Friday, October 16, 2009

Vegan Mofo: Tahini Coffee

My boyfriend Paul bought me several vegan cookbooks for my birthday (it's today, by the way!), including Vegan Comfort Food by Alicia Simpson. I'd only recently heard about this book, and ya'll know how I love comfort food. I just had to check it out. Plus, Alicia (a native Californian) has logged some time in Atlanta, so a few of her recipes have a Southern flare.

It's a great book, filled with satisfying comfort foods like BBQ Nachos, Fried Seitan Chicken, and Sweet Potato Waffles. But the recipe that called out to me the most wasn't really food at all. It was a beverage — Tahini Coffee:

This isn't really coffee at all, but Alicia calls it "tahini coffee" because she drinks it in place of coffee at her morning meal. Now, ya'll can pry coffee from my cold, dead hands. This drink was by no means a substitute for me. It was actually enjoyed as a rainy afternoon snack.

It's made from three simple ingredients — plant milk (I used soy), tahini, and molasses (I actually used sorghum). I enjoyed mine warm with a dash of cinnamon. It tasted like a little piece of sesame-coated heaven. Seriously. Though I won't be subbing it for coffee, I will certainly be making this again really soon.

39 comments:

Tara said...

*~*~*HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!*~*~*
And now I must buy that cookbook.

HayMarket8 said...

Happy Birthday. I met her and ate some cookies she made at the last Atlanta Vegan Lunch Meetup. She is very nice. Your coffee looks great and the cup is sooo cute!

rabbitfood said...

Happy Birthday Bianca!!! Enjoy it!

I feel you on nothing quite replacing the morning java tweeks (I think I've had coffee just about every morning since the age of 14. What were you thinking parents?)

Still, tahini coffee looks like a delicious and relaxing fall treat. Well done my friend!

vegan.in.brighton said...

**Happy Birthday**

Have a totally awesome day! That cookbook looks really good, I can't wait to pick up a copy.

The Voracious Vegan said...

Wow! I would never have thought of this. I don't drink coffee but the idea is intriguing!

Glauce said...

Happy Birthday!! Your boyfriend gave you the best gifts. I don't know if anything can replace coffee but this looks good :)

Smita Srivastava said...

Happy birthday Bianca !!!
What a great idea . The coffe in ur pretty cup looks wonderful , must appreciate the lovely pic too !!!

I have a food art blog http://littlefoodjunction.blogspot.com/
Do sneak a peek when time permits .
- Smita

JohnP said...

Happy Birthday - and how interesting! You can lure me into any recipe through the presence of sorghum...

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!!
Thanks for the great site.

Crystal said...

Happy Birthday Bianca!! What a sweet guy :-) I just love love love getting a new cookbook- but it can be overwhelming to figure out what to make first! As a side note I was telling my hubby about your upcoming book, and I think he might be more excited about it that I am!! We can't wait :-)

Gina said...

Happy Birthday!! Cookbooks...probably the best birthday present. The tahini coffee sounds interesting, although I am not very fond of tahini.

Jeni Treehugger said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
WooHoooooooo!
That Tahini coffee has me intrigued.
:)

sfw said...

Happy Birthday and enjoy YOUR day!

Sophia.Pflieger said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Tahinni coffee does sound rather interesting and would be more filling then coffee.
Hopefully your boyfriend Paul, continues to spoil you today,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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pixiepine said...

Happy Birthday Miss Crunk!!!
I saw that tahini coffee on another MoFo blog yesterday and it is intriguing. I'm glad to hear Alicia S.'s book is good- I was hoping it would be!

Jessie (Vegan-minded) said...

That tahini coffee looks really good. I'm with you, nothing's replacing my morning coffee, but it would be nice to try this as a snack or dessert. It looks so nice and creamy!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!

I am a horrible coffee addict. I know this beverage wouldn't cut it for me either as a coffee replacement but it would be a great "snack" beverage. Thanks for posting!

Whitney @ Lettuce Love said...

Happy Happy Bday! I need to buy that book.

Kiersten said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you do something special and fun today.

I've been hearing a lot about Vegan Comfort Food, I can't wait to check it out. Tahini "coffee" doesn't sound like it would work or me either. I NEED my coffee.

Jen said...

happy birthday crunkster! i'm sending you a mix cd in the mail this weekend. that book sounds awesome!

zel(da) said...

happy birthday! i've heard about this tahini coffee before and was both intrigued and frightened. but now that i know what it actually is i think i'll definitely be trying it! thanks for posting!

Erin said...

Happy Happy Birthday!

I don't know about this tahini coffee...it sounds intriguing, at the very least!

Diana said...

Happy happy birthday!

What an incredible idea for a cozy hot beverage - I love it. No way it could stand in for legit coffee but still!

KTBuns said...

Aww, Happy Birthday, Bianca!! XD What lovely treats. I would totally love a Halloween birthday!

maren said...

happpyyyy birthday!!!
tahini coffee sounds so cool! i love tahini!

Jenn said...

Tahini coffee sounds really interesting. Happy Birthday fellow Libra!

Kelly said...

Happy birthday, Bianca! Hope it's a good one. :) And thanks for sharing the Tahini Coffee... that sounds SO good.

Rose said...

Interesting idea; I bet it would be good with a full spectrum of chai tea spices.

Happy BD by the way.

Breedale said...

Happy Belated Birthday! I hope you had a great day. The coffee looks awesome!

Veg is Sexy said...

Happy birthday lady!

radioactivegan said...

happy slightly late birthday!

lindsay said...

what an interesting drink

The Vegan Snorkeler said...

Yum! That tahini drink sounds simple and delicious. I'm totally with you on the coffee, though. There's no substitute for the real thing. Happy Birthday!!!

Theresa said...

Happy birthday Bianca!!

Carbzilla said...

Happy belated birthday! Hope it rocked!

Niki said...

Yum! I'm doing that tonight!

nora said...

happy birthday! no one can make a birthday girl relinquish her coffee :)

sounds like such a unique drink though!

Jamie said...

Happy late birthday!
Sorry I'm so late, I'm having a hard time keeping up with all my blogs with vegan mofo.
The drink sounds great!

Cyn said...

Oh man, I love tahini so much, I totally need to try that.