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

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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. This is a recipe for flourless brownies. There is no flour or starch of any kind in this recipe, which 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

Flourless 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. 




Tahini Brownies - gluten free, flourless, and dairy free

Tahini Brownies

Yield: 16 brownies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

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




  • 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.


  1. 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.
  2. Bake for 20-25 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out with fudgy crumbs. Be careful to not over-bake.
  3. 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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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 158mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g

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jenna urben

Wednesday 27th of March 2019

I don't make brownies nearly enough!! I'm totally going to give this a go for my upcoming wedding anniversary. I know my husband will love them :) The added tahini sounds amazing!

Erin Dee

Tuesday 5th of March 2019

Love that you added tahini in these brownies! They look so chewy and delicious!


Thursday 26th of July 2018

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!!

Friday 27th of July 2018

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

Kaila (The Wanderlust Celiac)

Wednesday 21st of March 2018

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

Alisa Fleming

Wednesday 21st of March 2018

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

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