“Date with Fate” Tropical Smoothies (Video)

These are not your average Tropical Smoothies. Packed with mango, papaya, coconut, banana, dates, and macadamia nuts; this “Date with Fate” Tropical Smoothies recipe was destined to be on your breakfast table.

Tropical Smoothies

Do you believe in fate?

I’m not sure I exactly believe in fate, but I do believe these smoothies were meant-to-be.

Last month the hubs and I were very fortunate to spend some time in Hawaii. The island of Kauai is a lush rain forest with rolling green peaks and waterfalls nearly everywhere you look. Two other things you are sure to find, along every meandering country road, are wild chickens (really) and smoothie shacks.

Tropical Smoothies in Hawaii

This particular Fruit Stand/Smoothie Shack was our personal favorite, nestled in the brush along the road going up to the North shore. Every time we stopped here we tested a different variety. That is, until we met DATE WITH FATE.

These rightly named tropical smoothies are loaded with fresh fruit, macadamia nuts and DATES. “Date With Fate” is not your standard super-sweet smoothie recipe. These babies are hearty, with a satisfying complexity that will keep you coming back for more. The roasted macadamia nut flavor and touch of salt, combined with the earthy flavor of the dates and bright tropical fruits, creates something magical. Plus, they are naturally gluten free and dairy free, using coconut milk and rice milk as the base.


My copy-cat version of these tropical smoothies has been a life-saver since we’ve returned home to the cold barren mountains. Every sip of these tropical smoothies takes me right back to that picnic table under the palm trees.

Making Tropical Smoothies

Making Easy Tropical Smoothies

The key here is to cut and freeze all the ingredients a day (or at least a few hours) ahead and to prep enough for several tropical smoothies. This recipe makes 10 large or 12 regular smoothies.  You WILL want another one, trust me.

How to Make Tropical Smoothies

Check out our video tutorial!

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"Date with Fate" Tropical Smoothies

Yield: 8-10 servings

Prep Time:25 minutes

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Packed with mango, papaya, coconut, banana, dates, and macadamia nuts, this “Date with Fate” Tropical Smoothies recipe was destined to be tasted. It’s dairy free, gluten free, and vegan.



  1. Shake the cans of coconut milk to mix. Then pour the coconut milk into two ice cube trays (standard ice cube trays with 16 cubes per tray.) Place in the freezer.
  2. Cut a small slit in each date and remove the pit. Peel and cut the bananas into chunks the same size as the coconut ice cubes.
  3. Peel, seed, and chop the mangoes and papayas into chunks the size of the coconut ice cubes.
  4. Place all items, including the macadamia nuts, into zip bags and place in the freezer, until frozen solid. Keep the rice milk in the fridge.
  5. For EACH smoothie, place in the blender: 3 coconut milk cubes, 2 mango chunks, 2 papaya chunks, 1 banana chunk, 1/4 cup macadamia nuts, 3 dates, 1 cup rice milk. Puree until smooth and thick.
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69 comments on ““Date with Fate” Tropical Smoothies (Video)

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  3. Michaelposted July 9, 2016 at 8:15 pm Reply

    Sommer I noticed on the picture of the ingredients you are using an unripe papaya. If you used a ripe one they are so much better. In fact if all the fruit you are using are ripe you will be so much happier for it. Papayas get yellow and soft to the touch and spoon the fruit right out to the skin instead of having a hard time and not getting to the skin. But then again green papayas are used in green papaya salads which are good I hear. Personally though I like my fruit ripe, much sweeter, juicer with full flavor. Easier to get the flesh out and get full enriched vitamins within. The fruit stand you are referring to is Moloa’a Sunrise fruit and juice bar in Anahola by Moloa’a Bay.

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  5. Maryposted January 24, 2015 at 1:10 pm Reply

    I just returned from Kauai where I fatefully stopped by this very fruit stand and fell in love with this very smoothie, prompting several return trips. I’m dairy free, so it was quite the find! I googled recipes for a “date with fate” without too much expectation, but am thrilled to find this! Thank you!

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  7. Ashley Newtonposted August 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm Reply

    I just got back from Kauai and I miss this fruit stand to much! I was farming just down the road from there….ah- sweetness! In my longing I will make the ‘date with fate’. Thank you!

