1.28.2021

Cinnamon Date Smoothie

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 soft dates, how can you not dive right in?! The dates add a caramel tone to this cinnamon smoothie— it’s truly perfection.

Cinnamon smoothie using whole food ingredients like dates and ground cinnamon

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 cinnamon 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 cinnamon smoothie? Look no further than this 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

More date recipes on the blog

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

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

Cinnamon Date Smoothie

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. The dates naturally sweeten this cinnamon smoothie, while the rolled oats thicken it to a milkshake consistency.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Breakfast / Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based / Vegan
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 421kcal
Author: Jen Hansard

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 1/2 cups plant milk, ex: cashew, almond, or oat
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 scoop Protein Smoothie Boost, optional
  • 1 cup ice, optional

Instructions

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

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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.

Nutrition

Calories: 421kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 503mg | Potassium: 668mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 565mg | Iron: 3mg
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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 realistic plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Vivian Simmons says:

    OMG!! This recipe sounds amazing!! Thank you for taking the time to post such delicious recipes Jen!

  2. Aliece Bonnell says:

    Yum! If you add greens powder would that change the taste overly? Just wondering it could be a breakfast smoothie with all that oatmeal too? Looking forward to trying this recipes – my kids love when I throw dates in because they know it will be sweeter! Thank you for the new try!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Adding our Protein Smoothie Boost would make this smoothie slightly less sweet, yet would make it great for a breakfast for those kiddos. You can totally add your greens here, especially if you’re used to drinking greens in smoothies. Spinach would be most mild. Def let us know what you think when you try it!

  3. Virgie says:

    Love this! Made for my husband who loves cinnamon rolls and he loved it! Way easier than making traditional cinnamon rolls with the same taste!

  4. Vickie Grimes says:

    exciting, easy recipe!! thank you!!! i’ve added it to my recipe file!!

  5. Kimberly Wade says:

    Saw this, noticed i had all the ingredients and whipped one up right away–it did not disappoint. It really is like a cinnamon roll in a glass.

  6. Debbie says:

    Sounds yummy!

  7. Nora Beaton says:

    Sounds delicious, looking forward to trying it!

  8. Nancy says:

    Cinnamon has so many benefits!

  9. Erin Willems says:

    I can’t wait to try this! My husband and I are finishing up a Whole30 round on Tuesday. We drink your green smoothies every morning, but this will be a yummy dessert smoothie to try. Thanks!

  10. Grace says:

    Thanks so much for another great recipe! I love cinnamon and can’t wait to try it.

  11. Shelise says:

    So delicious. I like it with a frozen banana but love that if I don’t have any on hand it is delicious.

  12. Peyton says:

    Looks so wonderful! I can’t wait to try it!

  13. Peyton says:

    I can’t wait to try this! Cinnamon rolls are a favorite but the sugar crash after isn’t a favorite! I love cinnamon and this looks like it packs a cinnamon punch with 2 tsp of cinnamon. Yum!

  14. Joetta H Witkowski says:

    Looks wonderful! Can’t wait to try it!

  15. Elizabeth Hays says:

    I’ve always been nervous about adding dates to smoothies but this recipe sounds delightful – I’ll definitely give it a try!

  16. Ken Wood says:

    Man, this thing is fantastic…so good it’s hard to believe it’s healthy!

  17. Michelle Ewanchuk says:

    Looks good! Will try it!

  18. Heather M Hocking says:

    This recipe sounds scrumptious. I will definitely be making it soon!

  19. Melynda Jones says:

    Oh I’m so excited to try this recipe!! Looks delicious.

  20. Ruth Ann Pritchard says:

    Cannot wait to make this for my 17 year old son. He won’t drink the green ones:) printed recipe will make today!

  21. Carolyn Oates says:

    This smoothie is outstanding! I love the sweetness the dates bring out in the smoothie and the oatmeal adds some thickness to the beverage. I have added spinach to this which does not alter the good taste. I am obsessed with getting my greens in and hate to miss an opportunity!! A half banana also adds some ‘bulk’ to the smoothie along with a touch more sweetness. I usually add a little protein powder as well. This tastes good for a meal or afternoon pick up!

