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Life Changing Tahini Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you are even a little bit in the loop in the food blog community, there is a distinct possibility you have seen the Life Changing Tahini Cookie recipe from Kale Junkie. Guys, this recipe is UNREAL. The texture is so mind blowing and fluffy, and we truly praise her for creating such an incredible baked good. While they are honestly perfect as is, we have a huge weakness for good ol’ fashion peanut butter and wanted to make this recipe our own. We played around with it a bit and found a way to combine a recipe we love with an ingredient we love!

(We have actually done a key ingredient feature on Tahini before for our Tahini Freezer Fugdge, but thought you might find this interesting, since a lot of people do not seem to know what tahini is!) 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 Chocolate Chip Cookies

Servings: 15
Calories: 200kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter natural, no sugar added
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2/3 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • flaky sea salt for topping

Instructions

  • Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium size bowl, mix together the almond flour, tahini, peanut butter, maple syrup and chocolate chips until fully combined.
  • Place prepared dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • While the dough is chilling, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Remove bowl from the refrigerator, and add the egg and baking soda. Mix together until fully incorporated.
  • Scoop rounded tablespoon cookies onto prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10-11 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with sea salt. Let the cookies cool before eating.

Notes

NUTRITION INFORMATION Yield: 15 Servings; Serving Size: 2 Cookies
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200, Total Fat: 12.4g, Saturated Fat: 3.1g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium:110mg, Total Carbohydrates: 18.1g, Dietary Fiber: 1.7g, Total Sugars: 12.5g, Protein: 5g

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

XO,

Amanda and Christina

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