Tahini is quickly becoming one of my favorite ingredients. It’s so versatile. You can use it to make hummus, but you can also use it on toast, in salad dressings, in sauces, in stir-fries…the possibilities are endless.
So when I saw this recipe for tahini orange granola the other day on The First Mess, I knew I had to try it. I’ve been following the blog for a few years now. I started reading it when I moved to D.C. and I was looking to incorporate more plant-based meals into my diet.
The First Mess generally posts vegan recipes and all of them look DELICIOUS. I usually try her savory recipes but this time, I decided to make something sweet. I miss having homemade granola around to snack on or eat for breakfast. Plus I had almost exactly the amount of tahini the recipe called for in my fridge. It was fate.
This granola is so good, you’ll want to eat it throughout the day. Yeah, it’s great for breakfast in the morning with some Greek yogurt or almond milk and orange slices. But it’s also good eaten straight out of the container. It might get to the point where it becomes your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. That’s okay. Let it happen.
My favorite thing about this recipe besides the orange tahini flavor is the texture. Sometimes granola can turn out too soggy or flaky. That’s not the case with this granola. It’s crunchy and clumpy, exactly the way good granola should be. It has crunchy sesame seeds and cacao nibs, crisp coconut flakes, and chewy mulberries. You don’t get bored eating the granola because there’s so much going on in every bite.
ANYWAY. Before I get too carried away, here is a link to the recipe. I’d highly recommend making a batch of this granola soon. It’s the perfect thing to motivate you to get out of bed on a cold winter morning when all you want to do is huddle under the covers in a ball and hide away from the world.
In other news, Drake dropped a new single recently and I’m obsessed. At one point in the song, he talks about when a woman asked him if he loves her and he says only partly, because the only things he really loves are his mom and his bed. It’s a bold proclamation. I think it takes a real man to speak the truth. There are so many man-boys who wouldn’t admit that (although one might also argue that only a man-boy would choose to love only his mom and his bed).