How to make tahini at home using just one ingredient: sesame seeds. It’s so easy to make and also healthier and more affordable than store-bought tahini.
Tahini is one of the ingredients we use the most in our kitchen to make recipes for the blog and also for ourselves. At the beginning, we only used it to make some recipes like hummus, but we couldn’t live without it now. It’s our favorite healthy fat along with avocados and is a healthier alternative to oil because is less refined, more nutritious and lower in fat.
You can already find another homemade tahini recipe on the blog, which is made with 3 ingredients: toasted sesame seeds, extra virgin olive oil and salt. This one is even better because is made with just 1 ingredient: sesame seeds, nothing else!
It’s so easy to make tahini at home and is much more affordable, so we can save some money, especially if we buy the sesame seeds on bulk.
Oil is usually used to encourage blending and it also reduces the prep time, but as we try to avoid oil, we prefer this oil-free recipe. It’s incredibly delicious and creamy, so you won’t miss the oil and it’s made in 10 or 15 minutes, once the seeds are toasted (at least with our food processor).
I think any kind of sesame seeds can be used, but raw sesame seeds are more nutritious because they’re uncooked, although raw tahini is bitter, thicker and it takes longer. You can use store-bough toasted seeds or toast them yourself. We prefer to toast our seeds because we know how we toast them and when the seeds are hot, the tahini is easier to make. Hulled white sesame seeds are our favorite ones because when we use them the tahini is less bitter, creamier, whiter and they work so well.
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- 2 cups hulled white sesame seeds (290 g). We prefer to use this kind of sesame seeds, but feel free to use any kind you want.
- Toast sesame seeds in a dry skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes or until the seeds are lightly colored (not brown) and fragrant.
- Remove from the heat and let cool for 5 or 10 minutes.
- Place the sesame seeds in a food processor or powerful blender and blend until smooth. Our tahini was ready in 10 minutes, although it was quite thick, so we blended it for 5 minutes more to get the perfect consistency (15 minutes total).
- Store the tahini in a sealed container in the fridge for one month or even longer.
- Use tahini to make hummus, baba ghanoush, salad dressings, savory recipes or as a healthier alternative to oil.
- If your food processor or blender is not powerful, add 2 tbsp of oil to encourage blending. Add more oil if needed.
- Feel free to add salt to taste, although we prefer our tahini salt-free.
- Serving Size: 1 tbsp
- Calories: 103
- Sugar: 0.1 g
- Sodium: 2 mg
- Fat: 8.9 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.3 g
- Carbohydrates: 4.2 g
- Fiber: 2.1 g
- Protein: 3.2 g