Tahini Shake with Cinnamon and Lime

Created by Laura Wright
5 from 2 votes

Tahini shake wth cinnamon and lime is a refreshing, satisfying, indulgent, and pantry friendly breakfast option. Naturally dairy and nut-free. More great smoothie recipes here.

An overhead and up close shot of a creamy beige beverage in a slim clear glass beverage on top of a gold, etched tray. The beverage is garnished with ground cinnamon and sesame seeds.

Hey, happy weekend! I’m spending part of mine making a whole bunch of snack boards and little bites for a family function. Other than that, I’m hoping to get some stuff around the house done, maybe a little tiny bit of work, have a chill hang with some friends, and very casually start planning my holiday decor for this year.

Just a little reminder to my American friends who might be doing some last minute planning: I’ve got all of my holiday/celebration recipes linked on one page right HERE. While you’re planning, you can sip on this creamy and cinnamon-y tahini shake. I’m really into having some healthy fat first thing in the morning lately, and this combination is just doing it for me. If you like this recipe, you’ll love this tahini date shake with coffee.

There’s a bit of an environmental consciousness theme with the links today. I know that zero waste is kind of the movement du jour, along with conscious consumption, but I really do see it as a change that happens more effectively when undertaken slowly and piece by piece. From my own experience, trying to do everything at once leads to a total spiral of woes when I’m short on jars at the bulk store. It’s not productive!

Same goes for shaming people that use plastic out of unavoidable necessity on occasion. I have been on the receiving end of this shaming so many times on Instagram, and I’m a person that is up front about making that slow change, sometimes making mistakes, and never focusing on total perfection. This “gotcha!” attitude is completely counterproductive.

I used to be this way with eating plant-based! I thought I was solving all of the world’s problems with this one facet of my life. It was incredibly naive, privileged, and probably extremely annoying for anyone around me at that time when I first started. If you’re making changes in your life because of environmental consciousness, great! Keep making them with momentum, intention, and positivity for all around you to experience, and let THAT be your message. Okay, link time for real :)

-I’m excited and nervous to watch Our Planet, which is coming to Netflix soon. It’s a nature documentary series with David Attenborough that confronts the viewer with the worldwide realities of climate change as a result of fossil fuels, deforestation, over-fishing and other actions.

-On oat milk and drinking so much coffee in one shift. Love these interviews with New York baristas and seriously feel like I could have read 100 more.

Some excellent tips for a more sustainable kitchen. I incorporate a lot of these, but still could stand to make the switch to biodegradable sponges and would love to find a local source of bulk dish soap (among other household items). Or maybe learn how to make it myself? What’s your favourite resource for DIY natural cleaning products?

-Those top restaurant and food lists don’t always sit right with me, but this story of real world consequences and fallout for a family-owned and operated burger restaurant is particularly unsettling. “Or is this just what we are now — a horde with a checklist and a camera phone, intent on self-producing the destruction of anything left that feels real, one Instagram story at a time?”

-Some self-care items that I’m really enjoying lately: Palo Santo & Rose Botanical Mist from Garden City Essentials, All The Feels diffuser blend from Saje Wellness, straight up unrefined sesame oil for moisturizing winter skin,  and Hu Kitchen’s Orange Dream Vanilla Cashew Butter chocolate bar :)

-Recipes catching my eye: Honey-Mustard Almond & Dried Cherry Slaw (perfect holiday salad), Creamy Roasted Squash & Crispy Mushrooms, and FOUR! different ways to enjoy Roasted Brussels Sprouts!

This dog is so clever!

An overhead and up close shot of a creamy beige beverage in a slim clear glass beverage on top of a gold, etched tray. The beverage is garnished with ground cinnamon and sesame seeds.

Tahini Shake with Cinnamon & Lime

Tahini shake wth cinnamon and lime is a refreshing, satisfying, indulgent, and pantry friendly breakfast option. Naturally dairy and nut-free
5 from 2 votes
Tahini Shake with Cinnamon & Lime - The First Mess
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 ripe banana, preferably frozen
  • ¼ cup ice (optional)



  • I love the slightly bitter tahini with banana, warm cinnamon, and sharp lime. This recipe is so simple and I’m so into it, that I won’t even suggest substitutions for the core ingredients lol.
  • A handful of mild greens or a spoon of flax/chia seeds goes virtually undetected in this tahini shake, so feel free to add them for a little nutrition boost.


  • In an upright blender, combine the milk, tahini, lime juice, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, banana, and ice. Blend on high until smooth and creamy, about 45 seconds. Enjoy the tahini shake immediately.
17/11/2018 (Last Updated 12/07/2023)
Posted in: autumn, beverage, breakfast, creamy, dessert, earthy, gluten free, grain-free, nut free, oil free, quick, raw, refined sugar-free, snack, sour, spicy, spring, summer, sweet, tahini, vegan, winter


Recipe Rating

  • Barbie

    5 stars
    Made as written as was delicious! Husband enjoyed it too. Next time I will add more lime because we like that. Thank you!

  • Laura

    I’ve been drinking this all week for breakfast with a big handful of spinach and a couple tablespoons of hemp seeds added in. Delicious!

  • Mariel

    I made this this morning and loved it. The flavor combination is just right. The lime isn’t too overpowering either. Thanks for yet another tasty recipe.

    • Laura

      So glad that you enjoyed it, Mariel!

  • Masha

    Hi Laura,

    Thank you so much for the gua sha shout out :)
    Love love love your words here. And this shake! So dreamy.

  • Mekea

    Obsessed with that gold tray you used in the photo – would love to know where to find! lovely recipe as always

  • Caroline Atwood

    Had to double the lime in this to get it to really pop behind the banana/tahini/cinnamon but other than that it was delicious and I would make again :)

  • Amanda

    Thank you for the mention!
    I totally agree, it can be a slippery slope. I think what you mention is such a good thing to keep in mind- that these things take time, forming habits and finding new alternatives and methods and paths really can take quite a while to experiment with finding the groove. It’s not all or nothing, and you are still doing so well if you’re in an in between spot (aren’t we all really?). Sending lots of encouragement your way! Also, I freaking love tahini and need to try this!!!

  • thefolia

    ooooh, another recipe with tahini, I’m in!