Are you even alive anymore, Sara?
Yes, I’m alive.
I am in college after all.
And after a week with three tests and a few quizzes, my brain is absolutely fried.
Seriously, who the hell invented Calculus?
That guy was on something.
This tahini recipe is actually rather impromptu, because I was originally planning on making homemade hummus and just buying a jar of tahini at the store.
Until I saw the price. $6 for something I will use maybe once or twice before it goes bad?
No, no, and noooo. Although I know tahini is used in more than just hummus, I didn’t even know what it tasted like at the time, much less if I would even like it enough to make other recipes for it. And $6…?
(I am a college student after all. If I’m spending $6 on food, it’s a vanilla bean or a latte from a cute little coffee shop, or something I know I like).
And so therefore, I relied on the wonderful internet to see if tahini is even something possible to make at home. Good news, it’s possible!
So as I was in the middle of the baking aisle at Winco, browsing my very slow internet service on my beloved iPhone, I discovered that tahini consists of only toasted sesame seeds and oil. There is no specific recipe, it’s kind of just a “see what happens” recipe if that makes sense.
(If not, just read on!)
Start with some sesame seeds. Put them in a pan, and then turn on the heat medium high.
Lightly toast them. Right when they start to look a little brown, take them off because they burn so quickly! This should only take a few minutes.
Add it to a blender or food processor. I use a blender because I do not have a food processor (but a girl can dream!)
Add some oil.
Blend blend blend!
As it turns out, I definitely would only use tahini in recipes such as hummus or maybe salad dressing. I know many use it in place of peanut butter, and although I thought it was delicious, it will never replace peanut butter in this girl’s heart!
But luckily for you tahini lovers, you now have a more affordable (suuuuuuper easy) alternative!
1/4 c. sesame seeds
1 Tbs. olive oil
Place sesame seeds in a saute pan. Heat on medium high and toast sesame seeds, but be careful not to burn them. Pour toasted sesame seeds into a blender. Add the oil and blend until smooth and creamy. You may have to scrape down the sides every once in a while.
Makes about 3 Tbs. of tahini
*This recipe is vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and paleo!