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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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  1. Ο/Η Happy Cook λέει:

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

  2. Ο/Η Lisa Henderson λέει:

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

  3. Ο/Η Angie's Recipes λέει:

    The muffins with tahini do look very tempting!

  4. Ο/Η lisaiscooking λέει:

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

  5. Ο/Η pixen λέει:

    oh my …just looked at the tahini oozing soft centre made me really hungry now :-D 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. Ο/Η chapot λέει:

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

  7. Ο/Η Lisa λέει:

    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. Ο/Η tasteofbeirut λέει:

    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. Ο/Η Rosa λέει:

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

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  10. Ο/Η mylittleexpatkitchen λέει:

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

  11. Ο/Η kathleen λέει:

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

  12. Ο/Η Peter G λέει:

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

  13. Ο/Η Stella λέει:

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

  14. Ο/Η alison λέει:

    scrumptious ,ivy,the muffins are my favorite cake!

  15. Ο/Η Lizcupcakes λέει:

    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. Ο/Η Elena λέει:

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

  17. Ο/Η Niki λέει:

    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?

  18. Ο/Η Treat and Trick λέει:

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

  19. Ο/Η Maria λέει:

    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. Ο/Η fimère λέει:

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

  21. Ο/Η Nadjibella λέει:

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

  22. Ο/Η Simona λέει:

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

  23. Ο/Η Juliana λέει:

    Ivy, what an interesting muffin with tahini…sounds and looks delicious…and the great news is that they are very healthy :-)

  24. Ο/Η 5starfoodie λέει:

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

  25. Ο/Η momgateway λέει:

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

  26. Ο/Η Erica λέει:

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

  27. Ο/Η Choosy Beggar Tina λέει:

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

  28. Ο/Η uberVU - social comments λέει:

    Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by IvyLiac: I am so excited with the vegan, tahini muffins I just made. They are delicious!! http://kopiaste.org/2010/03/vegan-tahini-muffins/

  29. Ο/Η Pandora λέει:

    I love tahini! Can you please post the recipe?

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