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Recipe: Tahini Candy Waffle Topper!

I did a post a little while ago about Tahini being useful for more than just making a good hummus. One of the suggestions that Whole Foods Blog gave was Tahini candy. They told you what to put in, but didn’t say how much, so I took a shot at it.

I used about 1/3 cup each of raisins, chopped dates, and chopped figs. Then I used probably close to 3/4 c. of Tahini (sesame seed paste). I put all of this in the blender (since my food chopper’s motor gave up the ghost). I would recommend a food processor, but I didn’t have one at the time, so I just put it in the blender. The WF blog said to roll it into balls and coat with either coconut or cocoa powder. Well, I thought I’d try throwing about 1/4 c. chopped dark chocolate into the mix instead of coating it. Then I tried to roll it and it was way too sticky, so I spread it out in a small pan, sprinkled it with coconut flakes, and let it chill overnight.

Tahini kind of smells like a nut butter yet it’s different than peanut butter, so when you’re thinking of what to do with this, think, “What would I do with peanut butter?” And go for it! The first day, I put a Tablespoon of it in my oatmeal, which was quite tasty. Today, I spread it on my Nature’s Path Organic waffles, and I think I’m in love! Delic! And oh, so good for you! Tahini is a good source for calcium and folate! Like any nut butter, it’s a little high in fat, so stick with a Tablespoon or two. Enjoy! I think I’ll try it on apple slices next!

Tahini – Not Just in Hummus!

I finally found a good source for Tahini (sesame seed paste) here in Greenville. You can get a good size jar for about $5 at The Pita House on Pleasantburg. The Pita House is a delightful little Mediterranean restaurant that also has a small grocery inside! I buy my jams, dried fruits, nuts, etc. there because they’re all natural and cheaper than traditional grocers.

Their tahini is great. I add it to my hummus, and it really does make the difference between okay hummus and outstanding hummus! But it’s not just for hummus anymore! Check out this post on the Whole Foods Blog! It includes recipes for hummus, baba ghanouj (aka eggplant hummus), tahini dips and dressings, and one that I’m particularly interested in: Tahini Candy (“Make ‘candy’ from chopped dates, figs, raisins and tahini all combined in a food processor. Roll it into balls and then into coconut flakes or cocoa or carob powder.”).

So, go pick up some Tahini and try some of the recipes from the Whole Foods Blog today!