  22. Laura Hodges says:

    Oh my gosh….heaven!!!! I read this recipe and immediately made it!!! Added spinach

  23. Amy Wisner says:

    Thank you for this recipe. It’s very good. I think I may try it next time with almond extract. The cinnamon seemed to cover up the vanilla flavor. But I really liked the idea of using the dates.

  24. Shelah says:

    I cannot wait try this recipe!

    • Allyson W. says:

      I’m so excited to try this!!! We’ve made date desserts in the past and they’re delicious. I might have to go buy some dates today…glad I saw this in my email.

  25. Stacey says:

    How have I never thought about putting dates in my smoothies before?! This cinnamon date smoothie sounds like such a delicious treat! I can’t wait to try it! Thank you!

  26. Terri says:

    Will try this today! I love dates and cinnamon rolls!

  27. Esther says:

    I love dates! And that recipe is super simple. Gotta go make this

  28. Joan Leary says:

    Oh my! I love dates and I am definitely making this tomorrow! It sounds so yummy!

  29. Tracy says:

    This sounds amazing! I can not wait to try it! Thank you so much!!!

  30. Elizabeth Yingling says:

    I have such a sweet tooth… but I feel guilty whenever I eat sweets because I know added sugars are bad for us and just pack on the pounds. I’m so happy to have this healthy, delicious and guilt-free recipe now for when I get a craving for something sweet! Thanks, Jen, for turning me on to medjool dates, too. I never tried them before, and they really are delicious. I keep a supply of these dates in the house now, so I had all the ingredients here that I needed to make this yummy and super-easy recipe!

  31. Julie says:

    I just found this brand of dates at Costco so I’m excited to see them in this recipe. I always have all of these ingredients in my house. This might be my new favorite breakfast smoothie!

  32. Libby Kennedy says:

    This recipe sounds amazing.. I do not have dates on hand but have added them to my list..
    I cannot wait to try this Smoothie!

  33. Amy B says:

    I made this adding a banana because it adds creaminess and sweetness and i added a pinch of nutmeg. Really good!

  34. Kristen says:

    Hmm, I wonder if this would be good hot? I think it would. I’ve really been enjoying the hot smoothies from the app.

  35. Kelly M says:

    This sounds fantastic! Can’t wait to try it! Is there an easy way to blend dates? I always seem to have chunks of dates in my smoothies. Any tips?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Pro tip, Kelly! Blend your dates and liquid first until smooth, then add other ingredients and finish blending. 🙂

  36. LISA HAYWARD says:

    this sounds like DESSERT!!

  37. Marisa says:

    This recipe looks so good!!! I absolutely love anything with dates!!!

  38. Yvonne White says:

    -When I opened my email this morning and saw, “Cinnamon Date Smoothie” I thought, yes this is my smoothie. I always have dates in my refrigerator and cinnamon, is a spice, well…I have three jars in my spice cabinet. So, I saw this recipe and ran to my Ninja Blender and whipped up a batch. Just the right amount of cinnamon, the oats made me feel full and the dates made the sweetness just right. Thank you Green Smoothie!

    Yvonne W.
    Prescott Valley, AZ

  39. Jennifer Tucker says:

    So I’ve been doing Whole30 and it’s almost time for the reintroduction phase. That means I can add my beloved oats back into my diet (assuming they weren’t the culprit of any issues for me!). I’m putting this smoothie on my menu for reintroduction day 4!

  40. Joan tuberty says:

    What a great smoothie idea! All ingredients I have on hand and delicious too.
    Thanks for sharing.

  41. Jessie Darling says:

    Hi, I plan on making this smoothie. I’ve been trying to incorporate dates into my diet to offset sugar cravings. I’m 74 years old and still get a sweet/sugar fit sometimes. I believe this can help me overcome this craving. Thanks

  42. Christina Keimig says:

    This sounds so amazingly delicious, I can’t wait to go pick up some dates and try it out!

  43. Dana Bryant says:

    Sounds super yummy! I love dates and will give it a try!

    thanks!

    Dana

  44. shosh says:

    ambrosia in the form of health

  45. Beth W says:

    Sounds wonderful since we love cinnamon and cinnamon buns. Have you made it into a green smoothie? How did that taste compared to the norm?

  46. ISABELLE HUDSON says:

    Well seeing as I love dates these is the perfect recipe for me, thank you so much

  47. Kate says:

    This sounds so good, I can’t wait to try it!

