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There is an updated version of this recipe with a video: Chewy Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies!
My goal is to bring you as many healthy, delicious and easy recipes as I possibly can! This one is no different. These cookies are smashingly yummy, hearty and healthy. They are a revised version of an oldie but very popular recipe from 3 years ago -- tahini cookies.
In true nutritionista-form, I must tell you the nutritional highlights of these cookies:
Great source of a special kind of fiber called beta-glucan. Study after study shows us how heart-healthy friendly this type of fiber is because it has a positive impact on cholesterol levels. But you already know the cholesterol isn't the enemy right? Oxidized cholesterol on the other hand is a whole other evil story. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed a significant decrease in heart disease in those eating oat fiber.
Further to the first point on healthy cholesterol levels, oats contain an antioxidant compounds called avenanthramides which help prevent free radicals from damaging LDL cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, suggests a study conducted at Tufts University and published in The Journal of Nutrition.
Tahini is a ground sesame seed paste, similar to peanut butter. It is creamy and smooth just like your fave nut butter and very rich in calcium. In fact, sesame seeds have about ten times the amount of calcium as cow's milk. Sesame seeds also contain magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, dietary fiber and a good source of vegetarian protein.
When purchasing tahini, read your labels carefully because some manufacturers add additional oils. I recommend purchasing one with no added oils (buy the good stuff!), so that the tahini is made only from pure ground sesame seeds.
An extremely anti-inflammatory food! Thanks to these phytonutrients: gingerol, shogaol and zingrone. Gingerol is actually a potent antioxidant that has been found in studies to relieve osteo and rheumatoid arthritis pain, even in patients who didnt respond to medications. In fact, in studies its been shown to reduce certain hormones that promote inflammation. This is similar to how NSAIDs work, but without the negative effects. Learn more about ginger's incredible health benefits here
Gluten-free, refined-sugar-free, dairy-free, egg-free these cookies are FULL-ON flava! Let's get right to this fabulous recipe - Ginger Tahini Bites.
I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! If you need more cookie ideas, then be sure to check my recent post on healthy gift-giving ideas!
Have a joyous day!
Looks great, sounds great and I love easy and quick recipes! Thanks!!Reply
[…] Ginger is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and one of my favourite ways to warm up and meal with flavour. Speaking of ginger, check out these ginger tahini cookies! […]Reply
My daughter made these and they are fabulous.Reply
Looks like a great! Just wonder what you could use in replace of tahini? Something that would also be a healthy option that wouldn't change the recipe. Thanks : )Reply
You could use almond butter instead!
OMG - these are amazing! I kept half of the dough as in the recipe, and added dark chocolate chips to the other half - both versions are fantastic and so very easy to make!Reply
Hi Joy! These look fantastic. Could I ask you if tahini on a regular basis is healthy? I seem to be addicted to the stuff and can't have enough of it! I read it is high in omega 6, which we don't need many of? I really appreciate your reply.Reply
Just made these and used fresh ginger - delicious!Reply
Great modification! Kate - Joyous Health Team
Hi. I am going to make these gems, just wondering why only raw and not roasted sunflower seeds? And do you think sunbutter would work in the recipe instead of tahini? Or perhaps half tahini, half sunbutter? Can't wait to get baking!Reply
Hey Rachelle! I would recommend you try this recipe instead: https://www.joyoushealth.com/20783-blog-chewy-chocolate-chip-tahini-cookies-with-video The recipe is updated and it's better. There are no sunflower seeds in the recipe I've linked to you, plus there's a video to watch on how to make the recipe. Sunbutter would definitely work in place of tahini, or almond butter. Enjoy!
I found this recipe by googling crispy gluten free cookie recipes, which are hard to find. I had some concerns that the cookies would fall apart, because the better was pretty crumbly. Glad to say they held together well and are delicious.Reply
Glad you enjoyed this recipe!