These Chocolate Tahini Cookies have a secret healthy ingredient… black beans! Vegan, gluten-free, and with no refined sugars added — these soft and decadent cookies are a great way to indulge.
A closer look at what’s inside:
Beans are filled with nutrients! One cup of cooked black beans contains:
- 15.2 grams protein
- 15 grams fiber
- 64% RDI folate
- 38% RDI manganese
- 30% RDI magnesium
- 28% RDI thiamin
- 24% RDI phosphorus
- 20% RDI iron
- 18% RDI copper
- 17% RDI potassium
Health professionals disagree on the health benefits of coconut oil. While many caution that it is high in saturated fat — others argue that it contains medium-chain triglycerides which are processed differently by the body and beneficial for weight loss and more.
Made from sesame seeds, this nutritious paste contains healthy unsaturated fats and antioxidants to help fight inflammation.
Use your favorite dairy-free milk in this recipe. I like to use oat milk or chocolate cashew milk for an extra chocolaty treat.
Dates are a great natural sweetener in healthy recipes. They are low glycemic and filled with nutrients including fiber, potassium, and antioxidants.
There are 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and plenty of omega-3 fatty acids in just two tablespoons of chia seeds. I love adding chia seeds to smoothies, baked goods, and homemade jam.
This low glycemic sweetener is made from the sap of flower buds from the coconut palm tree. It is less refined and contains more nutrients than table sugar.
Add some chocolate flavor with cocoa powder! Cocoa powder has been associated with brain function, heart health, mood, and more.
Made from finely milled rice, rice flour is often used in gluten-free baking.
This leavening agent is activated when liquid is added to help baked goods rise.
Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants. It adds depth to the flavor of these cookies.
A touch of salt helps to balance all of the flavors in this cookie.
Top with raw sesame seeds before baking or add toasted sesame seeds at the end.
Looking for more healthy dessert ideas? Try this Chocolate Cashew Cream Pie with Raspberry Sauce!
Chocolate Tahini Cookies
- 1 cup black beans cooked
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 2 tablespoons dairy-free milk
- 2 Medjool dates pitted
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon rice flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Toasted sesame seeds for topping
- Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add black beans (rinsed + drained if using a can), coconut oil, tahini, milk, dates, and chia seeds to a blender or food processor and mix until smooth. Let sit 5+ minutes.
- In a separate bowl, stir together the coconut sugar, cacao powder, rice flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and sea salt.
- Mix together the wet and dry ingredients until well-combined. Batter should be thick and smooth (like cake batter).
- Drop batter onto the lined baking sheet, forming roughly 9 circles.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes. Cookies will be soft and have slight cracks across the top.
- Remove from oven and top with toasted sesame seeds.