Chocolate Oat Tahini Bars

How many unique ways can we eat tahini in just one day? Try this: start your day with a multi-grain toast topped with avocado and tahini, for lunch a veggie wrap with some lime juice and tahini, and for snack enjoy these deliciously healthy Chocolate Oat Tahini Bars!

Does eating snacks fit into your healthy diet? It absolutely does. A healthy diet pattern can have any number of meals and snacks that are appropriate to fit your schedule and hunger cues. It is when junk foods are a source for snacks that it becomes counterproductive to your health goals. For healthy snacking follow these simple guidelines: keep added sugar low, and they must contain fiber, some protein, and overall be nutrient-rich. These bars qualify as a snack, but also pass as dessert easily. They are exquisite tasting by combining a crunchy exterior with a creamy chocolaty interior.  All ingredients were chosen carefully to deliver maximum nutrient content while perfectly blending flavors and textures.

It is critical to use rolled oats and not quick oats for this recipe. The rolled oats are larger grains with thicker consistency and contain a higher amount of fiber when compared to quick oats. To bind the oats and oat flour into the base for this bar, we chose maple syrup and coconut oil. The filling is made up of a combination of chocolate and Once Again Tahini. The simplicity of this recipe is partly what makes this bar a perfect snack food. The list of ingredients is short, uses only two bowls, and no oven is required. The layers are set in the refrigerator, and you can choose to melt the chocolate using a microwave or stove top. Feel free to add some chopped nuts, seeds, or dried fruits to personalize this bar to your taste. Then share your personalized version  in the comments below!

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Chocolate Oat Tahini Bars

These bars are naturally gluten free, and if made with maple syrup, they are also vegan.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, granola bars, oats, tahini
Prep Time 20 minutes
Freezer time 1 hour
Author Carolina Jantac, MS, RD, LD

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup of rolled oats
  • 1 cup of oat flour
  • ½ teaspoon of cardamom powder
  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey

Middle Layer:

  • ½ cup of Once Again Lightly Sweetened Tahini
  • ¾ cup of dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix rolled oats, oat flour and cardamom powder until well blended.
  2. Then mix coconut oil (at room temperature, liquid) and honey or maple syrup. Press about ¾ of the mixture on the bottom of an 8x8 pan, or a 9x5 pan. A silicone pan makes it very easy to remove the bars once they are set. If using a metal pan, line it with parchment paper.
  3. Place your creation in freezer for 15 minutes to set.
  4. In the meantime, in small saucepan under very low heat, melt chocolate adding in the Once Again Tahini and honey until mixture  reaches a  thick consistency.
  5. Remove pan from freezer and pour chocolate mixture on top of the first layer. Then sprinkle the leftover of the mixture on top and return to freezer for 30 to 60 minutes to set.
  6. Slice them into bars and enjoy! Store the bars in the freezer or refrigerator depending on your preferred texture. They soften within 10 minutes at room temperature.

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