Who wants Brownies? These exceptionally fudgy Dark Chocolate Tahini Brownies are bakery-quality treats you can make at home!
This recipe was updated from one published in 2018. The recipe is the same but the text and photos have changed.
Just look at these brownies – dark, fudgy, rich, gooey, indulgent, delicious, oh-so satisfying. Everything a good brownie should be. But, for all of you who are gluten-free, there’s not a bit of wheat flour in them. What? How can that be? Now, I am not Gluten-Free, nor is anyone in my family. But that doesn’t stop me from enjoying a Gluten Free dessert, especially one that is as good as (or dare I say better than!) one that contains gluten. I mean, who doesn’t love a flourless chocolate cake, after all? And, these Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Tahini Brownies – a long name, I know – are a mouthful…both literally and figuratively. They should be renamed, “WOW! I’ll have another!”.
This recipe is adapted from one by Dave Lebovitz, so you know it’s going to be good. Bon Apetit took it to the next level by adding the swirl of tahini, akin to what many do by adding peanut butter. I made a couple of changes based on what was in my pantry (i.e. brown sugar for agave nectar), doubled the recipe, because, well…, they’re BROWNIES! And, I know that brownies, like many baked goods, are even better the 2nd day.
fully somewhat self-aware, I knew that I wouldn’t be waiting until the 2nd day to taste one of these beauties, so for the sake of appropriate planning, I needed to make enough for both days, right? So don’t anyone tell me I’m not a good planner 😉. And the taste test proved it – we all agreed – Awesome day 1, Even Better than Awesome day 2. Be sure to let me know if you agree!
Tahini, which is really just ground sesame seeds, the way peanut butter is ground peanuts, adds a deeper, “earthy” flavor compared to peanut butter, but it complements this deep chocolate brownie beautifully. And the Sesame seeds, from which tahini is made, are filled Plant protein, B-vitamins and Antioxidants. What’s not to love?
So, if you are Gluten Free – these Dark Chocolate Tahini Brownies are for you! If you love peanut butter with your chocolate, you will likely love Tahini with your chocolate. If you don’t fit into either of these categories, these are still one of the best brownies you will ever taste! So dive into some tahini! You can find it in most grocery stores, sometimes in the Middle Eastern section. You won’t regret these brownies!
If you’re looking for awesome brownies, don’t miss these awesome (and possibly secretly) Whole Wheat Fudge Brownies or these outrageous Peanut Butter Swirled Brownies or these completely over-the-top Ina’s Outrageous Brownies, an oldie-but goodie!
Chocolate Tahini Brownie Recipe Details ->
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Although this batter is not as simple as a box mix, the flavor and texture beats that box mix by a few miles! There are 4 simple steps. But first, you’ll need to preheat your oven to 350F, or 335F if you have a convection (fan) oven. And then prepare a 13×9 pan by either buttering or spraying, or lining with parchment paper.
1. Mix the cocoa and cornstarch: Easy enough – just whisk them in a bowl, and set aside. You can use any cocoa. I find “Dutch Process” varieties are especially good in recipes like brownies. But truly, any type will do.
2. Melt together the chopped chocolate, or chocolate chips, butter and 2 Tablespoons of Tahini. You can do this in a bowl set over simmering water, or in a microwave-safe bowl at 30-second increments, stirring in between. I like the method of the bowl over simmering water, because I can watch it occasionally while I am doing the other steps of the recipe. And, when it’s melted, it’s not too hot.
I like to buy Bittersweet Baking Chocolate in the bulk section when it’s on sale at the grocery, because baking chocolate does work best here, but I’ve also had good results using chocolate chips in this recipe. I prefer the Bittersweet varieties, but use semisweet if you like that better.
3. Beat the wet ingredients until double in volume. Using a hand mixer, or a stand mixer, combine the eggs, sugars, salt and vanilla extract. Beat until roughly doubled in volume. This takes maybe 4-6 minutes. The mixture may be a bit bubbly, like mine was, but will clearly be a greater volume.
4. Combine all of the ingredients. Mix in the bowl of melted chocolate, butter and tahini until incorporated. Then reduce mixer speed to low, and add in the cocoa-cornstarch mix. Once just incorporated, turn the speed up to High and mix for 1 minute. This should produce a fairly thick batter. Scrape that batter into the prepared 9×13 pan.
Once that batter is in the prepared pan, use a spoon or fork to mix together the 6 Tablespoons of Tahini. Then plop heaping tablespoons of the tahini mixture onto the batter. Use a chopstick or toothpick to swirl it around until it looks something like the photo, below, on the left. Then pop it into the oven.
Once the brownies have been baking around 20 minutes, watch every minute or so. You don’t want to overbake, because brownies are best when they are fudgy, aka, slightly under baked. I took mine out at 23 minutes when the top of the brownie was starting to crackle just a bit, but the center still appeared a bit underdone.
