You may know tahini for its presence in hummus, but did you know you can also bake with it? Tahini is made from roasting and grinding sesame seeds. The resulting ingredient is an oil with a consistency very similar to natural peanut butter. It is great for adding a savory and nutty fat component into baked goods.

With most of its fat content coming from heart healthy unsaturated fat, tahini is a great addition in certain desserts and sweets, as well as salad dressings and dips.

Try this recipe for a fun twist on brownies!

Brownies with tahini


  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 4 ounces of dark chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3/4 cup of tahini
  • 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8 inch x 8 inch square pan with parchment paper.

2. Melt the butter and chocolate chips together in a small saucepan over low heat on the stove. Remove from the heat once the mixture is combined and stir in the cocoa. Set aside to cool slightly.

3. In a large bowl, stir together the eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt. Stir in the tahini until well combined. Then, add in the flour and mix just until combined.

4. Divide the batter evenly into two separate bowls. Add the melted chocolate to one of the bowls and stir until combined.

5. Take your chocolate batter and spread evenly into the prepared pan.

6. Now, spoon the reserved tahini batter on top of the chocolate batter. Swirl it into the chocolate batter with a knife.

Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Cool for up to an hour and then serve.

Adapted from The Mediterranean Dish