Savvy Savings Sunflower Seed Substitute Tahini Paste
I spent years buying tahini paste that I used to make my Hummus bi Tahini, until one day I read the ingredients: sesame seeds, olive oil. Well, goodness, I thought, I can do that. And it’s truly that simple.
Then one day I was stuck since I was out of Tasty Traditional Tahini Paste and out of sesame seeds to whip up a quick batch. I began to explore a frugal substitute and ended up using roasted sunflower seeds. I made a perfect paste using organic roasted sunflower seeds that was both pure and delicious. Neither I, nor any member of my family, noticed a difference in the consistency. The taste was, if anything, a little milder than traditional hummus when mixed in with my go-to hummus recipe.
The only modification I needed was I had to add just a little bit more olive oil to the paste than sesame seeds require while the mix was in the food processor.
I haven’t tried it yet, but I plan to one day mix sesame seed with sunflower seed to make the tahini. I am thinking about a 1 to 4 ratio with the majority being the sunflower seed. I think you will find this is a delicious cost-saving measure your family will eat up!
2½ cups roasted sunflower seeds
¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
baking sheet (if you need to roast your sunflower seeds)
If your sunflower seeds are not roasted, place them on a baking sheet in a preheated 350° F degree oven and toast, stirring frequently, for about 5-10 minutes. Do not let them brown. Allow to completely cool before proceeding.
Place sunflower seeds and olive oil in food processor. Blend until smooth. You’re looking for a thick, pourable consistency. If you need to add more olive oil, add it slowly by drizzling it into the mix while it is blending the ingredients.
Very low in sodium
Very low in sugar
Store in a tightly closed container (I use a mason jar) in the refrigerator. This will keep for about 3 months. The layer of olive oil on top will help keep the product fresh.
I would love to hear any feedback about this recipe. Did you make it? Did you enjoy it? Did you make any adjustments to it?
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