Raw Cacao Tahini Cups

Introducing Raw Cacao Tahini Cups AKA grown up peanut butter cups. As if I don't eat enough tahini as it is, I was given the idea to start adding it to desserts. It is a staple in many of my favourite recipes and salad dressings, but I had only ever used it in savoury things. It has a really unique flavour and is a great way to add creaminess to your foods without adding dairy. This recipe is my first exploration of tahini in something sweet and I am telling you - chocolate and tahini are a seriously tasty combo. Expect to see more of these two together as the weather gets colder and my chocolate intake proportionately increases. 

For those who don't know, cacao is a raw unprocessed version of cocoa powder. Raw and unprocessed means that it has more of the cocoa bean's natural nutrient content still in tact. It is the purest form of chocolate that you can eat. It is also one of the greatest sources of magnesium, an essential nutrient for our bodies known for its relaxant properties. Check out this article for more reasons to feel good about including some cacao in your life.

I'll admit, I have been intimidated by the idea of raw desserts, until today. They sound very gourmet, or like one of those weird foods that only raw-vegans eat. BUT - have an open mind. Raw desserts are amazing for a few reasons. One being how hard it is to mess them up! They usually contain way less ingredients, so simpler to make and often take less time to prepare. Plus you don't have to worry about anything rising, or the possibility of forgetting about them in the oven and burning the house down! They are generally much more nutrient-dense than say, baked goods or refined sweets.  All good things, right?

Be sure to check out my Raw Peanut Butter Pie recipe as well. 

Note: these could definitely be made sans food processor if you melt the coconut oil before mixing together your ingredients. A personal sized blender, or hand mixer could be useful or you could try mixing with a go-to wooden spoon.



Makes 4 muffin-tin sided cups
(Right: Raw Cacao Tahini Cup, Left: Raw Peanut Butter Pie)

INGREDIENTS:
Layer 1: Cacao Almond Crust
3/4 cup almond meal
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1 tbsp real maple syrup*
2 tbsp coconut oil

Layer 2: Tahini Cream Layer
1/4 cup runny tahini
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp real maple syrup*
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/8 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine all ingredients of the crust layer into a food processor. You may need to stop scrape the sides. Process until a consistent dough forms.
  2. Firmly press the dough into the bottom of 4 slots of a muffin tray. Set aside. 
  3. Combine all ingredients of the tahini layer in food processor. Pour on top of the crust that you pressed into the muffin tray. Smooth over with a spatula. 
  4. Put the muffin tray in the freezer for approximately an hour or until solid. Use the edge of a butter knife to wedge them out. Store in the freezer. Leave the frozen cups out to thaw for 15-30 minutes before eating.

*to be truly "RAW", swap the maple syrup for raw honey