*You may use regular peanut butter in place of the powdered (like PB2) or use 2 tablespoons almond butter – or even cashew butter. The combination simply provides a hint of extra flavor and, for those who are tracking, the powdered peanut butter supplies protein while keeping the fat and calories in check.
**Dates provide a lovely flavor and natural sweetness, but you could substitute honey, agave or maple syrup to taste. Also, if your dates aren’t soft, simply soak them in hot water for 10-15 minutes and then drain before using. Lastly, if using a different variety of date, you may find you need 4 or so to match the size and resulting flavor of Medjool dates.
One more thing: Though it may sound counterintuitive, a pinch of salt is an optional way to enhance the sweetness in a smoothie.