I was immediately intrigued by a recipe for Orange Blossom Tahini Cookies at Savory Simple. Beautiful little cookies – but what was hooked me was the use of tahini. I’d only ever used it for savory dishes. I tucked the recipe away and well, kind of forgot about it until I made my date crumble mistake. A tahini-based cookie sounded like the perfect way to use some of that sweet, crunchy (sesame-seeded) mixture. I veganized the cookie recipe, swapped white flour for whole wheat, added almond flour and reduced the amount of sugar and fat – and I added a good handful of date crumble. These cookies have the most tender crumb and they bake up beautifully. The aroma when they bake – out of sight.
I’ve updated an old favorite from 2012 by reducing the sugar (and the number of ingredients) and adding a bit of healthy crunch from the Ezekial whole grain cereal. This easy-to-make cookie has swirls of soft dates and cherry. Tangy ginger and orange zest will make your tastebuds sing!
- 1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup Ezekial 4:9 Original Cereal
- 1/4 cup almond meal
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 1/2 cup maple sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup non-dairy milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon orange oil
- 1 cup Date, Cherry, Walnut & Ginger Crumble
Preheat the oven to 350-degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium-size bowl, stir together the flour, cereal, almond meal, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a food processor, combine the remaining ingredients (except for the Crumble) until smooth. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients, add the Crumble, and stir until thoroughly combined.
Drop big spoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets and press gently to flatten and shape. Bake cookies for about 15 minutes, switching pans halfway through for even baking. Let sit on pans for a few minutes before transferring cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
Keywords: cookies, easy, quick, dessert, tahini, dates, dried fruit, oil-free