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Posted Jan 09 2013 12:00am

At this time of year when it’s still cold for many of us you might want something thick and creamy to drink but that still tastes lighter than a heavy nut-milk if you're trying to lighten your load. I adore vanilla, so having a shake revolve around it is definitely a good thing as far as I can see! This shake feels very nourishing to the soul. Its creaminess is soothing, its “warm” taste welcoming. Yes, this is a “pleased to see you” drink that you’ll want to welcome on a regular basis.

Drink it in!





1 cup sesame seeds
2 large bananas
2 cups water
3 Medjool dates
1 Tbsp vanilla essence OR 1/2-1 vanilla pod



  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend on full power until all of the sesame seeds are fully broken down. [NB: Owing to the size of the seeds this may be hard to do – if you prefer no lumps at all you will need to mill the seeds in a nut mill before blending with the other ingredients.]
  2. Taste test for sweetness and add more dates or your preferred natural sweetener if required.
  3. When you have your perfect blend, write it down for the future, pour it out and find a soft spot on your lounge floor. Bury yourself in cushions and sip, slurp or savour, depending on your mood.


Raw Coach Top Tips:

  • If you’d like to add more flavour to this basic mix, try playing with varying amounts of any (but not all) of the following: mesquite powder, coconut butter, cacao nibs or raw carob powder.

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