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Chewy Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies with Video

Dec 4, 2015 BY Joy McCarthy

Update: This recipe has been so popular that I decided to shoot a recipe video for them!  If you've made these before, this is a good reminder of how good they were.  If you haven't tried them yet - this is the perfect treat to bring to your next party or family get together. Check out the video below and I hope you enjoy :)

Have you tried tahini before? If not, you've likely had sesame seeds. Well it's the same thing -- essentially paste made from ground, hulled sesame seeds. In fact, you can make it yourself by tossing a cup or two of sesame seeds into a super high power food processor and after a minute or so, tahini!

I love the taste of it. It has a nutty taste similar to peanut butter but much more mild. Most people think of tahini in savoury recipes like hummus or in delicious Lebanese food. I love using tahini that way too, but I also LOVE tahini in recipes that are sweeter. It's great if you need to avoid nuts in your home due to an allergy or if you just want to mix things up a bit! And it's a great source of non-dairy calcium -- your bones will thank you. More on that below...

I like the Nuts To You brand. It's a Canadian company and you can find them in the natural foods section of pretty much every grocery store (in Canada at least) and in health food stores. For my American friends, you can find it on Amazon, but I'm sure there are other delicious brands of tahini.

These cookies reminded me of peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal cookies but they are egg-free, dairy-free, vegan-friendly and you can make them truly gluten-free with gluten-free oats -- if that's important to you. I just use regular oats.

I adapted this recipe from an older post from 2013 for Ginger Tahini Bites with quite a few modifications. You can find out why oats are so gosh darn good for you in that post too! I used less maple syrup, nixed the ginger and sunflower seeds and added cinnamon and mini-chocolate chips instead. This recipe won't work with regular size chocolate chips because they will be too chunky and fall apart. 

They are chewy and soft straight out of the oven but don't remain super soft once totally cooled. They remain chewy though -- hurray!

Sweets + Treats
Ingredients
  • 6 tbsp tahini paste
  • 1/4 tsp of sea salt
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup real maple syrup*
  • 1-1/2 cups oats (I used Oak Manor "oat flakes")
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Stir together until fully combined. Make sure the tahini is evenly spread throughout the cookies.
  3. Grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
  4. Drop 1 tbsp spoonfuls onto baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Let cool slightly then transfer to a cooling rack.

Notes

*I went with 1/3 cup maple syrup because I added the chocolate chips. I would suggest adding 1/3 cup first and giving them a taste test. If they are not sweet enough for you, then use 1/2 cup. I used the ENJOY Life brand of mini chocolate chips because they are dairy-free and gluten-free. I personally find that cow's milk dairy in chocolate bothers me (makes my wrists achey due to inflammation).
They will seem a bit crumbly when you put them on your baking sheet, don't worry they solidify nicely when they are cooked.

By the way, people always ask me where I get my pretty plates from. I find the most inexpensive places are either garage sales or budget-friendly shops like Homesense and Winners. In fact, Homesense always has a shelf or two somewhere in the store of super discounted items. I bought a few plates today and one of them was only three bucks and it's gorgeous! I was due for some new plates because a few of mine have chipped over the years and are no longer photo-worthy.

Before I go, I wanted to share my handy dandy chart with you of non-dairy sources of calcium. Thanks (sarcasm intended) to the lobbying of the dairy industry with our government it's been drilled in our heads that the only source of calcium is dairy products.  This is just total bologna!

While dairy is an excellent source of calcium, you can definitely get enough of this important mineral without slurping cow's milk. The key is to eat a variety of foods. If you have a mono-diet of eating the same foods every day and don't eat dairy, you are likely NOT getting enough calcium. A variety of whole foods is the way to go because they you get a variety of other nutrients that help with the absorption of calcium like magnesium, vitamin D and K.

I hope you love this cookie recipe. Be sure to hashtag #JoyousHealth if you make them and post a pretty photo to instagram or twitter because then I will see it! :)

Have a joyous day!

Joy

ps. If you like cookies as much as I do, then here's a link to all my cookie recipes on JH: http://www.joyoushealth.com/?s=cookies&post_type=&filter=#search-container

pps. I was interviewed by CNN (so cool!) on Reasons You Should Learn to Cook.

 

Dec 4, 2015 BY Joy McCarthy
23 Comments
Khandakar   •   March 30, 2015

Very helpful post. keep it up.

