This salted caramel date smoothie brings me right back to my teenage days working at Dairy Queen, where I would blend 4 pumps of hot caramel with soft-serve ice cream and milk to make a caramel milkshake. While I can’t say this smoothie is that delicious, it has much less sugar, more fibre, keeps you satiated for longer, and still tastes super yummy!
This smoothie will satisfy even the sharpest of sweet teeth. It tastes like a salted caramel shake and comes together with minimal effort. Plus, you’ll have leftover date caramel to slather on toast, dip your apples in, or eat straight off the spoon.
If you’ve never made date caramel before, you’re in for a treat! While it doesn’t taste exactly like traditional caramel, it does taste sweet and decadent with a hint of caramel flavour! Since it’s basically just blended dates, it also provides a great boost of energy, fibre, and natural sweetness.
This smoothie can easily be made dairy-free by swapping in your favourite plant-based milk and nut-free by swapping the peanut butter for your favourite seed butter.
What’s so great about smoothies?
Smoothies are such an easy way to boost your consumption of fruits and vegetables, which will increase your intake of vitamins, minerals, and fibre. The best part? They can be SUPER delicious. A smoothie doesn’t have to be a murky brown-ish purple blended soup of everything in your fridge. Combining the right base with certain fruits and vegetables and adding in the right flavour enhancers can create a smoothie that tastes more like a milkshake!
As this smoothie is energy-dense, it’s a great option for a post-workout recovery drink. You can add your favourite protein powder to boost the protein content. I recommend either a vanilla powder (omit the vanilla from the recipe) or a flavourless powder to let the natural flavours shine. You can also add a scoop of plain Greek yogurt to boost the protein without powder.
Try it out and let me know what you think in the comments. Happy slurping!
Salted caramel smoothie
- food processor
Salted Date Caramel
- 15 Medjool dates pitted, soaked
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- Pinch salt
- 1 kettle hot water
- 3 tbsp date caramel see above
- 1 ripe banana medium size
- 1 cup milk of choice I use 2% dairy
- 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower optional
- pinch salt optional
Salted Date Caramel
- Cover dates in hot water and soak for 1 hour.
- Drain most of the water, leaving approximately 2 tbsp of the date water remaining. Add all the soaked dates and date water to a food processor.
- Add maple syrup and salt to the food processor.
- Blitz in your food processor until fully combined and creamy. This will take some patience and wall-scraping. Add more water periodically to thin the mixture to desired consistency. Note: My food processer is low-powered and this part took about 10 minutes.
- Transfer the date caramel to an airtight container. Sprinkle salt on top. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- Enjoy on toast, as a dip for apples, on top of your favourite ice cream, or in the salted caramel smoothie recipe below!
Salted Caramel Smoothie
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
This is the blender that I use.
Looking for more smoothie recipes? Try my tropical green spinach smoothie recipe. This go-to green smoothie is an easy and delicious way to pack in 5 servings of fruit and vegetables.
Want something a little warmer? Check out my easy blender banana coconut latte recipe! It’s rich, creamy, and decadent while offering a serving of fruit and a caffeine boost.