Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies
Published May 18, 2020, Updated Aug 25, 2023
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These chocolate chip tahini cookies pack a nutritional punch with fiber, healthy fats and protein, plus they’re vegan & gluten-free!
I’m going to come out and say it. This is one of the best cookie recipes I’ve ever created! They are ridiculously good.
When it comes to baked goods I’m all about the crunch factor. I like a little crunch to my cookies and I absolutely LOVE it when muffins have crunchy muffin top edges. It’s the best. These cookies have the best of both worlds – a bit crunchy around the edges and chewy in the center. Perfection.
They’re made with all wholesome ingredients (maple syrup, unsweetened coconut, dark chocolate) and they’re a great option for folks with special dietary needs because they’re gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free and vegan. I’ve pretty much got all your bases covered.
Tahini in Desserts
If you’ve never heard of (or baked with) tahini, let me introduce you to one my favorite ingredients! Tahini is ground sesame seeds. That’s it! As expected, it has the consistency of other nut and seed butters. It’s packed with protein, fiber and many necessary vitamins and minerals. Tahini is used in Middle-Eastern dishes and savory recipes like my zesty tahini dressing and this roasted butternut squash pasta with tahini sauce, but it adds an amazing flavor and texture to baked goods too. If you’ve ever tried halva you’ll know how good tahini can taste in sweet recipes. And it is the secret ingredient to making these cookies aka the best cookies ever…
Here’s What You Need:
- tahini – My favorite tahini is the organic Whole Foods brand, but I also regularly buy the Trader Joe’s brand tahini. You can also make homemade tahini! Tahini is rich, creamy and nutty while also being a great source of iron, calcium, fiber as well as healthy fats and amino acids. It also makes these cookies nut-free so they’re school-friendly!
- maple syrup – I love using maple syrup as a natural sweetener in recipes. Make sure you’re using pure maple syrup.
- cinnamon and sea salt – for some added flavor.
- ground flaxseed – flaxseed has a ton of health benefits — like healthy fats and fiber — which are both imperative to the standard American diet. Whip up a quick flaxseed egg for this recipe.
- baking soda – to help these cookies rise.
- vanilla extract – the perfect flavor enhancer.
- unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
- dark chocolate chips – I love Lily’s chocolate chips for a low-sugar option and Enjoy Life chocolate chips for a dairy-free/soy-free option
- coconut flour – I love using the Bob’s Red Mill brand. I don’t recommend subbing for another flour because coconut flour soaks up a lot of liquid so you can’t sub 1:1.
How to Make Tahini Cookies
The best part of these tahini cookies? They’re a cinch to whip up and you only need one mixing bowl a.k.a. less dishes to wash. Score!
Mix ingredients: First you will need to prepare your flaxseed by combining with water in a bowl and set side for 5-10 minutes or until thick and gelatinous. Once the flaxseed mixture has setup, combine tahini, maple syrup, flaxseed mixture, cinnamon, sea salt, baking soda and vanilla. Stir together until everything is incorporated.
Toast coconut: If you’re adding coconut flakes in the recipe preheat a sauté pan to medium heat. Add the coconut flakes and stir constantly until they turn a golden color (this will take about 1-3 minutes). Remove them from the pan and allow to cool. This step is optional, but I highly recommend!
Add coconut + chocolate chips: Fold in coconut flour, toasted shredded coconut (if using) and dark chocolate chips.
Bake: Bake the cookies at 350° degrees for 17-20 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Let cool on the pan and then transfer to a wire rack for additional cooling. Once completely cool, it’s time to enjoy!
For storage: Store in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.
More Delicious Cookie Recipes to Try
- Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Monster Cookies
- Coconut Flour Cookies
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
- Healthy Homemade Tagalongs
- Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Lemon Ricotta Cookies
- Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- Oatmeal Scotchies
- Almond Cookies
More Tahini Recipes You’ll Love
- Tahini Chocolate Chip Protein Balls
- The BEST Healthy Tahini Recipes
- Tahini Fig Bars
- Tahini Baked Oatmeal
- Oil-Free Zesty Tahini Dressing
If you make these tahini chocolate chip cookies, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how they turned out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.
Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup tahini
- ½ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 flax egg, or 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 Tablespoons coconut flour
- ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes, optional
- ¼ cup chopped dark chocolate or dark chocolate chips
- flaked sea salt, for topping (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with non-stick spray.
- Combine 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed with 3 Tablespoons water in a small bowl and set aside for 5-10 minutes or until thick and gelatinous.
- If you're adding coconut flakes in the recipe preheat a sauté pan to medium heat. Add the coconut flakes and stir constantly until they turn a golden color (this will take about 1-3 minutes). Remove them from the pan and allow to cool. This step is optional, but highly recommended.
- Once the flaxseed mixture has setup, use a medium size mixing bowl to combine tahini, maple syrup, flaxseed mixture, cinnamon, sea salt, baking soda and vanilla. Stir together until everything is incorporated.
- Fold in coconut flour, toasted shredded coconut (if using) and dark chocolate chips.
- Scoop out the cookie batter using a small/medium cooking scoop or Tablespoon and place on baking sheet giving about 1½ inches between each cookie. Sprinkle a few sea salt flakes on cookies, if using.
- Bake for 17-20 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.
- Remove from oven to cool on the pan at least 15 minutes before touching or removing. Enjoy right away or store in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.
- Flax egg: to make a flax egg, combine 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed with 3 Tablespoons water.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.