So tahini has been a learning experience for me. My first taste was one of . . . bewilderment. I was taken aback by its bitterness and wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. I think I made some great recipes with the mocha poached pear and raspberries and chocolate and the apple and honey. But I still wasn’t sure how I felt about tahini in general.
This baked oatmeal gave me a new appreciation for tahini. Inspired by this recipe for tahini cookies, I made a baked oatmeal similar to my Peanut Butter Cookie Baked Oatmeal, but with tahini. Would you believe that I liked it just as much?
Special thanks goes to Sesame King, who witnessed my experiments with tahini and graciously provided me with more to encourage my adventures. I really want to try the chocolate version!
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What you'll need:
- 1/2 cup grated zucchini or yellow squash
- 1/3 cup milk of choice
- 1-2 tbsp tahini (I used 1 tablespoon and a half)
- 1-2 tbsp maple syrup*
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup quick or rolled oats (I used quick)
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- sesame seeds, for topping
How to make it:
- Preheat the oven to 350 F and spray a single-serving ramekin with non-stick spray.
- You have two options: you can puree all ingredients together (except sesame seeds), or you can follow steps 2-3. If you puree, you can cut the zucchini into cubes so it measures about 1/2 a cup instead of grating.
- If not pureeing: Combine zucchini, milk, tahini, maple syrup, and vanilla extract and stir until mixed.
- Stir in oats.
- Add baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and stir.
- Okay, whether you pureed or stirred, we're all at the same spot again: transfer to a ramekin. Sprinkle to top of the batter with sesame seeds.
- Bake for 20-24 minutes, or until the top is no longer doughy. Enjoy! 🙂
Just an FYI:
* If your tahini is plain, you may need extra sweetener. If your tahini is pre-sweetened, you may not need any maple syrup! It depends on how sweet your tahini is. 🙂