• Loaded Tahini Date Cookies
  • Indecisive Cookies (Peanut Butter + Chocolate Chip + Oatmeal Raisin)
  • Slow Cooker Green Chicken
  • Pumpkin Seed Flour (an alternative to Almond Flour)
  • 5 Ingredient Apricot Chicken

Loaded Tahini Date Cookies

A healthy cookie with tahini for a sesame flavor and sweetened with dates. This version of my basic tahini date cookies is loaded with pecans, dried fruit, spices, and raisins.  | WorthCooking.net

So, apparently when you photo shoot cookies between two toll shot glasses full of milk they look like monster cookies. Well, they aren’t monster cookies but they are loaded cookies. Loaded with healthy foods such as dates and tahini and yummy foods like raisins, spices, apple juice, ginger, and pecans. I get all the cool points for making cookies for (or better yet, with) my kids while still giving them something quite healthy. Win – win.

These are based off of my Tahini Date Cookies. I like those, but I was wanting something with a bit more spice the other day so I made these.

A healthy cookie with tahini for a sesame flavor and sweetened with dates. This version of my basic tahini date cookies is loaded with pecans, dried fruit, spices, and raisins.  | WorthCooking.net

I was conflicted about posting them as they are so close to that recipe. But, those were based on just being simple, these are a bit more special. (Assuming you like the taste of sesame, it is strong in these cookies.) I especially like the anise in them because it adds a bit of a licorice flavor to them.

Loaded Tahini Date Cookies
Serves: 12 cookies
 
A healthy cookie with tahini for a sesame flavor and sweetened with dates. This version of my basic tahini date cookies is loaded with pecans, dried fruit, and raisins.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup tahini
  • ½ cup very packed madjool dates
  • 3 Tablespoons Apple Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried powdered ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground annise
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup chopped pecan (or nut or seed of choice)
  • ½ cup tahini (this kind is made in a facility that only processes sesame seeds [affiliate link])
  • ½ cup very packed dates (I do as many as I can possibly fit into a half cup measuring cup)
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax (see notes for an egg version)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. If using a metal cookie sheet, lightly oil or line with parchment paper.
  2. Put everything but the baking powder together in a food processor. Blend until smooth. Blend in the baking powder.
  3. Get a little plate of water, a Tablespoon (or medium size cookie scoop), and a fork. Use the Tablespoon/scoop to get approximately a tablespoon of dough. Wet your fingers in the plate of water, and then roll the dough into a ball. Place evenly on a cookie sheet. It should make about 1 dozen cookies. Dip the tines of the fork into the water, then press the crisscross design into the cookies. I find you need to dip after every cookie to keep from sticking.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the edges are set, and the tops begin to lighten, and the cookies look puffy.

 

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Indecisive Cookies (Peanut Butter + Chocolate Chip + Oatmeal Raisin)

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Slow Cooker Green Chicken

It doesn’t get much easier than this — chicken thighs are cooked with green salsa and onions in the slow cooker. The result is a moist and flavorful shredded chicken that goes wonderfully over cilantro lime rice.  A perfect weeknight dinner. See my recipe for Slow Cooker Green Chicken on For The Family. 

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Pumpkin Seed Flour (an alternative to Almond Flour)

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5 Ingredient Apricot Chicken

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