Dear Joyous Readers,
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.
Have a joyous day!