3 Ingredient Home-Made Tahini Recipe

3 Ingredient Home-Made Tahini Recipe

This is a homemade 3 ingredient tahini recipe that was a game changer for me. I cannot ever see myself paying so much for a bottle of tahini ever again and after seeing so many recipes on line on how to make tahini I still couldn’t find a recipe that worked for me.

This is what I discovered while making my tahini


The first thing was that the tahini would not necessarily come out as light in color as I had hoped and I was adamant to make mine a white color.  I wanted it lighter than the natural brown color of the seeds so on one of my many trials I decided to try a squeeze of lemon juice and bang, white tahini! I was over the moon for my simple findings.


The second thing is that even though my recipe calls for 5 tablespoons of oil, let me just say that you may need more because it really just depends on the sesame, food processor or blender but the oil amount varies. If you find yourself using more oil than you need its okay 🙂

Affordable Tahini

If you try this home made version ( you really should ) and even if you do buy the store bought version again you will always remember how quick & easy it is to make it yourself! And so much more affordable.

Toast, cool, add into the processor and if you don’t have a food processor you can use a mortar and pestle.

The thing about home-made recipes is that you get to decide what goes inside and there is certain sense of pride in knowing that you are giving your body and your family the very best.

I have always believed that recipes must work for you otherwise what’s the point really? You have to feel comfortable with the ingredients to enjoy making it.

You need to use ingredients that are easily available because it makes the whole process more enjoyable.  Try new things, new ways of combing ingredients with what works.  That simple.

homemade tahini

What is tahini mostly used for?

Hummus ofcourse! Hummus is not only loved but also used in so many recipes, for entertaining, snacks, dips, pasta additions and even wraps. Its the bomb of dips really I think 🙂


If you are going to use tahini to make a smooth & creamy hummus you may want a thick consistency
Add another bit of oil and keep processing if you find it’s still not smooth enough because it will all come together.
You want your tahini a bit lighter in color? You want to use it a sauce?  Then the answer is fresh lemon juice.
For me, the lemon is a game changer!  Not just in terms of color but consistency and gives a refreshing taste.
Use the normal hulled sesame which don’t cost much at all combined with a mild olive oil.

homemade 3 ingredient tahini recipe

The color of my sesame seeds which once in the processor with oil turn a darker shade of brown just as they should.

sesame seeds



December 3, 2018
: 10 min
: 10 min

A game changing home-made tahini recipe!


  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 fresh lemon
  • Step 1 Heat a pan and roast the sesame seeds just till they slightly begin to change color.
  • Step 2 Pour them into a food processor and leave to cool for a few seconds before processing them while slowly adding the olive oil.
  • Step 3 Add more oil if you find that you are not getting quite the consistency you are looking for.
  • Step 4 If you want your hummus lighter in color you can add the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon. Slowly add fresh lemon juice depending on how light and how thick you want it.

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