I love discovering and sharing simple recipes that you can make at home. They make for a healthier option than store-bought products.
I've been making my own peanut butter at home for a while now, but I never thought of making my own sesame butter at home. In fact, though I've had tahini (salted sesame butter) so many times in my life, I've actually never imagined how utterly delicious sweet tahini would be, i.e. sweet sesame butter!
Last year I attended a cultural festival where I went to a Tunisian stall that had an attractive chocolate fountain going on—except it wasn't chocolate, it was sesame butter. They had dates and other desserts for sale and we could dip any dessert into the sesame butter fountain before sampling them. I've wanted to make sesame butter ever since, and I finally got round to doing it today. And if I can do it, you can, too!
Why You Should Make Your Own Sesame Butter at Home
With so many people, including the youth, facing all sorts of health problems, the time is ripe for us to ditch as many processed and packed foods as we can, and replace them with wholesome, homemade food. At least this way, we can be sure of what exactly is in our food and who handles it.
There are many reasons why you should start making your own sesame butter, or anything for that matter, at home:
- It's cheaper
- It's easier
- It's more flavorful
- It's fresher
- It's quick
- It's so gratifying
How to Make Sesame Butter at Home
Anyone can make sesame butter at home! If not for the health and cost benefits, at least for the fun of it! It takes so little time to make, so if you're looking for some instant gratification, this is the recipe for you. The steps are all detailed below:
What You Need
- 2 cups sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil/sesame oil
- Natural sweetener (honey, maple syrup, organic palm sugar, etc), to taste
- Flat-bottomed pan and stove top for roasting seeds
- Food processor or blender
You can buy roasted sesame seeds from an organic market, but make sure they are unsalted. I noticed that salted sesame seeds can be too salty and this just ruins the sweet sesame butter, in my opinion. Otherwise, you can buy raw sesame butter and roast them yourself. You don't even need an oven for this one.
Step 1: The Roasting Stage
Assuming we're starting with raw sesame seeds, the first step is the roasting stage. In fact, the better word for this is 'toasting' not 'roasting'. Sesame seeds are so tiny that you can place them on a dry flat-bottomed pan over medium heat on your stove and begin toasting away. Keep stirring them and as they heat up, they will begin popping and flying off the pan. That's it - switch off the flame fast. They get done so fast - and if you're not sure if they're ready, here's a tip: switch off the heat when they are only 50% toasted.
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Step 2: The Grinding Stage
If you're working with pre-toasted sesame seeds, this is your first (and only!) step. And it's the best step of all - grinding! Here you'll watch your seeds go from whole, to powdered to a thick clumpy mess - and eventually, to dreamy, creamy sesame goodness!
Toss your seeds into your food processor or blender (don't worry I only used a blender), and begin blending away! The photos below show the various steps of sesame seed grinding:
Step 3: The Liquification Stage
Yes, I'm a dork. I call this the 'liquification' stage because this is where we make the sesame butter more spreadable or as liquid as we want, using oil, not water. And being healthmunstas, we're going to use healthy oils like coconut oil or sesame oil. None of that hydrogenated trans-fat stuff for us! Add in your oil of choice (I used sesame oil) and give it one more grind on the blender.
Step 4: The Sweetening Stage
Now this part is totally optional, but recommended. It's time to sweeten up this sesame butter, baby! Use a healthy sweetener like honey, organic raw sugar, maple syrup or date syrup and blend one more time to bring it together. I'm using unrefined cane sugar. Sweeten to taste.
Step 5: Congratulations!
You've now made your very own, handmade sesame butter. Now you can brag to your friends and family by giving them their very own jars of homemade sesame butter!
- Keep your sesame butter in a clean, dry glass jar.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 6 months.
- Store in your pantry for up to 1 to 2 months.
- If it starts to smell funky, it's time to hit the trash.
- But you'll probably use it up within a week!
The Many Ways to Enjoy Sesame Butter
Sesame butter is just as versatile as peanut butter and can be used in much the same way! Here are some great ways to incorporate sesame butter into your diet:
- Slather some sesame butter on bread
- Snack on sesame butter with graham crackers
- Use in salad dressings
- Make sesame butter cookies
- Use as a dip for any fruit; e.g., dates
- Use in smoothies
- Use as an alternative to butter in baking
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