Overview

This raw lemonade smoothie has a surprisingly tangy kick. Perfect as a summery afternoon snack. The main ingredients are lemon, banana, dates, and celery. A blender is required.
  • Prep Time

    5 min
  • Total Time

    5 min
  • Suggested Servings

    1 serving
  • Yield

    1 large smoothie
  • Shelf Life

    Consume immediately
  • Equipment

Ingredients

Nutrition Facts

Directions

  • 1. Throw all raw lemonade smoothie ingredients in blender and blend away until smooth!

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

Raw lemonade smoothies are refreshing during the summer. There's something very cooling about that tart, tangy taste.

The color of this raw lemonade smoothie doesn't look very lemony due to the darkness of the dates, but the taste will be lemony-zingy!

I just love lemon-flavoured raw food recipes, like these raw lemon cookies.

Remember that you should always put the softest ingredients, such as bananas, in first. That way they're close to the blender's blade and make it easier to blend.

If you don't have a high-speed blender (such as a VitaMix) I might leave out the celery because celery is kind of stringy if not blended well. Also, if you don't have a high-speed blender make sure your dates are soft. If you have really hard dates, soak them in warmish water for half-an-hour or so.

Enjoy!

Nutrition Overview

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  • This recipe is very low in Fat, and Sodium.
  • This recipe is low in Calories.
  • This recipe is an excellent source of Vitamin C, and Vitamin B6.
  • This recipe is a good source of Dietary Fiber.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Protein, Iron, Riboflavin, and Vitamin K.

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Sounds like you got the flavour combos just right, Simone :)

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Do you use the whole lemon seeds and all ( not all of the skin, just some)?
Thinking I'll have to give this a try given all the great reviews :)

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Hi Kelly, I use a knife to cut off all of the lemon peel.

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Jen Sandberg's Review

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I cut the dates to 1/4 of a cup but I think next time I'll just use a few less dates . I try & watch my sugars but I loved this recipe .

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Hi Jen, yes, do tweak to your preferences! :)

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hello unfortunately I can not see any of the photos. Is there an update in the works? Thank you.

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Thanks so much for using the app and also for letting me know that there is an issue with the images. We have a fix on the way, but it hasn’t been approved by Apple yet.
You’re right – the iOS version of the app has been giving some users trouble and not displaying the images. iPhone/iPad users who recently upgraded to the new iOS 8 (just released a week or two ago) are the only ones affected.
We have submitted a new version of both the Recipes and the Meal Plan app to Apple, which will fix the problem. You will be able to update (at no additional cost) with the new version once Apple approves the new versions. It will hopefully be within the next week or two. (We are waiting on Apple to “approve” our new versions.)
Once the new version has been approved, you should be able to force an update from inside the app by clicking on the upper right-hand corner of the app and then looking for the button that says “Force Update.” (I don’t expect that to do anything until early October though, because Apple is slow!)
I am sorry for the trouble, but we are definitely working to resolve. :)
Thanks for your patience!”

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Hi, I'm using this app in NZ and am wondering if there is a winter plan us Southern Hemisphere users can switch the recipes to? A lot of these ingredients are out of season.

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Hi Tracey! Try a different meal plan - there are tons in the app. They aren't all based on summer :)

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Hi goodspear here,

Made the lemonade smoothie and I enjoyed it. It was a mild flavor and easy to drink. I stuck mine in the freezer to make it extra cold cause that how I like them. Anyway I complete this for the course to prepare for raw eating. I'm going to make the
raw brownies tomorrow or saturday. Let you know how they turn out. Good day to all and God bless.

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Lemonade smoothie from the freezer... good idea! Yes, let me know how you like the brownies!

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Hi my whole family is going to do this raw smoothie challenge. Is there a way to adjust the amount on the shopping list for like 3 to 4 ppl?

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Hi Sarah,

There's no easy way to double it in the app, sorry about that! But you'd probably be safe just doubling everything for 3-4 ppl

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What can i use instead of bananas?

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Hi Fatima, How come no bananas? It is integral to this recipe because it provides both sweetness and creaminess. Maybe best to try a different recipe :)

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ChrissiFisher's Review

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I'm not a banana smoothie person, but this was really really good! I used frozen banana because I like smoothies chill (and I keep loads of frozen bananas for vitamix ice cream). Very happy I tried, it's another keeper!

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Hi Chrissi,

So glad you liked! I hear you about the banana smoothies, I like them but my husband prefers banana-free smoothies because he feels they have too much of an empowering taste

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This is by far, my favorite smoothie!

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You must love kick, then :) It's got nice zing, yah?

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holliemae22's Review

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I love it!!

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Lol good!

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The raw lemonade smoothie was absolutely delicious!!!

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Hi Michele - So glad you enjoyed! It's a nice combo of sour and sweet :) It's got KICK!

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Ronni's Review

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WOW!!! I just tried this smoothie and it was amazing!!! I did add some spinach to it (it doesn't feel right unless I add some greens!) and I decided to add mint instead of celery. I can't wait to have another one!!!

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Mmm your additions sound divine Ronni. I love fresh mint in a smoothie!

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What can I use instead of celery or parsley as its not available here in my area?

