Recipe: Chef Carla's Black Sesame Matcha Smoothie

  • Written By:Carla Contreras

I am in love with the flavor of black sesame seeds. I put them on top of my snacks, like sliced apples and bananas with almond butter, because they give this smoothie a rich tahini flavor.

I like to sip this smoothie after my morning workout. It feels super rich and is loaded with healthy fats from the chia and sesame seeds that keep me full until lunch. Plus, it's got a healthy boost of collagen from EVOLUTION_18 Beauty Collagen.



  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk or preferred plant-based milk

  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds

  • 1 tbsp. black sesame seeds

  • 1 scoop EVOLUTION_18 Beauty Collagen

  • 1–2 tsp. matcha powder

  • 1 banana or 1/4 avocado, optional

  • 1 cup packed greens, like spinach, Swiss chard, or kale

  • 3–5 ice cubes (optional)


  1. Add the almond milk, black sesame seeds, EVOLUTION_18 Beauty Collagen, and matcha to your blender. Blend on high until smooth (about 30–60 seconds).

  2. Add in the banana or avocado and greens and blend on high until smooth (about 30–60 seconds).

  3. Pour over ice cubes, if you want it extra cold.

Chef Carla Contreras is the founder of the online cooking school Cook+Chop. She competed on season 12 of Chopped! on Food Network. She is Nutritious Life Certified, a Certified Holistic Health Coach, a food stylist, and photographer with a stacked culinary resume.

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