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How To Make Tahini

  • Author: Lexi
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Plain tahini is easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients. Once you've mastered homemade tahini, try this chocolate version, too!



Plain tahini:

  • 2 cups hulled, toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4-1/3 cup light olive oil or another neutral oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Chocolate tahini: same as above, plus:

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup (brought to room temperature)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • up to 1/2 cup room temperature water
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, melted and cooled



Plain tahini:

  1. To toast your sesame seeds, preheat a skillet over medium heat. Add sesame seeds in an even layer and toast for 3-5 minutes, stirring often to prevent burning. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Transfer cooled sesame seeds to a food processor and pulse 20-25 times until they form a crumbly mixture. Blend continuously until a thick paste starts to form; about 4-5 minutes. Scrape down the sides a few times during this process.
  3. Add in salt and continue blending. Slowly stream in olive oil while blending. Continue blending until the tahini is smooth, creamy and light in color (about 5 minutes). 
  4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 6 months. 

Chocolate tahini:

  1. Follow instructions above for plain tahini. 
  2. Then, add cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla, olive oil and salt to the food processor and continue blending. Slowly stream in water until it forms a smooth paste. 
  3. Slowly stream in cooled, melted chocolate until smooth and creamy. 
  4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a few months.


See blog post for troubleshooting and FAQs!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Spreads
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 5259
  • Sugar: 68.3 g
  • Sodium: 1767 mg
  • Fat: 554.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 93.5 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 91.7 g
  • Fiber: 10 g
  • Protein: 7.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 5.1 mg

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