True, we crave tahini with hummus and baba ghanoush and falafels. But surprise -- we also love tahini in a chocolate shake! Oh yes. In fact, tahini's nutty flavor is a natural fit for many dessert recipes. The toasted-sesame goodness of tahini does wonders for everything from puddings to shakes.

"If you like mint and if you like chocolate, you'll love this shake with a hint of tahini," says Yoly.

Tahini Mint Chocolate Shake
Photo by Yoly

Spelt flour, sesame seeds, tahini, and cinnamon create a vegan cookie that's chewy and delicious. There's no dairy or eggs here -- and no refined sugar.

Buckwheat Queen raves, "Thick and creamy and chocolatey. Yum!" Allison Maze turned them into frozen treats: "The verdict? Rich, chocolatey, and perfectly sweet pudding pops. I increased the tahini by an additional 1/2 tablespoon since I rather enjoy its smooth, nutty taste."

Chocolate Tahini Pudding
Photo by Buckwheat Queen

"Want a virtuous alternative to chocolate hazelnut spread? Tahini-tella is made with dark chocolate and tahini and makes morning toast into a no-guilt treat!" says Diana Moutsopoulos. "I love to spread this on sourdough toast, then top with sliced banana and a sprinkling of cinnamon and sesame seeds."

Chocolate Tahini Spread
Photo by Allrecipes

"Great smoothie!" raves PULLEYHEATHER. "I was looking for a way to use tahini other than hummus, and this was a good option. If you use fully thawed fruit, you may want to throw in a few ice cubes. I also added about 1/2 cup of spinach, which you can't even taste with the fruit in there but adds more nutrients!"

Mango Tahini Smoothie
Photo by CoachJen

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