Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active Time
10 Mins
Total Time
4 Hours 20 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

Tahini does wonders in desserts: Like peanut butter, it rounds out and deepens other flavors with a nuttiness that cuts through the sweetness. Both staples of Middle Eastern cuisine, tahini and dates simply belong together—on toast, in cakes, or in a cold, creamy milkshake. Dates are naturally so sweet that combining them with frozen yogurt turned out to be too cloying. Instead, we froze whole-milk yogurt in ice cube trays for a dairy base that balances the shake. Sub protein-rich Greek yogurt and add a banana for a fantastic breakfast smoothie.


How to Make It

Step 1

Spoon yogurt into an empty ice-cube tray; freeze 4 hours or overnight.

Step 2

Place 1 cup boiling water and dates in a bowl; let stand 10 minutes.

Step 3

Place date mixture in a blender; blend 30 seconds or until smooth. Add frozen yogurt cubes, crushed ice, tahini, cinnamon, and salt to blender; blend until smooth. Divide mixture evenly among 4 glasses; chill 5 minutes before serving.