It was my birthday the week before last.  YAY, I love birthdays! Fancy drinks, presents and cuddles, oh my!

Is that why I found myself staring into space at 10am the following Tuesday, daydreaming about cake and drooling on my keyboard?

mmmmmm, licking the spoon after making a fresh loaf of banana bread…  Sweet, sweet, cinnamon, banana, walnut, vanilla heaven, I love you…

Well, like the mature and sophisticated woman I am now (*ahem*), I decided to take matters into my own hands and create a healthy version! Because let’s face it, we’d all be drinking cake batter straight from the bowl every day if our skinny jeans would let us.

It took two batches to get it just right (who you callin’ Piggy?), but here it is in all its glory, ready to share!

Healthy enough to drink every day and delicious enough to elicit a raised eyebrow from your Lovebug who won’t believe you haven’t poured cake batter straight into a glass…
 

Banana Bread Smoothie
 
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Goodies
  • 2 cups non-dairy Milk (Soy/Almond/Cashew/etc)
  • ¼ cup Walnuts
  • 2 large, very ripe Bananas, frozen
  • 1 tsp pure Vanilla Essence (or a few vanilla pod seeds)
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp All Spice
  • 3-4 Medjool Dates, pitted
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • 2 handfuls of Ice
Instructions
  1. Pop all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour into glasses, sprinkle with a little more cinnamon, and enjoy!

 
Banana Bread Smoothie
 

31 Comments on Banana Bread Smoothie

  1. vegeTARAian
    April 29, 2013 at 6:09 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh you clever fox, this sounds delicious! Hope you had a wonderful birthday 😉

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  2. luminousvegans
    April 30, 2013 at 9:35 am (5 years ago)

    Yum, yum,yum! One of my favorite breads in liquid form!

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    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm (5 years ago)

      And healthy form! Don’t forget the healthy! 😉 Cheers! x

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  3. Somer
    May 1, 2013 at 1:38 am (5 years ago)

    Aw, Happy belated Birthday Bex! That Banana Bread Smoothie is killing it! xx

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    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 2, 2013 at 2:05 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Somer! This is the perfect way to celebrate! (before the champagne!) 😉 xx

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  4. Katie (A Fork in Hand)
    May 1, 2013 at 4:16 am (5 years ago)

    Happy Birthday! I just celebrated my birthday as well. Hope you had as much fun as I did 🙂

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  5. Krista
    May 1, 2013 at 10:30 am (5 years ago)

    Love this recipe! So excited to have it for breakfast tomorrow morning!

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    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 2, 2013 at 2:09 pm (5 years ago)

      It’s the perfect way to wake up, Krista! Enjoy! 🙂 x

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  6. Brittany
    May 2, 2013 at 2:55 am (5 years ago)

    Thank you for taking the time to perfect this amazingness! I will be having this asap, especially because the weather is starting to warm up!

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  7. Jodi
    May 2, 2013 at 12:30 pm (5 years ago)

    Hi, love reading your blogs and making your recipes, but I notice that you put a bit of sea salt in a lot of them… can you tell me why? Im not afarid of salt, but it seems strange to put it in a ‘sweet’ recipe… Thanks 🙂

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    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 2, 2013 at 2:08 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi Jodi! A tiny dash of salt enhances the flavours. I use pink Himalayan Crystal Salt (never white table salt) but you can definitely leave it out if you prefer. 🙂

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  8. Eva
    May 2, 2013 at 7:43 pm (5 years ago)

    Ive spent all afternoon waiting to go to bed so I can get up and have coffee- now it’s so I can get up and have coffee and this smoothie…….roll on 6am!

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  9. Right Track
    May 2, 2013 at 8:41 pm (5 years ago)

    This sound delicious! I wonder whether I could substitute something in place of Walnuts? Are the Walnuts essential to the taste? Would some sort of seed work? I’m not allergic but at this time I’m anemic and am trying to get my iron levels back up to normal levels. If you can offer an alternative, that would be great. Thank you.

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    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 3, 2013 at 4:52 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi Dawn! Walnuts are an excellent source of iron and they do add a lot to the flavour of this smoothie, but you could try substituting with pecans or just leaving them out altogether.

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  10. LifeOfBun
    May 2, 2013 at 9:44 pm (5 years ago)

    Hmmmmm how devious. 😀 That’s really clever healthy substitute! Also I had no idea it was your birthday, happy super late birthday wishes still!
    And may all those antioxidants keep your body so fresh looking for trillions of years to come! So you can make amazing smoothies with alien substances!

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    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 3, 2013 at 4:52 pm (5 years ago)

      haha, best birthday wish EVER! Thanks Anouchka. 🙂

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  11. Annie
    May 3, 2013 at 1:55 am (5 years ago)

    Gorgeous!! And a happy belated birthday, dear!

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  12. Joey
    May 3, 2013 at 4:23 am (5 years ago)

    Happy birthday to you! Champagne, cuddles and pressies sounds like all you could ask for!

    I like the banana bread in a glass – it sounds like it should be bad for you, but is actually all good! A nice answer for the champagne hangover!

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  13. The Dame Intl
    May 3, 2013 at 6:21 am (5 years ago)

    So tonight I made your mexican stuffed peppers and this for dessert, so yummmm!!! Please do more recipes!

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    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 3, 2013 at 4:54 pm (5 years ago)

      So glad to hear you loved them! 🙂 And stay tuned – a big weekend in the test kitchen is coming right up!

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  14. Alana
    May 6, 2013 at 6:34 pm (5 years ago)

    My mouth is watering at the thought of this. So clever. Whenever I need a chocolately treat I blend up frozen bananas with soy milk and cocoa powder. So good! Frozen bananas are the BOMB.
    Happy belated birthday to you too xx

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    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 9, 2013 at 2:20 pm (5 years ago)

      Oooooh, that sounds gorgeous, Alana! I’ll have to try it. 🙂 xx

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  15. Kristy
    May 15, 2013 at 2:33 am (5 years ago)

    Happy belated birthday, love! I hope Dom spoiled you rotten! 😉 This smoothie sounds amazing- drinking cake batter sounds heavenly to me! 🙂

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  16. Marian
    May 24, 2013 at 6:07 pm (4 years ago)

    Not that’s a smoothie you could eat at any time of the day. The ingredients alone just sound scrumptious, not to mention the pic!

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