  48. Mosa says:

    Definitely giving it a try!With dairy allergies I am always looking for non-dairy smoothies. Thank you for sharing

  49. Hana says:

    Looking forward to making this for my littles. Sweet desserts that aren’t candy, always a good alternative for my boys. Thanks for sharing.

  50. Carolyn Cochran says:

    Sounds delicious…and healthy!

  51. Lynne says:

    I absolutely loooove dates and love date shakes too! I can’t wait to try this recipe!!

  52. Jan In NC says:

    Yum. This looks dee-lish AND I have all ingredients on hand. I might be making it this afternoon. If not, I’ll definitely make it tomorrow morning. I don’t like all the doughiness of a real cinnamon bun any more so this will be a perfect substitute. Thank you!

  53. Michelle says:

    Yum! I love dates in my smoothies and this one hit the spot this morning. I added a little bit of vanilla protein powder

  54. Jennifer Rogers says:

    I haven’t tried this recipe yet but it sounds delicious! Love to try it

  55. Mandy says:

    Fantastic healthy alternative to a bowl of oatmeal and toss ins when you just want something better!
    I love the iron it gives me and it’s great for adding (camoflauging) my daily gelatin concoction for my joints! Very ingredient versatile

  56. Colleen says:

    This sounds amazing! Though I’m having a hard time with the lack of spinach or other greens!! 🙂 Seriously, though, I bet my kids (and myself) will love this. I’m going to try this afternoon.

  57. Jen C says:

    Looks yummy! Can’t wait to try.

  58. Elizabeth H. says:

    This sounds so yummy!

  59. Holly Miller says:

    Sounds so yummy!! Can’t wait to make it!!

  60. Jack Grondin says:

    I can’t wait to try this one. And the peanut butter chocolate. Tough choice.

  61. Glenda Sharpe says:

    Loved taste & frothiness of smoothie; I added pecans to my second one…yummers!

  62. Ellen says:

    This looks yummy. Can’t wait to try it.

  63. claire de lun says:

    Just the right timing as I was craving or a a cinnamon roll and I know I shouldn’t have one but this could not have come at a better time. So yummmmmmmyyyy!!!

  64. Natasia says:

    I’ve been trying to find a good way to finish up my dates and I made this smoothie this morning and omg this is perfect! Not too sweet in my opinion, perfect for the morning!

  65. Susan says:

    Can’t wait to try this!
    All good things , sounds delicious !

  66. Tricia Shelly says:

    Can’t wait to try this

  67. KRISTY says:

    Most nutritious and delicious there is! What is your favorite go to for the milk? Have you tried them all?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hey Kristy – we love homemade almond or cashew milk for this smoothie. Let us know what you end up liking best!

  68. Erin says:

    I recently tried Natural Delights dates for the first time…and they definitely live up to the hype. I can’t wait to try this smoothie!

  69. Margaret Ammirati says:

    Looks delicious! Dates are the sweetener of 2021 for sure. What a great tasty treat for myself and my children.

  70. Naomi Winkel says:

    This recipes sounds so yummy. I can’t wait to make it. I enjoy making healthy drinks that taste great.

  71. Hope says:

    This sounds yummy! I’m excited to try this. I love the idea of using dates to naturally sweeten things and rolled oats is good for fiber and helping you to feel full. Thanks for sharing!

  72. Venetria says:

    I bought oats to try in my smoothie. This will be the one I try.

  73. Linda says:

    I use the dates to make my desserts and have put them in my smoothies to sweeten them. Thanks for your recipe.

  74. Jaime Valcanas says:

    I guess I need to get me some dates :). looks tasty 🙂

  75. Kelly Gallagher says:

    This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

  76. Leland Kuntzman says:

    Can’t wait to try this, I am always snacking on dates and always putting cinnamon in my chai latte.

  77. Dawn says:

    If only I had some dates I’d be making it right now for breakfast! I like to use oats esp since I have the Vitamix. Unfortunately my husband made the Trader Joe’s run yesterday and didn’t buy any dates. Oh well-can’t wait to try this though

  78. Kaitlyn says:

    Super excited to send this yummy recipe to my sister. She has celiac disease and hasn’t had an awesome cinnamon roll in several years. I’m sure she’ll love it and I know she has all the ingredients already!

