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Vegan Tahini Muffins

In Orthodox religion during the 48 days of Lent, which is the fasting period, no animal products are allowed to be eaten.    Fasting doesn’t have to be boring or a torture, so I am always trying to create something out of the usual.

I was inspired to make these tahini muffins last fall, when Chef Jeena posted a recipe for Wholemeal Muffins.  Those muffins looked so good that I wanted to recreate them immediately but unfortunately they had eggs and milk in them.   I made Jeena’s recipe but instead of adding milk and eggs I added tahini and orange juice in the mixture.  I filled them with a prune jam I had made and although they tasted great, I didn’t like their texture as they were kind of sticky and the muffins were flat.  I never posted about these muffins because I wanted to perfect them first.

I discussed this with Jeena and she told me to replace the eggs with flaxseeds.  Now that was new to me!!  I had never used flaxseeds before nor did I know anything about them.

I made a thorough google search to learn about these seeds and I was amazed to see that they are high in Omega 3 fatty acids and rich in fiber.  In antiquity they were used as medicine.  You can read all about flaxseeds here.

I had forgotten all about these muffins and flaxseeds until this morning when I read Joumana’s Tahini Brownies, so as I had all the ingredients  I needed at home, except the jam, I made them a few hours ago.

I don’t usually post my recipes immediately as I have lots of older recipes which are waiting patiently for me to post them, but I was so excited that I had to share these with you.

In Greece we can get plain tahini but there is also a tahini mixed with honey.  If you can’t get the sweet tahini, just mix enough honey until it is sweet.  I made some of the muffins with only tahini and in some I mixed some pecans and dried cranberries.  I must say that both were perfect.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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29 Responses

  1. Wow a really delcious muffin and i love how the thanini is just oozing out.

  2. Wow, these look perfect. I love tahini but didn't know that they sell it with honey. Must be a very special treat.

  3. The muffins with tahini do look very tempting!

  4. Your muffins look fantastic! Sounds like a healthy and delicious recipe.

  5. oh my …just looked at the tahini oozing soft centre made me really hungry now 😀 My hubby loves Tahini a lot! We had the chance to taste Tahini with Honey when we were in Athens last Summer. Another treat we had was across the street of my Greek friend home, there lives a bee keeper! I had the chance to visit his work place and bought several gorgeous Pearly White honey and Thyme Honey fresh from his hives!

    Thanks for sharing a lovely recipe! I'm going to KIV them and try them out soon.

  6. J'aime beaucoup ta version des muffins, de véritables gourmandises
    Bon dimanche

  7. That is just a brilliant recipe Ivy! Thanks so much for posting this. I will be trying these for sure! Hope you are well.

  8. Ivy
    These muffins are so inviting with the tahini oozing out. I have never seen tahini and honey here! I will have to get it when I go to Greece I guess!

  9. Mmmhhh, I love tahini! Those muffins look incredibly scrumptious!



  10. Ivy what a recipe! Great ingredients. I've never heard of flaxseeds before. How interesting!

  11. Ivy, these muffins look wonderful! Another taste way to use tahini!

  12. These look delightful Ivy and very healthy too. Flaxseeds are a great ingredient to cook with.

  13. Ivy, this is wonderful. I love vegan baking, and this has both tahini and flax. Now that's healthful!

  14. scrumptious ,ivy,the muffins are my favorite cake!

  15. They look great. I have to say that tahini isn't something I ever buy because I just never really got keen on it. These would be great for people on a special diet as well as those who are fasting.

  16. Very interesting recipe and this one and I try these muffins! A nice day and many years of our day, Ivy!

  17. So interesting Ivy!!! I never would have thought to add tahini to muffins… I'm really curious on how these tasted!
    Do you fast the whole 40 days?

    • Niki, if you like tahini, you will love them. No, I don't fast the whole 48 days.

  18. Looks so cute, it is healthy, delicious and eggless too, thanks for sharing….

  19. Ivy these sound amazing! And they are so much healthier than muffins loaded with eggs and butter. My aunt from Kalymnos gave me a recipe for a tahinopita that I made last week … it turned out well and used only tahini and orange juice as the wet ingredients with no margarine or oil whatsoever. I will try and share the recipe soon too.

  20. avec le tahini c'est original, ça doit être excellent au goût
    j'en prends note
    à bientôt

  21. Tes muffins au tahini semblent tellement bons.
    On n'a pas de tahini au miel mais je vais certainement les essayer.
    A bientôt.

  22. Flaxseeds are really nice. I have been adding them to bread. Such a nice plate of muffins!

  23. Ivy, what an interesting muffin with tahini…sounds and looks delicious…and the great news is that they are very healthy 🙂

  24. Wow, very unique muffins with tahini and flax seeds! They sound healthy and delicious and I can't wait to try!

  25. This is awesome….I love tahini and this is a new way of making muffins…Awesome!

  26. I love tahini!This sounds interesting and delicious, Ivy!

  27. Those look so healthy and delicious! I adore tahini in savory or sweet applications, and this looks like a breakfast of champions.

  28. Pandora

    I love tahini! Can you please post the recipe?