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Tahini Date and Cinnamon Smoothie

January 3, 2021

Tahini in a smoothie? If you haven’t tried it you are missing out! This Tahini Date and Cinnamon Smoothie is full of flavor and creaminess and perfect for a healthy breakfast or start to your day.

Tahini in a smoothie? If you haven't tried it you are missing out! This Tahini Date and Cinnamon Smoothie is full of flavor and creaminess and perfect for a healthy breakfast or start to your day #tahini #smoothie #healthysmoothie

You asked. I delivered. Or more precisely: I asked you on Instagram if you wanted to see this Tahini Date and Cinnamon Smoothie, you said yes so here I am delivering.

The key to perfecting this smoothie? A LOT of cinnamon. I’m talking about a whole tablespoon of spice… at least. I usually correlate smoothies with a summer snack but this healthy drink is somehow comforting and cozy, even though it’s cold. It’s savory, sweet and slightly spicy all at once. 

Tahini Date Smoothie Ingredients

  • Frozen banana
  • Milk of choice
  • Medjool date
  • Tahini
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Optional add-ins: frozen spinach, flaxseed and/or protein powder. 

What is tahini?

You may or may not know that I am fully obsessed with tahini. It is ground up sesame seeds that ends up being a similar consistency to peanut butter. It has a mild, nutty flavor that pairs with so many different flavors. I’ve used it in brownies, energy balls, sauces, and salads. It’s obviously super versatile and is a staple ingredient in my pantry!

Tahini Date and Cinnamon Smoothie all blended up for a healthy breakfast recipe #smoothie

Substitutions & Additions

Don’t have tahini? 1. Buy some ASAP! 2. You can swap in any nut or seed butter in its place.

Greens – I love adding a handful of greens to this smoothie for an extra nutrient boost. Spinach is my go-since since it’s the most mild but any green would work.

Protein powder – if you’re enjoying this as a complete meal or snack, I recommend adding in some protein powder. This will help round out the meal and keep you feeling fuller, longer. 

Banana – I know some of you don’t like bananas so wanted to add a note for that as well! Bananas add both creaminess and sweetness to this smoothie. You can use half an avocado or frozen zucchini instead to get a creamy smoothie but I would recommend adding an additional date or a different natural sweetener like maple syrup or honey.

Meal Prepping Smoothies

Did you know that you can prep smoothies ahead of time? I know some people blend everything up ahead of time and store in their fridge but I personally like to just prep all of my ingredients and blend when I’m ready to enjoy. Here’s how I do it:

  1. Chop your banana.
  2. Pit the date (if needed)
  3. Grab some spinach.
  4. Put the banana, date, cinnamon, salt and any mix-ins in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. 
  5. When you’re ready to enjoy, empty the contents of the container into your blender along with the tahini and milk and blend away!

And just like that you’ve got a healthy snack in seconds.

This Tahini Date and Cinnamon Smoothie is spicy and creamy and the perfect combination for a healthy start to your day #smoothie #healthysmoothie

How To Make: Tahini Date and Cinnamon Smoothie

Jess and I went back and forth on this smoothie and how to perfect it. Our conclusion? A LOT of cinnamon is key. We think 1 tbsp outta do it but if you’re sensitive to spice or feeling a little bit extra feel free to use less/more.

The ingredients are simple: Banana, almond milk, a date, cinnamon and tahini. But I also like to add a few cups of greens (usually spinach) and a scoop of protein powder for a little extra staying power. However, if protein powder isn’t your thing feel free to omit cause you’re getting lots of protein from the tahini…not to mention creaminess!

Let’s blend it up together…

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Tahini Date and Cinnamon Smoothie

Tahini in a smoothie? If you haven’t tried it you are missing out! This Tahini Date and Cinnamon Smoothie is full of flavor and creaminess and perfect for a healthy breakfast or start to your day.

  • Author: Jess Franks @ The Healthy Maven
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blend
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1/21 frozen banana (depending on sweetness)
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice (we like vanilla almond milk)
  • 1 medjool date, pitted
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • Pinch of salt
  • Optional: frozen spinach, flax seed, protein powder

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.

Keywords: tahini smoothie, tahini date shake, tahini date smoothie, cinnamon smoothie, tahini cinnamon smoothie

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  • Reply
    Sarah
    January 7, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    Brilliant. We have a banana smoothie almost every day. Never thought to add tahini in though! Big fans of cinnamon over here – gimme the tablespoon! 😂

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    January 6, 2021 at 11:34 am

    This is so good and creamy and satisfying! I can see myself making this as a snack post workout moving forward. I may have to add just a teensy bit less cinnamon next time (issue for me was not the taste but more the fact that my cinnamon made the smoothie powdery?)- but overall I will make this again! Thank you!

    • Reply
      Davida Lederle
      January 7, 2021 at 12:14 pm

      Super helpful feedback! So glad you enjoyed and a great note for anyone making the recipe to hold back a bit on the cinnamon.

  • Reply
    Lauren H.
    April 10, 2019 at 11:09 am

    I’m thrilled to find another tahini smoothie recipe! I fell in love with this one a few months ago and have been hunting for other tasty tahini concoctions. Try it! https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-creamy-orange-date-smoothie-239262

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