Banana Tahini Smoothie Recipe

Banana Tahini Smoothie

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Yield: 2 smoothies
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
304 Calories
10g Fat
41g Carbs
17g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 304
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 144mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 6mg 30%
Calcium 228mg 18%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 538mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you do not already have a stash of bananas in your freezer, ready for creamy smoothies, then what are you waiting for? Yes, OK, you can make smoothies with unfrozen bananas as well but the mixture will not be as thick and rich tasting. And, as a side benefit, you can throw a couple of frozen bananas in the blender or food processor and make a very tasty and healthy fake-out ice cream soft serve. But back to the smoothies.

Beverages made with yogurt are common in Middle Eastern cuisine and smoothies of all kinds are popular here in the United States. They're a quick, easy and healthy breakfast option, filled with both fruits and vegetables for a protein and vitamin packed start to the day. Blitz it all in the blender, pour it into a portable cup and you have a nutritious breakfast to go.

But let's not neglect the smoothie as a great option for an afternoon pick-me-up. They can be a healthy option to fight off the afternoon energy slump and that urge to get away from our desks and just go take a nap. Alas, when napping is not an option, the smoothie does a much better job of keeping you refreshed than reaching for a candy bar. Plus, being less rushed in the afternoon means more time to consider the various layers of flavor options.

The banana is usually a staple as well as the protein hit from adding yogurt. The choice of yogurt is up to you but a plain Greek style yogurt is always a good choice. A little honey gives it just a touch of sweetness without tasting like an ice cream milkshake and a touch of cinnamon never hurts.

At this point in the smoothie making process, it's pretty common for many Americans to reach for a tablespoon or two of delicious creamy peanut butter. But tahini is a wonderful flavor substitute. Made from ground up sesame seeds, the sesame paste is also very smooth and creamy, like peanut butter, and adds a sharp, nutty flavor as well as a big boost of protein to your smoothies. Just add a straw and you have an afternoon treat.


  • 1 frozen banana

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 2 tablespoons tahini

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 4 large ice cubes

Steps to Make It

Note: To freeze bananas, wait until they are fully ripe, remove the peel, cut in half or quarters and place in an airtight bag in the freezer.

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Banana Tahini Smoothie ingredients

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

  2. To make the smoothie, add the banana, Greek style yogurt, milk, honey, sesame paste, cinnamon, salt, and ice cubes to a blender.

     banana, Greek style yogurt, milk, honey, sesame paste, cinnamon, salt and ice cubes in a blender

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

  3. Puree until completely smooth and no ice chips remain. Serve cold.

    Banana Tahini Smoothie in a blender

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck