Tahini breakfast cookies

As a food blogger and recipe developer, finding out what kind of food readers want to make and eat, is hugely important. Last week, I posted a quick Q&A on Instagram to see who was keen for Tahini breakfast cookies. If it were me, just say the word tahini and I’m in. The response was an overwhelming, yay!  These were some of the comments.

Tahini breakfast cookies

  • Yes!
  • Easy breakfast when you’re on the go.
  • A nice addition to breakfast smoothies.
  • These would be perfect to eat in the car on the way to work, especially when you don’t have time for breakfast.
  • Perfect for snacking.
  • Yes, please. They’d be great for our early morning hikes.
  • They look delicious. Please post the recipe.
  • These would be so handy for cyclists – I’d load a couple in my back-pack instead of potatoes!

Tahini breakfast cookies

Tahini breakfast cookies

Cleary I wasn’t the only one excited about breakfast cookies! Resting on the merits of oats being a breakfast staple, the list of credentials are plausible – coconut, wholemeal flour, almond meal, dates, honey and Natura Sugars Molasses sugar. The fact that they’re quietly vegan without the heaviness often  associated with veganized recipes, is a boon. They taste like your favourite muesli, minus the milk, of course. To make sure they were 100% child-friendly, I tested them with a glass of cold milk. It made me think of my childhood, sitting on the steps outside the kitchen door, soaking my Marie biscuit until it collapsed and needed to be fished out with a spoon. You won’t have the same problem with these chubby cookies, though. They’re thirsty, but able to hold it together quite nicely.

When it comes to tahini, the line between savoury and sweet is blurred. It straddles both, adding a salted nuttiness to cookies and cakes. It also happens to be one of 2019’s biggest food trends. I’ve balanced the sweetness using a combination of Natura Sugars Molasses sugar and honey. The texture is fudge-like, with a deep treacly flavour. The bake up crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle. By the second day, the exterior softens slightly and becomes more munch-able, so to speak. Don’t expect them to spread and flatten as they bake. They come out the oven much the same as when they went in. Experience has taught me to make double, freezing one batch for later, in which case I bake the cookies from frozen, adding about 3 minutes to the baking time. When you make these, swing past and let us know where these cookies have travelled to and how long they lasted! Happy weekend.

Side note : Roll into balls by hand or use an ice cream scoop for a domed cookie shape. If you press them too flat, they’ll not be as chewy.

Tahini breakfast cookies
Tahini breakfast cookies

Cookie dough meal prep…

Tahini breakfast cookies
Tahini breakfast cookies
Tahini breakfast cookies
Tahini breakfast cookies
Tahini breakfast cookies

Makes about 22 

  • 150g (1 1/4cup) whole rolled oats
  • 70g (3/4 cup) desiccated coconut
  • 80g (3/4 cup) wholewheat spelt flour
  • 60g (1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons) almond meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 50g (1/2 cup) dried cranberries
  • 5 Medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 40g (1/4 cup – tightly packed) Natura Sugars Molasses sugar
  • 45ml (3 tablespoons) water
  • 30ml (2 tbls) maple syrup (substitute with honey if not making it vegan)
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) coconut oil, melted
  • 45ml (3 tbls) tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1/3 cup mixed seeds, for coating


  1. Preheat the oven to 180º C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients up to and including the cranberries and dates. Make sure the dates don’t clump together. The best way to separate them is to rub the ingredients through gently by hand.
  3. Place the sugar, water and honey in a small saucepan. Over a medium heat, whisk with a balloon whisk to break up any sugary lumps. Add the coconut oil and tahini and whisk to combine. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda water and whisk until foaming. Carefully pour the hot syrup into the dry ingredients and mix through.
  4. Place the mixed seeds in a shallow bowl. Using an ice cream scoop, press ample cookie dough into the scoop before turning out. Coat each cookie ball in the seeds and arrange on the baking tray. Bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Cool on a wire rack, then store in an airtight container.


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12 Comments. Leave new

  • Amazing , Amazing , Amazing !!!!!

  • Ooh love the sound of these! Wasn’t aware that tahini was set to be the hottest food trend of 2019 but I’m happy to hear that. I’m a South African now living in Israel where a jar of tahini costs about the same as a can of Coke and I adore it. I make the most wonderful tahini brownies and tahini cookies but neither are vegan. Looking so forward to trying this. Thanks!

  • There’s another batch waiting in the freezer!

  • Hi Lisa. I always find it so interesting that food trends are really just a reawakening of things that’ve been eaten and made for centuries. How lucky to be surrounded by all that tahini! Sounds heavenly. I first tasted tahini when I worked on a Kibbutz 30 years ago. Your brownies sound like all sorts of trouble! Hope you’re going to love these.

  • Lori Corradetti
    27 January 2019 5:40 pm

    Hi Dianne. Thank you for this recipe. I just made these and I love the flavours and the ingredients. I had a difficult time getting the seeds to stick to the cookies and I find that the cookies are extremely crumbly. Did I do something wrong?

  • Hi Lori. It helps if you roll and dunk the cookies in the seeds as soon as you’ve mixed the hot caramel into the oat mixture. If you use quick cooking oats in place of whole rolled oats it’ll also affect the texture as the quick cook is more powdery. Being a vegan cookie and not using egg to bind it does make the texture a little more crumbly but not so much as to fall apart. I hope this is helpful.

  • Jacqueline te Riele
    28 April 2020 10:14 am

    Hi Dianne, This is the second time I’m making these cookies, thank you for sharing. They are easy to make and absolutely delicious. They are a favourite in our family.

  • Dianne Bibby
    28 April 2020 4:51 pm

    Hi Jacqueline. I’m so glad to hear they’re a new favourite. My girls love them too. They really are perfect breakfast cookies.

  • Margaret Smith
    13 July 2020 12:35 am

    I love the subtle blend of flavors and the crunch. Satisfying! My scoop made 34 cookies.

  • Dianne Bibby
    20 July 2020 9:58 am

    So glad you liked them Margaret. My girls treat them as breakfast, so ours tend to be on the large side. Lovely for a mid-morning coffee too.

  • Could I use buckwheat flour instead of spelt for gluten-free?

  • Hi Oana. Yes you could. If you don’t mind the more pronounced taste of buckwheat, it’s a perfect substitute. I always like to add some almond or nut flour to soften the taste though.

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