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Recipe Redux: Tahini Brownies With Smoked Sea Salt


smoked sea salt tahini brownies - vegan // gratitude and greens - #vegan #recipe #brownies

I have spent most of this week hunting down ingredients and playing around in the kitchen. I’ve enjoyed being back in my childhood kitchen, although I always seem to forget that the oven is slower and the knives duller every time I come home. My kitchen equipment and pantry essentials change wherever I go, and adapting to a different kitchen is always a fun adventure. It takes me twice as long to look for a certain spice or ingredient, but I don’t mind. Life in Hong Kong always seems so fast, and I want to cherish every slow, quiet moment I have alone and away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

smoked sea salt tahini brownies - vegan // gratitude and greens // #vegan #recipe #brownies

This week I’ve also spent a lot of time thinking about January’s Recipe Redux theme:

Start Smoking In The New Year – The New Year is heating up with smoke and spiciness. From boldly flavored smoked salts to actual smoking techniques, subtly smoked food is on-trend. The same can be said for spice as we savor heat from harissa, sriracha and smoked paprika. Show us the healthy dish you’re heating up with the smoke and/or spiciness.

I really wanted to go down the savoury route, but the idea of smoked sea salt brownies just sounded too good to pass up. I will admit that it was lazy on my part, because I could have made something exciting like harissa spiced tomato jam or smoked paprika hummus. Instead, I settled on sprinkling smoked sea salt on brownies. Sorry darlings, but most of my brainpower this week went towards the masala chai hot chocolate that I have yet to perfect…

These brownies are very similar to the almond butter and sea salt brownies I shared from Amy Chaplin’s book a few months ago. I slightly adapted her recipe, using tahini instead of almond butter, and choosing to melt the chocolate beforehand in coconut oil for extra richness. Tahini is rich in iron (1.3 mg per tablespoon, so there’s probably 8g of iron in this recipe), vitamins B and E, as well as magnesium and calcium. It is also delicious! I love cooking with tahini for its creamy texture and nutty taste, and use it in my salad dressings often. I used 1/4 cup + 4 tablespoons of tahini, but you can add another 4 tablespoons and make it a 1/2 cup of tahini.

smoked sea salt tahini brownies - vegan // gratitude and greens // #vegan #recipe #brownies

INGREDIENTS
Yields 24 mini brownies.

  • 3/4 cup whole spelt flour
  • 3/4 cup white spelt flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup dark chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates + 2-4 tablespoons of the soaking water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup + 4 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Maldon smoked sea salt flakes, to garnish

smoked sea salt tahini brownies - vegan // gratitude and greens // #vegan #recipe #brownies

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Soak the dates in hot water for 20 minutes. Once they’ve softened, drain the dates. Keep the soaking water and set it aside for later.
2. Preheat the oven to 175ºC/350ºF. Grease your baking trays or line them with baking paper.
3. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir to combine.
4. Melt the coconut oil on the stovetop. Once the coconut oil has heated up, add the chocolate and stir until thoroughly incorporated. Remove from the heat.
5. In a blender, whizz the tahini, soaked dates, maple syrup, coconut sugar, almond milk, sea salt, vanilla, 2 tablespoons of the date soaking water, and the chocolate-coconut oil mixture until smooth.
5. Turn the mixer on, and slowly pour the liquid mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. If the mixture seems dry, add another tablespoon or two of the date soaking water to the batter.
6. Pour the batter into your moulds or baking trays,  and top with the smoked sea salt flakes.
7. Bake for 30 minutes. A cake tester should come out clean, and the sides should pull away from the pan.
8. Remove the brownies from the oven and allow them to cool. Enjoy with more tahini, vanilla coconut cream, or as they are.

What’s the best brownie you’ve ever had? Or your favourite chocolate dessert? Let me know in the comments below!

Wishing you much love and happy kitchen adventures,
Gen.

more tahini recipes:
triple ginger + tahini cookies from happy hearted kitchen
beet and tahini soup with pine nut zaa’tar from dishing up the dirt
charred broccoli + lentil salad with smoky tahini dressing from food52

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47 Comments

  1. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    January 22, 2015

    Two of my favorite things…..chocolate and tahini….o my goodness!!!!!!
    I’ve never used smoked salt though! What a wonderful flavor combo!

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      January 24, 2015

      These would be great with regular sea salt, too! Just thought I would add a little extra something to these brownies with the smoked kind ;) And yes… all things chocolate and tahini, mmm!

      Reply
  2. Jodi
    January 22, 2015

    YUM! These sounds amazing! Going to have to get my hands on some smoked sea salt now :) And you know I’m always up for some tahini! Enjoy your time at home xx

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    • genevieve y
      January 26, 2015

      Thanks Jodi! I know exactly how you feel about tahini- especially after reading your latest post! So much yes to tahini. I could eat it on toast, on cookies, in hummus, with a spoon… so much yum. Hope you had a great weekend!

      Reply
  3. GiGi Eats
    January 22, 2015

    I could face plant into a big bowl of tahini! ;)

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  4. Sonali- The Foodie Physician
    January 22, 2015

    I love all of the different ingredients that you used. These sound so interesting and flavorful! Maldon smoked sea salt is the bomb!

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    • genevieve y
      January 27, 2015

      Thanks Sonali! Maldon sea salt- smoked or non smoked- really is the bomb. It makes everything tastes better!

      Reply
  5. Diane
    January 22, 2015

    Everyone of your ideas sounded wonderful! I have never had tahini and chocolate. Must try! Love the idea of smoked sea salt.

