How To Make Tahini Paste From Scratch – With A Blender
Making your own tahini at home from scratch is so easy with this quick and simple recipe. With only 2 basic ingredients and a blender you’ll be making the best tahini recipe ever! PLUS, find out how to make vegan tahini cocoa spread with an extra recipe below.
I was going to buy tahini to make my homemade hummus but when I saw the price I was shocked! It’s so expensive, the frugal side to me was reluctant to buy it. After looking at the ingredients list I decided to make my own tahini recipe for hummus from scratch. And I have to say, I doubt I will ever buy tahini AGAIN!
Homemade tahini is one of the quickest recipes ever and tastes so much better than shop-brought ones. There’s no need to use a food processor for this tahini recipe, I’ll show you how to make tahini from scratch using a blender. You’re going to love this tahini recipe, it’s naturally vegan and gluten-free so can be enjoyed by all.
What Is Tahini?
Tahini is simply toasted sesame seeds that has been grounded into a paste (a bit like peanut butter). It’s a condiment that can be served by itself or as a key ingredient in many popular dishes like homemade hummus and tahini cookies. Tahini is a staple in the Middle East, Mediterranean and parts of North Africa.
I’ve also included a recipe on how to turn your tahini into vegan chocolate / cocoa spread.
Tahini Paste Recipe Ingredients
You can make homemade tahini with the two ingredients below:
- Sesame Seeds – I used hulled sesame seeds in this tahini recipe. Hulled sesame seeds have the outer coverings called hulls removed during the manufacturing process. Most shops sell sesame seeds with the hull removed, this gives the tahini a smoother texture. When the sesame seeds are toasted they provide an enhanced nutty flavour.
- Olive Oil – You can make tahini without oil, though it takes longer to form a paste and can be harder to make with a blender and not a food processor. With this tahini recipe using a blender, I add olive oil to help aid the grounding and to add flavour.
Can You Make Tahini In The Blender?
So I did a little test to see if I can make homemade tahini with a blender and not a food processor. I have two blenders, a very budget blender and a Ninja Blender. I first used the budget blender and nope it didn’t work. It got to the stage in the picture below but did not blend any further (it started making funny noises too).
This is NOT what you want your tahini to look like haha. As you can see a complete fail. So I poured this mixture into my Ninja blender and YES it blended immediately without the need to add more oil. See the success below yay.
From my little experiment I definitely won’t try to ground dry seeds to a paste again in the budget blender, I’m sticking to my much-loved Ninja blender! Check out how to make this easy and quick tahini recipe in this step-by-step tutorial below.
How To Make Homemade Tahini
you can make fresh tahini in 3 simple steps
Over a medium heat toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan (do not add oil to the pan), stirring frequently with a wooden spoon. Toast the sesame seeds for around 5 minutes, the seeds should look slightly golden brown. They burn easily so be watchful.
Instead of toasting the sesame seeds in a pan, you could bake them in the oven at 180°c or 350°F for 10 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
Place your toasted sesame seeds in the blender whilst they’re still warm.
Pulse for around 10 seconds in your blender then add 3 tbsp of olive oil and pulse again until the sesame seeds has formed a smooth paste. Add salt to taste.
When I first started blending the sesame seeds it did look very sand-like and dry, but keep going! It will form into a paste after a few minutes.
That’s how to make easy tahini from scratch! Let me know in the comments below and if you’ve made this recipe tag me on Instagram @MyMorningMocha.
What To Make With Using Tahini?
If you’re wondering what to do with your tahini, then have a look below. There are so many uses for this tahini recipe, it’s not just for hummus!
Tahini Vegan Cocoa Spread Recipe
Have you tried tahini cocoa spread? I LOVE IT! It’s the best vegan Nutella recipe I like to make. I find it to be a lovely chocolate vegan spread alternative recipe with no nuts. I have it on my toast, yoghurt, bananas and pretty much anything I can.
To make this delicious tahini cocoa spread, mix 1 tbsp of tahini, 2 tbsp of golden syrup and 1 tbsp of cocoa together. It’s so much healthier than the chocolate spread you can buy in the shops, simply just adjust the 3 ingredients to your taste! It tastes absolutely delicious, I love it!
If you’re not vegan, instead of using golden syrup you can use honey in this recipe. I prefer golden syrup to make the tahini cocoa spread, though they both work well.
Homemade Tahini Shelf Life & Where To Store It
I keep my homemade tahini in a cool cupboard in an air tight preserving jar and I use it within 1-2 months.
Tips To Making The Best Tahini
- Use hulled sesame seeds: Majority of supermarkets sells hulled sesame seeds, which is great! They provide a smother consistency.
- Try not burn the sesame seeds: Sesames burn very quickly and you don’t want your tahini tasting burnt or overly bitter. You’ll want to toast them until they become slightly golden brown, so that the natural oils are released.
- Use a high-powered blender: As you can see from my little experiment above, my budget blender did not work! You don’t have to buy really expensive blenders my Ninja costs just over £50.
The Best Tahini Recipe That’s Quick & Easy
- 150 g Sesame Seeds Hulled
- 3 or more tbsp Olive Oil Extra Virgin
- To Taste Salt Optional
- Toast the sesame seeds over a medium heat stirring constantly for 5 minutes, or until slightly golden
- Place your toasted sesame seeds in the blender whilst they’re still warm.
- Pulse for around 10 seconds in your blender then add 3 tbsp of olive oil and pulse again until the sesame seeds has formed a smooth paste. Add salt to taste.You can add more olive oil if necessary.
- Pour the tahini into an air tight container and store in a dry place
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