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Jasmine   •   April 3, 2015

Hi Joy! These are great. I love healthy cookies as a morning snack and I LOVE tahini. I made these little cookies with raw tahini and raisins instead of chocolate because I had some at home. They made my kitchen smell amazing!

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Beth johnson   •   April 6, 2015

I have a severe nut allergy and i'm always looking for nut free healthy recipes and this is a great idea!! Thanks so much:) www.westingwellness.com

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Sharon   •   April 8, 2015

I made these for the family on Sunday. They were gone .so good . Everyone loved them.

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   April 8, 2015

Glad to hear they were a success! Kate - Joyous Health Team


Nicky   •   April 13, 2015

I made these last night and they were excellent! The only issue I had was that I found it very difficult to mold into cookies. It was a very sticky batter. Besides that, they were a big hit. Thank you!

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Pamela   •   April 21, 2015

Try using a small ice cream scoop, it worked great for me!


lorraine   •   April 15, 2015

Thanks for this recipe, I just made them and they went down a treat even with my youngest son who is a very fussy eater, thanks Joy

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   April 15, 2015

Glad to hear they were a success! Kate - Joyous Health Team


Susan   •   April 20, 2015

I have to try these! they look so yummy :D

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Pamela   •   April 21, 2015

We LOVED these cookies, tasted great plus they were so easy & quick to make! I used 2 tbsp of almond butter and 4 tbsp of tahini.

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Liz   •   August 27, 2015

Having had delicious black sesame gelato, I love the idea of tahini desserts, but I just wonder - doesn't the tahini taste bitter? Seems like there are a lot of desserts out there with tahini and I always wonder if the creators of the recipes don't experience tahini as bitter, or if they found a specific kind that just isn't as bitter as the rest. I see you recommend a specific brand, and I'm wondering is that brand not bitter, or is tahini just not bitter to you? The black sesame gelato wasn't bitter, but also didn't taste a bit like tahini. More nutty - like a smooth, almost smokey peanut butter... What's your experience?

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Joy McCarthy   •   August 27, 2015

Black sesame gelato is soooo yummy! Thanks for reminding me. :) I don't personally find tahini bitter and that's the first time I've heard anyone mention that before. Maybe try a different brand and see if it has the same effect. Or buy some sesame seeds and make it yourself in a food processor? Hope that helps!


Vitamin Manufacturer   •   December 8, 2015

I never knew tahini can be used in baking! This is very interesting! I'm love tahini and hummus, they're very delicious and healthy! I'll ask my wife to make this for me, thank you for sharing this recipe!

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Monique Robinson   •   December 12, 2015

Hello there!! Just thought I should let you know that I just finished making your recipe for Chewy Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies. WOW, WOW, WOW, are these ever easy AND yummy!!!! Even licking the sticky batter from my fingers, once I was done placing the cookie dough on the baking pan, was so good!!!! 1 cup oats and 1/2 cup coconut flakes is the only thing I changed, and only because I had some coconut to use up. Thought I would try it, and it worked out fine!!! I'll send you a picture in a few minutes. Thank you so much for this super simple, but oh so yummy treat!!! All the best, Monique Robinson

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   December 14, 2015

Hi Monique, Awesome swap! If you could please send the photo to hello@joyoushealth.com, I'll make sure it gets to Joy. She always loves seeing photos of people making her recipes their own! Kate - Joyous Health Team


DE   •   January 8, 2016

Just made these with pumpkin seed butter because my jar of tahini was almost empty. They are so delicious! I will definitely be making again (with either seed butter!).

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Candace Anderson   •   March 13, 2016

Hi Joy! I Made these cookies today and they are absolutely fantastic - so quick and easy with just one bowl and minimal cleanup. I wonder if you've tried making these with other "butters" (almond, cashew, hazelnut)? Cheers, Candace

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 13, 2016

Yes totally! I have made them with almond butter and also sunflower seed butter -- equally as delicious!


Amy   •   July 13, 2016

Hi made these with almond butter, absolutely delicious! Just wondering how long they will keep for? x

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Heather Allen   •   July 14, 2016

Hey Amy! So glad you liked them. They should last 5-7+ days when stored in an airtight container but you can always freeze them for use later! Enjoy :) Heather- Joyous Health team


Christine   •   October 21, 2016

These are probably my all-time favorite gluten-free cookies. Thanks for the delicious, simple, quick recipe!

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emanuel   •   October 26, 2016

ça a l'air très bon, je dois essayer cette recette. bonne journée ;)

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