Tahini Brownies with Drizzled Cashew Butter
Raise your hand if you love two-bite brownies... *everyone raises hand*
Keep your hands in the air cause these Tahini brownies taste just like the two-bite variety WITHOUT the artificial flavours and refined sugar! 🙌🏻 🙌🏻
What Is Tahini?
A staple of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, tahini is a type of sauce/paste made from ground sesame seeds. It’s been popular in North Africa, Greece, Israel, Turkey and Iraq for thousand of years, where it’s still used as a primary ingredient in hummus recipes and as a dip all on its own.
Fun fact: over 4,000 years ago, tahini sauce was written about in ancient texts and boasted about by historians, who recalled tales of tahini being served to royalty, as it was considered a food worthy of the gods #fancy. So yeah, you're about to make brownies that are worthy of the GODS. Be proud.
6 Tahini Health Benefits
1. High in Healthy Fats and Amino Acids
While it might be a high-calorie food based on volume, a small amount of tahini goes a long way. It has a rich, nutty flavor that comes through strongly in recipes, plus tahini can benefit your heart, hormonal and skin health even when you use just a small amount. Most of sesame seeds’ fat is polyunsaturated fat, while a small amount is monounsaturated and saturated.
2. Great Source of Essential Vitamins & Minerals
Tahini is a great way to obtain B vitamins like thiamine, along with minerals, including magnesium, copper, phosphorus, manganese, iron and zinc.
3. Helps Regulate Blood Pressure & Cholesterol
Sesame seeds rank highest in cholesterol-lowering phytosterols (nutrient found in sesame seeds that have effects on hormonal levels, arterial health and cholesterol levels) among 27 different nuts, seeds, legumes and grains tested.
4. Can Help Balance Hormones (Especially in Menopausal Women)
Some studies have found that increased phytoestrogens help drastically reduce menopause symptoms, including hot flashes, bone loss, weakness, mood changes, low sex drive, etc.
5. Helps Improve Skin Health
Sesame seeds are a good source of amino acids, vitamin E, B vitamins, trace minerals and fatty acids that all help with skin cell rejuvenation and preventing early signs of aging. While you might not want to go slathering tahini directly on your skin, even eating tahini can help improve the integrity of your skin by boosting your fat and nutrient intake.
6. Boosts Nutrient Absorption
Studies have found that sesame seeds help boost absorption of protective fat-soluble compounds.
Chewy decedent and delish, this is a perfect dessert for any night of the week! Plus they’re SO easy to make with only 11 ingredients! As always - if you make these lemme know what you think or if you use some sort of alternative, let me know how that worked out!
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View recipe on Kulinarian.com