Date and Apricote Smoothie

This is a healthy and filling drink, which I find perfect when I come home from the gym, especially at weekends. There is nothing better than drinking a delicious, home made smoothie after a good workout, especially when it contains protein, complex carbohydrates and is low in fat. It is actually even too low in fat so you might want to add a tablespoon of olive oil or flax seed oil just to make sure you are getting enough healthy fats for the day.

You will need a blender or a food processor to make this smoothie.

A nourishing drink, perfect in the morning

This recipe is:

  • Egg free
  • Gluten free
  • Nut free

This recipe is easy to make:

  • Lactose (dairy) free
  • Vegan

Date and Apricote Smoothie

Serves 2 people


  • 100 grams (3½ oz) quark (you can use skyr or low fat Greek yoghurt instead)
  • 40 grams (1½ oz) pitted dates
  • 40 grams (1½ oz) apricots (the brown unsulphured ones, not the orange ones)
  • 220 millilitres (7½ fluid oz) yoghurt (you can use soy yoghurt instead)
  • 200 millilitres (7 fluid oz) semi skimmed milk (you can also use soy milk, oat milk or rice milk)
  • 50 millilitres (1½ fluid oz) orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (from a health food store)
  • A pinch ground cinnamon
  • A couple of ice cubes


  1. Place the 40 grams dates and 40 grams apricots in a small bowl and cover with warm water for 20 minutes.
  2. Place the ice cubes in a blender or food processor.
  3. Pour the 50 millilitres orange juice on top of the ice cubes.
  4. Blend for 5 seconds.
  5. Drain the dates and the apricots and place in the blender.
  6. Add the following ingredients to the blender: 100 grams quark, 220 millilitres yoghurt, 200 millilitres semi skimmed milk, 3 tablespoons agave nectar, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract and a pinch ground cinnamon.
  7. Add more agave nectar if you prefer a sweeter smoothie.
  8. Blend for 1 minute or until smooth.
  9. Serve immediately.
  10. Sprinkle each smoothie with a little more ground cinnamon or ground nutmeg if preferred.


  • Add more soy milk or orange juice if the smoothie is too thick.
  • You can use maple syrup or acacia honey instead of the agave nectar.
  • For a chocolate twist, add 1 tablespoon cocoa powder.