gluten free tahini brownies
Photo credit Sonya Sanford

Flourless Chocolate Tahini Brownies Recipe

The perfect grain-free chocolate tahini treat.

These flourless chocolate tahini brownies are rich and chocolatey, chewy with a glossy top, and swirled with nutty tahini. They also happen to be gluten-free, baking powder and soda-free, and can be made dairy-free by substituting the butter with a non-dairy alternative. I’ve learned from great pastry chefs that the key to brownies is to vigorously beat the batter until it is glossy and shiny, and to get beautiful swirls in your brownies, make sure the tahini is refrigerated and cold before adding it to the baking dish. These are perfect for as a grain-free Passover dessert, or as a sweet treat at the end of any gluten-free meal.

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gluten free tahini brownies
Photo credit Sonya Sanford

Flourless Chocolate Tahini Brownies

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Adding cold tahini gives these brownies a beautiful swirled look.

  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 9


  • 6 Tbsp (85g) unsalted butter (or vegan butter)
  • 8 oz (225g) bittersweet chocolate chopped
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp potato starch
  • cup tahini, refrigerated or chilled
  • Flake salt to garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line with parchment, and lightly grease the inside of an 8” square or round baking dish with parchment.
  2. Melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave, or in a heat-proof bowl placed over a small pot of boiling water (a double boiler). Remove from the heat, and allow the chocolate to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the cooled melted chocolate, sugar, brown sugar, and salt. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing each one until fully incorporated.
  4. Sift together the cocoa powder and potato starch into the chocolate mixture. Beat the batter vigorously with a wooden spoon for a few minutes until it starts to look shiny, and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Transfer the batter into the greased baking dish.
  5. Dollop the top with spoonfuls of chilled tahini, then using a skewer or knife, swirl the tahini in one direction through the batter. Swirl the tahini in the opposite direction to create a pattern.
  6. Bake for 22-25 minutes. For a fudgier brownie, take the brownies out when they are just set and firm at the edges. If you like a firmer brownie, you can cook until the center looks set. If using flake salt, sprinkle the brownies immediately after taking them out of the oven. Let the brownies cool completely before removing them from the pan and slicing. Brownies can be made 1-2 days ahead of time and last for up to a week; they can also be made and frozen for up to two months.
  • Author: Sonya Sanford
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Israeli


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  • Barbara Altschuler

    What tahini should I buy/ in what form, how to prepare it thank you

    • The Nosher

      Hi Barbara, Har Bracha tahini (available on Amazon) is my personal favorite, but you can use any raw tahini (aka tahini paste), and prepare it according to the recipe’s instructions.

  • Elisheva

    What other starch can I use or gf alternative? Tapioca? Cornflour? Almond flour? A gluten free blend? Do they all work?

    • The Nosher

      Hi Elisheva, this recipe was developed and tested using potato starch. While alternative starches (like tapioca) could work, they may produce a slightly different end result. Tapioca flour, for instance, will add more of a chew.

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