I can’t be certain that the Garden of Eden served up smoothies, but if so, Adam and Eve were totally sipping on Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothies.

 Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothies

Think about it. Why wouldn’t you want a smoothie in paradise? Smoothies are cool, refreshing, and can be instantly customized to suit your moods and whims. Loaded with the fruits of the earth, these super-food shakes practically make your skin beam, which I am sure Adam and Eve particularly appreciated since, well, you know. I bet Eve didn’t even have to wash the blender, which is just about the only non-heavenly aspect of smoothie making I can divine, aside from the blender noise.

(Note: Blender noise is only an issue if you wake up an hour before your husband and must carry your blender out into the apartment complex foyer to make your smoothie without waking him. Last week, one of my neighbors asked for a sip.)

Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothies with Apples and DatesOf the cornucopia of smoothies Adam and Eve could sip from their noiseless, self-cleaning blenders, Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothies would be their favorite. An ideal balance of tart apple, moody blackberries, sweet vanilla, and spicy cinnamon, Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothies are glasses of complex fruity utopia.

Blackberry Cinnamon Detox Smoothie

One little secret ingredient clenches Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothies’ Garden-of-Eden status: dates. In addition to reminding me of lost paradises and cool olive groves where I would like to hang out, dates give Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothies a much-needed natural sweetness to offset the tart berries. Dates also add body to the smoothies, making them ultra lush, and lush is a mandatory characteristic for any self-respecting smoothie-in-paradise.

Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothie RecipeDates are flavor buddies with vanilla, so I added three types of vanilla to this healthy smoothie recipe: vanilla extract (be sure to use the real stuff—it’s worth it!), vanilla yogurt (I used non-fat vanilla Greek to make the smoothie extra thick), and unsweetened vanilla almond milk, which I find makes the creamiest smoothies (though you can use any kind of milk you like.) Cinnamon, vanilla, and dates form a trifecta of smoothie delight.

Holding it all together, we have our faithful smoothie standby: frozen banana. I slice overly ripe bananas, then freeze them in individual baggies to toss into my smoothies at will. Freezing the banana slices first makes the smoothies thick and rich—kind of like a milkshake, but gentler on your thighs.

I whipped this smoothie together using the Ninja blender Santa brought me for Christmas. Folks, I am obsessed with this blender. It creates a silky smooth puree in less than 30 seconds, crushes ice like a champ, and is considerably less expensive than competing brands. Plus, the single serve cup attachment is ideal for whipping up a single smoothie with less mess. No, this is not a sponsored post or advertisement—I just love my new Ninja and can’t help shouting all about it. (Thanks again Santa!)

Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothies. My new favorite breakfast!

Fruit, spice, and vanilla unite into a tall glass of Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothie bliss. Pour yourself a generous serving and sip deeply. This healthy smoothie euphoria is so worth washing the blender.

This is my favorite blender: It blends like a dream, is a breeze to clean, and costs much less than other high powered blenders too.

Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothies

Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothies

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A healthy smoothie made with blackberries, apple, banana, dates, and vanilla. Cinnamon adds flavor and yogurt makes these smoothies extra creamy and thick!

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins

Servings: 2 smoothies

Ingredients
  

  • 1 banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1 small apple diced (do not peel)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or milk of your choice
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt I use non-fat Greek
  • 2 dried dates pitted
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed meal
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Add the banana, blackberries, and apple to a blender; top with milk. Add yogurt, dates, flaxseed, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  • Puree until smooth. Serve immediately.

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  1. Just got a Ninja blender for Christmas too and I love it!! I’ve been making smoothies after my workouts ever since and I’m always looking for new recipes! Lately I’ve been on a huge Acai smoothie kick but I will definitely be trying this out! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Hi! First of all, I’m so excited that you tried this recipe and enjoyed it! It is one of our absolute favorites too. In terms of nutritional information, I’m afraid I can’t help you there. Because I’m not a registered dietitian, I don’t feel comfortable giving out specific nutritional info, such as calorie counts. Instead, I try to focus on using a lot healthy ingredients, and trust that this is what is right for my diet overall. If you’d like a specific calorie count, I know that there are many free calculators available online. I’m sorry that I can’t answer the specific question that you asked, but I hope this at least helps to explain some of my reasoning. Again, so so glad you like the smoothie! Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. I don’t recall ever coming across a smoothie made with dates but I’m intrigued and must try them in a smoothie now! Great smoothie, Erin. LOVE the color too!

    1. Thanks so much Julie! I’m totally hooked to adding dates now–they make the smoothie so rich and thick, while keeping it healthy. Triple win!

  3. Sounds good, do you have to cut the dates up or do anything to them at all ? Never used dates in a smoothie…..I have cut them up and used them in muffins tho.

    1. Hi! I don’t cut up the dates at all and haven’t had any issues. As long as your blender is powerful (and the dates are pitted), it should be able to handle it. If you want to be 100% safe, you could cut them into fourths. I hope you enjoy it! This smoothie is one of my faves :)

  4. What a stunning colour. It’s almost too pretty to drink (but I’d soon get over that problem!!) A delish nutritional boost. I’ve heard lots of good things about the Ninja blender, nice to see that you’ve had a positive experience with it too! x

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