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Melissa Hemsley’s Tahini Choc Chip Cookies

Did someone say chocolate? Here's real food author Melissa Helmsley's take on the trad choc-chip cookie, healthy style.

Photography by Philippa Langley

Healthy cookies that you can make in advance and store in the freezer, anyone? Here’s real food author and cook, Melissa’s Hemsley’s take on the traditional choc-chip cookie – and her recommendation to Muddy as the best way to impress your Valentine with your amazing cooking skills – from her new book Eat Green  (Ebury Press, £20).

Melissa says, “The vegan version of these are just as delicious, none of us can decide which we love the most. Store these cakey cookies in an airtight container for 5 days. You could warm them briefly in the oven to give them a little crispening boost. The dough freezes well so double up and save half for a rainy day. Just defrost, then slice into portions before putting in the oven.”


2 eggs

2 tsp baking powder 4 tbsp maple syrup 2 tsp vanilla extract 150g light tahini 

110g smooth nut butter

100g good-quality dark chocolate, broken up into squares, or chips 30g black and/or white sesame seeds A pinch of sea salt 


Preheat the oven to fan 170°C/gas mark 5. Line a large baking tray with reusable baking paper. 

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs then mix in the baking powder, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Add the tahini and nut butter and mix together until very well combined. 

Roughly chop the chocolate (if not using chips) and fold through the batter along with the sesame seeds. 

Measure out 16 balls of the cookie batter, roughly 1 tablespoon each, and bake for 10–15 minutes on the lined baking tray (making sure to leave a little room between each one) until the cookies are just set. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with a little sea salt and allow to cool on a wire rack before serving. 

Flexi Swap

For vegans, replace the 2 eggs with 1 large mashed ripe banana. You can also swap the nut butter for the same amount of a seed butter or tahini for a nut-free alternative.

Want more of Melissa’s fabulous recipes without the cooking? You betcha! Book in for her five-course dinner at River Cottage on Friday 13 March – Muddy readers can get a £20 discount on the ticket with the promo code MUDDY. And if you fancy getting your oven mitts on a signed copy of Eat Green, head over to Muddy’s instagram now.

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