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Vegan Pistachio Orange Tahini Cookies

Vegan Pistachio Orange Tahini Cookies

Pistachio, orange, tahini: that’s a nice amount of flavor in one cookie! On top of that, it’s vegan! But there’s a secret ingredient that makes this cookie extra creamy and flavored: halva, a flaky tahini dessert. I’m a sucker for any sesame confection. I love […]

Tahini Ranch Romaine Salad

Tahini Ranch Romaine Salad

Say hello to this tahini ranch dressing slathered over romaine salad! Not sure about anyone else here, but more recently in quarantine, I have been leaning into some fresh greens. It could be because of all those borek, comforting rice dishes and middle eastern cookies….but […]

Tahini Granola

Tahini Granola

This Tahini Granola is just so satisfying. I love having it on hand to top on yogurt or eat by itself. It has a mix of oats, almonds, tahini, apricots and cranberries, and it’s not overly sweet, which I really appreciate.

The hint of nuttiness from the tahini and the natural sweetness from the cranberries and apricots make this an absolutely delicious way to start your day. And, the best part is that it has many immune boosting properties. No complaints. Add tahini to anything, and I say we have a winner.

So what’s in the granola?

Lets talk about the ingredients and why they are fabulous to start your day with. Of note, what is listed below highlights the main immune boosting property of each ingredient. There are many additional vitamins and minerals in each ingredient that are not mentioned below that have their own benefit in the body.

  1. Oats
    • Contains zinc, which helps control inflammatory responses. Also a great source of B vitamins, iron, copper and magnesium.
  2. Tahini
    • Good source of B vitamins, magnesium, iron, zinc and copper.
  3. Apricot
    • Excellent source of Vitamin A and E. Also a good source of iron, magnesium and copper.
  4. Almonds
    • Another superfood. Very good source of Vitamin E, magnesium and B vitamins, iron and protein which is necessary for normal cell growth and function. Almonds also contain antioxidants to protect cells. They are rich in copper, zinc, manganese and magnesium which are all essential minerals in the immune system.
  5. Cranberries
    • Has a touch of Vitamin E and B vitamins.
  6. Yogurt
    • Good source of B vitamins, zinc, magnesium and selenium.

Some Extra Tips to Boost Your Immune System…

  1. Aim to eat fruits and vegetables from every color of the rainbow. A diet that is largely plant based, rich in whole grains, nuts and lean proteins, like the Mediterranean diet, is a good guide.
  2. Maintain healthy eating habits over time. While eating vitamin rich foods is very important when you are sick, it is equally important to maintain this type of eating for infection prevention.
  3. Eat whole foods. While vitamins and supplements can help fill in the gaps in your diet, your body absorbs and uses nutrients better when them come straight from food.
  4. Stay hydrated! The majority of your body is made up of water and is necessary for your body to function, including your immune system. Try to also eat hydrating foods, like watermelon, cucumber, celery.
  5. Get enough sleep! You body need rest to produce essential components of your immune system that fight infection and reduce inflammation.

Tahini Granola is a great thing to have on hand all year round. I hope you enjoy!

Tahini Granola

This Tahini Granola is a mix of oats, almonds, tahini, apricots and cranberries. It's great on its own or topped on yogurt.

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups quick oats*
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/16 tsp salt (or a pinch of salt)
  • ¼ cup slivered or chopped almonds
  • ¼ cup chopped dried apricots
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 large egg, whites separated from yellow (you will only use the whites in this recipe)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 300F
  • Mix oats, cinnamon, cardamom, tahini, salt, brown sugar, egg white, vanilla, and almonds in a bowl
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread granola evenly on the sheet and press down with a spatula or small piece of parchment paper (this will help clusters form)
  • Bake for about 20 minuets, until a lightly toasted color is achieved. Once out of the oven add chopped apricots and cranberries and gently mix together with granola
  • This stores freshly at room temperature for 4 weeks in a sealed container. But, it may be devoured sooner than that

Notes

Three Teas Tips
*If using whole oats bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until a lightly toasted color is achieved. 

