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Vegan Tahini Recipe & Falafel Sauce for Dips, Desserts, More

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This delicious vegan tahini recipe rocks tons of dishes, from falafel and vegan hummus to baba ganoush. Not to mention it’s a go-to in a variety of tasty treats like vegan parfait, creamy fudge, and chocolate mousse.

One of the best things about this vegan tahini recipe beyond how tasty it is and how voluminous its uses are, is the sesame. Because in case you haven’t heard, sesame seeds are pretty dope.

In fact it wasn’t long ago that studies showed a head to head comparison between sesame and other nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes, and sesame, lo and behold, came out on top.

According to Dr. Michael Greger, “Sesame seeds specifically provide the most benefit of all nuts, seeds, legumes, and grains . . . enough to lower stroke and heart attack risk by five percent.”

The reason that’s important is because raw organic tahini is nearly 100% sesame, and it only takes a little to load up.

Which is easy to do in light of the fact that it rocks so many dishes, from falafel and vegan hummus to baba ganoush. Not to mention it’s a go-to in a variety of desserts — creamy fudge, rich parfait, and chocolate mousse.

All organic, plant-based, and gluten-free. 

Tahini Recipe

Close-up of a rich creamy mug of homemade vegan tahini by a spoonful of scattered sesame seeds.
Sesame seeds are little powerhouses.

This tahini recipe is more nutrient-dense when you make it with raw, organic, ‘unhulled’ sesame seeds. They contain more fiber and nutrients than mechanically-hulled brands.

Toasting and hulling reduces fiber, calcium, iron, lignans, and more — 5X more calcium in unhulled — though some folks do prefer a mellower blend.

Tahini Ingredients

If you prefer toasted seeds, bake them on 350 for 10-15 minutes before use.

I add optional dashes of Grains of Paradise and nutritional yeast to tahini. You can also add garlic and herbs.

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Tahini Sauce Recipe

Top view of crispy vegan falafel balls in a leafy wooden ball with sides of tahini, tartar sauce, and lemon.
Falafel and tahini are a pair.

Tahini has long been a dip for falafel and is commonly called ‘falafel sauce’ for that reason.

You can get the falafel recipe here.

Rich glass bowl of homemade vegan tahini by a spoonful and bowl of scattered sesame seeds.

Homemade Tahini

This recipe is organic, vegan, and gluten-free.  
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Process. 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 24
Calories 89 kcal



  • Pour the seeds into a food processor or strong blender. If you want them toasted, bake on 350 for 10-15 minutes first.
  • Add olive oil and process until you reach desired consistency, pausing the machine to stir.
  • Add salt and herbs to taste.
  • If the tahini is too thick you can add more oil and adjust.
  • Refrigerate in a sealed glass container.


I personally use raw organic ‘unhulled’ untoasted sesame seeds in this recipe because they’re more nutrient-rich. However if you prefer toasted seeds just bake them in the oven on 350 for 10-15 minutes before processing.    


Calories: 89kcal
Keyword Falafel Sauce, Homemade Tahini, Tahini Recipe, Tahini Sauce, Vegan Tahini
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