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Dark Chocolate Tahini Brownies

March 16, 2020

These decadent but still healthful tahini brownies are made with a rich dark chocolate and a creamy tahini base to create an exciting new twist on a classic brownie recipe. You’ll wonder why you never thought to mix tahini with brownies before!

These decadent but still healthful tahini brownies are made with a rich dark chocolate and a creamy tahini base to create an exciting new twist on a classic brownie recipe. You'll wonder why you never thought to mix tahini with brownies before!

I’d like to take a moment to thank my Mom for being the brains behind these brownies. She gets 100% credit for the idea, which I never would have thought of on my own but made perfect sense to be the second she suggested it.

Over the years, my Mom has proven to be the ultimate THM fan. She’s actually outdone my Dad who held the title for 2 years running. She’s become a social media aficionado just to keep up and I’m pretty sure is sitting at home right now watching my YouTube videos over and over. She’s also my #1 PR lady and I’m fairly certain she’s single-handedly responsible for my entire Toronto readership.

Perhaps more importantly, when I lived in Toronto, she always kept my kitchen stocked-full of Costco sized goods like coconut oil and tahini. Without her, I think it’s fair to say these brownies and maybe even the blog would not be possible.

So Mom, these Tahini Brownies are dedicated to YOU. For being the ultimate THM supporter and the best Mom. Thank you for introducing me to the world of food!

Watch me whip up these Tahini Brownies over on YouTube!


These decadent but still healthful tahini brownies are made with a rich dark chocolate and a creamy tahini base to create an exciting new twist on a classic brownie recipe. You'll wonder why you never thought to mix tahini with brownies before!

Tahini 101

While tahini may sound intimidating or fancy, it’s actually just ground sesame seeds! A seed butter if you will. It has a mild nutty flavor that is honestly one of my favorite ingredients. I love it in energy balls, baked goods, smoothies and savory dressings. You can find it by the other nut and seed butters in your local grocery store!

It is high in protein, fiber and minerals – aka it adds a nutritional punch to any recipe… including brownies. 

 

These decadent but still healthful tahini brownies are made with a rich dark chocolate and a creamy tahini base to create an exciting new twist on a classic brownie recipe. You'll wonder why you never thought to mix tahini with brownies before!

Here’s What You Need:

  • cocoa powder – specifically dutch-processed cocoa powder as it reacts differently during baking!
  • oat flour – if you don’t have any on hand you can also make your own by grinding oats in a food processor or blender. Note: regular flour can also be used here.
  • baking powder
  • sea salt
  • coconut oil
  • coconut sugar – brown sugar works too.
  • 70% dark chocolate
  • tahini
  • eggs
  • banana
  • vanilla extract

Take Them to the Next Level…

These brownies are 100% customizable. Do you love a little extra crunch in your brownies? Add nuts. A double chocolate lover? Add in chocolate chips or chocolate chunks. If you like the combination of fruit and chocolate, adding some dried cherries or other dried fruit would be delicious! You really can’t go wrong.  

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Tahini Brownies

These decadent but still healthful tahini brownies are made with a rich dark chocolate and a creamy tahini base to create an exciting new twist on a classic brownie recipe. You’ll wonder why you never thought to mix tahini with brownies before!

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 brownies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Ingredients

For swirl:

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray an 8 x 8 inch baking pan with coconut oil.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together cocoa powder, oat flour baking powder, and salt and set aside.
  4. In a large heatproof bowl, combine coconut oil, coconut sugar and chocolate.
  5. Place bowl over (but not touching) simmering water to create a double-boiler.
  6. Heat up over medium heat, stirring often, until melted and mixture is smooth.
  7. Remove bowl from heat and whisk in tahini.
  8. Whisk in eggs, banana and vanilla.
  9. Mix in cocoa powder mixture.
  10. Transfer batter to baking pan ensuring top is smooth.
  11. Add 9 dollops of tahini over mixture.
  12. Using a butter knife, create swirls to make pattern along the top. See video above for further instructions.
  13. Bake for 25 minutes or until desired texture is reached. 25 minutes makes a fudgier brownie, leave for 5 more minutes for something more cakey.
  14. Allow brownies to cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting into 16 squares and removing from pan.

Keywords: Tahini Brownies

 

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  • Reply
    Nina
    April 17, 2020 at 11:58 am

    Oh. My. Gosh. These are to DIE for. I just made them and they are so so yummy. The best thing about them is that they don’t taste calorie-dense, they almost taste light, but don’t lack flavour or texture at all! So SO enjoyable and thank you for this great recipe! Will definitely be making these again 🙂

    • Reply
      Davida Lederle
      April 17, 2020 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you so much, Nina! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed. When you get the chance would you mind giving this recipe a 5 star rating? It just helps more people discover this recipe and know that they’ll enjoy it too 🙂 Best wishes! – Davida

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    Bev H
    September 7, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Was looking for something chocolate-y to snack on and dug through the archives for a good brownie recipe – this turned out so well! I love tahini with dark chocolate! Yum! Will definitely make again.

  • Reply
    Anna
    June 28, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Excited to try this recipe, quick question though- you list coconut/brown sugar in the recipe but you don’t use any in the video? Can I skip it altogether?

    • Reply
      Davida Lederle
      June 28, 2019 at 8:36 pm

      You can certainly skip! It was used we just accidentally left it out of the video however if you don’t like things super sweet feel free to skip.

  • Reply
    Kathy
    May 3, 2016 at 12:57 am

    These sound amazing! I just discovered Tahini and have been looking for more ways to cook/bake with it! And my mum loves dark chocolate and I’d love to make these for her but she is allergic to coconut, what could I use in place of the coconut oil?

  • Reply
    rachel @ athletic avocado
    May 1, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    My Mom would certainly love these, she is obsessed with tahini 🙂

  • Reply
    Kayla
    April 30, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Wow, these look incredible! I loved your video because it really breaks it down to simple, easy steps. The tahini swirl is just so pretty!!:)

  • Reply
    Hillary
    April 29, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Hold the phone… Costco sells tahini!?

  • Reply
    Cassie
    April 29, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I love Green & Black chocolate! A square of those bars make the perfect treat after a long day! 🙂 These tahini brownies look so decadent and delicious–loved the video too!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      April 29, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you gorgeous!! Always like hearing from other G & B fans 🙂

  • Reply
    Alexa [fooduzzi.com]
    April 29, 2016 at 7:31 am

    holy cow do these look good! Moms are the best – mine is the exact same way. She’s held the “Fooduzzi’s Biggest Fan” title since the start. 😉

  • Reply
    Kelly @ Eat the Gains
    April 29, 2016 at 7:07 am

    This post is so cute!! I would prob say my boyfriend is my number one supporter. He has to put up with all my weird concoctions haha. I have seen tahini and chocolate mixed together before but have never tried it, so def pinning these. Love the swirl on top too! Also, my Costco now has a 1 gallon tub of coconut oil. We now have enough coconut oil for the year lol.

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      April 29, 2016 at 10:46 am

      hahahaha thank you costco for bringing us bulk coconut oil! So sweet of your boyfriend. We’re lucky to have such amazing supporters!

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