Try It: Tahini Cake

Indulge in this simple dessert made with zesty lemon.

A slice of cake and a fit lifestyle are not mutually exclusive. This easy recipe from Eva Kosmas Flores, the Portland, Oregon-based author of First We Eat, contains healthy fats from coconut oil and tahini. The latter is also rich in vitamins B and C, potassium, and methionine, an essential amino acid that promotes tissue growth and repair.  

Serves 6


  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup tahini
  • ¾ cup honey
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted​
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg​,​ at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened almond milk​,​ at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease an 8-inch pan with coconut oil.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, allspice, and salt; set aside.

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the tahini, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla extract at medium-low speed until smooth. Add the egg and lemon zest and beat until combined.

  4. Add in half of the almond milk and mix at low speed until combined, then fold in half of the flour mixture and mix until nearly combined. Repeat again until a thick dough forms.

  5. Pour the dough into the cake pan and smooth it over with a spatula. Place the pan in the oven and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about ​40 to ​45 minutes

  6. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

To Serve

  1. Dust with the powdered sugar.

Video and recipe development by Eva Kosmas Flores