5 Ways Tahini is the Ultimate Pantry Staple

Creamy tahini
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Do you have tahini in your pantry? If not, it’s about time you got some! While tahini is often used in hummus, the Middle Eastern condiment has so many uses beyond it. Tahini can elevate both savory and sweet dishes. Here are five uses for tahini that you probably haven’t considered.


Tahini makes a delicious drizzle over yogurt, oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, and ice cream as well as salads and meats.


Next time you’re making a banana-based smoothie, throw in some tahini for a nutty taste. In addition to smoothies, tahini is great in hot chocolate and coffee.

Dairy Substitute

Instead of adding cream, sour cream, butter, or milk to make dishes creamier, add tahini. It’s a great thickener that happens to be dairy-free.


Tahini makes perfect hummus, but the sesame paste can also add a nuttiness when blended with white beans, edamame, roasted carrots, or guacamole. Just cut up some veggies and get to dipping.

Baked Goods

Tahini elevates baked goods like cakes, bread, donuts, and babkas, improving the texture and flavor. It makes most desserts moister without having to add oil and it’s high in antioxidants, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals.