RECIPE: Tahini Mocha

It’s no secret that I am obsessed with tahini. The first recipe I ever published here, many years ago, did indeed use tahini. I even joke with people that if I ever write a book, it will be all about tahini!

Funny story….have you ever gotten so excited about something such as a book, a product of some sort or a recipe AND then realize, “oh, yeah! I’ve read that, tried that, or created that before!” This is what happened with me and the tahini mocha!

RECIPE: Tahini Mocha // Be Sol-Ful Living

 While waiting at the airport in Burlington, VT for our flight, Josh grabbed a coffee and when he came back to sit down he said, “they have a tahini mocha drink!” You know me and tahini – I think it took me maybe 10 seconds to get in line to learn more. While chatting with the baristas about my addiction with tahini and the amount of jars we go through in a week, I learned that this was in fact one of the baristas proud creations! It’s served over ice and I fell in love with one sip. A perfect balance of coffee-tahini-chocolate. They were kind enough to make Willow a tahini chocolate (almond) milk and she sucked it down so fast.

I made it my mission to recreate it when we got home. What makes this story so funny is that while running the first trial, a little voice kept nagging me, saying “you’ve done this before.” So I ran a search on my own blog and sure enough, I created a tahini mocha FOUR years ago 😂 While that one was good, I decided that I wanted to simplify, improve, and eliminate some of the ingredients…ingredients that many don’t have on hand or can’t find locally.

Oh! Did I mention that this is excellent hot or cold?? I’ve been loving the cold version with it being summertime, but I know I’ll be switching to hot once the colder months hit…hello, comfort in a mug.

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Let’s talk about the flavor for a moment, shall we? And the key components! Tahini, while made from sesame seeds, has a delightful nuttiness to it and while I have always used a raw version (Artisana brand), I chose to use Whole Foods 365 brand for two reasons….it’s runny AND SALTY!!! I can legit eat it with a spoon I love it so much. (Thank you, Natalie, for getting me hooked on this brand!) Speaking of Natalie and tahini, if you happen to have a slice of that delicious Grain-Free Tahini Cake or some Tahini Medjool  Date Chunk Cookies on hand, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND pairing either of them with this beverage! I can personally vouch for how amazing those two desserts are…and since I made them before I restarted my favorites posts, I thought I’d sneak them in here! Since not everyone loves tahini as much as me, I made sure to not make it overwhelming, like a punch in the face. Coffee is the star of this drink with tahini and cacao making the perfect sidekicks…they hit you delicately on the back end. If you want a stronger chocolate flavor, add a full tablespoon of cacao.

Shall we dive in???

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TAHINI MOCHA

Serves one

What you need:

  • 10 oz coffee (chilled; can use cold brewed coffee)*
  • 2 heaping TBSP tahini**
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup
  • 2 heaping tsp cacao powder
  • 1-2 tsp coconut sugar (optional)
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp espresso powder (optional)
  • 4-6 milk ice cubes (I used a mix of coconut and almond milk)
  • Mocha Tahini Sauce (optional; recipe below)

*We use the pour over method to brew coffee (we got rid of our coffee maker a few years ago when I stopped drinking coffee). I ground 2.5 heaping tablespoons of medium-dark coffee beans and used roughly 10oz of hot water. I recommend a stronger brew than normal OR you can use the optional espresso powder to amp the flavor. OR just add the espresso powder no matter what…it pairs beautifully with the tahini and cacao!

**I highly recommend using a roasted, runny/smooth tahini that contains salt…otherwise add a pinch of salt to the blender for optimal flavor!

<<Mocha Tahini Sauce>> in a small bowl, whisk together 1/8-1/4 tsp espresso powder with 1 TBSP hot water until dissolved. Then whisk in 1 TBSP tahini, 1 tsp. cacao powder, and 2 tsp. maple syrup. If you’re using a thicker tahini, you might need to add additional hot water. If you’re using a salt-free tahini, I suggest adding a tiny bit of salt to the sauce. I use this sauce on EVERYTHING! Oatmeal, smoothie bowls, chia pudding, stirred into my hot coffee in the morning…the possibilities are endless and I know this sauce will make more appearances on the blog 🙂

How to:

  1. If you’re using the optional Mocha Tahini Sauce, I highly recommend chilling an empty glass in the freezer while you whip everything up.
  2. Blend everything (EXCEPT the milk ice cubes and sauce, if using) until smooth. Adjust sweetness level as needed.
  3. Next add the milk ice cubes and blend until smooth and frothy.
  4. Enjoy as is or pour over ice cubes of your choice (coffee cubes, milk cubes, or regular ice cubes. IF you’re using the Mocha Tahini Sauce, drizzle some along the sides of your chilled glass, then pour in the drink, and top with more sauce if desired!

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Hot variation: blend hot coffee, tahini, cacao, maple syrup, (optional coconut sugar and espresso powder) with 1/4- 1/2 cup of milk. I recommend warming the milk slightly before adding to the blender. Mix until smooth and frothy!

For a caffeine free variation: replace coffee with an herbal substitute OR blend 8oz non-dairy milk with all of the other ingredients and you’ll get a tahini chocolate milk that is just as delicious! Blend with added milk ice cubes and it becomes a super frothy, milkshake-like treat! This is Willow’s favorite drink!

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Let me know if you give this recipe a try!!

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22 thoughts

  1. I can’t wait to try this!!! I am actually always looking for ways to use my tahini. I admit I’m not a total tahini lover, but I keep trying to find recipes to make me love it! ❤

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    1. Hi, Hunter!!!!! Please let me know if you do give it a try!!! I think you’ll really like it!!! ❤️❤️❤️ And I do have a few more tahini recipes lined up….so who knows, you might become a tahini lover 😉😘 Miss you!!!

