Tahini Date Shake
This tahini date shake is creamy, sweet, and so easy to make! It puts a unique twist on a common savory ingredient.
If you don’t know what tahini is, you’ve stumbled upon the right recipe. Tahini is one of my favorite foods because it is tasty, nutritious, and most of all, super versatile. Case in point, I usually put it on my salads, and I’m using it in a dessert recipe here.
Tahini is just ground up sesame seeds so it falls under the same category as nut/seed butters. But unlike common nut butters like peanut and almond, tahini is more commonly used as a savory ingredient in dressings (like this Turmeric Tahini Dressing), hummus, or other sauces.
If you’re familiar with tahini, you might think a tahini date shake sounds weird, but just trust me on this one. If you’ve ever tried Halvah, you know what I’m talking about.
Some people say the type of tahini is the most important thing, but I wouldn’t exactly call myself a tahini connoisseur. I just look for any tahini that has only one ingredient: sesame seeds. I usually buy Once Again, Artisana Organics, or Trader Joe’s brand.
On another note – if you’ve been in the loop on the oat milk craze, you’ll love this recipe. The oats act as a DIY oat milk, so you don’t need to add extra non-dairy milk.
I usually like my smoothies and shakes ice cold, but you can leave out the ice in this recipe if you want a creamy fall or winter drink that isn’t another variation of a latte.
To give it a little fall flavor, I sprinkled some cinnamon on top, and you can also add pumpkin pie spice or top it with fruit.
And as you probably know, I’m all about keeping treats nutritious when possible, which is another reason I love this tahini date shake. It has no refined sugar (only sweetened with dates), so you can even enjoy it for breakfast or as a refreshing snack.
ps – did you see my video, “Are Artificial Sweeteners Bad For Your Health?” Be sure to check that out to learn why the natural sugar found in foods like dates is your best option for sweetness!
- ¾ cup rolled or quick oats
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 3-4 Medjool dates
- ½ cup ice (optional)
- Remove pits from dates and let dates soak in water for at least 5 minutes.
- Add dates and soaking water to a blender, along with the rest of the ingredients.
- Blend on high until smooth.
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Weigh in: Have you tried tahini in a dessert? Would you try this tahini date shake?