These vegan salted caramel tahini cups are incredibly decadent considering all you need to make them is tahini, coconut oil and dates.

A stack of tahini cups filled with date caramel.

What is Tahini?

Tahini is made from sesame seeds that have been ground into a thick paste. It’s just like almond or peanut butter but with sesame seeds. You can make your own, buy it online or find it in any well-stocked grocery store. My favourite brand is Arz Fine Foods.

Good tahini should have just 1-ingredient, sesame seeds and it should be creamy, smooth and drippy. It should have an ever so slightly sweet and earthy flavour and it should not be overly bitter.

How to Make these Tahini Cups

There are two parts to these cups, the tahini cup and the sweet, salted caramel date filling. Let’s go through how to make them – it’s fun and easy, promise!

Before you start: Get the dates soaking in a bowl of hot water and prepare muffin liners or silicone baking cups. You can either place the liners on a baking tray or use a muffin tin to keep them in place. Just be sure you can fit the tray in your freezer.

Step 1. Mix the tahini and coconut oil and scoop some into the cups. Freeze the cup bottoms until hardened.

Tahini and coconut oil in a metal mixing bowl
Melted coconut oil and tahini in 3 muffin liners on a white plate.

Step 2. Blend the soaked and drained dates with a pinch of sea salt then add to the cups.

Date paste in a small white dish.
Date paste in 3 muffin liners on a small white plate.

Step 3. Pour the rest of the tahini mixture over top and freeze until hardened. Once they’ve hardened, they’re ready to enjoy! Store these little delights in the freezer and enjoy anytime.

A stack of tahini cups filled with date caramel.

Tahini Cup Recipe

These creamy tahini cups are filled with sweet date caramel for a match made in heaven. They’re easy to make and chances are you already have all the ingredients on hand. You’ll love having these decadent treats stashed in your freezer!

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A stack of tahini cups filled with date caramel.

Salted Caramel Tahini Cups

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 9 tahini cups 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: Vegan

These decadent tahini caramel cups are sure to be your new favourite treat. They’re easy to make with just a few ingredients and have the most amazing taste and melt-in-your-mouth texture.




  1. Soak the dates in hot water for 15 minutes then drain and set aside.
  2. White they dates are soaking, gently mix the melted coconut oil, tahini and maple syrup (if using) together in a bowl until smooth and creamy.
  3. Prepare 9 muffin liners or silicone baking cups and add 1 tbsp of the mixture into each one. Place them in the freezer to harden. They should take about 10 minutes to harden completely.
  4. In a food processor, blend the soaked dates with the sea salt until smooth and creamy like a thick paste.
  5. Pull the hardened cups from the freezer and divide the date mixture by spoonfuls into each one. Evenly spoon the remaining tahini mixture onto each one. Spreading around a little so they’re somewhat flat.
  6. Place back in the freezer until hardened, about 20-30 minutes.
  7. Store in the freezer.


For a little additional sweetness you can add 1-2 tbsp of maple syrup to the tahini. The tahini I like is very smooth and slightly sweet but I’ve found some brands to be bitter. If your tahini is on the bitter side, consider adding a hint of sweetness. 

For treats like these, I use silicone baking cups similar to these ones. I find they work better than paper liners and they last forever!

Adapted from Rawsome Vegan Baking by Emily Von Euw.

Keywords: raw, no-bake, easy

This recipe was originally published January 29, 2015. It was updated January 2020 with new photos and text. There was no change made to the original recipe.