tahini takes the lead: frozen tahini banana cups

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Since starting on my cleanse I have been eating super cleanly, but I’ve noticed something. I’m loading up on tons of fruit both for breakfast, snacks and dessert. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this- fruit has lots of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, but I was starting to worry that maybe all that fruit I was eating might be putting my blood sugar levels through a bit of a roller coaster ride. Not that I need to stop eating fruit, but just reduce the amount I’m eating in through increasing vegetable consumption and finding my sweet fix another way. Through low GI foods.

This was a little tricky but I think I’ve come up with a good compromise :). This recipe was hugely inspired by Jennifer and Jaclyn at Sketch-Free Vegan Eating. I’ve been following their blog basically since the beginning and have fallen in love with their simple and healthy attitude towards eating (if you’ve never read their blog before, do it, it’s awesome!). We have really similar tastes too so when they posted the recipe for frozen tahini banana bites it felt like the recipe was written for me. I love the combo of banana and tahini together as evidenced by my banana and tahini buckwheat bowl so without question this recipe was going to be made. But then the idea occurred to me, I had so much fun making raw almond butter cups, could I incorporate this idea into an inside out tahini-banana cup? Turns out, I could :).

This recipe really puts tahini in the starring role, which I love. And since the main ingredients in these are tahini and coconut oil, this is extremely easy on blood sugar levels. The slice of banana in the middle adds some sweetness and a flavour that really compliments the tahini.

For all the tahini lovers out there….

Frozen Tahini Banana Cups (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Raw)

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Based on this recipe for frozen tahini banana bites. Makes 14 mini, or 7 regular cups

  • 1 banana, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cups tahini (make sure it’s raw for 100% raw cups, but don’t worry, regular tahini will work too!)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 8 drops vanilla stevia
  • pinch of salt
  • sesame or hemp seeds for sprinkling

Slice your banana and heat all other ingredients together over very low heat, just so that the coconut oil melts and incorporates into the other ingredients, then remove. Get out some liners (I used candy-sized but could use normal muffin-sized ones) and put a spoonful of the tahini mixture in. Put in the freezer for a few minutes to set, then take them out. Put a banana slice in eat cup, then put another spoonful of the tahini mixture on top! Sprinkle with sesame seeds or hemp seeds if desired. Then pop in the freezer to set! I liked these best when they had been in the freezer for at least an hour, that way the banana had time to freeze which made the inside of the cup all frosty-like, almost like ice cream! But this isn’t necessary, just see what you prefer. If you like the middles frozen, keep them stored in the freezer, if not, the fridge is good. But don’t keep them out at room temperature. They are oh so melty when they get a little warm.

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Now I know these aren’t exactly free of fruit, but hey, a little doesn’t hurt ;) I'm sharing these on: Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Allergy Free Wednesdays, Allergy Friendly Friday, Raw Foods Thursdays, and Wellness Weekends!

58 thoughts on “tahini takes the lead: frozen tahini banana cups

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  5. Gabby, you’re killing me. I just made these and am dying to eat the entire batch. I loved Sketch Free’s original version, but I honestly love yours more. Why are you not my personal chef? Hehe…thanks for another great recipe!

  6. I made them today using non-raw tahini. They are good– I used a little agave and vanilla sugar instead of stevia. I think they have the consistency of Reeses peanutbutter cups! In fact, if you use smooth peanut butter instead of tahini I bet it would be awesome too. Next time I will slice the bananas really thin and make a whole middle layer of them so there is banana in every bite. Since I used regular muffin cups I just had a chunk of banana in the very center. Thanks for the recipe!

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  9. I just made these via the version on Fox in the Kitchen and will be blogging about it tomorrow! Check back to see how these delicious snacks turned out!

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  16. Oh my gosh!! I just made this tonight and they are AMAZING! I sprinkled cacao nibs on top of mine and they were so good. Thanks for another awesome recipe! :)

  17. These dessert cups look divine and I could eat quite a few right now! Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe on Allergy-Free Wednesdays! Be sure to check back next week for recipe highlights (including the top 3 reader choice submissions and hostess favorites).

