Vegan Black Tahini Sesame Cookies (Gluten-Free)

Vegan Black Tahini Sesame Cookies (Gluten-Free)

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Crunchy with the deep earthy undertone, these Vegan Black Tahini Sesame Cookies are yummy, gluten-free, and crispy without oil. And you only need 9 ingredients to make them!

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Vegan Black Tahini Sesame Cookies (Gluten-Free)

Recently I fall in love with cookies again. Actually, I feel like that I’ve been making cookies every day these days. As a big fan of black sesame (and black tahini), I think it’s time for me to combine it into cookies, hence these Vegan Black Tahini Sesame Cookies.

These cookies are vegan, meaning no egg, no dairy, no animal products. They are also gluten-free and oil-free as well.

BTW, I just like to try new things and new combinations, but I don’t aim to share any “way-too-clean” recipes. Just want to mention this.

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This recipe doesn’t use oil but uses black sesame paste (black tahini) instead. That’s also why they look super dark, which some people might think they are burnt. Nope.

But you do need to pay attention to the baking time because you might not notice that when they actually get burnt.

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And for the flour part, what takes that part instead are oat flour and ground almond. I make my oat flour by grinding the rolled oats in my grinder. You can use a store-bought one to make the whole process quicker and easier.

These Vegan Black Tahini Cookies are flavorful and crunchy without the oily mouthfeel. If you like black sesame, I think you will love them too.

Oh, there’s a special ingredient in these black sesame cookies. The thing is not special in the kitchen but really uncommon in snack recipes. Take a guess. It’s salty, made from soy, and used quite often in Chinese cuisine.

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It’s soy sauce! Did you guess right? But since common soy sauce contains wheat, I use liquid amino acid in this recipe. If you’re not sensitive to gluten, average soy sauce will work just fine.

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The idea of adding soy sauce into these cookies happened in my second testing. I just thought that black sesame and soy sauce are a great match, so I just added a bit to bring out the black sesame flavor. Don’t worry. You will not taste the soy sauce.

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I also add some black sesame seeds into the cookies to let these cookies packed with sesame flavor. But the sesame flavor is not as strong as the peanut flavor in my Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies, so the flavor is still on the mild side, in my opinion.

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If you love black sesame flavor as I do, check out:

Ok, let’s make these delicious, vegan black cookies!

Vegan Black Tahini Sesame Cookies (Gluten-Free)

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. If you make this recipe, don’t forget to tag @Barrelleaf + #barrelleaf on Instagram. I always love to see them and to know how it goes.

Vegan Black Tahini Sesame Cookies (Gluten-Free)

Crunchy with the deep earthy undertone, these Vegan Black Tahini Sesame Cookies are yummy, gluten-free, and crispy without oil. And you only need 9 ingredients to make them!
Author: Nora Hsu
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan
Servings: 4 people


  • 1/2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp water
  • 40 g rolled oats, ground into flour
  • 20 g almond meal
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 35 g black tahini
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp liquid aminos
  • 2 Tbs black sesame seeds


  • In a small bowl, mix the ground flaxseed and water, and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven at 175°C. Line the baking sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix the oat flour, almond meal, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • Add in the black tahini, syrup, soy sauce, and the flaxseed water mixture. Mix to combine and press into a dough.
  • Use a tablespoon to scoop out the mixture and roll it in your palms. Place it on the lined baking sheet and press it down. Repeat to finish all mixture. Leave some space between the cookies.
  • Bake at 175 C / 350 F for 12-15 minutes. When finish baking, leave them in the oven until completely cooled.
  • Remove from the oven and enjoy!



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