I have to admit that I am obsessed, obsessed with tahini. For those of you who might wonder “What even is tahini?”: Tahini simply is sesame butter. You can either buy it or make it at home yourself, I always buy it. As a tip: Look if you can find some shop where you can buy it cheaper as it can be pretty expensive in regular supermarkets. I always get mine from a Turkish supermarket.
So, what is so good about tahini?
- First of all: Tahini tastes amazing, as simple as that.
- It is rich in protein, vitamin E, B vitamins, calcium and minerals such as iron, magnesium and phosphorus.
- Tahini is easier for your body to digest than sesame seeds but you still get the same healthy nutrients from it.
- All these healthy nutrients contribute to strong muscles, glowing hair and skin and reducing the signs of aging.
- It is high in fats but the good kind of fats – unsaturated fats. In comparison to saturated fats, they don’t increase your cholesterol level, they can even help to reduce it which also lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke.
- It is so versatile. You can use it in a lot of different ways; sweet or savory, as an ingredient or on its own as a sauce or topping.
Let me show you the different ways I use it to give you some inspiration:
The most popular way to use it, is as an ingredient for hummus. For my hummus, I blend chickpeas with some tahini, water, garlic and salt.
For sweet meals I simply mix tahini with some sweet syrup such as agave syrup. Sometimes I add cacao to get some yummie cacao sauce. I add it to foods such as pancakes, bread, oatmeal or banana icream.
I also use tahini as a topping and sauce for savory meals, mainly as a salad dressing. For this I either just mix tahini with garlic and salt to get a salty sauce or I make some “honey” mustard sauce by mixing tahini, agave syrup and mustard.