  8. April Hunterposted May 16, 2013 at 6:07 am Reply

    Lovely….My husband has recently complained that I’m not feeding him enough fruit and vegetables….maybe I’ll do this for his breakfasts!

  9. Aggieposted April 25, 2013 at 10:41 am Reply

    I absolutely love dates!! What a delicious sounding smoothie Sommer, love it!

  10. Brianne Collierposted April 25, 2013 at 10:36 am Reply

    I’m obsessed with paper straws! Those look amazing!!

  11. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted March 21, 2013 at 6:18 am Reply

    Mmm…my kinda smoothie, Sommer! Honeymooned in Hawaii (including Kauai, Maui & the Big Island with excursion to Lanai). Kauai was just lush. So green and beautiful. Thank you for adapting this recipe and for sharing! xo

  12. Jimmyeposted July 19, 2012 at 12:07 am Reply

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! Standing at my counter peeling and cutting up the mango & papaya, I thought to myself… this better be good. Shall I say very loudly, the Tropical Smoothie is not good, it is delicious and positively the best smoothie I have ever tasted. I always freeze my fruit: bananas, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, grapes, nectarines, peaches… you name it, I freeze it. The flavors of the coconut, dates, mango, banana & papaya along with the macadamia nuts is the perfect combo. Thank you so much for posting this wonderful recipe. The best part, I have a freezer shelf full of ‘ready to blend’ Tropical Smoothies. :))

  13. Aaronposted June 15, 2012 at 3:02 pm Reply

    Loved this recipe, and will add it to my “Best macadamia Nut Recipes” blog over at Squidoo! I Used fresh Hawaii macadamia nuts for this recipe. I get mine from http://www.maunakeagold.com. In my opinion, Hawaii produces the best Mac Nuts!

  14. NanaBread (Jeanne)posted April 18, 2012 at 8:00 pm Reply

    The Complete Package and I vacationed in Hanalei Bay and hit this smoothie stand at least 5 times during the week. Our favorite – the Date With Fate. How did I miss this post when you published it? Of all the recipes! Not only is it THE drink, but it’s THE smoothie shack. Incredible. I hope you had as wonderful a time on Kauai as we did. What a wonderful piece of paradise; especially the north shore.

  15. [email protected]posted March 28, 2012 at 3:57 pm Reply

    This looks so much better than your average smoothie. I also like a really cold smoothie (more like sorbet) that starts with a lot of frozen ingredients. The dates, frozen coconut milk, and macadamia nuts are genius.

  16. [email protected]posted March 28, 2012 at 3:56 pm Reply

    This looks so much better than your average smoothie. I also like a really cold smoothie (more like sorbet) that starts with a lot of frozen ingredients. The dates, frozen coconut milk, and macadamia nuts are genius.

  17. Danijelaposted March 8, 2012 at 5:03 am Reply

    this smoothie looks perfect. It has so many delicious ingredients that I usually love. It must be delicious. Great recipe, thanks.

  18. RisaGposted February 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm Reply

    These look so good. I have a bag of dates in the cupboard and all the fruits are easily gotten at the market here. Next time papaya and mangoes are on sale, I will buy and then freeze them. I have never been to Hawaii but I know a few people who live there. Your pictures are sooo pretty. I want to go.

  19. Dmarieposted February 6, 2012 at 7:41 pm Reply

    looks great and love thinking that you could make up ingredients for several and then make when desired!

  20. Amber/Sprinkled With Flourposted January 30, 2012 at 11:01 am Reply

    Oh wow! I’ve been drinking a log of smoothies lately, and this one sounds soo good. :)

  21. Aileenposted January 24, 2012 at 6:06 pm Reply

    You are right, this is no average smoothie at all. I love everything in it. :-)

  22. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidenceposted January 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm Reply

    Interesting. I’ve never prepared a smoothie by freezing all of the components first. I’ll have to give it a try! I do, however, use dates in my smoothies. Provides a nice sweetness.

  23. torviewtorontoposted January 22, 2012 at 8:31 pm Reply

    delicious combination of fruit looks fabulous

  24. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted January 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm Reply

    This looks like an energizer smoothie — perfect to boost energy after a workout!!

  25. Heleneposted January 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm Reply

    First time I see a smoothie like this one. That looks healthy. We love Hawaii. Can’t wait to go back.

