No-Sugar Sesame Cookies

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These tasty cookies will fulfill your sweet tooth without added sugar. Plus, the tahini and sesame seeds are a good source of lignans—chemicals that some studies suggest may improve cognitive performance.


To make the date paste this recipe calls for, pour 2/3 cup hot water over a cup of pitted medjool dates. Let them soak for an hour, then blend in a food processor. You can use this fruit-based sweetener as a substitute for sugar in smoothies, snacks, and more!


Ingredients (serves 8-12):

  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup date paste
  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Start by combining the flour, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the date paste, tahini, and olive oil.
  • Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ones. It should be sticky enough to form into balls. If it’s too sticky, you can thin it a little milk.
  • Put the dough in the fridge for 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Use your hands to roll dough into 1 ½ inch balls.
  • Roll each ball into a bowl of sesame seeds until it is entirely coated.
  • Press the ball onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake cookies for 10 minutes, or until they’re golden brown.