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5 Unexpected Ways to Use Tahini

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Today: Tahini isn't just for hummus. Here are five ways to use this savory and smooth sesame seed spread to its full potential.

As far as spreads go, tahini isn’t much to look at. It’s beige, gloppy, and it often has a yellowish layer of oil floating on top. It is likely sitting in the back of your fridge, where it's been since you bought it to make hummus.

Even if tahini won’t win any beauty awards, it still deserves your attention. It has more oil than nut butter, which makes it rich and even more satisfying. It's also incredibly versatile, and will win over most foods with its creaminess and distinct texture. Before your jar goes to waste, it's time to draw it out from the depths of your kitchen and put it to use. Give it a quick stir to distribute its natural oils, then start digging in. Here are 5 ways to give tahini a more important role in your diet:

1. Step up your porridge game.

Oatmeal is the perfect winter breakfast, but it can be bland. A spoonful of tahini and a drizzle of honey will rescue your bowl of mush. If you’re feeling fancy, a handful of sesame seeds adds a lovely crunch.  

2. Spread it on.

Toast plays well with most ingredients, but it really loves tahini, which practically melts into warm toast and without making the bread soggy. Smash an avocado on top, squeeze a lemon over it, and you have the perfect breakfast or snack.

 3. Improve your takeout.

Want to replicate your favorite takeout sesame noodles at home? Use a bit of tahini in addition to the usual peanut butter and sesame oil. It will add a depth of flavor that plain peanut butter lacks.  

4. Skip the bottled dressing.

In salad dressing, tahini can replace oil. Whisk it with some lemon juice, garlic, and a touch of water to make a creamy, yet dairy-free sauce. It is great on salads, quinoa, and grilled chicken.  

5. Spice up your chocolate.

Hot chocolate is supposed to be sweet, but sometimes it can be too much. A spoonful of tahini counters the sugar level, adding a slightly savory note. It pairs beautifully with hot chocolate made with almond or coconut milk, which are a little lighter than whole milk.

What are some of your favorite ways to use tahini? Tell us in the comments below!

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