If you love tahini, then you will love how simple it is to make at home. I was in the store the other day picking up a new jar for myself and I saw a bag of sesame seeds for $3 dollars and decided to make it myself since the jar I was about to buy cost $8. What the heck I thought...I make my own Almond Butter, why not my own tahini?! Of course, it was just as good if not better since I made it myself. Tahini (sesame seed paste) is full of wholesome nutrition. Sesame seeds contain important B Vitamins...B1, B2, B3, B5, as well as a great supply of calcium. They also have beneficial trace elements like copper, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and manganese. Sesame seeds contain both omega 3 & 6 that improve the health of the brain. I'm learning to use tahini in all different kinds of ways. You can use it in salad dressings, dips, hummus, soups, cookies, or just eat it plain spread on toast. It pairs well with different flavors like lemon, miso, cumin, parsley, cilantro, garlic, etc. So very good and so very good for you!
Homemade Tahini [Vegan]
- 2 cups sesame seeds (1 lb.)
- Preheat oven to 350. Place seeds on roasting pan or rimmed cookie sheet and roast for about 10-15 minutes making sure to move them around every few minutes so the seeds on the bottom don't burn.
- Dry roast over medium low heat in a skillet using one cup at a time (add more or less depending on your skillet). Be sure to move the seeds around frequently to ensure that they don't burn.
Store your tahini in an air-tight container in the fridge. Will last up to a couple months. Since homemade tahini is made using the whole sesame seed and not hulled seeds like store bought tahini, unless you find hulled seeds to use, your consistency may not be as creamy but it's not a big difference and you’re getting the added benefits of extra fiber and nutrition from the outer shells. The majority of the calcium is lost when the seeds are hulled. To add extra creaminess use 2 or 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil or sesame oil when blending if desired. This will help create a smoother texture but it will also alter the flavor slightly.
- Sesame Seeds