Cinnamon Tahini Protein Smoothie

Cinnamon Tahini Protein Smoothie // nutritionstripped.comMid afternoon the other day, I was hungry (per usual) and wanted something sweet, but at the same time nothing that would weight me down because let’s face it, I had work to do! I’ve been on a kick with cinnamon tahini lately and many of you continue to ask me where I buy it. I don’t, I whip it up! I thought this would be great flavor in a smoothie and just like that an idea came into fruition. Cinnamon Tahini Protein Smoothie.

I often hear with my clients they experience the dreaded 3-4 o’ clock slump where their energy is wiped out already for the day and need a “pick me up”, which eventually leads them to 1) simple sugars in the form of vending machine candies, 2) a snack high in refined carbohydrates, or 3) coffee or some other delivery system of caffeine. Ever wonder why that “slump” occurs?

Most likely it’s due to eating a very large, heavy, complex meal at lunch time and our energies are simply used towards digesting the food. It also could be due to some other individual reasons, but mainly it’s what were eating the day before, or the meal before that will dictate our energy levels.

This smoothie my friends, can be your new afternoon “pick me up”. This Cinnamon Tahini Protein Smoothie has everything you need to maintain your energy throughout the afternoon, curb your hunger until after you beat rush hour traffic on the way home for dinner, running errands, or in my case satisfying a sweet tooth and providing lasting energy to finish work. It’s full of healthy fats, protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals (especially from the tahini). Also, you don’t have to reserve this smoothie just for the afternoon time, I also enjoy this as a dessert smoothie.

Cinnamon Tahini Protein Smoothie //

Tahini power. In just 2 tablespoons (28 grams) of mineral rich tahini contains about 10% DV of iron, 25% DV of magnesium, 22% DV phosphorus, 21% DV copper, 20% DV manganese and zinc and 30% thiamine, protein, healthy fats, and fiber!

Quick primer on what %DV (daily value) means // basically it’s based off recommendations for key nutrients in a 2,000-2,500 calorie diet (can generally be applied to diets that are more or less than 2,000 calories). Anything with 5% or less is considered “lower” in that nutrient, anything 20% or more is considered “higher” in that nutrient.

Depending on the time of day and if you’re not caffeine sensitive, why not add a little coffee to it (around 4 oz.) for a mini-boost. Even though I adore the taste of coffee, I’m in the caffeine sensitive department, so I forgo on this addition.

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Cinnamon Tahini Protein Smoothie
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A protein packed smoothie with healthy fats and fiber from tahini and chia seeds to keep you full and satisfied.
Recipe type: smoothie
Serves: 1
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I like Sunwarrior- of your choice)
  • ½ to 1 frozen banana (stevia for sugar free version)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of tahini
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice
  1. Simply combine all ingredients in a Vitamix or high speed blender until smooth. I like to first combine the almond milk with the chia seeds and let blend for about 2 minutes so the chia seeds can start absorbing the almond milk.
  2. Add ice last.
  3. Serve with a straw.
  4. ENJOY!

Cinnamon Tahini Protein Smoothie //

TIPS// you can make this in the morning before work and keep it cool in a thermos, cooler, fridge, etc. If you have an office where you have access to an outlet, a break room, or a little privacy, you can bring a travel blender (this is my favorite which I use for single serving smoothies and it’s very affordable), and simply blend this up in under 3 minutes! Who doesn’t have time for that?

Do you ever experience the afternoon slump? How do you get passed it? Share below!

Have  a productive day!

xo McKel

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  1. Jasmine says

    Hi McKel, I really enjoy everything on NS. It’s interesting, helpful, fun ways 2 take eating & drinking sa 2 a whole nother level. A wonderful fount of new knowledge as well. I look forward 2 trying many of the recipes. Thanks

  2. Georgia Goldsbrough says

    This might be the best smoothie I’ve made yet! Used hemp milk instead of almond so was extra filling. Love the savory taste the tahini brings, perfet balance with a banana! Going to add tahini to more smoothies from now on!

