Orange, Date and Coconut Smoothie

Yep! Oranges again!

Surely you knew this one was coming. I mean, it had to.

I couldn’t possibly on such a big orange kick and not use them in a smoothie, now could I?

I’ve actually made a few experiences with them, and while I haven’t yet succeeded at recreating exactly the taste and texture that I am after, I have to say that I was fairly happy with this one.

It’s really nice and sweet and refreshing, and has that great chewability factor that I’m always after when having a smoothie.

Oh yeah. That one definitely is “of the chewable kind”.

It’s like having orange juice with tons of extra pulp.

And tons of added goodness, too! In fact, I find it tastes a bit like a day at the beach.

So definitely a keeper recipe…

And a great way to use up those *ahem*… 10 pounds of oranges I just bought! ;)

ORANGE, DATE AND COCONUT SMOOTHIE

INGREDIENTS
(Serves 1)

  • 1 orange
  • 5 dates
  • ¼ cup boiling water
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk (canned)
  • ½ coconut water
  • 1 scoop vanilla flavored whey protein powder
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp unsweetened shredded coconut, to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Soak the dates in the boiling water for 5-10 minutes to soften them up.
  2. Peel the orange with a knife and cut it into 8-10 pieces.
  3. Add all ingredients, except shredded coconut, to your food processor and process until smooth, about one minute.
  4. Transfer to drinking glass, garnish with shredded coconut.

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Comments

  1. Lulu says

    Awkward moment when you leave out the orange from the ingredient list…of an ORANGE date and coconut smoothie.

    • says

      Yeah, well, that’s it. As much as I like pulp in my orange juice, and as much as I like my smoothies to be chewable, I’m trying to create this super smooth, thick, rich and creamy orange smoothie while still using fresh fruits. This is proving to be a real challenge…

      I hope you like this version. It has pulp, and lots of it, but it’s still very yummy! :)

  2. says

    O that sounds delicious… And funny that you left out the orange…lol… I know it’s in there now, I just read the first comment by Lulu… I love oranges. They always give me that little bit of sunshine in the middle of winter!

  3. says

    Mmmm, I love oranges in smoothies. I do wish I had a bit stronger of a blender though, because I’m not a huge fan of the chewy smoothie, haha. I’m pretty sure the last time it was too awful to drink was because I had a bad batch of oranges. I used to do it all the time and loved it. Will have to try it again :D Love the dates in yours – I bet they add an amazing flavor.

    • says

      Well, Heidi, you could always supreme your oranges, that way you’d have a lot less pulp and give you a much smoother smootie witout requiring the use of a strong blender. I find it takes away some of the taste too, though. Mind you, this would’ve been a good thing with your bad oranges… ;)
      The dates do add a lot of “creamy” sweetness to that smoothie. I definitely wouldn’t leave them out!

  4. says

    This looks delicious! I want to put oranges in everything as well, since they’re in season. Despite my love of dates, I’ve actually never put them in a smoothie! Time to change that. Although…I did just put some avocado in a smoothie a few minutes ago, which was inspired by you. It makes for a pretty amazing texture.

    In other news, I’ll be in Montreal for a wedding in April :)

    • says

      FOR REAL???? OMG, when exactly in April? Are you staying long enough for us to get together for a quick lunch or something? I certainly would LOOOOOOVE that! :D

      And I’m real happy you liked the avocado in your smoothie. I actually got that inspiration from Nora! So you need to thank her for that! :)

      Hey, maybe dates and avocado would make for an awesome smoothie… though the color might be a little, erm… off! I’ll have to come up with something. ;)

      • says

        It’s Easter weekend so I hope you’re not too busy! I’m not quite sure on my schedule, but I am sure I certain I can squeeze something in :)

        And yes…with dates and avocado I think you’d have to add cocoa powder to make the color deliberate darker.

      • says

        Yikes… I was afraid that this might happen… we’ll have to play that one by ear I’m afraid. So far, the plan is I myself will be out of town that week-end, but there is a chance that it will change. Guess we’ll have to check and see when we get closer to that date.

        And I totally agree with adding cocoa for colouring purposes, but I think that it would take away all the great taste of the dates. Maybe it would have to be a layered thing! Ooooh… like an avocado layered date square type of thing. This could definitely work! :)

  5. Joann says

    Another winner!! I didn’t even think that I liked dates! I only bought them the other day because you said not to skip them in the almond milk and so I tried one while I was making it and they are so good! Once you taste them it helps you get past the way they look! Now I could just sit and eat them right out of the container! Now I”m going to get some in the fridge so they are ready to make “date paste” tomorrow for the cake!

    • says

      Careful, Joann, dates are highly addictive! At least, they were for me. I used to not care for them much either, but now I think I couldn’t be a day without them. I use them as a sweetener, or just as a life saver when I am craving something sweet. A nice fresh date or two will certainly do the trick. Wait ’til you start trying all the different varieties… Oh my! I wish I could grow them in my backyard! :)

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