Homemade Tahini


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!



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