Coconut, Vanilla & Almond Butter Smoothie

A velvety smoothie made with coconut milk, vanilla, almond butter and sweetened with dates!

Coconut, Vanilla & Almond Butter Smoothie | The Housewife in Training Files

I need a weekend from this past weekend.

Chaos. Pure Chaos. But all good chaos. Does that even exist?

Coconut, Vanilla & Almond Butter Smoothie | The Housewife in Training Files If you follow my Instagram, you probably saw me bragging about some cute new babes that came into my life. I am the proud auntie to THREE new babes.

Three. All in one day may I add.

Both of my sister in laws had their babes on Friday.  My brother’s wife was scheduled to be induced on Thursday but was postponed to Friday. And then the twins from future sister in law just thought it would be fun to make an early entrance into the world, instead of this upcoming Tuesday! They are so clever.

Coconut, Vanilla & Almond Butter Smoothie | The Housewife in Training Files

See, good chaos!

Coconut, Vanilla & Almond Butter Smoothie | The Housewife in Training Files

Luckily, they were both at the same hospital so that was less of a headache but one minor detail. The babes were about 10 hours apart. My niece Nora said hello to the world at 1:11pm and the twins, Beckett and Lyla, said hello at 11:35pm & 11:36pm.

So what do you think a young, not quite married couple would be doing on a Friday night? Asleep? Well that is typically the answer, but this Friday night we decided to venture out of the town. Rare siting these days! After dinner and a few cocktails later, we got a call from our brother in law that my fiancé’s sister was in labor. Oh goodness. A few things flew through my head…like maybe we shouldn’t have had those shots? Kidding! Sorta.

And we need to go!

So up to the hospital we went!  We were so excited for many reasons. How crazy is that all three babes decided to enter the world on the same day?! 4.4.2014. Definitely never forget that birthday!  And we will forever be bouncing back and forth between birthday parties.

Coconut, Vanilla & Almond Butter Smoothie | The Housewife in Training Files

All good chaos is ahead for us.  With so much chaos this weekend, a simple, non–complicated breakfast was a necessity. As the weather temperature increases, so does my cravings for smoothies. For some odd reason that I cannot explain, smoothies during the colder months do not appeal to me. Crazy because I drink iced coffee and down ice cream like its going out of style all year long.  I told you I’m a lil weird….

Coconut milk and almond butter create a velvety texture, with fresh vanilla specks throughout. To balance out last’s weeks Mexican fiesta, I sweetened the smoothie with dates; which I love for their caramel undertones. Dates are a staple in our house from making our favorite appetizer to eating straight with a spoonful of peanut butter for a quick pre-workout pick me up. So tasty.

While this smoothie is a velvety, addicting and healthy smoothie to start your day, I savor it just as much for a night cap to a chaotic weekend.

So please excuse me will I go hit the snooze just a few more hundred times.

Coconut, Vanilla & Almond Butter Smoothie | The Housewife in Training Files

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Coconut, Vanilla & Almond Butter Smoothie
 
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A velvety smoothie made with coconut milk, vanilla, almond butter and sweetened with dates!
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Recipe type: Drink
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • 10 small dates
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste, (or vanilla extract)
  • 2 cups ice
  • Sweet Leaf Stevia Vanilla Creme, to taste
  • Optional: Vanilla Protein Powder
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients except ice to blender. Puree well.
  2. Add ice and blend until ice is all crushed and smoothie is well blended and smooth.
  3. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately.
Notes
*Add more or less ice to make the smoothie thinner or thicker consistency.
*Vanilla protein powder would be great to add for a post workout smoothie!
*Add the stevia if the dates or not sweet enough and for more intense vanilla flavor.

Comments

  1. says

    What an exciting, fun, exhausting weekend! Congrats on the new babies in your life! Pinning the almond butter smoothie recipe!

  2. says

    This looks delicious, and I love that it’s sweetened with dates. I have an almond allergy, but I bet it would be equally delicious with walnut butter. :-)

    • says

      Thank you Chelsea! I am a lucky lady as I now have 5 nieces and nephews! Definitely hold me over until I want one of my own!

  3. says

    Congrats Aunt Meg!! That is SO crazy and so exciting..I Looooove babies. I want 39847 of them. BUT NOT. ;) Seriously, they’re perfect. Congrats to both of the new parents too!!
    Love the smoothie..I drink them year round, but definitely pretty much every day in the Spring and Summer..so refreshing, and they just make me feeeel healthy! :) Great Flavor Combo!

