Tahini biscuits…

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My eldest daughter Zoe has an obsession with tahini. She loves it in all it’s forms. I’ve been making tahini salad dressing, black tahini banana bread and now I’ve whipped up a batch of tahini biscuits.

Tahini is the paste of ground sesame seeds. It has a lovely nutty taste and is a fantastic source of calcium.

If you’re looking for a refined sugar free, gluten free, vegan and delicious biscuit to have with your afternoon cup of tea I urge you to give these a go.

Tahini Biscuits 

90mls maple syrup
90mls treacle (you could use honey, molasses or golden syrup here)
90mls tahini
zest of an orange
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups oat flour (this can be made by processing rolled oats in a food processor until your get a flour consistency. Alternatively, you could use plain or GF flour instead)
150g almond meal
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
Poppy seeds, sesame seeds or flaked almonds for dipping

How to..

With an electric or stand mixer blend together maple syrup, treacle, tahini, orange zest and vanilla. Beat for a few minutes until well mixed and fluffy.
Mix in oat flour and bicarb soda.

Roll into teaspoon size balls and roll in seeds or almonds. Flatten slightly and place on baking tray. Refrigerate for 30 mins.

Heat oven to 180 degrees. Bake biscuits for 10-15 mins.
Cool on trays.

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The CSIRO Survey – How do you rate ?

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The CSIRO recently conducted a survey on the dietary habits of 12,000 people. The results are not great. Sadly the survey had to specify that hot chips are not counted as a serve of vegetables. Only 1 in 20 respondents was found to eat a healthy amount of vegetables.

The average score for most respondents was around 50 – 60/100. I took the test and held my breath as I waited for my results. There were a few questions about eating meat and animal based products which I thought may (in their eyes) drop my score. I feel good about how and what I eat and that was reflected in my score of 86/100.

I was not really all that surprised by the findings of the CSIRO survey. I see people all the time who think their diet is good but on questioning is actually lacking in some basic sources of protein, healthy fats, vegetables and fruit.
Fruit and vegetables are incredibly important for so many body functions. They supply nutrients, fibre and a healthy source of carbohydrate.

If you’re game take the test here –  https://my.totalwellbeingdiet.com/healthy-diet-score

I find it particularly hard when this involves babies and children. Often parents and carers are well meaning and doing their best with what they have but just a little bit of basic diet information goes a long way towards growing healthy kids.  Let’s just set the record straight once and for all – potato chips, hash browns, jelly fruit cups, fruit drinks, pop tarts etc DO NOT count as servings of fruit and veg. By the same token chicken nuggets, processed meats, sausage rolls, fish fingers DO NOT count as healthy proteins. White bread, cakes, biscuits, muesli bars DO NOT count as good sources of carbohydrate.

I hear all the time “But this is what my child eats – if I don’t give them this they wont eat anything”. I promise you that if you don’t have these things in your home and explain to your children why you’re not going to buy them anymore they will find other better things to eat. There may be a few transition grumbles but ultimately they will thank you for it.

There are lots of great alternatives to these ‘non foods’ that I am sure you and your children will grow to love. They will be healthier, happier, a good weight and likely to live longer  –   isn’t that what we all want for our children and ourselves ?

Take a stroll through my recipes for some inspiration and get your kids involved in the cooking process. If they are cooking too they are much more likely to try what you have made.

Good luck and happy eating !