Low-Fat Tahini*

Tahini (sesame seed paste) is the basis for many terrific spreads and dressings and is readily available in supermarkets. Unlike oils, it's not a processed food; it's just ground up sesame seeds.  (Make sure your brand includes no added oils).  But it's naturally high in fat like other seeds & nuts. (For that reason, some healthy hummus recipes omit tahini, even though that compromises the taste quite a bit).

Buy tahini in a jar where you can see that the oil has separated and risen to the top.   Normally you would have to stir the oil back in.

Pour the oil down the drain.  Then transfer tahini to a bowl big enough to stir it up.  Add water until it's creamy.  This takes a lot of stirring (the same as if you were stirring the oil back in).   What you now have is Low Fat Tahini; you've just removed the great majority of fat & calories.

Low-fat tahini mixed with either lemon juice or vinegar makes the best low-fat salad dressing IMO, especially with garlic powder, pepper, dried dill weed, and maybe salt.  On this website, tahini is used Lemon Tahini Dressing and of course hummus.  (Tip: if adding tahini to a salad dressing, use a jar with a lid - it's much easier to mix by shaking the jar). 

The low-fat version of tahini doesn't keep well in the fridge.  (Ordinary tachini keeps a very long time even unrefrigerated).  I divide mine into small containers kept in the freezer.  When I need tahini I defrost it in the microwave for a few seconds, then return the unused portion back to the freezer.



 The oil from a jar of hummus!



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tagged this with Excellent 2021-04-24 16:36:02 -0400
commented 2017-05-03 07:59:31 -0400 · Flag
Thank-you!!!!!! What a great way to still have rich tasting food while eliminating fat. I’m going to try this with Adams peanut butter. I normally buy the Costco size peanut butter-four teenagers and young adults-and empty the container into my kitchen aid and stir it up that way. I’m intrigued!!!!
commented 2017-01-05 13:58:08 -0500 · Flag
Did anyone ever answer the question as to how many calories and how many fat grams remain if you do this to tahini? I need to know because I’ve committed to tracking everything I eat and I want to be accurate.
commented 2015-08-08 15:53:09 -0400 · Flag
How does this effect the macros? How can I measure the grams of fat now?
commented 2014-03-26 07:12:25 -0400 · Flag
This is a great idea and something I always wondered about. Thanks!
commented 2014-02-18 23:32:38 -0500 · Flag
How many calories per tablespoon is the low fat version?
tagged this with Excellent 2012-12-15 12:44:45 -0500
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published this page in Spreads and Dips 2012-02-05 14:50:00 -0500