Tahini Miso Cookie Dough Bites

These Tahini Miso Cookie Dough Bites are sweet and salty, with a touch umami flavour. They’re made with wholesome ingredients and make a delicious healthy treat!

tahini miso cookie dough bites

I get that miso in a dessert might sound a little strange, but this combination is truly delicious. If you’re not familiar with miso, it’s a fermented soybean paste that is used in a lot of  Japanese cooking. Although we typically think of using it  in savoury dishes, it also works beautifully with certain sweets, like these Tahini Miso Cookie Dough Bites, and adds more depth of flavour.

Now I wouldn’t go throwing miso in all your sweets or baked goods, but it can be the perfect compliment to more earthy or nutty notes and can help create that perfect salty-sweet balance. 

These cookie dough bites have a soft centre made with oat flour, tahini, miso and maple syrup, giving it that sweet, salty and earthy flavour with an unexpected savoury element that you can’t quite put your finger on. They’re finished with a dark chocolate for that extra layer of richness and to tie everything together.

They are honestly so delicious!


tahini miso cookie dough bites.

Ingredients you'll need

  • Tahini: tahini gives these bites a delicious nutty and earthy flavour. Make sure you stir your tahini well before using. 
  • Oat flour: I prefer to make my own by grinding rolled oats into a fine powder, but you can also purchase it already ground. 
  • White miso: miso, which is made with fermented soy beans, is what gives the bites their unique, umami flavour. You can find miso in the refrigerator section of health food stores. 
  • Maple syrup: I love how the maple syrup compliments the other flavours, but honey would also work. 
  • Dark chocolate: for our chocolate coating. I prefer using 85% cacao, but anything over 70% works! You can also use dark chocolate chips. 
  • Cacao nibs: cacao nibs adds a nice crunch to the bites, however you can omit or use dark chocolate chips instead (mini chocolate chips would work best).
  • Vanilla extract: adds that extra hint of flavour. 
  • Sea salt: enhances the rest of the flavours and contributes to that sweet and salty combination. I also love to top my bites with some flaked sea salt at the end, but this is optional. 
  • Ground cinnamon: just a touch for some added warmth and flavour. 
  • Coconut oil: this helps to smooth out the melted dark chocolate for the coating. 
tahini miso cookie dough bites ingredients.

How to make

These cookie dough bites are easy to make and don’t require a food processor or any fancy equipment! 

  • Make the dough: whisk together the wet ingredients in a medium bowl. Add the oat flour, cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt and mix well to combine. Then fold in the cacao nibs. 
  • Roll into balls: use a spoon or small cookie dough scoop to spoon out some of the dough and roll into balls. 
  • Freeze: place the bites in the freezer for 20-30 minutes to firm up. 
  • Make the chocolate coating: melt the chocolate and coconut oil together and then dip each bite into the chocolate using a fork, letting the excess drip off. Drizzle with extra chocolate and finish with some flaked sea salt if desired.
tahini miso cookie dough after being rolled into balls.
tahini miso cookie dough after being coated with melted chocolate.

Are these cookie dough bites healthy?

These bites are made with natural, whole-food ingredients, making them a great choice when you want something sweet. Let’s look at the health benefits of some of the key ingredients! 

  • Tahini: made from ground sesame seeds, tahini is is a great source of healthy fats, plant-based protein, fibre and minerals like calcium, iron and magnesium. 
  • Miso: because miso is a fermented food, it contains probiotics that can support gut health. It’s also a source of copper, manganese, vitamin K, and B vitamins. The fermentation process helps your body absorb these nutrients more easily!  
  • Dark chocolate: dark chocolate is a great source of antioxidants, polyphenols and magnesium. For the most health benefits, choose a quality dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao solids. 
tahini miso cookie dough bites on a white plate.

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tahini miso cookie dough bites

Tahini Miso Cookie Dough Bites

Emily Maude
These Tahini Miso Cookie Dough Bites are sweet and salty, with a touch umami flavour. They're made with wholesome ingredients and make a delicious healthy treat!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 12 bites


  • 1/2 cup tahini stirred well
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1.5 tsp white miso
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Few dashes of ground cinnamon
  • Optional: 1 tbsp cacao nibs or 2 tbsp chocolate chips
  • 3 oz dark chocolate chopped
  • 1 tsp coconut oil


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together tahini, maple syrup, miso and vanilla extract. Add the flour, cinnamon and sea salt and mix well to combine. Fold in the cacao nibs. Roll into 12 balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze for 20-30 minutes.
  • Add chocolate chips and coconut oil to a small bowl and heat in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds so it doesn’t burn.
  • Using a fork, coat each ball in melted chocolate, letting the excess drip off. Place back on the baking sheet. Once the chocolate has firmed up bit, use a spoon to drizzle extra melted chocolate on each bite and sprinkle with flaked sea salt if desired. Place in fridge to allow the chocolate to set and then store in the fridge until ready to eat.


Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Did you make this recipe?Let me know how it was!

One Comment

  1. Daniel Parenteau

    5 stars
    These are super good!!

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