Have you checked out the other posts in our Immune Boosting Series?

Immune Boosting Green Smoothie

Avocado Toast

More to come!

Articles for Reference

Contribution of selected vitamins and trace elements to immune function.

Selected vitamins and trace elements support immune function by strengthening epithelial barriers and cellular and humoral immune responses.

The immune system: a target for functional foods?

Micronutrients and innate immunity.

Interrelationship between vitamins and cytokines in immunity.

Vitamin D, innate immunity and upper respiratory tract infection.

Citrus Tahini Kale Salad

Citrus Tahini Kale Salad

With the holidays being over I am craving a kale salad in a major way. I mean we went from summer, to 2 seconds of fall, to a baked goods manifesto over the holidays, and now here we are. This salad is currently giving me […]

Fall Hummus Bowl

Fall Hummus Bowl

Guys, this is GOOD. I suggest you make it soon. Caramelized roasted acorn squash is layered onto hummus and topped off with a cilantro cream sauce and roasted crispy red onions. Slather it on some toast, and you’ll forget avocado toast even existed. Ya, I […]

Apple Spiced Oat Cake with a Tahini Maple Crumble

Apple Spiced Oat Cake with a Tahini Maple Crumble

This cake is all the fall things. Granny Smith apple is shredded and folded into both ground oats and flour creating a delicious and tender apple cake. Not to mention, the nutty tahini and rich sweetness of the maple in the crumble is a perfect addition and gives this cake a little something extra.

All the fall spices – cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves – are nestled within the cake and pair well against the sweetness from the brown sugar and the tartness from the apple. I really wanted to make a cake that tasted just like this, and luckily, the mission was accomplished. This is the fall cake of my dreams, enough said.

What are you dreaming of this fall?

Apple Spiced Oat Cake with a Tahini Maple Crumble

A dreamy tender apple cake, with all the fall spices and a tahini maple crumble for a little something extra. It is what fall dreams are made of.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Ingredients
  

Apple Spiced Oat Cake

  • 1 stick unsalted butter (0.5 cups),  at room temperature
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup quick oats, ground (use a food processor or blender)
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk, 1%, 2% or whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp clove
  • 2 Granny Smith Apples (~2 cups), shredded
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Tahini Maple Crumble

  • ½ cup quick oats
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup maple syrup, any variety works
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling
  • pinch of nutmeg (~half of 1/8 tsp)
  • pinch of cloves (~half of 1/8 tsp)

Instructions
 

Apple Spiced Oat Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350F°
  • Line the base of a 10 inch springform cake tin with parchment paper and grease the sides with some butter
  • With the "S" blade attachment on your food processor or in your blender grind up the oats.
  • Peal, cut and core the apples. With the shredding attachment in place on your food processor, put apples through to shred. If you do not have a food processor you can also shred apple with a cheese grater, however this will take a little longer.
  • In one bowl mix ground oats, flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg.
  • In a separate bowl cream brown sugar and butter until fluffy. Then whisk in eggs, one at a time until combined. Next whisk in milk and vanilla.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Then gently fold in shredded apples until evenly combined.

Tahini Maple Crumble

  • Mix oats, flour, butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, tahini, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg in a bowl. The consistency will mimic the texture of an oatmeal cookie.
  • Grab about marble sized pieces of batter (no need to smooth into balls) and place scattered on top of cake. Different sizes are fine as it will add texture to the top of the cake.
  • Sprinkle a large pinch of brown sugar and cinnamon on top of the cake.
  • Bake until the crumble is lightly golden and a fork inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean, about 40 minutes.
  • Let the cake cool slightly before serving.
Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush

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Hummus

Hummus

Growing up, hummus for us was like ketchup – always available in the fridge to compliment any meal. We owe this constant supply of hummus to our Nana, Badriya. Nana would deliver a fresh supply of hummus every couple of weeks always saying “This is […]