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Freshly baked cookies in just 15 minutes! These Air Fryer Tahini Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies are crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside and studded with walnuts and chocolate. The easiest air fryer dessert made with just 6-ingredients! Vegan, Gluten-Free & Oil-Free.

Air Fryer Tahini Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies on a white plate with a glass of milk

Okay. I’m about to blow your mind: Tahini Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies made IN THE AIR FRYER. Yup. Did you know you could bake in this magical kitchen appliance? Ever since my Air Fried Korean Candied Sweet Potato recipe post, I’ve been meaning to make more sweet recipes in the air fryer.

Cookies are my FAVOURITE sweet treat, so I wanted to see if I could make some cookies… and thats how these highly delicious oatmeal tahini cookies loaded with chocolate chunks and walnuts were born. This recipe was adapted from my Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookie recipe (because they’re my absolute favourite) and perfected this recipe so that it’s perfectly crispy on the outside and tender and chewy on the inside.

What else is amazing about these cookies? Well not only are they super delicious– they’re also naturally vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free and oil free! They’re also flourless and made with oats so you can pretty much consider them healthy enough for breakfast, right? I mean for a cookie they’re pretty damn healthy.

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Ingredients for Air Fryer Tahini Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

It still amazes me how these cookies can be so delicious with just 6 ingredients!

  • Tahini – acts as fat that makes these cookies tender and chewy + provides a nice nutty flavour
  • Maple syrup – gives these cookies the perfect amount of sweetness
  • Oat flakes (gluten-free if needed) – the body of these cookies
  • Chocolate Chunks – for puddles of delicious melty chocolate!
  • Walnuts – more nuttiness and texture that pairs so well with the chocolate chunks
  • + a pinch of salt

Add some cinnamon or vanilla for extra flavour if you have them on hand!

oatmeal chocolate chip cookies in a mixed in a bowl

How to Make Cookies in a Air Fryer Cookies

Making these Air Fryer Tahini Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies are SUPER easy and they take just 15 minutes to make!

STEP 1: Mix the tahini, maple syrup, vanilla (if using), cinnamon (if using) and salt together.

STEP 2: Add in the dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.

STEP 3: Add in the chocolate chunks and fold into the mixture.

Air Fryer Tahini Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies in air fryer basket

STEP 4: Divide the dough into 8 equal sized pieces (around a heaping tbsp — 42 grams). Roll them into balls and flatten them in the air fryer. Place as many cookies as you can into your air fryer basket. Mine fit around 4 enough space between each cookies

STEP 5: Air fry the cookies for 5-8 minutes at 350F. See notes below for air frying times. At 5 minutes, check the cookies. If they look browned and crispy take them out and repeat for remaining cookies. If they’re still pale, air fry for another 1-2 minutes, checking each minute.

STEP 6: Let them cool on a cooling rack for 5 minutes. Enjoy them warm with a nice glass of almond milk!

Air Fryer Tahini Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies on parchment paper

How to Make Tahini Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies in the Oven

If you DON’T have an air fryer, yes you can still enjoy these cookies! Just follow all the same steps but instead of air frying it, place them on a parchment lined baking tray and bake for 15-18 minutes at 350 F.

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Substitutions for Air Fryer Tahini Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies

Incase you’re allergic or can’t get your hands on some of the ingredients, here are some substitution suggestions. NOTE: I have not tried these exact combinations myself but from experience usually work. Please let me know how they go in the comments if you do try these swaps out!

  • Tahini – the tahini if pretty important in this recipe. It’s much runnier than most nut and seed butters so I highly recommend not swapping this out.
  • Maple Syrup – again, maple syrup is much less viscous than say, agave but you can try a differently liquid sweetener.
  • Oat flakes – if you only have rolled oats, pulse them into a food processor 5-6 times until larger than quick oats but still broken down
  • Chocolate Chunks – swap for raisins or take them out all together and add more nuts/seeds
  • Walnuts – swap for pecans, almonds, or your choice of nuts/seeds
breaking open a oatmeal chocolate chip cookie

Tips & Tricks For Baking Cookies in a Air Fryer

  • Wet your hands: The dough is quite sticky so wet your hands before rolling the dough into balls. You can also use a spatula to flatten them down if you find they stick to your hands too much.
  • Pre-heat your air fryer for 5 minutes. This ensures that both batches will take the same amount of baking time.
  • Every air fryer is slightly different. Check on your cookies at 5 minutes to see how much more time they need. They should be slightly browned around the edges. If you like a crispier cookie (but still chewy and soft in the middle), bake in the air fryer for another minute. The cookies used in the photos took around 5 minutes in the air fryer. The cookies that look slightly more crispy & almost burnt actually tastes better- these took 6 minutes in my air fryer.
  • Change up the flavour: Add in different nuts, seeds, dried fruit and spices using the same base to switch it up!
  • Small Batch Cookies/Single Serving: If I’m making these just for myself I’ll divide the recipe by two and make a smaller serving. These take only 15 minutes so might as well enjoy them fresh each time!
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How to Store these Air Fryer Tahini Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These cookies are best fresh out of the air fryer and will hold their crispy-chewy texture for a day. If you would like to store them, don’t put a lid on the container as it makes the cookies lose their crispiness. They taste better the next day if you microwave the cookies for 8-12 seconds just until warm. These cookies only make around 8– and you can even make a smaller batch of 4 if you divide the ingredients by two.

