If you follow my Instagram, which I post on daily, you know I love smoothies! My husband and I drink them daily. Since it’s been a while since I shared a recipe with you I decided this smoothie has to be my next recipe for the blog. It’s officially amazing and so good for you!
If you are not familiar with tahini it’s sesame paste that is used in several Middle Eastern dishes. It comes very thick in the jar and can be thinned out with water or lemon juice. It’s one of the main ingredients in hummus and is amazing as a dressing. When we were in Israel last fall they were pouring it over their ice cream. You can find tahini in most large supermarkets, I love the Organic Tahini from Trader Joe’s-it’s the best I’ve ever tasted.
This recipe calls for half a cup of Taster’s Choice coffee in the hazelnut flavor. In the Middle East Nescafe and instant coffee are very popular. My husband likes Taster’s Choice and for a change he’s been trying the hazelnut flavor. I pre-brewed the coffee. When making a smoothie start with the liquid ingredients first and then add the solid ingredients. I make my smoothies in a Ninja every morning, but a blender works fine too.
The recipe for this is to simply blend:
1 c. of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 c. of hazelnut Taster’s Choice coffee
1 tbsn. of tahini
2 packets of Stevia or a tbsn. of honey (agave or maple syrup would work too)
It’s a really great way to wake up in the morning. You have a caffeine kick from the coffee, potassium from the banana, healthy fats from the tahini, and calcium from the almond milk. It has a deeper taste than a traditional peanut butter and banana smoothie. The hazelnut coffee mixes with the sesame flavor beautifully. I hope you enjoy this recipe. I’ll be sure to share more recipes soon!
Tip: To make the smoothie vegan omit the honey.