Tahini-Orange-Date Crumble Cookies. Oil-free.

Tahini Date Orange Cookies Oil-free by An Unrefined VeganRECIPE AND PHOTOS UPDATED JANUARY 2019.

I was immediately intrigued by a recipe for Orange Blossom Tahini Cookies at Savory Simple.  Beautiful little cookies – but what was hooked me was the use of tahini.  I’d only ever used it for savory dishes. I tucked the recipe away and well, kind of forgot about it until I made my date crumble mistake.  A tahini-based cookie sounded like the perfect way to use some of that sweet, crunchy (sesame-seeded) mixture. I veganized the cookie recipe, swapped white flour for whole wheat, added almond flour and reduced the amount of sugar and fat – and I added a good handful of date crumble. These cookies have the most tender crumb and they bake up beautifully. The aroma when they bake – out of sight.

Tahini Date Orange Cookies Oil-free by An Unrefined Vegan

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Tahini Date Orange Cookies Oil-free by An Unrefined Vegan

Oil-free Tahini-Orange-Date Crumble Cookies

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  • Author: Annie
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Bake


I’ve updated an old favorite from 2012 by reducing the sugar (and the number of ingredients) and adding a bit of healthy crunch from the Ezekial whole grain cereal. This easy-to-make cookie has swirls of soft dates and cherry. Tangy ginger and orange zest will make your tastebuds sing!




Preheat the oven to 350-degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium-size bowl, stir together the flour, cereal, almond meal, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a food processor, combine the remaining ingredients (except for the Crumble) until smooth. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients, add the Crumble, and stir until thoroughly combined.

Drop big spoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets and press gently to flatten and shape. Bake cookies for about 15 minutes, switching pans halfway through for even baking. Let sit on pans for a few minutes before transferring cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Tahini Date Orange Cookies Oil-free by An Unrefined Vegan Tahini Date Orange Cookies Oil-free by An Unrefined Vegan

28 thoughts on “Tahini-Orange-Date Crumble Cookies. Oil-free.

  1. Somer

    Now I have to make your crumble so I can make those cookies Annie! They look so good I could eat them for breakfast!

  2. Brittany

    LOOK at that sugar on top!! HEAVENLY!! I thing these cookies sound fabulous. You could sell these at all coffee shops. In fact, I want to open a food truck and when I do, I shall have you sell these!

  3. infinebalance

    Oh yay! You posted the cookie recipe. I have made cookies with tahini before and yep — they are good. Love the heartiness of these with all the nuts and dates.

    1. emmycooks

      These are beautiful cookies already–but what isn’t improved by orange zest and cardamom? So many of my favorite flavors. Thank you both for the wonderful ideas!

  4. Gabby @ the veggie nook

    What a great way to use that crumble you made! Great flavour combination!

    Congrats on the awards 🙂 well deserved!

    God luck with the challenge! If I had a bit more time I’d totally take part- maybe I’ll do my own challenge week when I have a few days off.

  5. Lou

    Never used tahini in a sweet dish before? My oh my… you’ve been missing out! Tahini, figs, walnuts and bananas is a favourite combo of mine, especially over soy yoghurt, mmm.

    These cookies look fantastic… I wish my oven didn’t suck so much… it scorched pretty much 98% stuff that goes into it. Bah. When I’m rich and get a new oven I WILL make these!

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