Natural Health and Wellness for the Whole Family

Tasty Tahini Treats

By Sarah Axtell, ND July 24, 2008

Tahini is a delicious spread made from ground sesame seeds. It is often added to hummus and other mediterranean dips. It is packed full of Calcium (who says you can only get calcium from milk?!), Copper, and Magnesium. Tahini is also full of phytosterols, which are believed to reduce blood levels of cholesterol, enhance the immune response and decrease the risk of certain cancers.

Tahini can be used as a substitute for peanut butter. Because peanuts are highly allergenic, it is recommended that you do not introduce peanut butter into your child’s diet until he/she is 2-3 years old.

Spread tahini on a brown rice cake or spoon it straight out of the jar for a protein-packed snack. Your little one may be a bit weary at first, but will soon learn to love it!! Also a great salad dressing (see below).

Recipes:

Tahini Balls
• Soak any dried fruit and nuts/seeds for about 8 hours – almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dried apricots, raisins, dried cranberries – chop roughly in a blender or food processor (about 3 cups)
• Add in half a jar of tahini and mix well

If the consistency is too wet, add in some almond meal or ground flax so that they hold together better.

Roll into balls and then roll in organic unsweetened coconut flakes or puffed rice (broken rice cakes work well). Freeze.

This will make quite a few tahini balls. Throw them in a tupperware for a healthy snack or a sweet treat on the go.

Tahini Almond Butter Cookies
These are delicious! Reminscent of peanut butter cookies, but made with healthy nut and seed butters!
Ingredients:
-2.5 cups oat flour (I make my own by tossing it in the food processor)
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-3/4 tsp sea salt
-1/2 cup tahini
-1/2 cup almond butter
-1 tsp vanilla
-1/2cup brown rice syrup
-1/4 cup honey
-1/4 cup real maple syrup

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a small bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients and set aside. With an electric mixer, blend the two butters together until smooth. If they become so thick that the mixed has trouble moving through them, add water, 1 tbsp at a time, but no more than 4 tbsps.
2. Add the remaining wet ingredients, and beat on low until blended.
3. Add the dry ingredients all at once, and beat together until well blended.
4. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto an oiled baking sheet. Bake until the cookies are lightly brown. 10-12 minutes.
Makes about 24 cookies.

Source: Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook

Tahini Salad Dressing
Mix tahini with a little rice vinegar or white wine vinegar. Add lemon, ground pepper, and a bit of water for a tasty way to dress your greens!

Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health practitioners with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.


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