Monday, April 26, 2010

Tahini Cookies

My fitness instructor, Renee, gave us this recipe at our last Fitness Buffet class.  Every week she would bring in a new recipe or a new food to help us "healthify" our diets.  This is a wonderful dessert cookie, with just enough sweetness to satisfy.

Tahini Cookies
 1 1/2 C oats
1/2 C honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 C chopped nuts (optional)
6 TBS tahini
chopped apples, dried fruit, raisins, dates or mini chocolate
     chips make great additions for more flavor

Stir all ingredients together and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

What is Tahini and is it good for you?

Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are packed full of good stuff.  By grinding up the sesame seeds into a paste, it makes it easier for us to absorb the nutrients.  Here are the nutrients in sesame seeds:

  1. Protien - sesame seeds have about 20% protien. 
  2. Fibre - sesame seeds are 10% fibre
  3. Fat - sesame seeds are about 55% fat, however, most of this is mono and poly unsaturated fat.  They contain a small amount of Omega 3's but mostly have Omeg 6 essential fatty acids
  4. Carbohydrates - only 0.9%
  5. Minerals - potassium, magnesium, manganese, small amounts of calcium and one of teh few vegetarian sources of zinc
  6. Vitamins - Vitamin E as well as small amounts of some B vitamins
  7. Anioxidants - they contain a group of antioxidants called lignans; they have been shown to reduce cholesterol and improve heart health

*All of the above information was on a hand-out Renee gave us.


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