    Be Well!

  18. ohhhh my word I’m so glad I came upon this. Banana and tahini is already one of my favorite combinations and I just made homemade tahini yesterday. These are happening tomorrow for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Ooooh! I’m on a serious tahini kick right now, so these look wonderful. Would you throw me out if I added non-raw sprinkles? They’re made with natural colouring! ;)

  20. I LOVE tahini, it’s so delicious – have you tried black tahini? (made from the balck sesame seeds) I have to say it’s pretty darn amazing, and the flavour may even be better than the regular stuff! Apparently it has 4 times the calcium to boot :)

    Fabulous idea… this one is on my To-Make list :)

    • Black tahini! I’m so intrigued. I’ve never seem it where I live before but now I’m going to keep my eyes out for it. Sounds pretty amazing- I need to taste this stuff after your glowing review! Any brands I should look out for?

      I hope you like them!

  21. These look just awesome! What a great combo – and I love tahini! Gorgeous Gabby, I am so impressed and good to hear how well things are going for you :) xo!

    • It’s a great combo because it’s rich and feels like a sweet dessert-like treat even though, it’s actually not very sweet at all. I swear I would put tahini on anything and like it though ;)

      Thanks for your lovely words :) I hope you have a great weekend!

  22. Those are brilliant! They look like white chocolate peanut butter cups, except these are better, more healthy and not filled with crap! Another super creative treat, I love it! I have a feeling a lot of your recipes will be showing up on my table :) I’m thinking that I’m going to try to maintain a mostly raw diet over the summer because who wants to cook when it is 90+ degrees?! Your cleanse is the perfect inspiration I need to get back on track with my raw food consumption :)

    Thanks for another beautiful treat! Oh and clearly I have to check out the raw almond butter cup now ;)

    • Thanks so much! They are definitely healthy, but honestly they are so creamy you would never know it!

      I had only made the occasional raw recipes, mostly desserts and snacks before I started this cleanse, but I have really fallen in love with the raw lifestyle. I would never so it 100% I don’t think, but I love the simplicity in raw foods, how every ingredient shines and even desserts are packed full of fiber and nutrients. Plus I feel great. You’re totally right on not wanting to cook in the summer. I have a feeling I will be eating very raw as well!

      I hope you check out the almond butter cups! They are sooo tasty! Let me know what you think if you make either one!

    • Thanks Ann :) With the dish I chose, I totally got a wedding vibe from these pics- all the pale delicate colours with the lace-like detail on the plate. I really like how it shows them off. Because they are one of my favourites for sure :)

  23. If too much fruit is your only problem, that’s not so bad! ;)
    I saw that tahini banana bite recipe on Sketch-free Vegan too and thought it was brilliant as well! it’s been on my to-make list but I love your version of tahini cups!! definitely trying this asap

  24. I’ve only ever used tahini in dips and spreads, so for me as a veghead this recipe is so appealing and a must try. Thank you for inspiring and sharing.

  25. those cups look fingerlicking good! banana and tahini are a perfect match, will be on my list for this weekend’s desserts and snack. i have been on a highly raw diet recently and have been trying not to eat too much fruit as a snack so i made some energy balls, and some raw cacao, nibs and goji truffles. key lime pie to come this weekend! raw can be so delicious!

    • I know right?? It’s definitely got me hooked on the lifestyle. I don’t think I would ever go into it fully 100% but I’ll definitely enjoy raw foods as a part of my regular diet!

      I hope you like the tahini banana cups :)

      • i think like you, i could do partly raw or high raw diets but occasionally i do like my lentil stew and even a piece of organic fish. for me its a matter of knowing where it comes from, if its local and its totally ok to be a flexitarian too :)

  26. wow, those cups look finger licking good :) i love banana and tahini too, i think they make a perfect match! I have been on a highly raw diet recently and try not to stick to too much fruit snacks too, so i have made some energy balls, some raw cacao, nibs and goji balls and now making a raw key lime pie this weekend! raw can be so tasty!

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