Paleo Tahini Chocolate Chunk Cookies are life-changing and a must make!! Creamy tahini makes these cookies just a little savory, but they’re sure to satisfy a sweet tooth. These cookies are bursting with rich, dark chocolate chunks; you’ll never need another cookie recipe!
| Paleo + gluten free + dairy free |
I wouldn’t consider myself much of a runner. Never have been. In 4th grade, when we had to run the mile, I played the role of caboose, always bringing up the rear. Ever since then, I’ve told myself that I loathe running.
There was a time in college when I joined ROTC because I considered attending PA school through the Army. Two things killed it for me: 1) I had to learn how to be a leader, and 2) the incessant running. I mean, 5 a.m. 4-mile runs with ruck sacks and MSgt. King yelling at you the whole way were not my favorite way to start the day. I actually remember sleeping in my Army-certified PT gear so I could just roll right out of bed and get to PT without having to get dressed!
Then I got into weightlifting and finally felt like I had a “place.” It was challenging and forced me to do things I had never done before. I remember how terrified I was walking into the gym the first couple months. I went as early as possible to avoid the college muscle heads, did my thing, and got out. When I decided I wanted to lean out, cardio became a regular thing… but it was never in the form of running.
Now here I am, in my late twenties, and realizing that sometimes going for a run just sounds good.
So yesterday, I went for a run.
Just me, the birds chirping, the sound of my feet hitting pavement, and the smell of fresh cut grass. In a way, it felt like meditating. I let my thoughts wander, but at the same time, I felt so free. Unbound by anything. Not life, not work, not illness or responsibilities. It was just me, and the peace I found was enormous. And the inspiration came flooding in.
We’ve been dealing with a lot these last couple months. My grandpa was hospitalized for two weeks after a massive stroke almost took his life, we got some unexpected news from Josh’s side of the family, I’ve been spending time studying functional medicine, and I think to cope with it all, I started to obsess over my body again.
I’m only human, and we all have our struggles. Mine just so happens to be a little bit of body dysmorphia accompanied by the compulsion to want to compare myself to other women. Oh, and to worry about food. I know it stems from anxiety and feeling like I don’t have control over my life, but that’s also something I’m working through. I truly believe that the Universe will meet me where I’m at and that I can create and attract the reality I really desire if only I surrender. AKA give up control and just let it flow.
Starting with a really good run to clear the mind. And the most amazing Paleo Tahini Chocolate Chunk Cookies on earth.
So let me tell you about these cookies.
These Paleo Tahini Chocolate Chunk Cookies are LIFE. CHANGING.
I mean, read the title. The word “epic” is right in it! That’s how you know these cookies are the bomb.
If there was a cookie of the year award, these Paleo Tahini Chocolate Chunk Cookies would win hands-down.
Obviously, I’m back on the whole tahini thing. Just last month I put tahini in your blondies (you’ll thank me, I promise), and we already had one version of tahini cookies (oh, and then there was banana cake) – they just weren’t Paleo. Well, these ones are Paleo. Completely grain-free and gluten free,
studded loaded with dark chocolate chunks. And a whopping 3/4 cup of tahini!
And basically my favorite cookie recipe of all time.
They’re just how cookies should be – fat and fluffy, soft on the inside, just begging for a glass of almond milk. And oozing rich, dark chocolate.
I love experimenting with different flavors in baking. Sometimes they turn out great and other times I end up with a mess all over the oven. Just last week I posted on Instagram stories about my super failed oatmeal cookies! They still got eaten, though.
Can we just take a second to really appreciate that oozing dark chocolate right there? I mean!!!!
These Paleo Tahini Chocolate Chunk Cookies are…
- grain free & gluten free
- dairy free (make sure to use dairy free chocolate like Hu, Lily, or Enjoy Life)
- soft & chewy
- easy to make
- will leave your house smelling like a bakery
Are you dying to try them yet?! Because I’m dying to eat another one.
These cookies are naturally sweetened and flourless, which I think is important for an anti-inflammatory diet (read more about mine here!). We know that sugar and grains (and gluten) aren’t great for gut health, and while these DO contain coconut sugar, it’s at least more natural than refined, white sugar!
Instead of vegetable oil, we’ll use coconut oil for a higher-quality fat content.
And of course we can’t forget all that decadent dark chocolate!
You should know that the cookie dough will be pretty thick. And by pretty thick, I mean like really thick. But that’s what keeps these cookies thick and puffy. Just before you toss them into the oven, I do recommend sticking a few extra chocolate chunks into the tops like I did in the photos! Extra chocolate!
All right, let’s do some freaking baking already!
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These soft and chewy cookies are easy, grain free, and loaded with savory tahini flavor and sweet dark chocolate.
- 1 c. blanched almond flour, packed
- 1/3 c. coconut flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 c. packed coconut sugar
- 3/4 c. well-stirred tahini
- 1/4 c. coconut oil, melted and cooled
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 4 oz. dark chocolate, roughly chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk until no clumps remain.
In a separate bowl, combine the coconut sugar, tahini, and melted and cooled coconut oil. Whisk vigorously to combine. Crack the eggs into the bowl and add the vanilla. Whisk until well-incorporated and the eggs form ribbon-like streaks.
Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir to combine. The dough will be quite thick. Fold in the chopped dark chocolate, reserving a few pieces to press into the tops of the cookies before baking.
Using a cookie scoop, drop spoonfuls of batter onto the parchment paper, leaving a couple inches between each cookie. You should have about 20 - 24 small cookies. Press a few remaining pieces of dark chocolate into the dough balls, then place into the oven. Bake at 350 F for 11-13 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool 5-10 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store at room temperature.
Nutrition information per cookie:
Calories: 165 Protein: 4g Carbs: 12g Fat: 12g