We’re on the road again my friends!
The Bird nest is empty, time for a little R&R!
We love visiting the Florida Keys. Nothing like camping right beside the beach, waking up to hear the waves splashing on the shore. The State Parks are busy during the winter months so when we find a spot available, we take flight!
Mr. Bird is a big fan of Licorice candies and every time we plan a road trip, he hopes we’ll have some on hand. You know me, I’m not a big fan of the sugar, preservatives, and dyes… just about the whole idea of licorice don’t sound good. In fact, I remember going to the movies when I was a young, my little brother often tagged along. We would buy the gummy candies to eat during the movies. All of the black licorice went to my little brother, he loved it! Me? Not so much!
As I scanned...
the spice rack I noticed a spice I rarely use...Anise! Are you familiar with this spice?
Pimpinella anisum; also known as Aniseed, has a licorice taste! This plant grows to about three feet and produces sweet white flowers. These flowers hold tiny seed, anise seeds! Not only are these seeds tasty, they have powerful health benefits! Just what we need on the road!
Is it Healthy? Yes!
- Rich in nutrients: specifically iron and magnesium! Keeps your blood cells healthy!
- May help prevent depression: Studies have shown a small quantity of Anais seed can help reduce the symptoms and frequency of depression.
- Help prevent Stomach Ulcers: Anise seed helps curb excess production of stomach acid, a real help for those who suffer from Stomach Ulcers.
- Balance Blood Sugars: This seed may help improve the function of insulin producing cells.
Although typically used in small quantities, this spice really packs a punch! A word of caution, if you suffer with allergies to celery, fennel, parsley or dill you may be allergic to Anise!
Let’s see what we can cook up!
Tahini Licorice Protein Treats
- Tahini (3/4 cup)
- Coconut Palm Sugar (4 tbsp.)
- Maple Syrup (2 tbsp.)
- Flax (2 tbsp.)
- Baking Powder (1/2 tsp)
- Baking Soda (1/2/ tsp)
- Sea Salt (dash)
- Vanilla (2 tsp)
- Anise Seed (1/2 tsp)
- Optional Topping: Sesame Seed
I’ve really enjoyed…
baking without using flour! These cookies are much lighter on the stomach, and using Tahini adds a big boost of protein to the treat! I found adding just a touch of baking powder and baking soda gives these little guys a lift! Oh and if you’re not a big licorice fan, leave out the Anise and add another favorite flavoring! (And if you’re in the mood for chocolate, add chocolate chips!)
Into the mixing bowl! Mix well and into the fridge for about 30 minutes.
Roll into nut sized…
balls and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. I used a fork to press a little decoration on top! Feel free to sprinkle a few Sesame seeds on top! After tasting the dough, I knew these cookies would be a big hit!
Into the Oven…
At 350 degrees for about 9 minutes. Try to let them cool before you let the troops know they’re ready! Lol Cute aren’t they?
Happy Trails my friends! Licorice for the troops!
I hope you'll try these and let me know what you think! I would love to hear!
We had a rainy ride down to the Keys! Tomorrow should be great, who knows what we’ll see! Stay tuned!
And as always, blessings to you all!