tahini cookies

If you or someone you know struggles with a full-body candida infection, you know how challenging eating can be. In order to starve the candida, which is fed by yeast and sugar, it's imperative that ALL sugar and carbs are totally cut out, at least temporarily until symptoms reduce. That means that, at least for a while, no chocolate, fruit, beets, carrots, dairy, nuts, potatoes, grains, squash, beans, corn...etc. We've been working on this with my husband and although it was overwhelming at first, now that we have most of the essentials for cooking and baking, I'm getting a little more confident. But obviously, when every single thing he's eating is green, the one thing he's craving more than anything is...COOKIES. Enter: stevia, an all-natural sweetener derived from a plant that is totally safe for a candida diet. 

tahini cookies : wholehearter
Once we bought some stevia, I decided to get a little crazy and try to make cookies. Peanut butter cookies are one of Dave's favorites, but alas, he can't have peanut butter. I figured that tahini, which is made from ground sesame seeds and is candida-safe, would be close enough to pass in a fake cookie.

Tahini Cookies:
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
About 1 T. or 6 packets of stevia
2 eggs or flax eggs (1T. ground flax to 3T. warm water = 1 egg)
1/2 cup tahini (Here, you could use almond or peanut butter if you can have sugar)
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 buckwheat flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

About 1 cup of Almond or Coconut Milk (unsweetened)

Mix the first five ingredients - beat well. Mix the last four ingredients and add to the wet mixture. Blend together into a thick dough, adding coconut milk, as needed. Drop by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet, press flat with a fork and bake at 350º for about 8 minutes. Makes about 15 cookies. 

Dave was impressed. I thought they tasted a bit like "sugar-free peanut butter cookies," but I'm sure it's better than nothing when you're going through a candida cleanse. If anything, tahini is packed with protein, as is buckwheat flour, so they're filling and super-healthy! Make them for yourself or to impress your diabetic friends! :)

tahini cookies : wholehearter