Vegan No Bake Cookies with Tahini

Looking for vegan no bake cookies? These chocolate no bake cookies without peanut butter​ will win over the whole family!

Chocolate Tahini Vegan No Bake Cookies

Say hello to these delicious healthy cookies that are perfect for summer: these vegan no bake cookies with tahini! Perhaps you know of our popular bliss bites recipe, a peanut butter and chocolate no bake cookie that everyone we serve them to loves. A friend of ours has a tree nut allergy, so we wanted to create a recipe that would work for her too. Turns out tahini is perfect for making chocolate no bake cookies without peanut butter! Keep reading for the recipe.

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How to make vegan no bake cookies

Making vegan no bake cookies is pretty simple, but of course Alex and I wanted to make it even simpler! For our vegan no bake cookies, you’ll simply combine all ingredients into liquid measuring cup, then microwave them for a few seconds until they came together into a smooth batter. Then I mixed in the oatmeal, poured it into cupcake liners, and garnished with sesame and flaky sea salt. What results is a delicious dark chocolate cookie with a salty sweet flavor.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for these vegan no bake cookies:

  • Tahini
  • Dutch process cocoa powder (or regular cocoa powder)
  • Coconut oil
  • Maple syrup
  • Vanilla extract
  • Rolled oats
  • Salt
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish (optional

You can see these cookie have no refined sugar. Maple syrup makes them naturally sweet and coconut oil makes them plant based. Because of the coconut oil, these cookies are not shelf stable, so store them in the refrigerator or freezer. 

I love a dark chocolate flavor to my no bake cookies, so I use Dutch process cocoa powder or baking cocoa to get a dark chocolate flavor. You also can use regular cocoa powder if desired. We served these to a big party including kids, and they ate them all up in a flash! So even kiddos enjoyed the dark chocolate flavor here.

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Chocolate no bake cookies without peanut butter!

Chocolate no bake cookies without peanut butter?

We created these chocolate no bake cookies without peanut butter especially for our friend who has a peanut allergy–or really, a tree nut allergy! Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. If you or your guests have a sesame allergy, you should stay away from this recipe! However, if you’re allergic to tree nuts and can tolerate sesame, this is the recipe for you!

Tahini is an ingredient we use all the time in our kitchen! If you don’t use it, consider getting a jar. First and foremost, we use it to make our Perfect Hummus. It’s also fabulous in creamy sauces (it makes them dairy-free), like this Tahini Sauce we use on Buddha bowls. And, of course you can use it to make vegan no bake cookies! Score.

Vegan no bake cookies

Perfect for kids

It’s pretty obvious that cookies go over well with kids (duh). Our son Larson absolutely LOVES these no bake cookies, he calls them “chocolate!” But here are a few reasons these cookies are particularly perfect for kids:

  • They fit lots of diets. These no bake cookies are gluten free, dairy-free, vegan, soy free, and peanut free, so they fit lots of dietary restrictions.
  • They’re easy for kids to make. This is not true of every cookie recipe. These no bake cookies are almost impossible to screw up. They’re perfect for a “baking” activity with kids. Er, a “no bake” activity? (Here are all our easy cookie recipes.)
  • Kids love them. We served these to a big party that included kids, and they ate them all up in a flash! They all kept running up to the snack table and sneaking them. So, we can safely conclude these are a hit.

What do you think of these vegan no bake cookies? Would you try them out? Let us know in the comments below. 

This vegan no bake cookies recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant based, dairy free, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free.

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Vegan No Bake Cookies with Tahini

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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


Looking for vegan no bake cookies? These chocolate no bake cookies without peanut butter​ will win over the whole family!


  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder (or regular cocoa powder)
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 5 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • Flaked sea salt, for garnish
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)


  1. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners. 
  2. In a glass measuring cup, place the tahini, cocoa powder, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon and kosher salt. Microwave 20 seconds, then stir until full combined and smooth but not hot. Stir in the rolled oats.
  3. Spoon about 2 tablespoons each into the cupcake liners and spread if necessary to make flat cookies in the bottom of the cups. Top with sesame seeds and flaked sea salt. Freeze for 20 minutes. Store refrigerated or frozen. Keep refrigerated as close as possible to serving.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: No Bake Cookies, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Plant Based, Dairy Free, Vegan No Bake Cookies, No Bake Cookies without Peanut Butter, Healthy Cookies, Healthy No Bake Cookies

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    July 9, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Mmmmm. I had everything for these, so I made them right away! I used half oats and half unsweetened flaked coconut because I stupidly bought flaked coconut in bulk and have an insane amount I need to use up. Worked well! My daughter and her friend love them!

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    Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite
    July 9, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Can’t wait to start using tahini in more sweet recipes! No-bake cookies are seriously my favorite….can’t wait to try these! :)

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    July 10, 2018 at 2:46 am

    Love tahini! And my girls love chocolate tahini spread, so I’m sure they’ll love these. What should I use instead of coconut oil if possible?

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      May 29, 2019 at 6:45 am

      I used cooked and mashed sweet potato and they probably didn’t harden as much but they were still scrumptious!

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        April 9, 2020 at 9:04 pm

        What about nut butter.

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    Alanna Taylor-Tobin
    July 12, 2018 at 2:09 am

    Huge chocolate tahini fiend over here – these have my name all over them. <3

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    July 12, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Since tahini and chocolate are two of my favorite things ever, I am absolutely in love with these! You guys are geniuses. Can’t wait to make them <3

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    Elizabeth Stark
    July 12, 2018 at 8:21 am

    These look divine! I’m allergic to peanuts and tree nuts so this is recipe for me! (I’ve actually never even had a no-bake cookie since they always seem to be made with nuts – can’t wait to try this recipe out!)

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    July 13, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Does anyone know if the coconut oil measurement is for solid oil or liquid?

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      July 13, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      Hi! It is for solid, room temperature coconut oil.

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    Todd W.
    July 16, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    I need more tahini in my life!!

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    January 31, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    These were delicious! I had all the ingredients in my pantry to make them. A great sweet treat for 125 calories!

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      March 23, 2019 at 11:14 pm

      Perfect! This is exactly where I’d want to spend my calories too :) Thanks for making them!

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    May 17, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    These are my new favorite cookie. I recently cut out processed sugar but I LOVE chocolate. The combination of the salt and sweet on these is incredible. I can’t make these again for a while because I want to eat every single one in one sitting.

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      May 17, 2019 at 5:14 pm

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying them!

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    March 19, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    I do not have a cupcake pan or paper cups liners. Would these mound on a cookie sheet or would they spread too much?

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      Alex Overhiser
      March 20, 2020 at 9:15 am

      We haven’t tried, but it would probably work! They aren’t too terribly runny.

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    July 16, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    I have never made no bake cookies before and these were a game changer. I ended up adding chopped walnuts as well and they worked perfectly with the recipe.

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    September 16, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    I’m on a very limited income, and I don’t have maple syrup at the moment. I’m not too terribly concerned about the sugar aspect, so could I just use natural cane sugar (which is what I have on hand). I’ll probably buy the maple syrup next month.

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