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Chai Tahini Smoothie

July 22, 2011

I frolicked around town on my bike yesterday searching for fun props and kitchen gadgets to help me take more interesting photos. I was well equipped with a fun candy striped straw (thanks to a lovely lady at Williamm Sonoma for giving me a free one instead of buying a pack of 80 that I would never use), a new mason jar, linens and placemats galore, and a recipe I thought would make for a divine smoothie…


And I was right, it was a divine smoothie. I was particularly proud because I’m normally awful at putting together a half decent tasting smoothie that isn’t the shade of mud. Somehow all of my smoothies end up the shade of mud. But I stuck to one color palate for this one, and the tastes blended together wonderfully!


However, as I set the scene just right to capture the smoothie in all it’s glory, my camera died. That wouldn’t normally be a problem but my charger is in my brother’s car, which died on our voyage to Mt. Washington, and remains sitting in a random tow lot 3 hours from civilization. So… it might be a while before I put some of my new skills (via Plate to Pixel) to use.


I did manage to get one picture, and I decided to share it anyways because it’s not really about capturing the perfect picture, it’s more about sharing a delicious recipe. Plus I had to document the fact that this smoothie was appealing to the both the taste buds and the eyes for once.

Chai Tahini Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (or another kind of milk)
  • 2 Tbsp Tahini**
  • 3 Tbsp concentrated chai tea
  • 4-5 ice cubes
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)
  • Dash of cinnamon and vanilla extract 

Steep a bag of chai tea in 2-3 Tbsp of boiling water to make a concentrated tea.

Add all ingredients (including tea) in a blender and blend until combined.

**If you do not like an over powering taste of tahini you can replace one or both of the tablespoons with almond butter or another nut butter.


P.S. I’ve spent the last few hours securing and forwarding my blog to a new domain! is now what you’ll see up there ^ in the URL bar. Keep that in mind if your searching for my blog now:)


I need some smoothie inspiration! What is the most random ingredient you have thrown into a smoothie that ended up tasting great?

20 Comments leave one →
  1. July 22, 2011 10:17 am

    O yumm this looks amazing! So gnna try it!

  2. ittybitsofbalance permalink
    July 22, 2011 10:35 am

    Chai and tahini sounds like such a great combo! I would’ve never thought of that 🙂 Thanks

  3. July 22, 2011 11:12 am

    Oh yum! I always add cocoa powder to my smoothies. Not all that random, but so yummy! Chocolate makes anything better. 🙂

  4. July 22, 2011 11:56 am

    I’m currently a chai addict, and I love tahini (because of my obsession with hummus) but I never thought of combining them! It sounds delish!

    I’ve taken to randomly throwing spinach into smoothies. It hardly affects the overall taste and it’s a great way to get some veggies in! 🙂

    • July 22, 2011 2:09 pm

      And I think that’s why my smoothies always look like mud haha! But I agree it is a great addition.

  5. spoonfulofsugarfree permalink
    July 22, 2011 1:57 pm

    This looks so decadent! I haven’t had chai in so long…I miss it!

    Most random…..I really don’t throw random things in, but I guess I make sweet potato smoothies. Add some cinnamon and it tastes like pie!

    • July 22, 2011 2:10 pm

      I’ve been thinking about doing that. Do you do skin and all or just the insides? What else do you add in there?

  6. July 22, 2011 9:23 pm

    congrats on your new domain. that’s awesome!

    and thanks for the lovely comment you left me today..and good luck on your photog endeavors! Sounds wonderful, whatever is going on!!

  7. July 22, 2011 9:41 pm

    I love the look of your blog!! Great post below as well about the cameras – I have no idea about cameras but would love to get a good one one day…I hear mixed stuff though : Point and shoot? Or a DSLR?

    Is your smoothie thick? I like thick consistencies…hmmm, crazy ingredient? um… – avocado is good in smoothies!

    • July 23, 2011 9:53 am

      Yes it can be confusing looking for cameras. It really depends on what you’ll be using it for, how much mobility you want, and convenience. You can definitely find quality point and shoots that can be good for lots of different situations plus taking nice pictures for a blog. But DSLR cameras are a lot less convenient to carry around and use in social situations, but can take great pictures. Both are good options though.
      And yes, using the coconut milk, ice cubes, plus frozen banana made this smoothie like a milkshake thick it was great!

  8. July 22, 2011 11:21 pm

    This is so interesting!

    Congrats on your own domain, by the way 🙂 I remember talking to you about that earlier and I’m so glad you decided to go for it!

    As far as interesting smoothie ingredients, I don’t think I’ve ever really tried anything TOO interesting. I like putting peanut butter in smoothies, but that’s definitely standard for many people!

  9. July 23, 2011 10:32 am

    Oh my, that smoothie looks delicious, and is presented so nicely! From one photography lover to another, I love that pic!

    • July 24, 2011 8:26 am

      thanks so much! I was bummed my camera died and only got one picture so I was forced to use it, but i appreciate the compliment!

  10. July 23, 2011 3:01 pm

    That looks so yummy! I’ve been on an almond butter/frozen banana kick this week, but adding chai to it sounds amazing!

  11. July 23, 2011 4:16 pm

    i love CHAI ANYTHING! i definitely love the combo you’ve concocted! brilliant and so refreshing ❤

    • July 23, 2011 8:14 pm

      I’m not even really into chai tea, but it gave the smoothie a great little spice, I loved it!

  12. July 24, 2011 12:34 am

    Your smoothie looks so cute in a mason jar! 🙂 love it!

  13. July 24, 2011 1:06 pm

    Very interesting ingredients to combine! The only use I’ve had for tahini before was hummus but might have to give this a whirl now 🙂

  14. July 24, 2011 8:50 pm

    Smoothie looks great!
    I really like putting matcha in mine, also watermelon 🙂

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