Histamine Free Sauce

by HEAB on November 26, 2013

Edited to Add: Apparently, tahini is not a low histamine food.  So, if you’re trying to avoid histamines, this is not a suitable sauce for you.  I’m sorry. 🙁

One of my good friends suffers from a tyramine and histamine allergy, and I’ve been trying to come up with a versatile sauce she can use as a topping for pasta, veggies, pizza, etc.  This is one tricky allergy – no tomatoes, nothing fermented (cheese included), no beans, no gluten, no nuts, nothing with preservatives, etc….let’s just say it’s quite a list of foods to avoid.  So, after googling around a bit, I found a suggestion for a tahini artichoke pasta sauce in an online histamine-free forum, but alas, no recipe.  Therefore, I created my own.

I present to you (& my friend)…


HEAB’s Histamine Free Tahini Artichoke Sauce


  • 1 cup artichoke hearts (Preferably fresh, but I also like the frozen ones from Trader Joe’s.  Just allow to thaw in fridge overnight.)
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (Optional as citrus is normally a no-no for those following a low histamine diet, but my friend said such a small amount wouldn’t bother her.)
  • 1/2 clove garlic, minced
  • Water to thin (I used 1/4 cup)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Combine all ingredients except for water using a blender or food processor.
  • To make more of sauce, slowly add water until desired consistency reached.  If you prefer more of a dip-like consistency, skip the water.


As a good friend, I decided to taste test…

atop black rice and stir-fried veggies.

as a pasta sauce with brown rice spaghetti, chicken, and roasted root vegetables.

and as a dipping sauce for these zucchini fritter tater tots.

I loved the sauce, and now I must go make more for my friend since it’s all gone. 😉


Jess December 5, 2013 at 9:37 pm

This looks delicious! Congratulations on baby Hannah, I missed your last post. I hope you’re all getting plenty of sleep and soaking up those newborn moments! Xxxx

HEAB December 18, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Thanks so much Jess. Trying to soak up every minute – the newborn stage is my favorite, and it goes by way too fast. Love love love everything about a new baby. 🙂

Lorne November 27, 2013 at 4:24 pm

I have done it again… Checked in on HEAB with a rumble in my tummy. And you know what happens now… I have the urge to make yummy roast veggies and your sauce!

Looks delicious and my tummy thanks you for sharing 😉


HEAB December 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Anytime my friend – always happy to share, especially when veggies and tahini are involved. Hope you and your boys have a wonderful Christmas!

purelytwins November 27, 2013 at 1:58 pm

love this!! we try to watch our intake of histamines as we notice we sometimes have issues from them. and having tahini makes everything better!! 🙂

HEAB December 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Lori and Michelle,
AMEN to that! Love me some tahini. 🙂

The Delicate Place (@misathemeb) November 27, 2013 at 12:13 pm

well this sounds like all of my favorite things in a sauce! so glad i found a coop near me that has bulk tahini! i can serve up to my hearts delight ‘my sized servings’ haha.

HEAB December 18, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Tahini in bulk?!? Oh my gosh, sounds like my idea of heaven. 😉

Susan November 27, 2013 at 6:13 am

Wow–this looks amazing. I know this is crazy but I am just now discovering tahini! I was kind of nervous to try it all these years and now I am just short of addicted to it. I will be making this for sure. What a thoughtful & loving gift to give your friend. That is awesome, Heather. Have a blessed Thanksgiving with your family!

HEAB December 18, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Better late than never. Totally addicted to tahini myself. I know most people think it’s too bitter, but I’m loving it more than PB or almond butter these days. So yummy! Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving as well and Merry Christmas! Perhaps Santa will fill your stocking with a few jars of tahini. 😉

Meagan November 27, 2013 at 1:05 am

OOOH TAHINI SAUCE! Don’t even get me started.

HEAB December 18, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I know, right?!? I’m completely obsessed with tahini and eat it straight from the jar. I know most people think it’s too bitter, but it’s definitely my nut/seed butter of choice these days!

Cherie November 26, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Sounds good and will try them on the zucchini fritter tater tots!

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving Heather!


HEAB December 18, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Thanks Cherie,
I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving as well and Merry Christmas! 🙂

Alison November 26, 2013 at 7:46 pm

It is so good of you to try and come up with low histamine recipes. I should just mention that Tahini is very high histamine (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Amines List)

As someone who has histamine intolerance I have a sauce that I use for pasta etc which may suit your friend. I have it on my blog at http://alisonvickery.com.au/tomato-sauce-recipe/.

I hope that is alright to post the link. Enjoy!

HEAB November 27, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Oh no – I’m so bummed that tahini is not a low histamine food. Thanks for telling me, and I just updated the post to reflect this info. Also, thank you for posting your recipe – I will check it out and let my friend know about it for sure!

Tracy November 26, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Such a good friend you are!! Histamine or not, the sauce sounds delicious!!

Hope all 6 of you are doing well and have a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving!! 🙂

HEAB December 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Thanks Tracy, hope you had a good Thanksgiving as well. Can’t believe it’s over and that Christmas is only a week away!

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