Monday, June 22, 2015

Tahini Date Cookies

Craving a no-added sugar treat?

In addressing autoimmune symptoms I have found that letting my adrenals rest as much as possible is critical. So currently I am not consuming chocolate and caffeine as I pursue a more whole 30/autoimmune protocol diet in my daily eating.  I have not been regularly eating high glycemic fruit or dried fruit as to avoid the high sugar.  However, I am a firm believer that having a little something special occasionally is good for you!

I have always loved baking.  Even from when I was a child.  There is something so special about baking in a kitchen with those you love.  Sneaking in a spoonful of batter here and there.  Feeling accomplished about the finished product.  And sharing a piece of your heart with those you love.  For me this has usually has been shared in the forms of chocolate and cookies, brownie and cake.  But when you switch to a more paleo and autoimmune protocol way of eating, baking takes on a new form, though it doesn't need to disappoint.

Making these treats was such a joy because they are healthy, naturally sweetened and a filling treat. Not to mention organic, gluten free, dairy free and soy free.  I wanted to utilize my organic tahini and let that be the star here.  Tahini differs from other butter in that it is not a nut butter nor from a legume.  Rather, it comes from ground sesame seeds, which is packed with essential vitamins and minerals.

Tahini is rich in phosphorus, copper, magnesium, lecithin, potassium, iron, and methionine, which aids in liver detoxification.  In addition, it is high in calcium, the B vitamins, and Vitamin E.  Even more important for those of us with the sensitive guts, this seed is easy for our body to digest because of its high alkaline mineral content.

Try out these tahini date cookies for a great breakfast, snack or dessert treat.  No guilt included! Plus you can feel good about staying compliant with autoimmune protocol and paleo.

Tahini Date Cookies

1/2 cup organic tahini butter
1/2 cup packed organic medjool dates
1/4 cup organic raisins
2 tbsp organic coconut flour
4 tbsp organic apple juice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
dash himalayan sea salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1/4 cup maca powder (optional)

Place all the ingredients in a blender or large food processor with the exception of the baking powder.  Blend for 1 to 2 minutes to create cookie dough-like consistency (you might need to add another tbsp apple juice if you use the maca powder).  Add in baking powder and stir.   Scoop out 1 tbsp cookies onto parchment lined cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.  Enjoy and store extra cookies in fridge!


Blessings,

Lindsay

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