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Tahini Freak Shake

Updated: Jun 13, 2020

We love shakes and smoothies, especially during the hot summer months. In the Middle East and Asia, it is a common breakfast or lunch ‘pick me up’, rich with fresh fruit and fiber, served super cold.

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These are two versions to SUSU’s favorite shakes; ‘Tahini – Banana – Dates and a ‘Popcorn – Caramel – Freak Shake

The recipe is simple and super flexible. Only 4 ingredients to this recipe, with the option of changing the fruit (being the 5th ingredient) as you’d like.

Note: This recipe is Vegan, however you may choose to use regular milk if you’d like.

This is SUSU’s step by step guide, along with a Q+A and some extra tips you may find when you scroll down. So, let’s start…



  • Serving 1 = 16oz

  • Course Breakfast – smoothies, desserts

  • Cuisine Gluten free, Vegan

  • Freezer(ish)? Up to 1 month, but better consumed right-away.

  • Good for Best when fresh



  • 2 ripe bananas (previously peeled, sliced and frozen)

  • 2 pitted Medjool dates

  • 1/3 cup cooked chickpeas rinsed + drained (skins removed). Trust me!

  • 2 Tbs tahini paste

  • 1 cup milk (we prefer non-dairy oats milk, as we find it allows for the best creamy texture).


  1. Add frozen bananas, chickpeas, pitted dates and milk to a high-speed blender.

  2. Blend until silky smooth and creamy, scrapping the sides of the blender and adding more milk if desired.

  3. Taste and adjust sweetness and flavors. Add more dates for sweetness, more frozen banana and chickpeas for thickness and flavor.

  4. Pour into a previously chilled glass and top with fresh or dried banana chips, dried nuts, caramel sauce and granola.



Sometimes, we get a craze for some supersized… anything. This is one of these cases. This is where we went to town, and came up with this bomb of a shake, freak shake. It is topped with a caramel sauce which is Vegan and though we are not Vegan, still we love it!

Warning: This recipe is rated for mature audiences only, consumed at one’s own risk



  • Same ingredients as the Tahini-Banana-Date shake above.

  • ½ cup popcorn

  • 2 Tbsp caramel sauce

  • 1 Tbs crushed Hazelnuts (optional)


  1. Repeat steps 1-3 in the Tahini-Banana-Date shake recipe above.

  2. In a medium size bowl, add popcorn, caramel sauce and crushed hazelnuts and mix well, making sure all popcorn kernels are covered in caramel sauce. Note: Caramel sauce must be at room temperature

  3. Pour milk shake into a previously chilled glass and top with popcorn-hazelnut-caramel.



  • Is it possible to make this recipe without milk?

Yes, it is. Just add more fruit

Medjool dates are a variety of dates enjoyed for their natural sweetness. They're larger, darker, and more caramel-like in taste than other commonly known date types. Mostly found at organic sores and supermarkets. You may use regular store-bought dates if you are unable to source Madjool dates.

  • Chickpeas… really?

Yes! Chickpeas not only make

the shake silkier and smooth; it is also a natural substitute for protein and fiber, you would normally find in protein shakes using artificial powders. Trust me! give it a shot.



How to thicken my shake?

If you’re looking for a thick shake, follow these steps:

  • Add more fruit

  • Add more chickpeas

  • Place shake in freezer for 15-20min

  • Everything should be super cold

For best results:

  • Make sure you freeze the fruit you plan to use

  • Place glass in freezers for 15-20min before use

  • Fill ice tray with milk of your choice, the night before you plan to make the shake, for an even thicker and colder shake.

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