  79. andrea says:

    adding to my list to try! I’m enjoying the non-green smoothie recipes 🙂

  80. Kimber says:

    Can’t wait to try this!

  81. Lisa Lindahl says:

    Sounds wonderful!! I will for sure try this one tomorrow!

  82. Holly Seitter says:

    Absolutely delicious. One of my favorite smoothies.

  83. Nina says:

    This looks delish, Do you keep the pits in the dates and blend ? Thanks

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hi Nina – you def want pitted dates (in other words, pits removed) for any smoothie. 🙂

  84. Anita says:

    Looks like a fabulous smoothie. All the ingredients come together to remind you of a cinnamon roll without all the calories and sugar. The oats added is good to help sustain you. I really like dates. I use them sometimes when I need something sweet and not a lot of guilt.

  85. Gloria says:

    This was delicious

  86. Brie says:

    I always forget I can use oats in the smoothie. We love granola on top of them. Thanks for the reminder. Kids love dates but have never had them in smoothies great idea.

  87. Janet says:

    This sounds delicious. I love dates!

  88. Lea says:

    YUMMMMM – we have been enjoying just plain dates and this combination sounds so delicious! Thank you for sharing as you continue to learn and create new combinations! Lifelong learning is so important!

  89. Marianne says:

    This looks delicious! A few months ago, I discovered Medjool dates in a shop in a neighbouring village here in Crete, Greece. So happy I no longer have to drive 30+ minutes to get them in a larger city, especially with the current lockdown. I love dates but use them sparingly. If I’m really craving something sweet, I sometimes take a single date and savour it slowly. Yum!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Oh my goodness – same! Love eating one date to satisfy that sweet tooth. So glad you’ve discovered them!

  90. Mary C says:

    Love the cinnamon and dates! What an easy healthy treat!

  91. Chandana Muddu says:

    All the ingredients are so simple and have them all on hand every day. I am going to try this smoothie today for breakfast. I also like the tip of skipping the ice and popping it into the freezer.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      So glad it will be an easy grab-and-blend smoothie for you Chandana! Be sure to come back and let us know what you think… 🙂

  92. Stephanie says:

    I just love dates and adding them to anything makes it special for me. Cinnamon is also one of those special ingredients for me. I was told my cholesterol is a bit high so that’s my go to.
    Great work. Keep it up.

  93. Cindi Hall says:

    This sounds delicious and I’m going to try is warm to go along with my seasonal eating! And so nice to learn about a Natural Delights!!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Not just saying this… Seriously the best dates I’ve ever tried (and this isn’t Jen typing – lol). You will love them! And great idea to try it warm – def check back in the comments and let us know how it was. 🙂

  94. Lisa says:

    This smoothie looks like a great mid morning snack! Great idea

  95. Holly says:

    I’ve been craving something to replace my bedtime Cinnamon Toast Crunch bowl so I’m hoping this will do the trick! Looks delicious and filling with the oats. Love all the nutrients dates provide!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      This is so perfect for that Holly! We’re so excited you’re gonna make that healthy swap for yourself. Rawk on!

  96. Carol says:

    I love dates! I did not know how to incorporate them into a smoothie. This recipe looks delicious!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Dates are a great way to sweeten any smoothie naturally. We know you’re gonna love this Carol!

  97. Carolyn says:

    This looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe! I am going to buy some dates.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Carolyn, it’s seriously so yummy. We know you’ll enjoy!

  98. Jo Brainard says:

    I am thinking of trying this with the homemade elderberry syrup too

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hi Jo! Great idea! Let us know what you think of it after you do… 🙂

  99. Natalie says:

    Very easy and tasty smoothie. What would you recommend as replacement to oats?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Great question Natalie! The oats are acting like a flour here to thicken the smoothie (and provide some good fiber!), so you can swap them out for quinoa flakes or almond flour instead if needed.

  100. Jo Brainard says:

    Wow this looks great. I love dates especially as I have family in the Middle East and grew up on them. I currently don’t have dates at home but wondering if I could use date syrup substituting dates.
    Thank you for the recipe

    • Jo Brainard says:

      Also can I use quick/old fashioned oats instead of rolled oats? 🙂

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Yes, any type of oats will work, since we are grinding them into a flour-type consistency here.

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