  26. Alaiyo Kiasiposted January 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm Reply

    I could make this smoothie with complete confidence that it would result in the gorgeous smoothie pictured here. Thanks for the step-by-step pictures with directions. Just love everything you do. Keep up the great work!

  27. Peggyposted January 20, 2012 at 10:11 am Reply

    Oh wow, I love the fact that you included dates in these =)

  28. Jen at The Three Little Pigletsposted January 18, 2012 at 8:48 pm Reply

    With that smoothie I might begin to believe in fate!

  29. Laurenposted January 18, 2012 at 3:40 pm Reply

    Can I just say you are a genius? Freezing the coconut milk?! Adding macadamia nuts? Come to momma.

  30. carolinaheartstringsposted January 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm Reply

    What beautiful pictures and that smoothie looks just terrific. I cannot wait to give this one a try!

  31. Cynthiaposted January 18, 2012 at 1:53 am Reply

    I’d never tried a date shake before running across the very road-side stand on Kauai that you’ve pictured here. It was there that I had a “Date with Fate”. OMG. I came back repeatedly throughout my visit and can conjure the memory now and my mouth waters! I didn’t think I liked dates either but these are awesome. I like sweet, and the Date with Fate is sweet, but not in a sticky-sweet way in a just-amazing way. So good. I’m going to try your recipe asap! (BTW, I took a picture of their placard with the DWF ingredients when I was there and they admit to using date powder! With powder it was amazing!)

    Thank you!

    • Sommerposted January 18, 2012 at 7:23 am Reply


      That is incredible that you recognized the smoothie shack and have had DATE WITH FATE!!! I can’t wait for you to try this version and see how it compares. :)

  32. marlaposted January 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm Reply

    The macadamia nuts add BIG charm to this smoothie! Smart to freeze the coconut milk :)

  33. [email protected]'s Recipesposted January 17, 2012 at 1:54 pm Reply

    I love the coconut and rice milk you used in this tropical smoothie. Rich and tasty!

  34. Rachel @ Not Rachael Rayposted January 17, 2012 at 9:51 am Reply

    I always use frozen fruit in smoothies but what a great idea to freeze the milk. This looks SO yummy.

  35. naomiposted January 17, 2012 at 8:22 am Reply

    Great way to be transported back to Hawaii, The smoothie sounds wonderful-a perfect breakfast or for anytime!

  36. Pachecopattyposted January 17, 2012 at 8:20 am Reply

    Enjoyed your description of a smoothie shack with wild chickens running around! A Smoothie with macadamia nuts and tropical fruits sounds so good!

  37. 5 Star Foodieposted January 17, 2012 at 8:30 am Reply

    I love the combination of all the ingredients in this smoothie, it sounds wonderfully delicious!

  38. NanaScrivposted January 16, 2012 at 9:52 pm Reply

    OOhhhh, I love shakes and this looks the best. I tend to freeze everything also….the illusion of something very rich and satisfys a need for dessert. I don’t know if all the little stands look alike or not, but I am sure I have been to that little stand with the picnic table and palm trees. I want to go back!

  39. Tiffanyposted January 16, 2012 at 9:36 pm Reply

    That’s it! The ingredients are on the grocery list.

    We are HUMUNGO smoothie fans ’round these parts. I can’t wait to try these!

    Thanks Sommer.


  40. Melanieposted January 16, 2012 at 8:35 pm Reply

    I have never had a date shake. That will change shortly. Thanks for sharing. Yum!

  41. Lizposted January 16, 2012 at 7:42 pm Reply

    I fell in love with date shakes when I was a teen visiting Palm Springs. Your lighter, fruitier version is more to my adult tastes…and who couldn’t use a bit of the tropics in January????

  42. Eliotposted January 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm Reply

    Didn’t think I liked dates, but I made some muffins with dates yesterday and I really kinda’ dug them. I have saved this to try this weekend. Love the freezing of the coconut milk. Genius!

  43. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted January 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm Reply

    I love the idea of freezing the coconut milk. Thanks for that tip! I will give it a try. And I would have never thought to make a smoothie with macadamia nuts. It sounds wonderful.

