Filled with crunchy seeds, these flavorful vegan tahini cookies might be rich, but not in the way that makes you feel guilty! If you like “salty sweets” use salted sunflower seeds. Tahini (aka sesame butter or sesame paste) lends a delicious background flavor.
Seeds are as beneficial as they are versatile and useful as an ingredients. They’re a great source of protein, good fats, and B vitamins for the plant-based diet. Three kinds of seeds are packed into these cookies:
Sesame seeds have plenty of benefits and their uses in the kitchen turned into oil or ground into tahini. These cookies have double sesame goodness, using both the whole seed and tahini. Go a step further and use unhealed sesame seeds if you can.
Hemp seeds, a superfood, have a soft texture, a pretty sesame seed-like appearance, and a nutty flavor similar to, though somewhat milder than, sunflower seeds.
Sunflower seeds are a relatively inexpensive way to enjoy this vitamin-and mineral-packed food group. They have so many uses in the kitchen, and are perfect for snacking on, just on their own.
In addition to adding flavor and texture to cookies like those in this recipe, any of the seeds above can be used in the following ways:
- They’re an excellent garnish. Sprinkled handful of seeds to top casseroles, Asian noodle dishes, vegetable stir-fries, and salads.
- Likewise, add a sprinkling of seeds over the tops of homemade quick breads, yeasted breads, muffins, scones, and crackers.
- Use seeds in homemade granolas, or sprinkle a tablespoon or so over cold cereals.
- Toss a small quantity of seeds into simple cooked grains such as brown rice or quinoa, or in any kind of grain pilaf.
- Incorporate them into homemade energy bars, trail mix, and desserts, baked or unbaked.
- If you have a high-speed blender, incorporate seeds into your recipes for creamy dips.
- Hemp seeds make a great nondairy milk!
These vegan tahini cookies are delicious with cold nondairy milk or hot beverages — tea, coffee, and cocoa.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 138 Total Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 219mg Carbohydrates: 20g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 7g Protein: 4g