I used to make a peanut butter and banana shake every morning. If you'd told me to add a heaping spoonful of tahini into my blender, I probably would have wrinkled my nose in disgust. Thank goodness I decided to branch out because tahini and dates go together like peanut butter and jelly. The natural candied sweetness of the dates pairs perfectly with the tangy tahini. I don't crave shakes in the winter like I do in the summer, but I refer to this as a "winter shake" because it has rich creaminess from the tahini and comforting flavors that are totally appropriate to drink in the chilly air--even if it's next to your space heater! If you're looking for something a little different to slurp up in the mornings, this shake is for you! This simple tahini date shake is the perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert! It's refined sugar-free and has all the healthy fats, protein, and carbs you need to take on your busy day.
YIELDS 1 serving
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup steamed and frozen cauliflower (or sub ice)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 scoop vanilla/chocolate protein powder (optional)
- 1 teaspoon hemp hearts
- pinch cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon raw tahini
- 1-2 pitted dates
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until well incorporated. Serve sprinkled with hemp hearts.
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