Cocoa Tahini Spread

Sesame paste has been consumed for centuries throughout the Middle East and Asia, but the smooth, nutty-tasting spread has become popular in North America much more recently. By blending it with cocoa, we’ve created a smooth and delicious treat that makes a great dip or a toast topper worth lingering over in the morning.

Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Cocoa tahini spread on two slices of toast, on a yellow plate with a knife
Small food processeur
Small food processeur
approximately 1 cup (250 ml)
  • ¼ cup (54 g) Redpath® Demerara Style Sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) water
  • ¼ tsp (2 g) salt
  • 1 cup (148 g) hulled sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp (12 g) cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) grapeseed oil
  • 1½ tsp (7 ml) toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp (7 ml) pure vanilla extract

Step 1

In a small pot, combine the Redpath® Demerara Style Sugar, water, and salt. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil while stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Step 2

Meanwhile, place a large pan over medium heat to preheat. When the pan is warm, evenly spread the sesame seeds over the surface. Stir with a heatproof spatula until sesame seeds begin to get an oily sheen to them, are golden in colour, and emit a nutty aroma; about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

Step 3

Transfer toasted sesame seeds to the bowl of a small food processor fitted with a metal blade. Allow sesame seeds to cool to room temperature; about 5 minutes.

Chocolate Tahini Spread

Step 4

Process on high, stopping the processor periodically to scrape down the sides to ensure all seeds are evenly ground, until the seeds become a powder; 1 minute.

Chocolate Tahini Spread

Step 5

Add in the cocoa powder and blend on high until mixture begins to clump together; about 3 minutes.

Chocolate Tahini Spread

Step 6

Stir in the grapeseed oil, sesame oil, and pure vanilla extract into the slightly cooled sugar syrup mixture. Drizzle the wet ingredients over the sesame seeds. Blend until mixture is homogenous; 5 to 7 minutes.

Chocolate Tahini Spread

Step 7

Transfer to a clean jar and keep in the fridge for up to 3 months.

Chocolate Tahini Spread