Cooking and Meal Prep Recipes Gluten-Free Maple-Tahini Spread By Alanna Waldron, RDN Alanna Waldron, RDN Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Alanna Waldron is a registered dietitian and certified dietitian/nutritionist in New York. Learn about our editorial process Updated on September 20, 2019 Print Alanna Waldron, RDN (3 ratings) Total Time: 2 min Prep Time: 2 min Cook Time: 0 min Servings: 3 (1 tablespoon each) Nutrition Highlights (per serving) 111 calories 8g fat 8g carbs 3g protein Show Nutrition Label Hide Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings: 3 (1 tablespoon each) Amount per serving Calories 111 % Daily Value* Total Fat 8g 10% Saturated Fat 1g 5% Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 18mg 1% Total Carbohydrate 8g 3% Dietary Fiber 2g 7% Total Sugars 5g Includes 4g Added Sugars 8% Protein 3g Vitamin D 0mcg 0% Calcium 73mg 6% Iron 1mg 6% Potassium 79mg 2% *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice. We all love tahini in our beloved hummus dip, but have you had a sweetened up version of the creamy, savory spread? I adore the versatility of tahini and how you can incorporate it into sweet and savory dishes—and the fact that one tablespoon of tahini provides three grams of protein. Ingredients 3 tablespoons tahini 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon Preparation In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together; stir until completely smooth and mixed through. Ingredient Variations and Substitutions Tahini is extremely versatile. The creamy spread pairs well with various flavors and textures. The pure maple syrup adds a nice subtle maple flavor to the spread. If you don't necessarily love maple, you can add in honey instead. Honey will bring a nice floral sweetness. Vanilla extract is a pantry staple for most, easy to add to baked goods or sweetened spreads like this one. Using actual vanilla bean instead really kicks up the flavor. Although it can get pricey, vanilla bean adds a rich, pure vanilla flavor to whatever you add it to. To use it, slice one pod vertically so the insides are exposed on each half. Hold one end of the pod down and scrape out the insides with a knife. Mix in half of the pod's beans into the tahini mixture and stir until well combined. Instead of vanilla, you could get creative with flavors and try hazelnut, almond, or any other nut essential oils or extracts. If you are a chocolate lover, add a teaspoon of unsweetened cacao or cocoa powder. To modify texture, mix in some chopped nuts for crunch. If you want a lighter and thinner spread, whisk in some water. The water will also help to reduce the fat content per serving. Cooking and Serving Tips Because this spread is so versatile you can easily incorporate into sweet and savory dishes. My favorite way to eat this is over waffles or pancakes. It also makes for a sensational ice cream or Greek yogurt topper. Heat it up for a few seconds to give it some warmth before adding. Use this on a veggie or turkey sandwich instead of mayonnaise or mustard. I also recommend pairing this spread with Brussels sprouts or other roasted, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli or cauliflower. This will stay fresh in the refrigerator for one week. Read the nutrition label when choosing your tahini. Choose one made only with roasted, ground sesame seeds as the sole ingredient. Most store-bought tahini often includes added oil, which is unnecessary. Rate this Recipe You've already rated this recipe. Thanks for your rating! By Alanna Waldron, RDN Alanna Waldron is a registered dietitian and certified dietitian/nutritionist in New York. See Our Editorial Process Meet Our Review Board Share Feedback Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! What is your feedback? Other Helpful Report an Error Submit Advertiser Disclosure × The offers that appear in this table are from companies that partner with and compensate Verywell Fit for displaying their offer. These partnerships do not impact our editorial choices or otherwise influence our editorial content.