So Much More than Hummus – My quest for Tahini recipes

Do you ever pick up an odd ingredient for a recipe, then have a ton left over afterward and wonder, “What on earth am I going to do with the rest of this”? I happen to be pondering this now. I made up a sweet potato hummus recipe for a party recently, and now I have a gigantic jar of tahini taking up space in my cupboard. Hmpfh.

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What is Tahini?

Tahini is simply sesame seeds ground up into a paste. It is oily and has a taste and consistency that is similar to peanut butter. It is used most commonly in hummus and other Middle Eastern cuisine.

…gimme more.

Although hummus is quite tasty, I don’t eat it on a regular basis. If you know me at all, you know that I am a huge tree hugger, so wasting an entire jar of anything would be a tragedy. Thus, I decided to explore some additional options for my tahini supply.

Ready? Here we go…


#1: Goddess Dressing

½ c tahini
¼ c soy sauce
½ c apple cider vinegar
½ c water
3 cloves garlic
1 tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp dried parsley
1 tbsp sugar
½ c olive oil


Add all ingredients except the oil to a food processor and puree until smooth. Add in the oil slowly and blend until mixed.


  1. #2: Chocolate Tahini Energy Bars

    5 c Rice Crispies cereal
    ¾ c tahini
    ¾ c rolled oats
    1/3 c sesame seeds
    1/3 c sunflower seeds
    1 1/3 c chopped dates
    ¾ c dark chocolate chips, divided
    ¼ tsp salt
    2/3 c soy milk powder
    ¾ c honey
    1/3 c brown sugar
    1 tsp vanilla extract


    1. Grease a 9×13 baking dish. In a mixing bowl, combine the rice crispies, oats, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, dates, ¼ c of the chocolate chips, and salt – set aside.
    2. Place the soy milk powder in a bowl and set aside.
    3. Combine honey, brown sugar, tahini, vanilla, and remaining chocolate chips and microwave until chocolate chips are melted and sugar is dissolved . gradually mix the tahini-chocolate mixture into the soy milk powder and stir vigorously.
    4. Pour the tahini-chocolate mixture into the rice crispies mixture and combine until evenly distributed. Press the mixture into the baking dish and cut into bars while the mixture is still warm. Allow to cool before removing from the pan.

#3: Tahini Sauce

This super versatile sauce would be great in pitas, drizzled over kebabs, or even on sandwiches.

½ c tahini
3 cloves crushed garlic
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
¼ c lemon juice
1 tsp chopped parsley

combine garlic and tahini in a food processor, then add salt. Remove and add olive oil and lemon juice, then stir in parsley.

#4: Vegetable Tahini Soup

1/3 c tahini
1/3 c water
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp ground cumin
1 pinch cayenne pepper
4 c vegetable stock
2 carrots, chopped
2 c broccoli florets, chopped
2 leeks, sliced
2 tomatoes, chopped
¼ c parsley, chopped


  1. In a bowl, stir together tahini, 1/3 c water, tamari, lemon juice, cumin, and cayenne
  2. Put the vegetable stock and carrots in a large pot, cover, and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in broccoli, leeks, tomatoes, and parsley
  4. Cover and return to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until veggies are tender.
  5. Add tahini mixture and stir until combined
  6. Bring just to a simmer and serve.


Well there you have it. All hope is not lost for my lonely jar of tahini in the cupboard. Praise the funky food Gods!

Do YOU have anything odd in your pantry? What are you planning to create with it?

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