*Medjool dates are my pick for best flavor; they are also bigger than many other varieties, so you’d need more of the smaller dates to achieve similar flavor.
**For an alternative to the hemp hearts that provides a similar level of creaminess and health appeal, I’ve used ½ cup of frozen cauliflower florets. Note that, in this case, frozen cauliflower is preferable to fresh because it’s been blanched and will break down more easily.
Mocha option: I’ve recently taken to adding 1 level teaspoon of cocoa or cacao powder. Optionally, for a pronounced mocha flavor plus added protein, you can add a half scoop of chocolate protein powder.
Tip: I occasionally go a little heavy on the ice cubes, resulting in an extra-thick smoothie. If you find you’d like to thin the smoothie, a splash of your milk of choice will thin it with a delightful coffee + cream effect.