Savvy Savings Sunflower Seed Substitute Tahini Paste

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


measuring cups
food processor
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.


2 cups

No cholesterol
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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