Tahini Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge

Now that we are super serious, fancy food bloggers, we decided to kick things up a notch and experiment with a new ingredient: tahini. After a spark of inspiration from Kale Junkie (Life Changing Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies anyone?) and a little bit of our other favorite ingredient, Peanut Butter, this recipe was born. Tahini was new to us, and it may very well be new to you too, so we wanted to give you a little background before diving into this GLORIOUS fudge recipe. Yeah, we said it. Glorious. That may even be an understatement, because this little treat is just that good.

Our key ingredient for this recipe is: Tahini (which is a paste made from ground up sesame seeds)

Here’s why we care about this recipe:

  • Tahini is the perfect blend of healthy fats and protein. Because of its high content of amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein, this silky paste will act as a boost of protein while being comparable in texture to peanut butter. Mono- and poly- unsaturated fats are the ‘healthy’ ones, which boost heart health.
  • It has a 20% complete protein profile, making it a higher protein source per ounce than most nuts!
  • Tahini also has a high alkaline mineral content, which boosts digestion and aids in weight loss. We love the digestive properties of this paste, and have been getting pretty creative in using it more often. It can be used to dress a salad, as a hummus add-in, or on a piece of toast.
  • If you are going through menopause, a big scoop of tahini may serve as a natural hormone balancer. Women that are going through menopause often are low in estrogen production in general and are often encouraged to consume phytoestrogen foods, such as tahini, because they help balance hormones naturally. It is important to speak to a doctor about this since it is a delicate balancing act, but this ingredient can be used to increase sex drive, fight hot flashes and mood swings, and improve bone health.
  • Tahini also helps increase nutrient absorption overall. Because tahini is the paste form of sesame seeds, the tough outer layer of the seed, or hull, is not an issue when digesting. This allows for the body to quickly absorb the vitamins and minerals the paste provides, including vitamin E, B vitamins, magnesium, potassium and iron.

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Tahini Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup tahini
  • ½ cup peanut butter (natural, no sugar added)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips (use dairy free chips for dairy free and vegan options)
  • Flakey sea salt (optional, for topping)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together tahini, peanut butter, malted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and salt until smooth. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Pour fudge into prepared loaf pan. Freeze for about 30 minutes, or until firm.
  4. Sprinkle with sea salt and cut into 16 bars. Store in freezer.

NUTRITION INFORMATION Yield: 16 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 155, Total Fat: 12.2g, Saturated Fat: 4.7g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 96mg, Total Carbohydrates: 8.8g, Dietary Fiber: 1.6g, Total Sugars: 5.3g, Protein: 3.6g

Please let us know the second you pop this into your freezer or bite into a piece. We are so excited to hear what you think of this recipe!

XO,

Amanda and Christina

 

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