Nut butters are really something special, aren’t they? A homemade tahini recipe really is something every kitchen wizard needs in their back pocket.
I remember an ex of mine once told me I couldn’t just eat peanut butter with every meal and call it satay sauce.
This is why exes go in the bin.
Over time, my peanut butter obsession transformed and tahini became the star of the show. In it would go to my salad dressings. Into my nicecream. On top of bananas or on top of spoons. No food vehicle necessary to get it in my mouth.
It really can jazz up a banana or date snack and absolutely takes your smoothie from zero to hero.
They can also level up your savoury meals and any dressing or sauce you’ve got going on.
I have had multiple love affairs. With all of them: the classics like peanut butter and almond. Sunflower seed butter is a personal favourite and captivated my attention for a time… but nothing stole my heart quite like tahini.
That humble little sesame seed, it got me good.
You CAN buy it in stores. You can, you can… BUT, it is so simple to make it from scratch. All it requires are the seeds and a little bit of patience.
The bonus being that you get to lick the blender clean at the end.
I am about to give you the most simple recipe. So simple I could have explained it six paragraphs ago in a couple of words…
but then you wouldn’t have got to hear about my ex who lives in bin and keeps himself warm with his opinions.
I kid, I kid…
Sesame seeds – 200g minimum
Pinch of salt
Tsp natural sugar (honey, panela)
Toast your sesame seeds for 10-15 minutes, stirring constantly so they don’t burn.
Blend and add the secret ingredient PATIENCE.
Seriously, the longer you blend the more the magic starts to unfold inside of the blender. Just when you think you’ve been blending for long enough… do another five minutes and watch it turn into liquid gold creaminess.
Optional Step 3
Add your pinch of salt/sugar and continue to blend. This step is definitely optional and the tahini is still bomb without.
Sesame is a little power house of a seed!
For a little guy, there are some big benefits. They are packed full of calcium, copper and magnesium and are one of the more alkalizing seeds out there.
I literally would never not make them from scratch and deprive myself of the treat that is licking the blender clean.
You want AT LEAST 200 grams worth of seeds to start with, in order to get a decent amount. Unfortunately a little does not go a long way, which is why I am not making it every week.
Oh, but when I do…
It’s gone in two days.
I regret nothing.