Chocolate Tahini Vegan No Bake Cookies

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 | A Couple Cooks

These Chocolate Tahini Vegan No Bake Cookies were created in partnership with Kroger. All opinions are our own. 

Say hello to these delicious healthy cookies that are perfect for summer: chocolate tahini vegan no bake cookies! And to help you find that tahini, there’s a #KrogerApp! Perhaps you know of our popular bliss bites recipe, a peanut butter and chocolate no bake cookie that just about everyone we’ve served them to loves–except for people with a peanut allergy! A friend of ours has a tree nut allergy, so we wanted to create a no bake cookies recipe that would work for her too. Turns out tahini is perfect for making chocolate no bake cookies without peanut butter. Where to find tahini? We got the ingredients for this recipe at our local Kroger store using the Kroger mobile app! The Kroger app was perfect for finding the tahini, since we weren’t sure where it might be in the store! Keep reading for more.

Related: Easy Vegetarian Recipes for Beginners

What’s the Kroger app?

What is Kroger’s mobile app? The #KrogerApp brings together time-saving and money-saving features all in one tool. If you’re like Alex and me, you need to be convinced on why to download a app. Here are some features of the Kroger app–it lets you:

  • Make your grocery list anytime, anywhere! If you’re anything like me, you write your grocery list when you’re on the toilet, on a break at work, or on the go. The Kroger app lets you add to your digital list anytime!
  • Locate products in the store. The aisle locator feature helps you find products in the store, which is perfect for someone like me who is directionally challenged. Seriously, the time I spend wandering around store aisles! The Kroger app led me right to the tahini. (Alex doesn’t have this problem, but I know countless people who do–including myself!)
  • Order and pick up your groceries curbside. Perfect for people tight on time (who isn’t?), you can use the Kroger app to order your groceries and pick them up curbside. You can build your cart and check out in the app, then select a date and time at your preferred store to pick up your order curbside.
  • Save money! The Kroger app provides dozens of digital coupons worth hundreds of dollars in savings.

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Download it!

Here’s how to download the Kroger app! If you download now, you can save $5 off your next $50 purchase with an App-exclusive digital coupon.

Legal deets: Limit one per digital account. Limited to new app downloads only. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time. Offer redemption expires August 1, 2018.  Only valid on a purchase of $50 or more. Offer is non-transferrable. $50 purchase is after all discounts are applied and excludes Alcohol, Tobacco Products, Fuel, Money Orders, Western Union, Green Dot Cards, Money Paks, Taxes, Postage Stamps, Gift Cards/Certificates, Lottery, Promotional Tickets, CRV, Prescriptions and Customer Care Center Services. Exclusions apply; see store for complete list. Void if reproduced, transferred or where taxed, prohibited or restricted by law. DO NOT DOUBLE. Must use Rewards card. Coupon only valid at Kroger Family of Stores.

Chocolate Tahini Vegan No Bake Cookies | A Couple Cooks

Here are a couple shots of Larson and I shopping together for the vegan no bake cookies ingredients!

Chocolate no bake cookies without peanut butter!
Chocolate Tahini Vegan No Bake Cookies | A Couple Cooks

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, I combined all my ingredients into liquid measuring cup and microwaved 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.

To make healthy no bake cookies, here we’ve opted to use no refined sugar. Maple syrup makes these cookies naturally sweet and coconut oil makes them vegan. Because of the coconut oil, these vegan no bake 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. However, 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.

Related: 12 Gluten Free Desserts Everyone Will Love | Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

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 Classic 5 Ingredient Hummus. It’s also fabulous in creamy sauces (it makes them dairy-free), like this Lemon Tahini dressing we put on our Roasted Nourish Bowl. And, of course you can use it to make vegan no bake cookies! Score.

What do you think of these vegan no bake cookies? Would you try them out? Let us know in the comments below. PS Larson was the best shopping partner! :) He LOVES these cookies, he calls them “chocolate!” 

Chocolate no bake cookies without peanut butter!

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This Chocolate Vegan Tahini No Bake Cookies recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant based, dairy free, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free.

Dark Chocolate Tahini No Bake Cookies | A Couple Cooks

Chocolate Tahini Vegan No Bake Cookies

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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.


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    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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    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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