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8 Delicious Ways To Use Tahini

Once you start using tahini, you'll get hooked.

23/06/2017 7:25 AM AEST | Updated 23/06/2017 7:31 AM AEST

If you love hummus, then chances are you'll love tahini -- a creamy, nutty paste made from ground sesame seeds. Tahini is rich in minerals such as iron, calcium and magnesium, and high in vitamin E and vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B5.

And, thankfully, hummus isn't the only thing you can add tahini to.

There are a number of different (and delicious) ways to use this versatile paste, from salad dressings and sauces, to desserts like healthy 'nice' cream and brownies.

Once you start using tahini, you'll get hooked. It's so good.

1. Sauces

Thanks to its creamy texture, tahini makes a perfect base for sauces of all varieties, including Middle Eastern and Asian-inspired dishes.

Try Cookie and Kate's cucumber soba noodles with a sesame, ginger and tahini sauce, or roasted cauliflower and freekeh with a garlicky tahini sauce.

Cookie and Kate

2. Salad dressings

Bored of olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing? You need to try tahini dressing -- it's creamy, slightly sweet and zingy, and adds another layer of flavour. Seriously, it will save any ol' salad.

Try Foodie Crush's satisfying kale salad with butternut pumpkin, chickpeas and tahini dressing, or Minimalist Baker's sweet potato buddha bowl with maple tahini dressing.

Minimalist Baker

3. Pasta and pasta salad

Like olive oil and fresh garlic, tahini is one of those ingredients which transforms pasta in the simplest way. Together with lemon and garlic, tahini imparts its nutty and slightly tangy flavour and creamy texture to the pasta.

Try Love and Lemon's hazelnut tahini pasta and She Likes Food's creamy tahini Greek pasta salad.

She Likes Food

4. Homemade ice cream

Tahini in desserts? Yes, and it's amazing. Promise. This dessert by Minimalist Baker combines tahini, cacao and frozen bananas to create a creamy instant ice cream. It's sweet, chocolatey and nutty.

The next time you need something sweet, try this healthy 'nice' cream recipe.

Minimalist Baker

5. Brownies

Give brownies another layer of flavour by adding creamy tahini to the rich, dark chocolate base and swirling more tahini on top. The result is decadent, fudgy brownies with a healthy twist.

Try The Healthy Maven's healthy-ish dark chocolate tahini brownies.

The Healthy Maven

6. Cookies

Much like peanut butter or almond butter, tahini is a delicious addition to cookies -- and is a great option for those with nut allergies.

These cookies are sweet, with a hint of saltiness and Anzac biscuit flavour, and are perfect for afternoon snacking with a tea. Try Delicious Everyday's sweet and salty tahini cookies.

Delicious Everyday

7. Stuffed dates

One of the easiest, tastiest healthy treats is stuffed medjool dates. Tahini-stuffed dates are caramely, nutty and incredibly moreish. And, if you haven't already, try the same with peanut butter -- it tastes like Snickers!

Try Minimalist Baker's delicious, easy tahini bombs, which take this snack up a notch by coating the tahini-stuffed dates in chocolate.

Minimalist Baker

8. Chocolate chip tahini bars

This final tahini-inspired treat combines chewy oats with maple syrup, tahini, applesauce and chocolate chips. It's fluffy, satisftying and perfectly sweet.

Try The Healthy Maven's chocolate chip tahini bars.

The Healthy Maven

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