Air Fryer Tahini Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies on parchment paper

More Air Fryer Recipes to Try!

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Freshly baked cookies in just 15 minutes! These Air Fryer Tahini Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies are crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside and studded with walnuts and chocolate. The easiest air fryer dessert made with just 6-ingredients! Vegan, Gluten-Free & Oil-Free.


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  1. PRE-HEAT: Pre-heat air fryer to 350 F.
  2. MIX: In a large bowl mix together the tahini, maple syrup, vanilla (if using), cinnamon (if using) and salt. Mix  in the oat flakes, almond meal and walnuts. Fold in the chocolate chips. 
  3. FORM COOKIES: Using a heaping tbsp, divide the cookie dough into 8 equal amounts (around 42 grams each). Roll the dough with damp hands (this prevents sticking) and then flatten between the palms of your hands or by pressing down with a spatula. Place 4 cookies (or more if you have a bigger air fryer) into a parchment lined air fryer (PLEASE READ NOTE BELOW ON THIS).
  4. AIR FRY: Air fry the cookies at 350 F for 5-6 minutes. If you like your cookies super crisp (the ones that are darker in the photo), air fry at 350 F for 6-8 minutes (Please read note below).


  1. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR PARCHMENT PAPER IS WITHIN YOUR BASKET AND NO PIECES ARE STICKING OUT AS THIS MAY CAUSE THE PAPER TO BURN. To be safe, you can outline the base or your air fryer basket on parchment paper and cut that out so that no paper is going up the walls of the air fryer basket. 
  2. Air Frying Times: I’ve used 4 different air fryers to make these cookies and each air fryer seems to have different baking times. It’s around 6-8 minutes, so definitely check them at 6 minutes. If you think they need to be a little more brown and crispy put them in for another minute or two, checking each minute. 
  3. Recipe lightly adapted from by Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies Recipe
  4. Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer).
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: North American


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 185.5
  • Sugar: 7.4g
  • Sodium: 83.7mg
  • Fat: 11.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 7g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 18.5g
  • Fiber: 2.0g
  • Protein: 4.3g
  • Cholesterol: 0


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  1. Made these a few weeks ago and they were a great treat at the end of the day! I didn’t have walnuts but they still had nice texture and flavor without them. Fun, easy to make, and delicious – especially with the tahini!

  2. Thanks For Sharing this Amazing Recipe. My Family Loved It. I will be sharing this Recipe with my Friends. Hope They will like it.

  3. Hello Lisa, just made your cookies and they turned out super delicious! Thanks for sharing! Next time i would like to cut down on the maple syrup bij 20 or 30 grams. Do you think i should replace this liquid by something else? What would you advise? Thanks in advance for your reply!

    1. The maple syrup is already super low as I don’t like my cookies too sweet either but I think you can try adding more other liquid ingredients! 🙂 Goodluck!

  4. These were delicious! My air fryer doesn’t have a temp setting so I don’t know what I cooked it at (it’s just on/off). I think I have one of the OG T-Fal ones when they came out. There’s also no basket. I baked these directly on the base without parchment paper and they cooked well! Took about 4 mins for them. I think 5 would have been better but didn’t want to burn the marshmallows. I also added mini dandies marshmallows instead of walnuts and they were so good! I think my batter was runny because my tahini was runny so for the next batch I had to add about a tbsp of peanut butter and they stuck together (although were a bit drier). I can’t wait to test out smores in this because of how impressed I was with the marshmallows!

  5. Loved this recipe! Super easy to follow. I have a nut allergy, so I used gluten free flour instead of almond flour. I didn’t use walnuts, just Enjoy Life’s chocolate chips and it tasted amazing! Only wanted to try one, ended up eating all three that I cooked! I’m saving the rest (maaaaybe) for tomorrow morning. 🙂 Thank you for this recipe!

    1. Hi Joyce! Thanks so much for sharing, I’m glad to hear it works with the gf flour. So happy to hear you enjoyed!

  6. Just made these— turned out so good! I didn’t have parchment paper so I just laid them directly on the air fryer and they turned out fine 🙂 I also swapped out the almond flour for okara powder!
    Thanks for another great recipe 🙂 there aren’t too many air fried vegan cookie recipes out there so this was a huge help.