If you’re like me, you probably grew up eating peanut butter and jam sandwiches on a regular basis. Healthy or not, this was my first introduction to the world of nut butters.
These days, you can grab a jar of butter for pretty much any nut you can think of. And you bet I’ve tried them all…
Almond butter? Duh.
Cashew butter? Delicious.
Hazelnut butter? Heavenly.
The list goes on and encompasses everything from Pecan to Macadamia. There are even copycat butters made from soy! Not to mention that seeds like sunflower and pumpkin can also be buttered (butter-fied?).
I think it’s safe to say this nut butter thing is a full-blown craze.
But out of them all, I have to confess I have an unexpected favourite. Maybe it’s because I always fall for the oddball, but I have to bring some attention to the very underrated: sesame butter.
What? Sesame butter?
Also known as tahini, it’s really just ground up sesame seeds. Somehow, it has been left out of the hype, and reserved only for hummus.
Nutritionally, it’s got a lot going on. It’s higher in calcium than any nut or seed butter, and contains iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, selenium and protein.
Here are 5 fun ways you can use tahini that have nothing to do with hummus!
1. Put it on toast.
This is the most obvious one, but you might have never thought that tahini makes as delicious a toast topping as any of its counterparts.
You can up the ante by adding some fresh fruit, like apple or banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
2. Add it to smoothies.
Use tahini anywhere that you would use nut butters. Like almond or peanut butter, it adds a creamy texture and rich flavour to smoothies.
Flavour combinations that work well with tahini: banana, cinnamon, dates, cardamom, vanilla, mango and chocolate. Get creative!
3. Blend into soups.
If you’re making a pureed soup, and you want to change the game a little, try adding a couple tablespoons of tahini.
This trick works especially well for non-dairy “cream” soups, like cream of mushroom or creamy roasted cauliflower soup.
4. Try it at snack time.
Apples and peanut butter are a classic snack, but trust me… using tahini is a serious elevation.
Sweet apples complement the tahini perfectly, but it also makes a surprisingly delicious dip for carrots, and the perfect grown-up “ants on a log.”
5. Roll it up.
Just like peanut butter and almond butter, tahini makes the perfect glue to hold together your favourite power ball (or bar recipe).
If you're a member of That Clean Life, you can add this creative Pumpkin Tahini Energy Ball recipe to your meal plan for a power packed pick-me-up.
But don't stop here!
Tahini can be used in a baking, anywhere you would use peanut butter. Yes, even cookies!
Get creative, and try something new by replacing nut butter with tahini in almost any recipe.
What's your favourite way to use tahini? Let us know in the comments below!