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Hi Rakesh,

You can omit the celery and use spinach instead of parsley.

Hope this helps!

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This was delish! I love citrus and dates. Never thought to put a lemon in a smoothie before but what a great combination! What a way to start my 7 day challenge! :)

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Awesome Sara! It's got a nice kick to it, right?

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I just want to say that I am addicted to this smoothie! It's so easy and delicious and wonderful on a hot day. Thanks so much!

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Hi Lisa, so glad to have you addicted to such a delightful natural treat :) perfect for summer, isn't it!

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Ok, so I put all the ingredients in my vitamix blender, I pulled up my nose, stuck my tongue out at the vitamix & said to myself, how gross, there's no ways this can taste good, not celery & a whole lemon mixed with banana & dates! Took my first sip & I was mind-blown away!! I even felt so ashamed at my own ignorance and arrogant thoughts that this could be disgusting, I was so wrong & I apologise. I cant wait to have another raw lemonade smoothie, its the best ever & my mouth watered so much after each sip.

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Emily, you have seen the light!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxoxoxox <3

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So my husband and I are on a Mediterranean diet which is naturally a diabetes prevention and anti-inflammatory and all raw diet foods and all paleo diet foods are inside our lifestyle. We do tons of fruits and veggies and nuts, but we also do lean meats, fish, and low fat dairy products. I found your recipe for raw flaxseed crackers and they are in the dehydrator now. I am going to try this lemonade smoothie tomorrow. I was wondering, have you ever tried your hand at fruit leather? If so, what was your favorite flavors? I feel like you would be excellent and developing leathers that have complimentary tastes. I have made strawberry-banana and strawberry-blueberry and they are pretty good.. but I am looking for better ideas. Any suggestions?

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Hi Crista, sounds like you and your husband are doing great. Re: fruit leather, those combos sound good to me! Rasberry is good too - kind of gritty, but has a nice bite :)

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My pleasure Caroline - this is one of my fave smoothies too!

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Heather :)

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This smoothie is so delicious! I added some vanilla :D

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Yum Senay!

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Thanks for the great apps :-) Is it possible to print or email the shopping lists directly like you can do with the recipes?

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Hi Tia, It is not currently possible with the meal plans app. I do have additional PDFs and resources in my members-only community called "The Rawtarian's Kitchen" - info here: www.therawtarian.com/TRK

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Do you use the whole lemon seeds and all ( not all of the skin, just some)?
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Hi Kelly, I use a knife to cut off all of the lemon peel.

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Just made this and it tastes sooooo good!!! Love the hint of the taste of celery in it - delicious! Thank you!!!

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Sounds like you got the flavour combos just right, Simone :)

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You're sain enough to keep us happy. Keep doing what you do. A lil comic relief is an added benefit!

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:))))))))))) Michele

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This is the lemonade, silly goose! I'm happy to use the parsley, but if I won't taste the celery in the lemonade ill certainly try it. Thx!

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LOL I AM LOSING MY MIND MICHELE!!! oh dear. Help!

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This looks so delicious. I have disliked celery since I was a smal child. I like to sneek it in recipes when I CAN'T taste it. Is this one? Otherwise ill stick with the parsley.

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Hi Michelle, I would say that you can still taste the celery. So I say forego this recipe and perhaps try another one of my soups instead. Also, you can try adding some celery to my raw lemonade smoothie - you wouldn't be able to taste it in there :)

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Yummy! It was just like tall glass of frozen lemonade.

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So glad you liked :) It is a nice combination of sweet and sour. Very summery!

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This is super delicious, thank you. Super refreshing. I scooped out some passion fruit and put some of that on top, the citrus flavour was really enhanced. You have a great website, turned raw just 3 weeks ago and your recipes are awesome!! xx

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<3 Farah

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Any good substitutions for bananas in this recipe?

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Hi Shannon... no clear and easy substitution for bananas. Instead, I would simply try a different smoothie recipe :)

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This is delicious rawtarian.

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It looks very tasty :D

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Holy moly, that's unbelievably good! We added 1/3 C pecans and used a half frozen banana. Wow! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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My pleasure! Your additions sound yummy. I never would have thought to add pecans!! Didn't it get a bit too chunky?

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Not chunky. Just ran the blender until it all smoothed out. It's become a favorite school morning breakfast!

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Good! I'll have to try it. It's great to have those morning go-tos that you can prepare without having to "think" too much :)

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I made this one today and again, my kids loved it and so did the hubby. He is a lemonade connoisseur ;). He said this is the perfect combination of tart and sweet and I agree. I made a double batch and there was quickly none left. Easy to make but I need to start keeping dates on hand and can't recall any of my local stores carrying them and so many recipes call for them. Also, I am diabetic and have just learned how good they can be for glucose levels which means I can eat the desserts and not worry so much.

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Sooo glad your fam loved it and that you can eat it even though diabetic. :)

I haven't had one of these lemonade smoothies in a while. You're making me want one. I love the tart/sweet/tangy taste, too.

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I love lemon and found this site by accident. I love the Raw Lemonade Smoothie. Didn't change anything. It is wonderful in the morning with the hot weather. More filling that I would have thought. This is a keeper.

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Glad you've got another keeper to add to your collection!

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