Date, Tahini, and Cardamom Smoothie

[Photographs: Autumn Giles]

Caramely fresh medjool dates complement super-savory tahini in this smoothie.

Note: For the best flavor (and easy blending) seek out fresher dates—often found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. If you use dried dates, it may take a little extra blending. For the smoothest texture, bring dates and tahini to room temperature before using. No need to bother getting out a cutting board to chop the dates; I simply tear them with my hands as I add them to the blender.

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Date, Tahini, and Cardamom Smoothie

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 smoothie
Active time:5 minutes
Total time:5 minutes
Special equipment:Blender
This recipe appears in: From the Blender: Date, Tahini, and Cardamom Smoothie


  • 3/4 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 medjool dates, preferably fresh (about 1 1/2 ounces) pitted and torn into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom, plus more for garnish
  • 1 frozen banana, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • Pinch of salt


  1. 1

    Combine almond milk, dates, and tahini in a blender. Pulse to break up the dates and then blend on high until a smooth paste forms, scraping down the sides of the blender as needed. Flecks of date should be visible, but the mixture should be smooth.

  2. 2

    Add the cardamom, banana, and salt to the blender. Blend on high speed until smooth. Garnish with more ground cardamom and serve immediately.

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