Friday, August 31, 2012

Sesame & Cacao Cookies

I have a new love. It's for sesame seeds. Not only do I have a newly acquired taste for these little seeds but they are loaded with nutrients and minerals, making them a natural anti-inflammatory. In addition, they can help to protect against colon cancer,  lower cholesterol and bring a healthy dose of calcium. Want some?

Yeah, eat sesame seeds.

This recipe was adapted from Elana's Pantry's Sesame Cookies, thank you kindly ;)

Note: This is a sugar-free version. Thus they are on the dry side and difficult to mold together. If you want to moisten them up and are not eating sugar-free then add some honey or 100% pure maple syrup. You could also add some dates or another dried fruit. 

Sesame & Cacao Cookies 

1 1/4 almond flour (blanched or unblanched, I used unblanched)
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup tahini
3 tbls grapeseed oil
1 tbls vanilla extract
1/4 cup sesame seeds (brown un-halled)
2 tbls raw cacao


In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together the almond flour, salt and baking soda. Mix in the tahini and grapeseed oil. Mix until ingredients are incorporated. Add in the vanilla, sesame seeds and cacao. Mix well until a dough starts to form. It will be crumbly but should be wet.

Form small cookies and place on parchment paper. Bake at 350° for about 10 minutes.

Yields ~ 8 small cookies 

In general, you will want to use the brown un-hulled sesame seeds as the hull of the seed contains a lot of the nutrients.

I had two of these this morning. Despite being sugar-free, they are pretty delicious!

Enjoy ;)

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