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Tahini Chocolate Chip Nuggets

Tahini Chcoc Chip Nuggets

Tahini Chcoc Chip Nuggets

Tahini Chcoc Chip Nuggets

I tried this recipe because it offered the opportunity to use tahini.  I often make my own hummus (hummus, mmmmm, good…) which traditionally requires tahini however I always omit it (never missed it either, although how would I know…).

What is tahini?  Tahini is a blend of toasted sesame seeds and olive oil.  Once the sesame seeds are toasted their flavor is altered and is quite potent.  I added the freshly toasted sesame seeds to my food processor then began adding small amounts of olive oil to smooth it out.  This is definitely an ingredient worth adding to my future hummus recipes and a little goes a long way, too.  I’m so glad I didn’t purchase that $7 container of tahini from Whole Foods!  Now I can make only what I need.

This cookie/biscuit recipe calls for ½ cup of toasted sesame seeds and 2 tablespoons of tahini which give it a nice balance alongside the complex dark chocolate.  Most of the ingredients are slightly healthier than a typical cookie and I always opt for organic/free range wherever I can.

Here’s the recipe which was adapted from the Whole Foods recipe, Mini Chocolate Chip Sesame Cookies.

Tahini Chocolate Chip Nuggets

1 C light brown sugar
1 stick unsalted butter
2 T tahini (homemade, see recipe below)
1 egg – free range
2 t vanilla – organic
1 C whole wheat flour – organic
1 C white flour – organic
1 t baking soda
½ t sea salt
¾ C miniature dark chocolate chips
½ C toasted sesame seeds

Process:  cream butter, tahini, and sugar; add egg and vanilla and mix well.  In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt then add this to the creamed mixture; add chocolate chips and sesame seeds; press together and form a “cookie log” and wrap in plastic; refrigerate for a few hours.  Slice log long side in half and slice the half in half again then cut those halves into 2” slices and bake.  These do not expand much.  Bake at 325 F for about 10-12 minutes.

Homemade Tahini
1 C sesame seeds
3 T olive oil
Toast sesame seeds in a dry cast iron pan for about 10 minutes.  Let them cool then add to a food processor and slowly add olive oil to your desired smoothness.
Tahini Chcoc Chip Nuggets

Tahini Chcoc Chip Nuggets

Really good with AM or PM coffee.


The Adventure Continues…

More Vegan Treats: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies made vegan

Vegan Oatmeal Choc Chip Cookies
I’m making these for the Second Annual New York City Vegetarian Food Festival!

Vegetarian FoodFestival 2013 Flyer

Come get your veggies on!

Sunday, March 3rd, from 10 AM until 5 PM, my vegan variety of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies will be featured by Dé La Tierra, the new vegan restaurant venture.

Please stop by and bring your friends, family, nutritionist… The food and information will be worth the trip, trust me.

Think you know what nutritious food taste like? You’ll think again after experiencing the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival.

Come explore and learn what real food tastes like.

Vegan Oatmeal Choc Chip Cookies