A good smoothie should be creamy, cold, and smooth. Sure, you can add milk to help with the texture, but not everyone wants to start their day with dairy. For a smooth, creamy, slightly nutty blended beverage, Epicurious takes a page from the book of hummus and employs the power of tahini.
Photo by Quinn Dombrowski.
I'm already a big fan of tahini in desserts, so this move makes sense to me. According to Tommy Werner, the sesame paste plays a role here similar to the one it plays in hummus, mixing in and providing a pleasing texture without distracting from the other ingredients. Just add in a tablespoon or two -- perhaps into a date shake? -- and enjoy the rich, creamy goodness tahini brings to the party.
Tahini is a sesame paste most commonly used in hummus, baba ghanoush, and salad dressings, but it can add moisture and nutty goodness to a whole variety of sweets.