Halva Smoothie

updated Feb 5, 2020
Halva Smoothie
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Have you tried halva, the sweet, crumbly, sesame-flavored dessert? The first time I had halva, it made me absolutely weak in the knees. What was it? How did it achieve that incredible taste and unique texture? I was amazed to discover that it’s made from just two simple ingredients: tahini (aka sesame paste) and sugar or honey.

This nut-free, vegan smoothie tastes incredibly close to my beloved halva, but without any refined sugars. And it’s all thanks to tahini, which can easily be found at your local market.

The Smoothie Project by Catherine McCord

You probably already know Catherine from her popular site, and books by the same name, Weelicious, but you might not know that she spent the last 5 years making daily smoothies for her kids to get her whole family healthier. Based on years of research and experience, The Smoothie Project: The 28 Day Plan to Feel Happy and Healthy No Matter Your Age has over 100 recipes for smoothies that can serve as breakfast, snacks, and even dessert.

Halva Smoothie

Prep time 5 minutes

Serves 1

Nutritional Info


  • 1/2

    fresh or frozen banana, peeled

  • 2

    fresh figs

  • 1

    dried date, pitted

  • 1 tablespoon


  • 1/4 teaspoon

    vanilla extract, or 1/8 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

  • 1 cup

    milk of choice

  • Optional super boosts: bee pollen, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, maca powder, vanilla or plain protein powder, collagen peptides, reishi, ashwagandha, probiotic powder, pink Himalayan salt, Brazil nuts


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Recipe Notes

Excerpted with permission from The Smoothie Project: The 28 Day Plan to Feel Happy and Healthy No Matter Your Age by Catherine McCord, Harry N. Abrams, 2019.