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You may be familiar with tahini (sesame seed butter) as a hummus ingredient (and it is). But did you know tahini can also help you make great cookies? It adds a delicious nuttiness and creates a lovely texture, too. And the best part? Tahini is a great source of antioxidants, healthy fats, calcium and vitamin B6.


Double Chocolate Tahini Cookies

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 egg (or flax egg)
  • ½ cup tahini** (sesame seed butter, stirred so the oil is incorporated)
  • ½ cup coconut sugar** 
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil** (at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond flour**
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips  

    **You can find these four less-common ingredients inexpensively at Trader Joe's.

INSTRUCTIONS 

Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix the egg, tahini, sugar, oil and vanilla extract until smooth and combined. Don't overmix.

Add the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt and mix again until absorbed. (You should have a sticky-ish dough ball at this point.)

Fold in chocolate chips to taste. 

Roll tablespoon-sized dough balls and place on baking sheet. 

Sprinkle each cookie with a bit of sea salt.

Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Cool on a cooling rack for 10 minutes.


Christina Sandok is the owner of Prescribe Nutrition, which offers virtual health coaching and online nutrition programs. When not geeking out in her Edina kitchen, Sandok savors time with her 6-year-old daughter, husband and dog (not necessarily always in that order). See prescribe-nutrition.com or @prescribe_nutrition on Instagram.