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Healthy Cookie Recipe: Ginger Tahini Bites

Dear Joyous Readers,My goal is to bring you as many healthy, delicious and easy recipes as I possibly can! This one is no different. These cookies are smash
Dec 15, 2013 | Joy McCarthy

Dear Joyous Readers,

There is an updated version of this recipe with a video: Chewy Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies!

My goal is to bring you as many healthy, delicious and easy recipes as I possibly can! This one is no different. These cookies are smashingly yummy, hearty and healthy. They are a revised version of an oldie but very popular recipe from 3 years ago -- tahini cookies.

In true nutritionista-form, I must tell you the nutritional highlights of these cookies:


Great source of a special kind of fiber called beta-glucan. Study after study shows us how heart-healthy friendly this type of fiber is because it has a positive impact on cholesterol levels. But you already know the cholesterol isn't the enemy right? Oxidized cholesterol on the other hand is a whole other evil story. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed a significant decrease in heart disease in those eating oat fiber.

Further to the first point on healthy cholesterol levels, oats contain an antioxidant compounds called avenanthramides which help prevent free radicals from damaging LDL cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, suggests a study conducted at Tufts University and published in The Journal of Nutrition.


Tahini is a ground sesame seed paste, similar to peanut butter. It is creamy and smooth just like your fave nut butter and very rich in calcium. In fact, sesame seeds have about ten times the amount of calcium as cow's milk. Sesame seeds also contain magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, dietary fiber and a good source of vegetarian protein.

When purchasing tahini, read your labels carefully because some manufacturers add additional oils. I recommend purchasing one with no added oils (buy the good stuff!), so that the tahini is made only from pure ground sesame seeds.


An extremely anti-inflammatory food! Thanks to these phytonutrients: gingerol, shogaol and zingrone. Gingerol is actually a potent antioxidant that has been found in studies to relieve osteo and rheumatoid arthritis pain, even in patients who didn’t respond to medications. In fact, in studies it’s been shown to reduce certain hormones that promote inflammation. This is similar to how NSAIDs work, but without the negative effects. Learn more about ginger's incredible health benefits here

Gluten-free, refined-sugar-free, dairy-free, egg-free these cookies are FULL-ON flava! Let's get right to this fabulous recipe - Ginger Tahini Bites.

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  • 6 tablespoons tahini paste
  • 1/4 tsp of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds (not roasted or salted)
  • 1.5 tsp ground ginger (if you use raw fresh ginger, I suggest 1 tbsp)
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (choose certified “gluten-free” if you want this recipe to be truly gluten-free)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 1. Combine all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Stir together until fully combined.
  3. 2. Grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
  4. 3. Drop 1 tbsp spoonfuls onto sheet.
  5. 4. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown perfection.

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! If you need more cookie ideas, then be sure to check my recent post on healthy gift-giving ideas!

Have a joyous day!


Dec 15, 2013 BY Joy McCarthy
Jenny   •   December 16, 2013

Looks great, sounds great and I love easy and quick recipes! Thanks!!


Joyous Health   •   January 21, 2014

[…] Ginger is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and one of my favourite ways to warm up and meal with flavour. Speaking of ginger, check out these ginger tahini cookies! […]


Kim   •   January 23, 2014

My daughter made these and they are fabulous.


Morgan   •   April 13, 2014

Looks like a great! Just wonder what you could use in replace of tahini? Something that would also be a healthy option that wouldn't change the recipe. Thanks : )

Joy McCarthy   •   April 23, 2014

Sandra   •   May 21, 2014

OMG - these are amazing! I kept half of the dough as in the recipe, and added dark chocolate chips to the other half - both versions are fantastic and so very easy to make!


Irina   •   January 11, 2015

Hi Joy! These look fantastic. Could I ask you if tahini on a regular basis is healthy? I seem to be addicted to the stuff and can't have enough of it! I read it is high in omega 6, which we don't need many of? I really appreciate your reply.


K K   •   November 15, 2015

Just made these and used fresh ginger - delicious!

Kate McDonald Walker   •   November 16, 2015

Rachelle   •   February 7, 2018

Hi. I am going to make these gems, just wondering why only raw and not roasted sunflower seeds? And do you think sunbutter would work in the recipe instead of tahini? Or perhaps half tahini, half sunbutter? Can't wait to get baking!

Joy McCarthy   •   February 7, 2018

Nory   •   July 30, 2022

I found this recipe by googling crispy gluten free cookie recipes, which are hard to find. I had some concerns that the cookies would fall apart, because the better was pretty crumbly. Glad to say they held together well and are delicious.

Joy McCarthy   •   July 31, 2022

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