I’m really getting into the hokey Halloween recipes this year. And with a jar of black sesame paste to use up, you better believe there’s more spooky goth treats coming your way.
Don’t let the color turn you off, it’s super flavorful and truly I could eat it with a spoon (and will once I run out of crackers).
- Chickpeas / garbanzo beans are good sources are iron and zinc—great for your immune system and the health of your joints, too. Both those nutrients help our bodies to produce collagen, the most abundant protein in our bodies that provides structure to our connective tissue (also good for hair, skin, nails, and the digestive tract). They are also a good source of manganese, which is required to make joint tissue.
- Lemon juice is high in Vitamin C, another critical nutrient for collagen production.
- Miso is traditionally fermented soy, but I have limited soy in my diet and use chickpea miso instead. I’ve also seen and used adzuki bean and brown rice miso. Any can work for this recipe. All have probiotics that are beneficial for your gut health, and thus, for your skin, too.
- Black sesame paste is simply tahini made with calcium-rich black sesame seeds. The color brings a bit of a stronger taste with it as well as extra antioxidants.
Any other ingredients you want to add?
If you want to make the spiderweb design like the picture for a Halloween party, I just took small spoonfuls of the tahini and slowly drizzled in small concentric circles, then used a toothpick to pull the lines outward from the center.
If you make this for your Halloween party, don’t forget to tag me in your Instagram posts so I can see!
- 1 can low-sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice (1-2 lemons)
- 2-3 tbsp miso paste (I use chickpea miso)
- 3 tbsp black sesame paste (black tahini)
- 1 clove garlic
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 3-4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- Sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)
- Place all ingredients except olive oil and sesame seed garnish in a food processor and puree until smooth (start with 2 tbsp miso).
- While the processor is running, drizzle in the olive oil until smooth and creamy.
- Taste and add extra miso paste, if needed. Recipe is ready as is, or you can decorate it with the tahini spider web and sesame seed sprinkle.
- For the spider web: Simply drizzle small spoonfuls of the tahini in concentric circles, then pull a toothpick from the center outward to create the lines of the web.