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    • genevieve y
      January 27, 2015

      Thanks Diane! Tahini and chocolate make one very tasty combination, I hope you get to try it yourself :)

      Reply
  6. EA-The Spicy RD
    January 22, 2015

    These look absolutely amazing! I was so very tempted to go the “sweet route’ for this ReDux, but wouldn’t wrap my mind about what that would be. You have nailed this one perfectly! Can’t wait to try making a gluten-free version of these beauties!

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      January 27, 2015

      Thank you!! I was the exact opposite and was very tempted to go the savoury route. I’m glad the brownies worked out for me! And I can’t wait to hear about your gluten-free version :)

      Reply
  7. Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
    January 22, 2015

    I honestly would have never thought of this combo .. Thanks for introducing it to me!

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    • genevieve y
      January 27, 2015

      Thanks Julie, I hope you get to try chocolate and tahini together sometime soon!

      Reply
  8. dixya@food, pleasure, and health
    January 22, 2015

    good decision on brownies! I went the savory route with sriracha…i have got to make this soon!!

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      January 27, 2015

      Thanks Dixya! Sriracha is always a tasty way to go. I’m convinced that hot sauce makes everything tastes better!

      Reply
  9. Alanna
    January 22, 2015

    Tahini brownies?? Yes, please! I love the addition of dates and coconut sugar in these. I have a huge jar of tahini I’ve barely made a dent it…these might be necessary.

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      January 27, 2015

      Sounds like you better dig into that tahini jar! If you need help, I’ll be here waiting with a spoon ;)

      Reply
  10. Lauren @ Eating with a Purpose
    January 22, 2015

    Yum- I love the addition of maple syrup- I’m sure it pairs very nicely with the smoked sea salt!

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      January 27, 2015

      Thanks Lauren! Maple syrup is one of my favourite ingredients to use. It’s just so delicious and is such a great sweetener!

      Reply
  11. Cassie @ Almost Getting it Together
    January 22, 2015

    I keep seeing tahini-based desserts everywhere… I gotta try!

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      January 27, 2015

      Tahini based desserts are delicious! I hope you get to try some soon :)

      Reply
  12. Farrah
    January 22, 2015

    I definitely feel ya on how fast-paced life in HK seems to be. Everyone here thinks I walk super-super fast, but when I’m over there, I’m just considered average-speed, haha.

    I don’t think I’ve ever used tahini in anything I’ve ever baked, and I’ve never tried smoked sea salt flakes! This sounds super good, so I’m gonna have to locate that! :]

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    • genevieve y
      January 27, 2015

      I want to experiment more with tahini in baking, but seriously- it’s just SO good! It’s like baking with nut butter. I hope you get to try it yourself!

      Reply
  13. Selena @ The Nutritious Kitchen
    January 22, 2015

    Oooo I love this idea! I really want to start experimenting with tahini more and these brownies look perfect for it :)

    Reply
  14. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits
    January 23, 2015

    What a great idea to make brownies with tahini! I’m so curious how the brownies will taste with a bit of tahini in there!

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      January 27, 2015

      These brownies were suuuper tasty! My sister took them to school with her and they were gone in a jiffy- I wish I hid some for myself before she gave them all to her friends, haha. You should definitely try whipping up a batch!

      Reply
  15. Francesca
    January 23, 2015

    Clever, Clever…must attempt to recreate :D

    Reply
  16. Elizabeth @ Enjoy Every Bite
    January 23, 2015

    These look so yummy and unique! Pinning this for later :)

    Reply
  17. Emily @ Zen & Spice
    January 23, 2015

    Wow, this is awesome. I’ve been looking for more dessert recipes that don’t contain a lot of refined ingredients, this is perfect!!

    Reply
  18. Jessica @ Nutritioulicious
    January 23, 2015

    What an interesting combination! I’m familiar with beans added to brownies, but this is a first for me with tahini. They look delish!

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      January 27, 2015

      Thanks Jessica, these brownies were super yummy!

      Reply
  19. Andrea - The Baking Dietitian
    January 23, 2015

    Oh my gosh. I LOVE chocolate and salt combos. Salty/sweet is the best combo eve! YUM!

    Reply
  20. Rachael@AvocadoADayNutrition
    January 23, 2015

    Gorgeous! I’ve been wanting to do more sweets with tahini since I used them to make a raw caramel. Can’t wait to try these!

    Reply
  21. Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge)
    January 23, 2015

    Love these! Wow! Sounds so delicious and slightly decadent! I love the idea of tahini in the brownie batter. Putting this on my to-make list ASAP!

    Reply
  22. Arman @ thebigmansworld
    January 23, 2015

    SMOKED sea salt? Gen I need to find this epicness! I can totally relate to finding the calm amidst a city- Especially one like Hong Kong!

    I just tried honey tahini but chocolate tahini? So many new finds here! Pinning!

    Reply
  23. Shashi @ runninsrilankan
    January 24, 2015

    These look decadent and are gluten free!!!

    Reply
  24. Rebecca
    January 24, 2015

    These look and sound sooo good!

    Reply
  25. Sustainable and the City
    January 24, 2015

    Mmm, i love tahini too! These look and sound delish.

    Reply
  26. Natalia
    January 24, 2015

    Lovely post, Gene!
    Did you make some changes to your blog? It looks great!

    I love tahini especially in dark chocolate. Maybe it sounds too bitter, but my girl love them and me too!
    I also made this week brownies(sorghum flour), they were good but yours look better. On my ‘to do’ list for next week :). Thank you!

    Reply
  27. Katherine
    January 30, 2015

    These look absolutely amazing! I’ve only ever used tahini in hummus, so I never really associated it with anything sweet and dessert like! Your pictures are also gorgeous :-)

    Reply
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