Vegan Tahini Date Cookies
These 3-ingredient, vegan tahini date cookies are perfectly sweet with hints of caramel, thanks to the natural sweetness from the dates. Best of all you only need 3 ingredients to make them. Get yourself some oats, dates and tahini and make these cookies asap!
Tahini and dates are two of my most favourite ingredients and I include them both in my diet regularly in every which way. From oats, to smoothies, to salads and whatever I can think off, dates and tahini are both staples in my diet.
Dates are my favourite natural sweetener because along with the sweet, caramel flavour they add to recipes, they’re also full of fibre, antioxidants,. vitamins and minerals. Now, yes, dates are very high in sugar so I do try to keep that love somewhat contained but that if your’e looking for a sweet treat, you’re much better off reaching for a few dates over processed candy or a traditional chocolate bar. Along with all that sugar, which makes dates a fantastic pre-workout or intra-workout snack, you’ll also be enjoying the many health benefits dates have to offer. Here are a few of their main health highlights.
Health Benefits of Dates
- high in fiber which promotes heart and digestive health
- good source of potassium
- excellent source of copper, good for bone health
- source of manganese
- source of magnesium giving them anti-inflammatory and blood pressure benefits
- source of iron
- contain vitamin B6 which supports brain health
- may support a healthy pregnancy and delivery
- contain isoflavones that are known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
- contain vitamin A, important for healthy vision
Those are just a few of the benefits to enjoying dates on a regular basis. The details aren’t important, just know that dates are one more whole food you can include in your tool box for healthy living. If you have a sweet tooth, a couple of dates is a great way to get a sweet fix without the need for refined sugars.
Types of Dates
There are quite a few different varieties of dates and they vary in shape, size and flavour. My favourites, and most readily available, are deglect noor, medjool and honey. Dates fall into three: soft, semisoft, and dry. I find soft and semi-soft dates are best for recipes, depending on what you’re making.
For these cookies, you’ll need a soft, fresh date. If you only have dry dates, no problem though, just soak them in hot water for 10 minutes then drain before using.
Medjool dates are amazingly sweet, soft, moist and rich dates that taste like caramel. They’re quite large in size and are excellent for eating and also using in recipes. Deglect noor dates are a little smaller and drier than medjool dates. They have a sweet, delicate flavour and are good for cooking and recipes but also yummy just for eating. Honey dates are soft and creamy and have a deeply sweet flavour. I love their melt-in-your-mouth quality that makes them a deliciously sweet treat on their own but they’re also great for sweetening recipes.
Other dates varieties include barhi, dayri, halawy, khadrawy, thoory and zahidi. I don’t have much experience with these varieties or haven’t seem them in my local larger grocery stores. They should be available in any Mediterranean market or specialty store, or you can always buy them online.
Vegan Tahini Date Cookies
I’m obsessed with these sweet little cookies. I love how amazing they taste despite their simplicity. If you love tahini, you will love these and even if you’ve never tasted tahini in your life, you’ll still love them!
All you’re going to need to make these magical cookies is oats, dates and tahini. Blend them together to make a dough, shape the dough into 12 cookies then bake them until golden and perfect and delicious. The flavour lands perfectly between sweet, caramel dates and creamy sesame tahini, with wholesome oats to round it out. They’re so easy to make with such a comforting, cozy flavour I’ve been making a batch every Sunday, week after week.
To make these, you’ll need a food processor or high-speed blender to mix the dough. I haven’t tried them without blending but I think you could probably get away with mixing them with your hands if you use soft dates and finely chop them before adding to the mixture. As long as you have a cookie dough-like texture and can shape it into cookies, you should be good to go.Print
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add all ingredients to a food processor or high-speed blender and process until it forms a thick dough.
- Shape into 12 cookies and place on a parchment paper or silicone mat-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes and let cool on the pan before handing.
For best results, use a kitchen scale to weigh ingredients.
Keywords: easy, 3-ingredient, simple, healthy