Tahini Banana Bread



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This Tahini Banana Bread is moist, sweet, nutty, cake-like and sprinkled with crunchy sesame seeds on top. The smooth nutty tahini complements the sweet bananas and spices. This banana bread lasts for DAYS!

Tahini Banana Bread

Have you ever looked at that list that Google publishes each year, listing out the most Google-d recipes?! It’s sort of fascinating and it’s really no surprise that banana bread is usually on the list.

People love making banana bread. And it’s sort of a duh, of course they do kinda thing because how often have you bought bananas with really good intentions.

You probably wanted to slice them over a bowl of oatmeal, put them in smoothies, eat them with a dollop of almond butter, etc. but then you prob forget about them only to find them brown AF on your counter, wilting away.

What is Tahini

Tahini is a condiment that’s made from hulled sesame seeds. This condiment is used in the cuisine throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa. While you can make it homemade, I would definitely recommend buying it–it’s much easier! At this point, you should be able to find it pretty easily at your local supermarket.

Tahini Banana Bread
Tahini Banana Bread

How to Make Tahini Banana Bread

  1. Whisk together the flour, sesame seeds and salt. 
  2. And then whisk together the melted butter, eggs, vanilla, tahini, banana and baking soda.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. 
  4. Mix together just until you no longer see any speckles of flour. 
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. 
  6. And then sprinkle the top with more sesame seeds. If you want, you could also add a sprinkling of turbinado sugar and flakey sea salt.
  7. Bake it! 
  8. The hardest part, let it cool for about 30 minutes before slicing it! 
Tahini Banana Bread

The tahini adds a nice nuttiness to it that’s really pleasant. The brown sugar and tahini results in major emoji heart eyes. It’s SO good. Also, I thought this was like the most original idea in the world but then a quick Google action and I saw that it’s not unique at all. Lol. 🙁

Tahini Banana Bread
5 from 13 votes

Tahini Banana Bread Recipe

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Cooling Time: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 8
This Tahini Banana Bread is moist, sweet, nutty, cake-like and sprinkled with crunchy sesame seeds on top. The smooth nutty tahini complements the sweet bananas and spices.



  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, (180g)
  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 ripe yet firm bananas (about 1 cup) , mashed
  • 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter, (76g)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, (50g)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, (50g)
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons smooth tahini paste, if there’s oil on the top, mix it thoroughly before adding it
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  • 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons black sesame seeds


  • To Make the Loaf:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 8×4-inch and line with a sheet of parchment, leaving sides coming up the sides for easily removable. (A 9×5-inch loaf pan will work too but the loaf will be a bit stouter in shape!)
  • In a medium bowl, mix the flour, white sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, and salt until combined.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the mashed banana, melted butter, sugars, egg, vanilla, tahini and baking soda.
  • Give it a thorough stir.
  • Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture, stirring just until the speckles of flour disappear. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl to get any bits of flour that might be hiding.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Give the pan a couple of moderate smacks on the counter to even out the batter.
  • Sprinkle the top with the sesame seeds. I added more to the center and then added only a few to the outside. I just liked the way it looked, no real reason! If you want, you can also add a sprinkling of turbinado sugar and flakey sea salt–totally optional!
  • Transfer to the oven to bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the center has risen, the edges are golden brown, and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Allow the bread to cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then invert the loaf and cool it on a rack, or live on the edge and eat it warm. The banana bread will stay delicious and moist for 3 to 5 days when wrapped tightly in plastic wrap.


Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 368mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 38IU | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
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  1. Yum,

    I had no idea there were such a bread as tahini bread.
    I used to bake bread back in the days the ,old school, method
    and I think this just gave me the inspiration to start again 🙂


  2. I love the sound of this – the seeds on top are a great tough too. I might give this a go with sunflowerseed butter for a nutty nut-free treat!

  3. Banana bread is one of my favourite things to make. I have a whole bunch of recipes and am always looking for more! This one is SO unique! Definitely saving it.

  4. What a clever idea–I bet tahini and bananas taste wonderful together!! I made nutella banana bread before but I have recently fallen in love w/ tahini so need to try. There’s just something so comforting about a warm banana loaf baking in the oven. No wonder it is so popular! : )

  5. This looks heavenly! I never have bananas left over because I could literally eat fifty a day they’re so good, but I’ll have to buy extra and let some go a bit speckly so I can give this a try!

  6. I really want to start making my own bread but we don’t use it often enough. Does this bread freeze well?

  7. I loooooove tahini in baked goods! I’ve been meaning to try your Marbled Tahini Chocolate Cups and Molly Yeh’s Chocolate Tahini Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting are my fave!