    • says

      Thank you Alaina!! We are so excited. I love babies too and glad I can give them all back during this moment in time! I already have way too much on my plate! After the wedding then I will be start thinking about it :)

  4. says

    Always looking for new smoothie recipes – I “eat” on the go a lot but am trying to avoid fast food. Congrats on the baby-fest!

  5. MJ says

    That smoothie sounds amaze-balls!!

    The 4th happens to be the best day to have babies ;) my firstborn celebrated his 6th birthday this year! Welcome to world little babes ❤

  6. Cathy says

    Just made this tonight and it is awesome. Since it was just for me, I just halved your recipe. I didn’t add any sweetner, since there were yummy dates in it, already. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe, that hits the sweet spot!

  7. stephanie says

    Drinking this right now..it’s sooo delicious! I can see how this would be addicting! Yummm! Thanks for sharing this!

    • says

      YES! I am soooo happy to here that! Glad I am happy to help with a new lunch rotation item ;) Thanks for letting me know how it turned out…sometimes I wonder how people take it. So it’s much appreciated, Anne!

  8. Kandy says

    I just found your recipe through Pinterest, very nice; coconut milk out of a can or coconut milk out of a carton? Great way to start a day! Thank you.

  9. Regina says

    Maybe I’m just not seeing it in the recipe, but do you know how many calories and fat grams are in this drink? I would live to try this but I’m counting calories right . If you could let me know I’d appreciate it. This sounds delicious. Thanks

    • says

      Hi Regina,

      I am sorry but I do not provide nutritional values as products nutritional facts can vary based of brand. There are many sites that can provide you the facts by adding the ingredients you are using. I wouldn’t want to add facts that may or may not be true based off the products you end up using.

      Also, if you are considered with calories and fat, use low fat coconut milk or coconut milk out of the carton. But note that milk out of the carton will lack to provide the thickness and creaminess that the canned coconut milk provides. If you do decide to go the carton route, you can add Xanthan Gum which is an all natural, gluten free thickener.

      I hope that helps!

  10. says

    These look delicious. But – I have to comment on your pictures. They are GORGEOUS! I don’t know why, but they make me wish it were winter ( I think the coconut reminds me of snow!). Thanks for sharing!!

  11. melanie scaffidi says

    Lovely, lovely, lovely! Just made this for my afternoon snack to attack the 2.30pm slump, and wow, delicious, healthy and filled me up! Thank you, your a creative chic with the humble smoothie, Kindly, Melanie, Australia.

  12. says

    Just came across this recipe on Pinterest, caught my eye straight away! Coconut and almond are meant to be together, a match made in heaven. Excited to try this flavor combo in smoothie form!

  13. Michele says

    Hi. Would you be able to recommend a substitute for the dates, or could I just leave them out? It’s not that I wouldn’t like them, I’m just trying not to eat anything high in carbs at the moment.
    Thank you.

    • says

      Hi Michele, you can leave the dates out. They do contribute to the sweetness of the drink, and a bit of the consistency. But you can add sweetness with stevia. Hope you try it!

  14. Sarah says

    Can I use almond milk instead of coconut milk and maybe just put in some coconut instead ? I don’t have any coconut milk on hand and I’m too lazy to go to the store:p

    • says

      Hi Sarah! Yes you can use almond milk, but the coconut milk is what helps make the smoothie thick. So it may be quite a bit thinner, but give it a go! You certainly can add shredded coconut, but honestly the coconut milk is very mild so there is no strong coconut flavor.

  15. Destinee says

    Looks awesome! Is there anything I can substitute the ice for? Like frozen bananas? I don’t like sung ice I feel it waters down my smoothies I usually use friends bananas or spinach pops (spinach blended with water then put in a nice tray to freeze until used).

  16. Suzette says

    Hi Megan!

    I just came across this smoothie on pinterest (I LOVE pinterest!!). Let me start off by saying I love your blog…..your sense of humor and sarcasm totally hit my funny bone! Although I’m 6 months late (to the day, no less), I’d like to congratulate you on those precious little bundles that came into your life not too long ago. What’s more, they were born on MY HUSBAND’S BIRTHDAY….a very special day indeed!!! ;-) It’s so crazy that they all decided to arrive on the same day…..they must have planned it months ago….9 months ago to be exact. Hehehe!! Lastly, this smoothie looks so yummy. I’m not a fan of coconut (it’s a texture thing) but I like coconut milk, so I’m sure I’ll love this!! Enjoy those babies and remember, it’s never too early to start shopping for presents. :-)

    • says

      Well hello Suzette!
      Thank you so much! You made my day. Glad you enjoy my rambling! And what a great day indeed!
      And I am not a huge fan of the texture of coconut either, but the coconut milk is so subtle that I believe you won’t mind it in this smoothie one bit!

      Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

      Megan

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