, this is a seriously good smoothie. I have never tried the natural dates that you recommend to use. I made mine with a Costco Organic Date brand and it was crazy good and it does definitely satisfy any cinnamon bun craving you might have. So If your a cinnamon bun aficionado you definitely need to try this smoothie.

    Thank you Jen for this great recipe.

  69. Michelle Gunn says:

    Omg! Cinnamon Roll heaven! Nothing warms your taste buds more than spicey cinnamon and then the sweetness hits you….mmmm…..I don’t even miss the icing! GREAT recipe! Definitely one that will cure a snack craving.

  70. Michelle says:

    Looks delicious! I might try with frozen banana!

  71. Theresa Centofante says:

    This is amazing. Comfort food in a glass! Just the right amount of sweet and spice I was thinking of adding a splash of coffee or espresso for a morning kick.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Ooh! If you do add that espresso, let us know how you liked it. 🙂

  72. Jenny Fortuna says:

    I’ve never tried dates in my smoothies (even though I love them) so I’m curious to try! Thanks for your inspiration!

  73. Brittany says:

    I love dates, but I’ve never tried Natural Delights. I’m excited for the chance to win some! The recipe has all the perfect flavors for winter, I can’t wait to try it!

  74. Sheri allen says:

    Delicious. I use dates in many smoothies!

  75. Stacey says:

    This was way yummier than I expected!! I was looking for an afternoon snack that would fit with a super rainy afternoon when I received the email about this smoothie. I had just made almond milk in my AC and figured this was a sign that I needed to give this smoothie a try. (Normally I stick to green smoothies) I was not disappointed! It hit the spot for sweetness and appetite suppression. Recommend giving it a try.

  76. Alberta says:

    Wow, it’s like you read my mind! I’m craving something sweet and decadent but still healthy. This looks perfect!

  77. Suzanne says:

    Deliciousness!!! Kind of like a little bit of something I might not want to share. 🙂 LOL

  78. Kim says:

    I’m excited to try this recipe. Cinnamon rolls are my fav and this seems like the perfect alternative!

  79. Pam Pilant Lind says:

    This sounds really good and I think would be easy on my stomach which is not feeling great right now. Going to the kitchen to make it as soon as I’m done writing this. Love dates in smoothies!

  80. Pat Willoz says:

    I have been wanting to try some dates, just happen to have some in the pantry….it does sound really good….may add my usual seeds to the recipe: chia, flax, hemp, pumpkin… thanks….this may be on the list for Saturday smoothie…..

  81. Pam says:

    I never thought about using dates in a smoothie. Delicious and satisfying!. Thanks!

  82. Kathryn says:

    Just made this and it’s super tasty! It was a pretty thin smoothie, and i prefer thicker smoothies and ended up adding 6 ice cubes. It was still pretty thin, but I enjoyed it for it’s flavor!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hey Kathryn – so glad you made it! If you try fewer ice cubes next time, and use frozen banana, it should be thicker yet still cold for you.

  83. Judy J says:

    Just made this, quite good. The dates bits I have are pretty hard so still had some chunks. Also must not have blended the oats long enough so it was chewy LOL I have a new Vitamix and am still learning how to use it.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  84. Mel sparks says:

    We can’t wait to wake up to this yummy smoothie tomorrow!

  85. Carmen says:

    I bought a pack of Natural Delights Medjool Dates with the intention of making a carrot cake – and talked myself out of it. While the package sat on my countertop taunting me, I discovered that adding them to smoothies is amazing! Thanks for another healthy alternative recipe! (Maybe I’ll substitute vanilla protein powder for the extract.)

  86. Kelli Gonyea says:

    I loved the taste of the smoothie but the carb count was too high for me. (Type 2 Diabetic).

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