Get gorgeous with this nourishing Cacao Date Smoothie {gluten-free, vegan, paleo}, from  25 Anti-Aging Smoothies for Revitalizing, Glowing Skin

Get your glow on with this nourishing and revitalizing Cacao Date Smoothie! With only 6 ingredients, the recipe is so easy to make,, and SO delicious and good for you too! { Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free}
This Cacao Date Smoothie is like dessert in a glass!

It’s tax day.

And, I’m sure you need a little pampering if your bleary eyed from staying up late to finish your taxes. Or, file an extension like I did. #procrastination

There’s no better way to celebrate than with a revitalizing Cacao Date Smoothie!

Naturally sweetened with nourishing potassium, magnesium, and fiber rich dates, this Cacao Date Smoothie will help you get your glow back on, not only post-income tax crunch session, but all year long!

Thanks to my “registered dietitian foodie” friend and blogger at Family. Food. Fiesta., Sarah Koszyk, I’m excited to share her super easy and delicious 6-ingredient Cacao Date Smoothie with you, and tell you about brand new cookbook, 25-Anti-Aging Smoothies for Revitalizing, Glowing Skin.

Smoothie Cookbook Review | 25 Anti-Aging Smoothies for Revitalizing, Glowing Skin by Sarah Koszyk, RDN

What I love about Sarah’s 25 Anti-Aging Smoothies Cookbook…

  • Smoothie recipes highlight 5 key nutrients including Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Beta-Carotene, Omega-3s, and Polyphenols, all of which contribute to healthy, vibrant, radiant skin.
  • Sarah provides her “recipe” for the perfect smoothie which includes
    •  Fruits and/or veggies featuring “colors of the rainbow” so you get a variety of skin nourishing antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals;
    • Heart healthy fats for satiety and glowing skin;
    • Fiber rich ingredients including fruit, veggies, nuts, and seeds for good digestion and a healthy gut microbiome; and
    • Protein for maintain lean muscle mass, beautiful skin and optimal nutrition.
  • All smoothies, including this Cacao Date Smoothie, are 300 calories or less, with the option to add additional protein if you want to turn your smoothie into a complete meal.
  • To accommodate a wide variety of diets, all smoothies are gluten-free. dairy-free, soy-free, and vegan.
  • Feel free to let your creative smoothie juices flow by subbing/adding your own favorite fruits/veggies, nuts/seeds, and other ingredients.

This Cacao Date Smoothie is such a yummy treat, even I have a hard time believing how good it is for us too. I seriously scraped my blender, and licked my glass clean!

This Cacao Date Smoothie is SO DELICIOUS, you won't believe how nourishing and
Get your glow on with this nourishing and revitalizing Cacao Date Smoothie! With only 6 ingredients, the recipe is so easy to make,, and SO delicious and good for you too! { Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free}

Nourishing Cacao Date Smoothie

This rich and creamy Cacao Date Smoothie is SO delicious!  It’s vegan, gluten free, and is lightly sweetened with dates-perfect for a heathy treat!
4.35 from 35 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 smothie


  • 5 dates, small, pitted
  • 4 halves walnuts, omega-3
  • 1 Tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • Pinch of cinamon


  • Pour everything in a powerful blender ( I use a Vitamix ) Blend until smooth, pour into a glass and serve.


I used medjool dates. Depending on the size of your dates, you may want to use less than 5, or the smoothie will be too sweet.


Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Fiber: 7g
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Drinks
Cuisine Gluten Free, Mediterranean, MIND, Paleo, Vegan
Keyword date shake
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You can purchase a copy of 25 Anti-Aging Smoothies for Revitalizing, Glowing Skin on Amazon. Cheers!

This Cacao Date Smoothie is SO DELICIOUS, you won’t believe how nourishing and good-for-you it is too!

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Have you tried a date smoothie before? What foods do you like to make sweetened with dates? What’s your all time favorite smoothie combo?

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  1. What vanilla are you referring to? Vanilla essence, vanilla extract or something else?

    1. EA Stewart says:

      Hi! Pure vanilla extract. I’m glad you asked! I just went ahead and updated the recipe. Cheers!

