When I was working on the dessert section for my cookbook, I spent hundreds of hours trying to define what a “healthy dessert” meant, and eventually landed on mitigating the less positive elements of typical desserts: namely, the blood sugar spike and subsequent crash that creates a cascade of less than pleasant hormonal responses. And spoiler alert: these Healthy Cardamom Orange Tahini Cookies totally fit that description.
What does healthy dessert mean to me?
By infusing desserts with healthy fat, fiber, and even a dose of protein, you can blunt the impact of the sugar and essentially have your cake and eat it too.
Does that mean I never eat “traditional” desserts? Hell no. I had two of my sister’s famous chocolate chip freezer cookies last night and they were oh so satisfying.
For me, the point is understanding what’s going on, so I can make my choices with intention. When I say “healthy,” it’s a short cut for “I’ve spent way too much time thinking about the science of how this impacts your body and designed it to make you feel your absolute best in as many ways as possible, so you can just focus on enjoying the delicious flavor” (so yeah “healthy” is shorter).
And these healthy tahini cookies are the perfect example of that. They’re incredibly delicious (the orange zest cardamom combo is utter heaven) and they’ll leave you full and satisfied.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the word healthy, so comment below or DM me on Insta (maybe while you’re snacking on a cookie…)!!
Want more desserts with cardamom?
I love learning about new spices or ways to use them (my second Healthy Cooking Secrets episode on the Healthier Together podcast has a TON of these easy secrets if you want to check that out). But nothing’s more frustrating than buying a new ingredient for a specific recipe, only to have that ingredient sit in your pantry untouched for months after you make the recipe once.
Obviously I hope you love these Healthy Cardamom Orange Tahini Cookies that you’ll want to make them over and over, but that still won’t get you very far into a bottle of cardamom (1/2 a teaspoon goes a long way to give them a delicious cardamom flavor, but even if you’re make a quadruple batch, it still won’t make a dent in your spice bottle).
So, here are a few of my other favorite recipes with cardamom to put that delicious spice to work:
- Chocolate Cherry Cardamom Smoothie
- Super Clumpy Cardamom Orange Creamsicle Granola
- Honeyed Cardamom Berry Tartlets
- Cardamom Pumpkin Waffles with Chai Spiced Maple Pecans
- Cardamom Pistachio Rose Energy Balls
Watch it being made!
Enjoy, and tag me if you make it on Instagram (@lizmoody)—I can’t wait to see!Print
- 1/2 cup unsalted tahini (well stirred)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Zest of 1 orange
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/4 cup oat flour
- 1/4 teaspoon fine-grain mineral salt
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 pasture-raised egg (a flax egg works great too!)
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate
- Maldon or flaky sea salt, to sprinkle (optional, but not really)
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Stir together all ingredients except chocolate chips, until the batter is smooth.
- Add chocolate chips (I like to leave a few out to press on top!). Spoon into mounds, press on more chocolate, and top with flaky sea salt.
- Bake for 11-13 minutes, until golden at edges. Let cool on the pan before enjoying!! Makes 6-8 cookies. Enjoy!
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