Chocolate Tahini Brownies – gluten free, dairy free, grain free

Gluten Free Chocolate Tahini Brownies

The addition of a sweet tahini swirl gives these Gluten Free Chocolate Tahini Brownies a subtle, yet deliciously exotic flavor.

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Chocolate Tahini Brownies have a perfect fudgy texture and deliciously exotic flavor combination.  

I’m not sure when or where the chocolate tahini brownie revolution began. Like many food trends, this exotic flavor combination has taken a while to hit mainstream, but it is well worth the wait! 

Gluten Free Chocolate Tahini Brownies

A few weeks ago I was flipping through a bon appetite magazine and spotted this chocolate tahini brownie recipe. Being the spontaneous person I am, I set out that afternoon to give them a whirl. Of course, I made a few changes over the next couple of weeks – I won’t mention how many of these brownies we’ve eaten 🙂 

Chances are, if you have tahini on hand then you’ll have everything you need to make these Chocolate Tahini Brownies. This is one of those recipes that is delightfully simple.

Gluten Free Chocolate Tahini Brownies

You might be wondering, What is tahini?

Tahini is made by grinding sesame seeds into a thin spread similar to peanut butter or almond butter. It has a unique flavor that pairs perfectly with chocolate. 

We just started experimenting with tahini in the last year or so, mostly as an addition to homemade hummus. It is a tasty addition to dressings, too…but I have to admit that my favorite way to enjoy tahini is swirled into these perfectly fudgy brownies!

You can find tahini in most grocery/health food stores on the peanut butter aisle, or purchase it online.


Gluten Free Chocolate Tahini Brownies

A few things that make this Chocolate Tahini Brownie recipe unique:

  1. Swapping coconut sugar for brown sugar makes these brownies a little healthier and adds a caramel-like flavor. Feel free to use brown sugar instead of the coconut sugar if that’s what you have on hand. 

  2. To make these truly flourless/grain free, there is no flour or starch. This also allows the brownies to take on that deliciously fudgy texture we all love.

  3. Using Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips or another alternative also makes these brownies dairy free. Yay!

Gluten Free Chocolate Tahini Brownies

Chocolate Tahini Brownies are a great recipe for those new to gluten free baking because you don’t have to worry about finding a suitable gluten free flour and probably have all the ingredients on hand. 

Gluten Free Chocolate Tahini Brownies

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Chocolate Tahini Brownies




Yield 9 brownies

The addition of a sweet tahini swirl gives these Gluten Free Chocolate Tahini Brownies a subtle, yet deliciously exotic flavor.




  • 6 oz semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate (we used Enjoy Life Foods which is dairy free)
  • 3 T virgin coconut oil
  • 1 T tahini
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 T vanilla


  • 3 T tahini
  • 1 T honey or agave


  1. Prepare an 8" square baking pan by lining with parchment paper. (if you don't have parchment, you can spray it with cooking spray, but parchment works best)
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  3. In a small saucepan, stir chocolate, coconut oil, and 1 T tahini over low heat just until melted and smooth. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, sugar, and coconut sugar. Mix on medium-high 4-5 minutes until light and smooth. Mixture should be about double in size.
  5. Mix in salt and vanilla.
  6. Mix in chocolate mixture, scraping sides with a spatula as needed, until smooth and combined.
  7. Add cocoa powder and mix until smooth.
  8. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  9. To make tahini swirl, whisk together 3 T tahini and honey or agave in a small bowl. Drop by dollops onto the batter and use a toothpick or wooden skewer to swirl.
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out with fudgy crumbs. Be careful to not overbake.
  11. Cool completely before cutting and store leftovers at room temperature in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap. You can also freeze.

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  • Reply
    March 20, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    These look just like the brownies my grandma makes…except for the tahini. I love brownies.

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      March 21, 2018 at 9:15 am

      Brownies are simply the best!

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    March 20, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    My mouth is watering. The tahini swirl makes these a cut above the ordinary!

    • Reply
      March 21, 2018 at 9:15 am

      Yes, definitely puts this recipe over the top! Enjoy Leslie 🙂 -Celeste

  • Reply
    March 20, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    these DO look perfect! I love tahini in brownies. I need to make these…

    • Reply
      March 21, 2018 at 9:15 am

      Enjoy Kristina!! -Celeste

  • Reply
    March 20, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Oh. My. Gosh. All of my favorite things in one recipe! I HAVE to try these!!

    • Reply
      March 21, 2018 at 9:14 am

      Kristen you’ll LOVE it! We’re hooked 😉

  • Reply
    March 21, 2018 at 4:37 am

    I’m allergic to sesame, but have been given the green light to try almonds, which means almond butter will be something I try soonish. I bet that could work instead of tahini.

    • Reply
      March 21, 2018 at 9:14 am

      Hi Kortney! I have plans to try it with all kinds of nut/seed butters 🙂 -Celeste

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    March 21, 2018 at 4:50 am

    These look delish! Have you tried making them with flax eggs?

    • Reply
      March 21, 2018 at 9:13 am

      Hi Lindsey! I haven’t tried that, if you give it a go, let me know! -Celeste

  • Reply
    March 21, 2018 at 5:20 am

    The dense fudgyness of this brownie is totally cravable. I love that tahini swirl.

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      March 21, 2018 at 9:12 am

      It’s ridiculously delicious 😉

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    Alisa Fleming
    March 21, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Oh my, this brownie recipe looks divine! I’m thinking another nut or seed butter might work deliciously too!

  • Reply
    Kaila (The Wanderlust Celiac)
    March 21, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    I love the swirl in these! They look simply scrumptious.

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    July 26, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    These were UNREAL!!! I’m amazed how “brownie” like they taste with no flours or grains! So fudgy and delicious! They were hard to keep around – thanks for creating and sharing this!!

    • Reply
      July 27, 2018 at 12:43 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the brownies, it’s one of my favorite recipes! -Celeste

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