In search of new fall recipes, I ordered Salma Hage’s, The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook.

Having thoroughly enjoyed my time spent pouring over recipes, I certainly located some winners. And now I am looking forward to some cooler temps (in Austin that means under 100 degrees) in order to test and share my favorites.

As a sneak preview, you might want to try Hage’s Date Tahini & Cinnamon Smoothie. I’ve been a fan of date, banana, and raw cacoa smoothies for some time so the tahini and cinnamon sounded tempting. No reason to wait for a cold front for this recipe!

And here is the truth… The first one was so good, I had to make a second. 🙂

This is what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup almond milk or milk of choice (I used coconut)
  • 2 sliced and frozen ripe (but not overripe) bananas
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 4 Medjool dates, pitted and torn into pieces
  • 1 drop real vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Optional garnishes: pinch of cinnamon and/or sesame seeds

Blend until smooth and enjoy!!