How to Make Your Own Tahini

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Hope your food processor is handy—homemade tahini is on the horizon! It’s no mystery why trendy tahini is making its long overdue debut in the foodie world. A creamy spread made from sesame seeds, tahini is rich in calcium and iron, low in sodium and cholesterol, and just one tablespoon supplies three grams of protein. 

From smoothie bowls to dessert-like dips, this tasty condiment is easy to make yourself. Enjoy it with sliced apples, carrot sticks or as an ingredient in one of our many tahini-based recipes.

Homemade Tahini in Mason Jar |

Makes about 2 cups

16-oz. bag Bob’s Red Mill Whole Brown Sesame Seeds
3/4 cup Vitacost Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On baking sheet, evenly spread sesame seeds.
  2. Toast seeds in oven for about 10 minutes, stirring a couple times to ensure the edges do not over-brown. Let cool for at least 20 minutes.
  3. Once cooled, pour sesame seeds into food processor and pulse. Pour in olive oil and process for 1-2 minutes, until creamy. Store tahini in refrigerator for about a week.

What’s next? How about our Tahini-Banana Blondies with Caramel Icing?