It's creamy, rich, earthy, and oh-so-versatile. It's also extremely high in calcium, magnesium, fiber, protein, and vitamins E, B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15, to name a few, making it a nutritional powerhouse. And because I try to avoid vinegars and garlic because of the silent reflux I have (you can read my story with reflux here on the blog Further Food), it's my pinch hitter when it comes to adding flavor to ANY dish. Tahini is made from sesame seeds, so it is easier on the tummy than most nut butters, as most people are more sensitive to nuts than seeds. Needless to say, I go through a jar every week and a half or so. My obsession is real.
Here are some ways, I like to use tahini:
- spreading it on sprouted toast or a rice cake like you would any other nut butter
- adding a spoonful on top of my overnight oats
- adding a drizzle to a morning smoothie bowl
- as a binder in this mashed chickpea salad
- using it as a dip for fresh berries to add some nuttiness
- subbing it in for almond or peanut butter in homemade energy bars
- using it in every and any sauce!
Because I love you all and I want you to know the magic of this seedy treat, I would like to share with you two of my favorite tahini sauces that I make on the regular - one savory and one sweet.
Miso-Tahini Turmeric Dressing
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 1 tsp white miso paste (use chickpea miso for a soy-free option)
- 1 tbsp warm (not boiling water) + 2-3 tbsp room temp water
- 1/4 tsp turmeric (optional)
- black pepper to taste (optional)
Dissolve miso in 1 tbsp warm water until there are no clumps. Add tahini, stirring until well combined, then add 1 tbsp of room temp water at a time until you reach your desired consistency. I For a thicker sauce to drizzle over a stir fry or for dipping, add less water. For a salad dressing, add a little more. Add turmeric and black pepper and stir until combined.
Note: This sauce will thicken when kept in the fridge. Just add 1 tsp of water at a time if it needs thinning when you take it out.
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 1 tbsp carob or cacao powder
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp coconut oil
Combine all ingredients and stir until smooth. Spread on toast or a rice cake, drizzle on berries, add to vegan ice cream, or just eat with a spoon for a nutritious sweet tooth fix.
With love, light, gratitude and TAHINI,