  44. Gina @ Running to the Kitchenposted January 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm Reply

    We went to Tahiti on our honeymoon and this reminds me of that so much with those flavors. Papaya is actually one of the few foods I cannot stand though so I’m thinking pineapple would be a good sub :)

  45. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted January 16, 2012 at 4:06 pm Reply

    Papaya and macadamia nuts so so incredibly good. I’ve been in a smoothie making grove lately so this is going to make the rotation for sure!

  46. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmetposted January 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm Reply

    That looks so refreshing and healthy, Sommer! Beautiful combination of flavors :) I’ll have to try this lovely smoothie recipe! Have a wonderful week ahead!

    HUGS <3

  47. Bonnie Kposted January 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm Reply

    That looks refreshing! Yum!

  48. Deannaposted January 16, 2012 at 1:59 pm Reply

    I love dates. This is definitely healthier than my favorite way to drink them…date shakes are not so resolution friendly.

  49. jennifurlaposted January 16, 2012 at 1:24 pm Reply

    Oh I have to try this one, just the texture & color have me singing.

  50. leslieposted January 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm Reply

    Our best friend lives on Kauai. He runs a fishing charter company. Captain Don’s!!
    Love these smoothies. What a great idea to freeze the coconut milk!

  51. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted January 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm Reply

    look so good right now! I just worked out right now and could use this!!

  52. Celiaposted January 16, 2012 at 1:01 pm Reply

    This recipe has not, but two genius ideas: coconut ice cubes AND dates in smoothies. Can’t wait to try both – thanks for sharing!

  53. the wicked noodleposted January 16, 2012 at 12:40 pm Reply

    I love the idea of this smoothie! So different from a typical smoothie. I can’t wait to try this one!

  54. Emily Malloy @Cleanlinessposted January 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm Reply

    ooooo! Git-it-guuurl

  55. Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)posted January 16, 2012 at 12:05 pm Reply

    Great idea to freeze the coconut milk. I love all the flavors in this. Can’t wait to try it.

  56. Kiri W.posted January 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm Reply

    I loove your pictures, it must have been such an amazing trip! :)
    Papayas are my absolute favorite, and though I haven’t had dates in a smoothie, I love them otherwise and am sorely tempted to give this smoothie a try soon.

  57. Mariaposted January 16, 2012 at 11:37 am Reply

    Love the flavors in this smoothie!

  58. Britneyposted January 16, 2012 at 11:01 am Reply

    This looks great and I love that you’ve incorporated dates into the recipe. Such great flavors and much better than sugar. Great post!

  59. Kristaposted January 16, 2012 at 9:49 am Reply

    Great smoothie! I love the addition of the dates. I used to work at a restaurant with a date drink and it was really good!

  60. Paula- bell'alimentoposted January 16, 2012 at 9:42 am Reply

    I love smoothies and shakes all year round!

  61. Curtposted January 16, 2012 at 9:34 am Reply

    That looks awesome. Almost as awesome as those tropical pictures. Great combination of ingredients!

  62. Jeanetteposted January 16, 2012 at 8:48 am Reply

    I just love Hawaii and all the memories that come gushing back from this smoothie!

  63. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted January 16, 2012 at 8:27 am Reply

    It’s absolutely freezing right now… I so wish it were warmer so I could make this right now.

  64. a spoonful of yummposted January 16, 2012 at 8:07 am Reply

    that is one delicious smoothie !!!

  65. Shelbyposted January 16, 2012 at 8:04 am Reply

    Sounds wonderful – and how I wish I were back in my warm tropical paradise again…the weather here is quite cold today! This maybe could take me there!

    BTW, have you tried the Silk Coconut Milk? I’m thinking this would be good in your smoothie too. I just bought some last week and while its not something I would drink (too thick for me) I have been using it to cook and bake. I love it!

  66. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted January 16, 2012 at 8:03 am Reply

    I can’t wait to try these, Sommer! We love smoothies here and have loved coconut milk and/ or water in them! This looks perfect!

  67. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted January 16, 2012 at 7:47 am Reply

    Mmm pure deliciousness! I’m drinking a breakfast smoothie reading this!…although it’s a quick and easy one and doesn’t sound as good as this!

  68. pamposted January 16, 2012 at 7:07 am Reply

    These sound amazing!!! I love the idea of the coconut milk ice cubes!