There you have it – possibly your new favorite Brownie Recipe!
Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Tahini Brownies
These brownies are dark, fudgy, and addictive! The recipe is based on a brownie recipe from David Lebovitz. It was further adapted by Bon Apetit, and then I doubled it, because, why not? It’s brownies. And, indeed like most baked goods, they are better the 2nd day, so doubling makes sense in a house full of brownie-lovers.
A note on brownies – given the choice of under-baking or over-baking, always choose under-baking. So if your brownies look done at 22 mins, and they pass the moist crumb on the skewer test, remove them from the oven, rather than over-bake them. You won’t regret it!
Equipment needed: Stand mixer, or hand mixer, or a nice bicep and a whisk; 13×9 baking pan.
- Prep Time: 20 min
- Cook Time: 25 min
- Total Time: 45-50 min
- Yield: 24-35 servings 1x
- Category: Desserts
- Method: Baking
- 6 T Cornstarch
- 1/4 c Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 12 oz. Bittersweet or Semisweet Chocolate (chopped) or Chocolate chips
- 6 T Unsalted Butter, room temp. (See Note 1)
- 2 T Tahini
- 4 Lg eggs, room temp.
- 2/3 c Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 c packed Brown Sugar
- 2 t Kosher Salt
- 2 t Natural Vanilla Extract
- 6 T Tahini
- 3 T Brown Sugar or Honey
- 1/2 t Salt
- Preheat oven to 335F. Line a 13×9 pan with parchment paper, leaving ends overhanging, if desired, to help remove brownies, when baked.
Mix Dry Ingredients
- In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and cocoa powder. Set aside.
Melt Chocolate Mixture
- In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the chopped chocolate, butter, 2 T of the tahini while stirring until smooth. This should take just a minute or two. Remove from heat.
Mix Wet Ingredients
- With a hand mixer or a in a stand mixer, beat eggs with the granulated and brown sugars, at medium-high speed, for about 4 minutes. The mixture should be smooth, and doubled in volume.
- Reduce speed to medium, add the 2 teaspoons salt and vanilla and incorporate. Mix in the liquid chocolate from the saucepan, until incorporated. Then, using low speed, incorporate the cornstarch mixture. Increase speed back to medium-high and beat mixture for 1 minute. The resulting batter should be quite thick. Scrape batter into the parchment-lined pan.
Make Tahini Mixture and Swirl into batter
- Stir together the remaining tahini, the 1/2 t salt and the brown sugar. Dollop over the brownie batter and use a toothpick or skewer to swirl it around the surface of the batter.
- Bake 22-28 minutes, or until the edges are puffed (mine took 25 mins), but wet crumbs still stick to a skewer inserted into the middle. There may be a few cracks around the edges of the brownie. Mine were done at 23 minutes. Let cool. Lift edges of parchment to remove brownie from pan. Cut. Serve.
1. You can substitute Salted butter in this recipe, but in Step 5, reduce the amount of salt to 1 1/2 teaspoons, if desired. ( I used the full 2 tsp and it was delicious)
- Serving Size: 1/24 recipe
Keywords: Chocolate Tahini Brownies, Recipe, Tahini Fudge Brownies, Bon Apetit, tahini, brownies, easy
Badly need these in my life right now. The nationwide lockdown here is getting on my nerves now. These look so comforting! <3
Oh my goodness, I totally feel this, too! And yes, tahini brownies are a good antidote to that! I can verify! Take care and stay safe!❤️
Kim Lange says
These look fabulous Laura! I have some tahini to make these! Thank you for sharing!
Hope you love them, Kim! Lmk how they turn out!😊
Dawn - Girl Heart Food says
My afternoon could sure use one (or 3) of these brownies! Love the swirly action going on too 😉 So fun!
Thanks, Dawn! These are such a fave in my house!
My daughter and I were looking for something chocolate-y to snack on and this recipe came out just at perfect time. Excited to try this recipe. That tahini swirl is just so pretty 🙂
I hope you get the chance to try these Balvinder! They’ve totally been a family favorite for us! My family is completely on the tahini train now!
David @ Spiced says
Any dessert that gets better over time deserves a spot in my kitchen…of course, that means I’ll have to make sure to leave enough for Day 2. Hah!
So glad you agree with the 2nd-day rule, David! Good luck making them last, though! I may just need to bake up another batch soon! But these days, that depends on whether my grocery re-stocks tahini. Of all things! Thanks for visiting! Take care!
Katherine | Love In My Oven says
Not only do I love that these are gluten-free, I LOVE the dark chocolate and tahini combo! They sound absolutely delicious, Laura. I’ve been baking so much these days, I might as well try a batch of these too!
