Tahini Smoothie With Cardamom And Dates Recipe

Smoothies have become a popular breakfast or snack over the last decade and rightly so. They're super easy to prepare, full of nutritional value, highly customizable, and refreshingly delicious. Tahini, cardamom, and dates come together in this recipe to create a delicious and creamy smoothie. 

If you're not familiar with tahini, it's a paste made from ground sesame seeds. It has a creamy texture and a nutty flavor. Wellness coach and recipe developer Miriam Hahn brings us this recipe and says, "I am a huge smoothie fan and make one just about every day. I love getting lots of healthy ingredients all in one drink." 

This simple smoothie has just enough sweetness to also call it a dessert and is perfect after a light breakfast or lunch. Read on to learn how to make this delicious beverage.

Gather the ingredients for a tahini smoothie with cardamom and dates

To make this recipe, pick up some dates and bananas from the produce aisle. "Even though you'll find dates in the dried fruit section of the store, most stores also carry Medjool dates in the produce section. I think these are fresher and I store them in my fridge when I get home," Hahn explains. For the bananas, you don't need them to be perfectly fresh. If you like to freeze your bananas when they are turning brown, this recipe is perfect for using up the frozen bananas in your freezer. 

Then pick up some tahini, soy milk, cinnamon, and cardamom. Tahini is usually found in the nut butter aisle, and you can use any type of milk that you like whether it's dairy or non-dairy. Then you'll just need some ice to make the smoothie extra cold; if you are using frozen bananas, you can omit the ice from this recipe. If you want to top your smoothie with some chocolatey crunch, grab some cacao nibs.

Soften the dates

The main sweetener for this smoothie is the dates. "I like to soften the dates before adding them to the blender so that we don't have bits of unblended dates floating around the drink," Hahn says. Put them in a small bowl and cover them with boiling water. You'll want to let them sit for about 15 minutes, then remove and discard the pits.

 "Since I make smoothies quite frequently, I usually soften about 20 dates, remove the pits, and keep them in a container in the fridge so they are ready to go. They stay nice and soft and this will be a time saver every time you want to whip up a smoothie," Hahn explains.

Prepare the other ingredients

If your bananas are fresh, slice them into large chunks. If you are using frozen bananas, let them thaw for about 5 minutes so that they blend nicely in the blender. Then measure out the tahini, soy milk, cinnamon, cardamom, and ice. "If you are using a new jar of tahini, make sure to stir it really well so that you have incorporated the thicker tahini that has settled at the bottom of the jar," Hahn shares.

Blend and serve

Now, go ahead and load up the blender with the softened dates, bananas, tahini, soy milk, cinnamon, cardamom, and crushed ice. Turn the blender on and blend for at least one minute so everything is broken down. The creamy smoothie is ready to pour into two small glasses or one large one. Top with cacao nibs if desired and enjoy your smoothie for breakfast, snack time, or dessert.

Tahini Smoothie With Cardamom And Dates Recipe
5 from 41 ratings
This super simple smoothie relies on Medjool dates to sweeten up a delicious combination of bananas, tahini, cinnamon, and cardamom.
Prep Time
Cook Time
tahini smoothie
Total time: 17 minutes
  • 4 Medjool dates
  • 2 bananas
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1½ cups milk of your choice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom
  • ¼ cup crushed ice
Optional Ingredients
  • Cacao nibs
  1. Put the dates into a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Let sit for 15 minutes. Drain and discard the pits.
  2. Slice the bananas and measure out the tahini, soy milk, cinnamon, cardamom, and ice.
  3. Add the softened dates, bananas, tahini, soy milk, cinnamon, cardamom, and crushed ice. Blend until smooth and serve. Top with cacao nibs if desired.
Calories per Serving 528
Total Fat 22.6 g
Saturated Fat 5.8 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 18.3 mg
Total Carbohydrates 78.2 g
Dietary Fiber 9.4 g
Total Sugars 55.4 g
Sodium 116.1 mg
Protein 13.0 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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