  2. Charlotte Austin says:

    I Love this drink! I modified it. I used 1/4 cup walnuts with 2 Tbl of Cacao powder, 1/4 tsp vanilla, sprinkles of cinnamon, 2 dates, 1 frozen banana, 2 ice cubes, and 2 cups of almond milk. Thank you EA for jumpstarting my love for this drink. You are awesome, and I love your recipes!

  3. Oh, my. Too much chocolate for me. I would not call this a smoothie. It is more like chocolate milk. I will make it again, but I will add ice (or a frozen banana) to give it some body and to, perhaps, tone down the chocolate.

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Hi Cheri! Thanks for your feedback. The texture isn’t like a traditional smoothie, so definitely adjust the ingredients to your taste πŸ™‚ Cheers!

  4. 1/2 cup of liquid doesn’t seem like enough – Is that a typo?

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Hi Cinde! No-it’s not a typo, however the smoothie will be a little on the thick side. Feel free to thin it out with additional almond/other milk if desired. Enjoy!

  5. Bluegreenguitar says:

    Beautiful food pictures! i’m not used to smoothies without bananas, so I’ll have to try this different style.

    One of the best chocolate smoothie/ice cream concoctions I’ve had was: avocado, cocoa, fresh coconut milk and bananas. I like the idea of dates and will try to add them to more smoothies, hopefully in the near future!

    Best wishes!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks so much! This is one of my all-time favorite smoothies. It tastes very decadent~you can enjoy it for dessert!

  6. Would love to try this. Do you really use five dates? That’s a total of 335 calories in dates alone and the total count of the smoothie is 232 calories. I only have medjool so I’m wondering if that wil be sweetness overkill. πŸ™‚

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Hi Polly~Great question! The calorie count is from the author of the book, and most likely based on a different variety of dates than medjool. Since you only have medjool, I would blend them in one by one, until you reach your desired level of sweetness-I do agree with you that 5 medjool dates, which tend to be larger than other varieties, is probably overkill in terms of sweetness {not to mention calories}. I’d love to hear how it turns out if you make it, and how many dates you use. Cheers!

      1. It was most certainly delicious! I used two dates. Been following you on Instagram since. Thanks for the yummy treat idea!

        1. The Spicy RD says:

          So glad you enjoyed the smoothie Polly, and happy to hear that 2 dates worked well! Cheers!!

  7. Sonali- The Foodie Physician says:

    Sorry I missed the giveaway but I’m so glad you told me about this smoothie- it looks AWESOME!

  8. Christin Hebron says:

    chocolate AND anti-aging? I am in! Looks too delicious not to make!

  9. What a delicious treat! And don’t you just love it when teens reach for healthy snacks.

  10. The Spicy RD says:

    Thanks so much Megan! I think you will love it too πŸ™‚

  11. Megan Buer says:

    Yum,this looks wonderful! I love simple, vegan smoothies like this.

  12. Deanna Segrave-Daly says:

    I’m all over this smoothie! Ahhh a big tax refund – I’d spend it on a big trip somewhere – either back to the Big Island, Greece or if it was really really big…Bali πŸ™‚

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Let me know if you get that refund, and I’ll join you Deanna! πŸ™‚

  13. To become as healthy as possible

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      That’s a GREAT investment πŸ™‚ Good luck Shari!

  14. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says:

    Such a lovely smoothie! Anything “chocolaty” πŸ˜‰

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      The chocolaty flavor really shines through in this smoothie Rebecca~I think you will love it!

  15. Elizabeth Shaw says:

    Great minds think alike! Love love love Sarah’s new book- gorgeous photos in here missy!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks so much Liz! next hike, let’s bring a cooler of Cacao Date Smoothies to share πŸ™‚

  16. Feeling practical this morning — paying down the mortgage!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      And, SUPER smart too πŸ™‚

  17. Kim - Liv Life says:

    Another beauty of a smoothie that I need in my life. Chocolate for anit-aging? I’m IN!! πŸ™‚

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Good luck Kim~Although you’re already gorgeous! I think you will love the Cacao Date smoothie too πŸ™‚