Sometimes the best recipes come from joining 2 recipes together. I’m going to introduce you all to something that may sound a bit strange at first, but it is incredible. Thai inspired crunchy granola on top of a tahini/peanut butter soy sauce drenched in zucchini noodles and layered with crispy apple slices.
Or, you can use brown rice noodles for a heartier meal.
This sauce, oh my goodness. Sweet. Salty. Spicy. Perfection.
I first learned how to use chopsticks while living in Japan many, many years ago. I became hooked ever since.
This recipe may be a bit unusual, but it is the merging of two dishes that I love. The first merging dish is what I used to eat practically daily in Japan that I never, ever grew tired of….a HUGE bowl of noodles, some veggies and lots of crispy apples, and I always ate it with chopsticks. Soooo delicious. In fact, I kept a daily journal of my stay in Japan and always wrote about this food. I let my Dad read it upon my return and one thing he commented on was how many noodles and apples I ate. Lol.
THAI PEANUT AND TAHINI SAUCE
That was my jumping point for this recipe and the 2nd part of it is a Thai flavor inspired sauce, but I gave it my own twist. This tahini peanut sauce was inspired by a recipe from when I first started my old blog, The Healthy Flavor, called Sweet & Spicy Asian Salad. You can see the original recipe here. It was a dish that my Mom used to make for me religiously before, and especially, during my pregnancy. She originally found the recipe in a newspaper I think, so I don’t know the original source.
I would eat it by the spoonful and I’m 100% serious. Only issue, it was loaded with 1/2 cup of peanut oil and almost 1/2 cup peanut butter. Kind of a ridiculous amount of oil! I cannot, in any way, consume that much oil anymore. I decided to take those similar flavors of peanut, ‘sweet and spicy’ and create my own and I changed it up a bit. I created a whole new recipe using equal parts of tahini and peanut butter and added more soy sauce.
Furthermore, I added chipotle chile pepper spice for heat. I know, it has nothing to do with these traditional type of dishes, but trust me here, it enhances the sauce beautifully by giving it heat and a slight smokiness. So good. Worth the investment. I confess to eating this one by the spoonful too.
To complete the dish and make it unique, it is topped with a granola that has been baked in the sauce. Strange? Maybe. Delicious and something you likely haven’t tried before? Definitely. This is not your traditional sweet breakfast granola you are used to, it is more savory, slightly sweet and a little spicy. I first heard about the idea of savory granola from my friend, Erika at The Pancake Princess, and was SO intrigued! Mine is more of a combo of sweet & savory and it is different, but I found it quite addicting and it goes amazing on top of this dish, making it unique compared to other noodle dishes.
Let me know what you think of this Sweet & Spicy Tahini Peanut Sauce & Crunchy Thai Granola!
If you make this, I’d love to hear what you think of it, so please leave me feedback here! You can also tag me on Instagram (@thevegan8) and hashtag #thevegan8 so I don’t miss it!