Dessert for breakfast? Yes, please! This Chocolate Tahini Oat Milk Smoothie is the perfect breakfast smoothie for satisfying all your chocolate cravings. Made with bananas, homemade chocolate tahini butter, and oat milk for a sweet, nutty, and oh-so-chocolatey breakfast treat that is ready in just minutes.
Who says you can't have a milkshake for breakfast? Yep, that's what it tastes like. A rich, nutty, and creamy cocoa dream that is made with only 3 ingredients!
I recently shared my recipe for my homemade chocolate tahini, which is what inspired me to create this breakfast smoothie. Since my chocolate tahini keeps for a month in the fridge, I use it for all sorts of things, and this smoothie is my new obsession.
Why use oat milk?
Oat milk is a plant-based, lactose-free, and vegan-friendly alternative to cow's milk. It's made from oats that have been soaked in water, blended, and then strained. We love to use oat milk in oatmeal and smoothies because it adds a little extra nuttiness without compromising on taste or creaminess.
You can absolutely use any milk you like in this smoothie. We love it so much that we now keep cow's milk and oat milk in the fridge at all times (we don't follow any particular diet).
Here is what you need to make this chocolate tahini smoothie.
- Chocolate tahini- I use my homemade chocolate tahini, but you can also purchase your favorite online.
- Oat milk- Currently obsessing over this one for its extra creaminess. You can use any milk you want.
- Bananas- Ripe and frozen.
- Ice- If not using frozen bananas.
You will need a blender to make this tahini smoothie.
Step by step instructions
This chocolate tahini smoothie is ready in just minutes. Prep ahead by freezing ripe banana slices so you can just pull them from the freezer and throw them in the blender. If you don't have frozen bananas, you can add ice.
Combine the banana slices, oat milk and chocolate tahini in a blender.
Blend on high until smooth, adding a little more milk as needed to get it the consistency you like.
Pour into a glass and drink immediately. See recipe card for full instructions.
- To freeze banana slices, start with ripe bananas. Those brown spots on your bananas are ok. Remove the peel and cut into slices or even chunks. Place the bananas on a parchment-lined sheet pan, separated. Place the sheet pan in the freezer. Remove when the bananas are completely frozen, about 2-3 hours. Remove from the pan, and store them in a freezer-safe plastic bag. They will keep in the freezer for about 3 months.
- I like to freeze a bunch at a time, and portion the slices out so I can grab and go and make smoothies on the fly.
Smoothies are very versatile. Below are some suggestions to get your creative juices flowing.
- Chocolate tahini- Nutella (a chocolate hazelnut spread) is the perfect swap for the chocolate tahini. You can also swap in chocolate almond butter or chocolate peanut butter for a similar chocolatey flavor. Not feeling chocolate? Just use plain peanut butter (or almond) for a peanut butter and banana smoothie.
- Oat milk- Feel free to use any milk you like. We prefer oat milk for its nutty smoothness, but any milk, non-dairy, or cow's milk will work.
- Yogurt- You can add yogurt, either Greek or plain in place of the milk or try a combo of the two.
- Make it vegan- If using the chocolate tahini recipe, use maple or date syrup in place of the honey to make it a vegan smoothie.
Storage and make ahead
Smoothies are best served right after blending. However, you can prep them the night before and keep them in a lidded cup in the refrigerator for the next morning. To prep the bananas, see the expert tips above.
Tahini (tahin/tahine/tahina) is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. It is a common ingredient in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines. To make tahini, sesame seeds are toasted and then ground into a smooth, creamy consistency (similar to how peanut butter is made).
The secret to a good smoothie is frozen fruit. Although ice is commonly used, it tends to water down the smoothie leaving it "icy" rather than creamy. If you make smoothies often, you will want to prep your fruit ahead of time by freezing it.
Need something special to compliment your smoothie? Try these.
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Chocolate Tahini Oat Milk Smoothie
- 1 cup (about 1½ medium bananas) ripe bananas, sliced and frozen
- 2 tablespoon chocolate tahini homemade or store-bought
- ½-¾ cup (4-6 ounces) oat milk can substitute any milk, dairy, or non-dairy
- ice optional, if not using frozen bananas see notes
- Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender. Blend on high until smooth, adding more milk if needed to reach your desired consistency.1 cup (about 1½ medium bananas) ripe bananas, sliced and frozen, 2 tablespoon chocolate tahini, ½-¾ cup (4-6 ounces) oat milk
*Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. Nutrition information can vary depending on many factors, such as products used, measurements and substitutions, therefore it is recommended that you obtain nutritional calculations based on your own finished recipe.