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Peanut Butter Allergy Bending

One of the most challenging things about coping with food allergies is continuing to enjoy the world of great tastes and textures. Peanut and other nut allergies are on the rise. We likely all know someone who has a sensitivity ranging from a mild to or a more dangerous reaction to one of the most common food allergies across the globe.

Still, that doesn't mean those of us who have allergies have to "do without". Adjusting the ingredients to safe substitutes is what "Bendy Baking" is all about.


Although ground sunflower seeds produce a great substitute for peanut butter, while less rare than allergies to peanuts, still present a major risk for some people.


How about Tahini? Well, I'm glad you asked. Tahini, or tahina, is a Middle-Eastern condiment made from ground sesame. The more commonly eaten variety comes from hulled sesame, but un-hulled seeds are also used. Tahini has a very earthy flavor and is slightly bitter, but not overpowering. Although it can be compared with peanut butter, it is far less sweet.



About the Recipe: You might notice that my recipes range from easy to complex. What you might not know is that I personally always evaluate the relative investment of time and effort into a recipe against how well the result is enjoyed. This cookie recipe is both easy to prepare and has a high-enjoyment rating. What's not to like? Happy Bendy Baking!





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Celiacreek
Jun 04
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I had just enough tahini left in the jar to make these. I also used dark chocolate and these are so good. What a surprise!

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The Bendy Baker
Jun 04
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Celia - so glad you gave them a try and that you are enjoying them! Cheers!

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ann.yanchura
Jun 04
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Those cookies look amazing - and I agree with 'what's not to like?' I've never thought about subbing tahini before and will give this a try; I have a coworker with nut allergies. I'll let you know what my Cookie Monster baking assistant thinks. Do you have a favorite tahini brand to recommend? Have you ever made your own tahini? Would love to see that here!

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The Bendy Baker
Jun 04
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Tahini really is a great, and lesser known, substitute for peanut butter. I really like the brand "Soom" for its flavor. I think paying attention to whether it's raw versus roasted sesame seeds is important.

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