220g/ 1 cup Tahini
90g/ 3oz Corn Flour
110g/ 1 cup Teff
90g/ 3 oz Gluten-free rolled oats
30g/ 1 oz Coconut flakes
95g/ ½ cup Brown Sugar
2 tbsp Coconut oil
¼ cup Olive oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Baking soda
1 tsp Salt
sprinkle on top sesame seeds
We just had a long weekend with a lot of food, eating with family and friends, full heavy meals like a good weekend should be but it also got me unbalanced as well. Since I like a sweet dessert after a meal or just something sweet by my coffee, I decided to go on the healthy side and make these teff tahini cookies. I have to say it was not my first choice but the result is amazing.
Teff Tahini Cookies – challenging baking
These cookies are gluten free and vegan, very challenging when it comes to cookies since the gluten (usually wheat) ties all the ingredients together since it performs as a glue and the dairy (usually butter) is giving the cookies the oils and flavor.
I substitute the missing ingredients with some natural high nutritional values ingredients. the tahini is high in fat content and oils and can easily takes over the butter role in the cookie, throw the coconut and olive oils and there you go, pure nondairy natural fat.
Let’s say it out loud, Glutinous flours are hard to substitute, its possible of course, there will be a cookie at the end of the process but it will not be the same, it doesn’t mean that it’s not good, I use GF flours all the time in cakes and pastries but texture will always be slightly different
In these teff tahini cookies the corn flour is the glue between the non-glutinous grains I use, it ties up the teff and the quick oats that are our gluten free flours in these cookies.
I always say, don’t expect your regular cookie texture in gluten free cookies, it will be great but slightly different.
There is not much glue in the batter, the teff tahini cookie is crumbly and grainy, personally, I love this texture, it’s a kind of cookie that you will need a cup of water afterwards, the tahini mix will make the cookie sticky in your mouth, but its sensational, you got to try it.
Baking time is short, don’t be tempted to reach a crispy texture and golden color for the cookies, this batter taste great as raw, try it, we want to bring this feeling to the cookie and not temper to much with it, so baking is not more than 12 minutes on 180°c/350°F.
These cookies are high in nutritional values, mostly because of the teff which is a magical grain, it’s high in fibers, protein, manganese, Iron, calcium, zinc and vitamins, mainly B2.
So, don’t feel bad about giving you kids another cookie, it’s actually high in many of the nutritional values you chase them to consume.
Mixing the batter
Preheat the oven to 180°c/350°F.
baking the cookies