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  2. while that does look lovely, I am not a coffee drinker so I’m not sure i will try it. However, I do love tahini and I found myself wondering if you ever combined it with matcha in any form? I’m just wondering how the combination would be.

    Thanks.

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    1. Hi, Jacquie! ❤️ I haven’t tried the tahini-matcha combo yet because I haven’t had the best luck with matcha! Do you have a favorite brand??? I’ve had good matcha lattes in coffee shops and loved them and I can totally see the addition of tahini working really well….definitely adding that to my list of things to experiment with ☺️ I will say that this recipe would work with an herbal coffee substitute or something like Dandy Blend. Hope all is well with you!

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    1. Carrie!! Bummer, but if you make it for Aaron, let me know! I hope life is good and that you’ve been enjoying the summer! We need to catch up soon! Miss you! ❤️

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    1. Tahini lovers unite! Very rarely does a day go by without consuming tahini in some form 😉 or coffee for that matter! Hope you’re having a great week so far, Cadry! ❤️

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  3. And I JUST made my usual vanilla iced coffee which I now deeply regret because this looks 100x better😍😍 I cannot wait to try this tomorrow, it sounds too good!! Ha I have totally done the same thing getting excited all over again about an idea I’ve already done😆 But hey, that’s when you know it’s stood the test of time and is definitely a keeper🙌 And I love the coconut milk ice cubes, I’ve been blending regular ice into mine lately and it gets SO frothy. Plus more coconut is always good with me! And with the saucy drizzle…mmmm that’s basically dessert to me❤️ I will let you know how it goes soon…🤗 xoxo

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    1. Vanilla iced coffee sounds pretty delicious though….and blending into frothy goodness…that’s the way to do it! You know the coconut milk addiction 😂😂 those coconut milk ice cubes have become such a fun treat!! I’ve been using them in smoothies too. ❤️ OMG!!! Thank you for texting me a pic of your recreation….it looked AMAZING 😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️ thank you so much for trying it! I’m making the buckwheat pudding today, so I’ll let you know how it goes! Love you! 😘🤗

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  4. Bahahaha I’m cracking up that you forgot you already made one before!! I’ve actually come across recipes and been like, omg I forgot I had that on my blog! So funny! OKAY I’m SO making this, this looks absolutely divine. I love, love tahini and I was just telling Natalie how obsessed I’ve been with it lately. I’ve always loved it but it has to be paired correctly with things or it can be overpowering. I’ve recently almost daily been eating a sweet potato with it drizzled on top, then with some chili pepper sauce and Trader Joe’s everything bagel seasoning…omg the combo of the sweetness from the sweet potatoes, nuttiness of the tahini and the spicy chili sauce and salty garlic bite is absolutely magical! I could honestly live off that meal. I think the key to tahini is a good quality brand too. Some are just rancid tasting. I absolutely love the Trader Joe’s brand because it’s so runny and delicious and fresh. There is no salt but I can always add salt easily to this. Going to make some coffee now and chill it so I can have it soon! Such a great recipe girl! xoxo

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    1. It makes me so happy when I hear people love tahini as much as me!!! ❤️❤️❤️ I seriously put it on/in everything!!! Mmmmm, I know I could live off that meal too! Tahini is so good with potatoes of all variety, but sweet potatoes especially! That sounds amazing! I agree, finding the right brand is key! I’ve had some pretty awful jars of tahini, which is why I’ve stuck with the same brands for years! Please let me know if you do give this a try! I think you would like it ❤️ xo

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    2. Ok, I made it and I swear, I GUZZLED IT down in practically seconds because it was soooo good, haha! The coffee with the chocolate and tahini is such a delicious combo! I’ve been doing a lot of chocolate and tahini together lately, so your drink practically screamed at me when I saw it, haha! Tahini somehow makes chocolate taste better and vice versa and we all know coffee makes chocolate better! The whole drink was just so delicious and healthy to boot! I loved it Mandy and will be making it often!!

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      1. OMG!!! Thank you SO much for trying it!!!!! And for sending me the pic! Chocolate + tahini is a heavenly combo, isn’t it?!? But throw coffee in the mix and it becomes downright dangerous 😂 It makes me so happy to hear that you enjoyed it!! We’ve been making in on repeat here….Willow has been loving it without the coffee, of course! Thank you, again, Brandi!!!! 😘😘

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  5. What are the benefits of Tahini?
    I’m looking at getting a pour over cold brewer coffee maker. I’ve done French press and regular pot. I love cold coffee drinks so this sounds amazing!

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    1. Hi, Sarah!! Tahini is a good source of healthy fat and protein, magnesium and other vitamins and minerals (such as iron, calcium, and B vitamins)! A few months ago, I even learned it can help to balance hormones and regulate blood pressure ❤️
      At first I was sad that we got rid of our coffee pot, but I have to say, pour over produces the best flavor!! We have a Mason jar cold brew system with a stainless steel filter and it’s awesome! My only complaint is that it doesn’t make a lot 😉 Please let me know if you give this a try!! Hope you’re having a great week so far! ❤️

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    1. Yay!!! I am SO happy to hear!! And always nice to meet fellow tahini lovers! ❤️ Thank you, Michelle, for giving this recipe a try and for letting me know how it turned out! Stay tuned for more tahini recipes 😉😘

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    1. Mallory!! Goodness! It’s been SO LONG! I miss you! ❤️ we need to properly catch up soon – I want to hear how you’ve been and how your sweet family is doing!! Hehe…I appreciate you trying to like tahini 😂😂 thanks for popping over here to say hello!! So good to hear from you!

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