I totally hear ya, Katherine! I’ve been baking so much, too! As long as the grocery doesn’t run out of buttermilk and sugar, I’m set for a week or two. Flour, though, is in short supply here. So,….we will see, I guess! But, yes, try these!
Great brownie recipes like these chocolate tahini brownies are recipes I’m loving the most at the moment Laura, what with our current lockdown. Thanks for bringing this recipe to my attention! Yum! Hope you are well and stay safe!!
Thanks so much Neil! These brownies are truly among the best ever! Hope you get the chance to try them. They certainly improve Quality of Life during lockdown!
Kelly @ Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats says
Brownies are always a GOOD idea!! Love the use of Tahini in these! I have never baked with it before, but i will have to try!
Oooh I hope you get the chance to try this, Kelly! So so good! Thanks for visiting!
Kelly | Foodtasia says
Gorgeous brownies, Laura! Can’t resist the chocolate and tahini combo!
Thanks, Kelly! I love it too. Hate to say, possibly more than my beloved Peanut Butter. Thanks for visiting!
Thanks, Ben – glad you are a tahini lover, too! What a great idea for ice cream! I’m going to give that a try! I hope you get the chance to try it with brownies – you might just have a new favorite! I’ve never had halva, and I have to admit I don’t even know what it is, I’m going to look it up! Thanks for visiting!
Oh my goodness, this loos and sounds amazing! I do like tahini in desserts as it reminds me halva (one of my favorite confections). Seriously, I’ve been adding a spoon of tahini over my ice cream for a couple of days, and I’ve been thinking what to make…but I didn’t have any ideas besides cookies. You might have just inspired me, Laura!
Alia @ Everyday Easy Eats says
Ooo Laura your brownies look YUMMY! I love that they are gluten-free!! Dark chocolate and tahini is a very unique combination, I have never tried it before! But I am sure it tastes great, because I really do think tahini tastes kind of like peanut butter, and that goes amazing with chocolate! Great work! 🙂
Thanks, Alia! I agree, it’s similar to PB in many ways! Thinking of using it in salad dressing. Hmmm. Thanks for visiting!
Agness of Run Agness Run says
This is an exceptional brownie recipe which definitely deserves a try, Laura! Can I use maple syrup instead of honey or brown sugar?
I think you should be able to. I actually used brown sugar because I didn’t have agave syrup. You could use 2 T agave, but I think you might want to put 3 T maple syrup as a substitute, as I did with the brown sugar. A bit more if you want the same sweetness. Thanks for visiting and let me know how they turn out – I think maple syrup will be delicious!
All That I'm Eating says
I love the idea of adding tahini to brownies, they look and sound great!
Thanks so much! And thanks for visiting!
Greedyeats -Neha says
So fudgy and rich these brownies appear! I never tried my hands on tahini in baking yet. I think the idea of chocolate and sesame put together in a recipe sounds yumm!!
Thanks, Neha! This recipe convinced me tahini is a great substitute for peanut butter probably in many types of recipes! And so delicious! Thanks for visiting!
Love the idea. Since I am surrounded with gluten free people I will certainly pass your creation to them 🙂 Thank you dear !
Glad you like it! Thanks for visiting, and your kind words!
David @ Spiced says
Wow, what a fun idea for a brownie! I have to admit that I do love a good peanut butter swirl when it comes to brownies…but I’ve never tried tahini in brownies before. I love (love!) hummus, but tahini in a dessert? I’m intrigued! Intrigued enough that I’ll have to try these out sometime soon…and, yes, it will definitely be a double-batch! I mean I gotta have enough left for day 2!
Thanks, David – I’m glad you’re a Day 2 planner like me! I mean, brownies! Always better the 2nd day. And, I’m so with you about the peanut butter, but indeed tahini is a great substitute for a change of pace! Hope you get the chance to try it out – I’m looking forward to hearing how you like these! Thanks for visiting!
Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen says
Chocolate and tahini is one of the best combos around. I LOVE sesame paired with anything sweet. These sound sooooo good and I love that they’re gluten free!
Thanks, Kelsie – I am just beginning to use tahini with sweet things, don’t know why I’ve never considered it, since it is so similar to natural peanut butter in consistency.
Hopefully will be doing more recipes like this! Thanks for visiting!
Tonia | I Dream of Food says
Wow, what a great use of Tahini! I can’t believe these brownies are flourless too. I am so making these!
Thanks, Tonia – yes, these are my new favorite brownies! I love the tahini! I’m curious to see how you would sweeten them. The original recipe used agave syrup.
I have never baked with Tahini before…But these fudgey brownies have changed my opinion..and I want to try these real soon! They really look so good! And that swirl looks amazing!
Thanks, Deepika, I’m certainly going to make them again – we loved them so much. I usually use peanut butter, but tahini is a little less rich. Thanks for visiting!