Rise and Shine Smoothie
Healthy, vegan, dairy-free breakfast smoothie made with frozen bananas, coconut water, pitted dates, almond milk, hemp seeds, and almond butter. You’ll want to drink this every day of the week!
This past week and a half has been a little bit crazy. You see…I recently started a new job (at my old job–very, very long story) and I’ve been getting used to a totally new schedule, new traffic patterns, new responsibilities, new meal schedule, new everything.
I feel sort of discombobulated.
Anyway, one of the things I’m getting used to is waking up earlier. As someone who tends to go to bed a little too late and enjoys a slightly leisurely breakfast, it has been a bit difficult to get used to.
I’ve been guilty of repeatedly pressing the snooze button (Connor’s says I snooze like it’s my job–uhhh, I wish!)–which unfortunately, has resulted in me skipping breakfast way too often.
I’m sure some of you guys can relate to this. It’s not so great.
Anyway, the other day I was trying to come up with ideas for easy breakfasts or breakfasts on-the-go, and I couldn’t help but remember an incredibly delicious smoothie that I had on a recent trip to New York City back in December.
It was at a beautiful takeaway food shop and cafe called Nourish Kitchen + Table, located in the West Village. Not only is this place absolutely stunning in the inside (my dream cafe come to life!), but it has an amazing menu packed with nutritious, flavorful, and seasonally influenced food.
We tried so many different things on the menu and enjoyed every single thing–but I fell particularly hard for their rise and shine smoothie.
Obviously, this recipe is based purely on memory! But I’m so happy to say that it tastes incredibly similar to the original.
This version is made with coconut water, unsweetened almond milk, almond butter, frozen banana, hemp seeds, dates, and a pinch of cinnamon. It almost tastes like banana bread in liquid form, but has the added bonus of being incredibly good for you.
The dates and banana provide just the right amount of natural sweetness–and the almond butter and hemp seeds make it incredibly filling. Plus, it is quick to prepare, making this breakfast option super snooze-button friendly.
Rise and Shine Smoothie
- 1 cup (240 mL) unsweetened almond milk
- ½ cup (120 mL) coconut water I recommend Harmless Harvest brand
- 1 frozen banana broken into pieces
- 2-3 small medjool dates pits removed and broken into pieces
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond butter
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds plus more for garnishing
- pinch of ground cinnamon
- ice cubes if needed
- Place the almond milk, coconut water, frozen banana, dates, almond butter, hemp seeds, and a pinch of ground cinnamon in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. If the mixture is not thick enough to your liking, add an ice cube or two and blend again.
- Pour into a large glass and garnish with hemp seeds. Best served immediately. Leftovers can be kept in a covered container in the fridge for up for 1 to 2 days. Shake or stir before drinking.
44 Comments on “Rise and Shine Smoothie”
Absolutely delicious, and everyone that tries it asks for the recipe.
Really does taste like banana bread.
has anyone else worked out the nutrition for this, i tried and it works out to be 670 calories?
I don’t use nutrition calculators, because they can be wildly off, but I think that number is off. My guess is that the calorie count is around the 400-500 range. It is a very filling smoothie (and the serving size is generous). The easiest way to lower the calorie amount would be to reduce the almond butter by a bit, and/or reduce the banana and date amount slightly.
I’ve never had a smoothie!!!! these do look so good! i’d love to try one. Maybe i will – one day! The chocolate one that is almond joy especially…
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Yum! Saving this page so I can give it a try 🙂
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How many calories on this rise and shine smoothie recipe?
I’m sorry! I don’t use a nutritional calculator on my recipes, so I really don’t have the answer to this! There are many resources online though that are easy to use. My best guess based on the ingredients would be between 3500-500 calories, but I can’t say for sure. It’s definitely a very filling breakfast smoothie.
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What is the nutritional information on the rise and Shine Smoothie?
Hi Eddy! I haven’t calculated the nutritional information of this smoothie myself, sorry I can’t share! I believe this website is good for doing something like that, but I don’t personally use it myself on a regular basis: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe/calculator
I love breakfast smoothies and can’t wait to try this one – especially with hemp seeds, I’ve never tried those before. Do they have much flavor? I look forward to following your blog 🙂 xx Lisa
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Love that this is made of ingredients I already have on hand. I only recently jumped on the smoothie bandwagon but this seems like it will taste amazing, not like “health food.” YESSSSS.
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yuhhhhh—ummmmm! for reals…i think i am getting up and making this right now. it is 10pm. f’reals. sounds so so good!
you should try this delish mason jar breky i make…derived from a memory of a recipe from melissa ramos from sexyfoodtherapy.com. love her.
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tbsp nuts and or seeds (i like a mix of chopped almond, sunflower and pumpkin…or pecan and walnut…just use what you have)
1 chopped apple
dashes of cinnamon, fresh nutmeg, and cardamom
1 scoop of your fave protein powder (i love sun warrior)
and then just fill with boiling water.
soooo goood! and you can make a few ahead of time. bon appetite!
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I’ll be in your exact same shoes next week, when I start a new job full time! The new schedule has me pondering about food schedules too. It’s been like ages since I visited here Laura, and I LOVE your new look! Purr does such great work.
This smoothie went straight to my pinterest board; I will probably need this type of breakfast too!
The next time I am in New York, I’ll have to check this place out. I have never been the type of person to skip a meal, I just love food too much!
Healthy, drinkable banana bread!?!? Yes, please! Looks totally delicious! Good luck with your new job – how exciting!!! 😀
Yess! That was the only way I could think to describe it. Thanks so much Shelley!
I can’t imagine skipping breakfast…I just love it too much! But I can see how having this smoothie in the works would get me out of bed faster in the morning.
I hate skipping breakfast–it’s my favorite! But I’m also not that hungry at the time that I wake up now. It’s a serious dilemma 🙂
I’m usually up very early to get a run in before work, but this usually means I eat breakfast sitting at my desk while answering the first emails of the day! This smoothie would be super delicious and super quick and I could enjoy it while listening to the radio on my drive in.
Good luck with your new job!
Yes, it is super quick! Yeah, I tend to sit at my computer while eating breakfast (if I eat any) these days as well. Thanks for the well wishes Amy!
So pretty! I’d rise for this 🙂
Thanks for sharing Averie!
I also tend to hit the snooze button a few too many times! Lately I’ve been making smoothies at night, then I can shake them a bit and sip on it while I do my makeup and dry my hair. SO easy and takes almost none of my precious time in the morning!
I’m the worst at it! It’s so weird, because I used to wake up earlier when I worked later…but I think now that I have to go to WORK, my body refuses to do it, haha.
Yay, congrats on the new job! The mornings will get easier, I promise…or at least smoothies will make them feel more tolerable 🙂
This is totally my kind of smoothie! Can’t wait to make this tomorrow morning!
Thanks Kelli–I hope so. I think once I get into a routine, things will be easier. Let me know if you try it! Have you been to that place in NYC?
Congrats on the new job, but hang in there!! Sounds like a super crazy week of adjustments!
Loving the smoothie, especially the hemp seeds. I always forget how much I love them!
I feel so sleep deprived!! I’m just holding onto Friday–which is when I get to pick up the new computer! It’s my reward for getting through the week 🙂 Thanks Tieghan!
The funny thing is, I have no problem waking up early on my day off, but you can drag me out of bed on a work day. It’s like my body knows it doesn’t want to work. This smoothie looks amazing. Pinned. Good luck with your new old job.
YES!! You describe me perfectly. I actually used to wake up EARLIER when I didn’t have to go in so early. What the heck!?