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Tahini: A complete guide

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Tahini is often known for its place in making hummus, but there are many reasons to enjoy tahini in its own right.

A Middle Eastern and Mediterranean staple, tahini is simply a paste of soaked and blended sesame seeds - much like (raw) peanut butter is of peanuts.

Opt for unhulled, raw and organic varieties wherever possible to ensure you are getting the most nutrient-rich product, or try making your own.

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Health benefits
Rich source of mono- and poly-unsaturated fats, promoting heart health.
Rich source of B vitamins, boosting energy and brain function.
Rich source of copper, necessary for the production of collagen.
Good source of calcium, aiding bone health and strength.
Good source of iron, enhancing transport of oxygen around the body.

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How to enjoy
Make your own homemade hummus or baba ganoush with a healthy dollop of tahini.
Enjoy a tablespoon or two with some fresh veggie sticks.
Drizzle over a veggie or pasta salad instead of a commercial dressing.
Mix into slices, cakes, muffins, brownies and cookies for a creamy, nutty flavour.
Blend into fruit smoothies for a delectable thickness and protein boost.
Swirl over your morning porridge, or spread on toast as you would peanut butter.

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How do you enjoy tahini? Share with us your favourite recipes and suggestions!

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Toast or buckwheat pancakes with banana, tahini and honey :)
Ohhh! That sounds awesome Clare! Will have to give it a try!
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