  3. Dawn says

    Please forgive me if you’ve answered this question in the past. I’m in love with your bowls and measuring spoons!! Where would one get these gorgeous tools?

    • says

      Hi Dawn,
      I do get this question a lot and thank you! Many of the wooden bowls and tools I get as gifts from family members and friends who stumble upon them in shops or antique stores (those are my favorites). All the others I typically will indicate where it’s purchased if I know where from :)

  4. Samantha says

    If I do not have access to quality plant based protein powders where I am living right now what can I use in place of the protein powder in this recipe and in your recipes in general? Really enjoy your blog. Thanks!

  5. says

    Hi McKel,

    I love your blog! Recipes look delish and your photos are absolutely stunning! This smoothie is an awesome idea and I will be sure to try it. I’ve got a slight obsession with tahini :-).Thank you for sharing!

    Btw, would you be so kind to tell me what theme you are using for your website? it looks so clean and easy to navigate. Thank you <3

    • says

      Hi Sylvia,
      Thank you for the kind words and support! I love tahini as well- it’s amazing! I’ve actually designed a lot of my website from a basic theme from wordpress! It took a lot of time and hard work- the great thing about wordpress is they have so many great themes that are free you can just pick from, whichever represents your individual uniqueness ;)

  6. christina tudose says

    Hi! Thank you so much for the wonderful recipes you share with us! I was wondering what kind of tahini brand you recommend? Where do you buy yours from?

  7. KC says

    Have already made this several times and absolutely love it! All the different ingredients compliment each other so well and I love that it’s such a great source of calcium (brownie points for tahini!). Thanks for another wonderful recipe, McKel! :)

  8. says

    I had tahini in my fridge and was craving a smoothie before we started cooking dinner. I am delighted to say I had all the ingredients required and am now going to make this as a staple! Much appreciated!

  9. says

    I finally got around to making this smoothie this morning and it was nothing short of amazing. I was out of bananas, but had frozen peaches on hand so I tossed those in instead as well as a heaping tbsp of coconut oil. Yum. Thanks to you, you’ve gotten me hooked on using tahini in my smoothies instead of nut butters now. I absolutely love it. xx

  10. Lauren says

    I’m in Israel and just had my first tahini shake at an organic health cafe here. It is absolutely delicious!!! I had to look up a recipe as soon as I got home. I also suggest adding a few dates into the shake, goes really well with all the ingredients.

  11. Ted says

    Sorry about this. I need to get the following of my chest as I feel that I am in another dimension:

    1. Don’t expect to taste anything other than cinnamon if you add a whole teaspoon for just one glass of smoothie as pictured.
    2. I find it weird (expect in a case of a medical condition) that someone would prefer stevia to a fresh AND OF COURSE UNFROZEN banana. Bananas aren’t that hard to find. Please, stop digging in freezers for the stuff.
    3. The phrase “unsweetened almond milk” is meaningless. Almond milk isn’t sweet to begin with. Would you call whole fat milk “unsemiskimmed”?
    4. Point 3 is even weirder if you consider that you seem worried about sweeteners but have no problem in using “vanilla” almond milk, CHEMICALLY EXTRACTED vanilla extract and of course protein powder…

    Phew, thank you !!!

    • says

      Hi Ted, to answer your questions all seasonings are always adjusted to taste to use how much cinnamon you enjoy! I wrote a blog post on stevia and stevia is something I recommend as a sweetner, a frozen banana is for texture and thickness something you don’t get when you use a fresh banana. Vanilla almond milk is homemade, not from the store as mentioned. Unsweetened almond milk simply means adding no maple syrup or dates to my homemade almond milk recipe. Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy it! :)

      • Ted says

        In regards with texture, I think that some ice would do the trick. Also, I would definitely substitute protein powder with oats.

        After my morning exercise routine I would recommend the following:
        1 glass of milk
        1 peeled banana (fresh)
        2 tbsp oats (no flavorings/sweeteners)
        1-2 tbsp tahini (no flavorings/sweeteners)
        1 teaspoon honey (unpasteurized)
        sprinkle of cinnamon
        some ice

        What do you think?


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