Wednesday, March 25, 2009
RECIPE ~ Honey Tahini Cookies
A few years ago I used to be the "cookie lady" at my neighbourhood yoga studio, where each week I'd bring in a different snack for the yogis going to their classes, and this was one of the recipes I came up with that was wheat free, dairy-free, egg-free, and packed with energy and natural, earthy sweetness... just right for before or after a nice yoga class, and very warming during the cool damp spring season.
1 cup tahini
1 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins or prunes, roughly chopped, and soaked & drained
3 cups quick cooking oats, coarsely processed
1 cup chopped walnuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, or mixture
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease cookie sheets.
In a medium bowl, stir together the tahini, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and soaked dried fruit. Mix in nuts/seeds and oats until well blended. For drop cookies (pictured above), drop by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets. For smoother texture, wet hands and form into balls the size of a golf ball and flatten lightly with wet fingers.
Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are slightly brown. Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 4 dozen (2 large cookie sheets).
NOTE: Ayurveda does not recommend cooking with or heating honey, as it should remain raw and unpasteurized for full health benefits. To follow ayurvedic principles, it can be substituted with other liquid sweeteners like agave nectar (K), brown rice syrup (V & P) or maple syrup (V & P).
* FOR INDIVIDUAL DOSHAS
VATAS because baked oats are drying, consume in moderation with a drink like hot milky chai
PITTAS because baked oats are heating, consume with a drink like cool peppermint tea; choose sunflower seeds
KAPHAS because of the oily quality of the tahini, consume in moderation; choose sunflower seeds