One-Bowl Vegan Tahini Brownies. Gluten-Free, Easy to make and Delicious!
Brownies. In one word I got your attention! Seriously, who doesn’t love a rich, gooey, chocolate-y brownie? I know I do! I searched for a healthy recipe, but couldn’t find one that was vegan, gluten-free and also didn’t use any refined sugar or oil. Vegan Tahini Brownies, a recipe born out of my love for chocolate and my desire to not compromise my health and wellness.
Brownies from scratch? Who has time? YOU DO!
The second best thing about these brownies is that they’re ridiculously quick and easy to make. Did you guess the BEST thing about these? Great chocolate taste! What I really like is that you can get these in the oven in 5 minutes…and then there is little clean up. What’s not to like about that?
Not only that…..but it’s WORTH THE INVESTMENT IN TIME. These vegan tahini brownies are healthy. Say what? Yes…you heard that right. My goal here is to get you to stop and think about your health goals…that doesn’t mean you have to totally give up all your favorite desserts. No way am I giving up on brownies….BUT I’m also not giving in. Not giving in to the box mix. Not giving in to recipes that call for ingredients I don’t want to put into my body. It’s possible to have your brownie…..without compromise, and without guilt.
What are the nutritional benefits of tahini?
- Protein: tahini contains more protein than milk and most nuts
- B Vitamins: boost energy and brain function.
- Vitamin E: protects against heart disease and stroke
- Rich in minerals: copper, selenium, magnesium, iron, calcium.
- Reduces inflammation
Oh tahini, is there anything you don’t do well? When was the last time you met an ingredient that was equally at home in savory and sweet recipes? Tahini is a paste that’s made from ground sesame seeds. You can find it raw, or toasted, similar to peanut or almond butter. It’s a great substitution for those who are allergic to tree nuts or peanuts, but not seeds.
What else can you use tahini for?
- Vegan Caesar Dressing
- Halva Bliss Balls
- Eggplant with tahini drizzle
- Glaze for donuts
- Chopped Salad with tahini dressing
- No Bake Energy Bars
- Falafel with Tahini
- Chocolate Trail Mix Bars
I guess you could say I’m a fan of tahini! Not ashamed to admit it, either.
I keep a stash of healthy treats in my freezer. I like to be prepared for last minute guests…but it’s tough with a recipe this good. Hubby finds the delicious brownies in the freezer, no matter where I hide them! PRO TIP: make a double batch!
- 2 Tablespoons flax meal
- 6 Tablespoons water
- 1 3-oz bar dark chocolate*
- OPTIONAL: 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/3 cup almond flour
- 1/3 cup cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup tahini
- In a small bowl, whisk together flax meal and water. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 and line a 9 x 9" baking pan with unbleached parchment paper.
- Roughly chop chocolate and walnuts (if using), set aside.
- In a medium sized bowl, mix dry ingredients: almond flour, cacao, baking powder, sea salt.
- Mix in maple syrup and vanilla and then incorporate the flax mixture.
- Add in tahini and mix until smooth.
- Fold in nuts and chocolate, pour into prepared pan and spread evenly with spatula.
- Bake for 30 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool in pan for 30 minutes and then lift gently onto cutting board.
- Cut into 16 squares.
- Brownies can be store in air tight container at room temp for 5 days or in the freezer for 3 months.
Or use 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips. I can usually find better quality chocolate (higher cacao, less sugar) in bars, so I just chop it myself.
Amount Per Serving Calories 172Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 0mgSodium 71mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 2gSugar 9gProtein 4g
Yes. Tahini is made from ground sesame seeds. Make sure to read the label to be sure there are no other ingredients in the tahini.
Yes, tahini is a terrific whole food substitute for oil in some baked goods, like brownies.
A mixture of ground flax and water works well to replace the eggs in tahini brownies.