I love tahini and like any other nuts or seed butter, it's super easy to make at home. But I know, trust me, it's even easier to buy it already made (sigh!).
Not only is homemade way cheaper but it's fresher (the oils haven't yet gone rancid) which means it's also healthier. In addition, knowing how to whip up your own at home can make life a lot easier when your recipe calls for it and you are all out! Just keep raw sesame seeds on hand at home in the pantry or freezer.
The photos make the tahini look like almond butter, right? Well that's partially because I used unhulled sesame seeds. You can use hulled, which most store bought tahini is made from, but unhulled is easier to find and the taste/flavor is almost the same.
The photos above demonstrate just how simple and easy it is to make a batch of it at home. And really all you need is one or two ingredients. And the most difficult part is literally toasting the seeds! And we all know at this point in our cooking careers that toasting nuts and seeds really isn't hard at all. Just alway remember: 350 Degrees F | 8 minutes. That's my usual nut-toasting quick go-to instructions. But these seeds took a tad longer. I cooked them for about 15 minutes instead of the usual 8-10.
From there, just throw them into your good old food processor. If you don't already have one of these, please get one. I use this and my Vitamix every single day. At least one if not both of them. To lead a healthy plant-based (or whole foods) diet, you need good equipment.
These items are so easy to clean, too, as long as you rinse them off or soak them directly after using them. It's when the sauce or ingredients sit in the bowl for a long time that makes them hard to clean. You don't even need a dishwasher. Much easier to clean than a frying pan.
Now go ahead and bookmark this recipe - it will come in hand when you're in a pinch at home and need some tahini for a divine salad dressing or dipping sauce.
Easy Homemade Tahini Recipe
Yields approx 8oz or 1 cup
- 2 cups raw unhulled or hulled sesame seeds
- 1-2 Tbsp sesame oil (toasted or not)
- sea salt, pinch
- Spread the raw seeds onto a cookie sheet. Bake them in the oven (aka toast) for 15 minutes at 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
- While they are cooling get out your food processor and the S blade. Add cooled, toasted seeds to the food processor mixing bowl. Add the sesame oil 1 Tbsp at a time.
- Blend on high for about 1 minute. Scrape sides. Blend again until smooth, about one more minute. Add sea salt. Pulse a few times to mix up.
- Store in a jar or other air tight container. This should last you a few months in the refrigerator.