Chocolate Tahini Oat Bars

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Chocolate Tahini Oat Bars

I do love a good no-bake recipe, especially during summer when it’s too hot to turn the oven on. The last thing you want to do on a scorching hot day is to add even more heat by turning on the oven.

These no-bake chocolate tahini oat bars are the perfect, no fuss, quick and easy treat that takes no time to prepare so you can spend more time out in the sun taking advantage of the lovely weather while it lasts. Because let’s face it, UK isn’t exactly known for its long, perfect summers. 

This is yet another recipe of mine that features tahini. I just can’t get enough of the stuff. I loved it way before it ever became cool and trendy in the west. I literally grew up eating it in desserts, condiments, but more often for breakfast. It’s such a versatile and nutritious ingredient. You can expect to see a lot more tahini recipes from me in the future because I will never grow bored of it nor will I stop experimenting and creating new recipes with it! 

So the recipe is pretty basic and only calls for a handful of ingredients and two bowls – one for the oat mixture and another for the chocolate tahini centre. But it literally is a case of mixing stuff in a bowl and refrigerating it to set. It’s a real fail proof recipe that anyone can make. Even those with zero cooking and/or dessert making experience. It’s also a fun one to get the kids involved with 😀 

Chocolate Tahini Oat Bars

Makes – 8 big bars or 16 squares

For the oat layer:
1.5 (155g) cups oats – use gluten-free oats if allergic/intolerant to gluten
1 cup (110g) oat flour – rolled oats blended into a flour in the food processor. Use gluten-free oats if allergic/intolerant to gluten
1/2 tsp green cardamom powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup (120ml) coconut oil
1-2 tbsp date syrup or any liquid sweetener. I used 1 tbsp, but you may need a little more depending on the texture of the oats/oat flour

140g dark chocolate – I used 70%
1/2 cup (120ml) Tahini
2 tbsp date syrup – or any other liquid sweetener

Mix the oats, oat flour, salt and cardamom in a bowl, then pour in the coconut oil and date syrup.
Press 2/3 of the mixture into a 7” square tin lined with parchment paper (or you can use an 8” round tin).
Place in the freezer for 15 minutes. In the meantime prepare the chocolate filling.
Break up the chocolate into a heatproof dish and add in the tahini and date syrup. You can either melt it over a pan of boiling water or in the microwave.
Pour the mixture over the oat base, then sprinkle over the remaining 1/3 of the oat mixture.
Return to the freezer for 30-60 minutes.

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  1. Hi Nadia,
    In the photograpgh it looks like you have added cacaonibs (or currants or something) too in the top layer. You also poured something that’s dropping of the sides. What is it please?

    Thank you!

    Can’t wait to make this and just like you, I love to work with tahini (I make my own in a wet stone grinder) xx

  2. Hello !! Thank you for the recipe ! I am just wondering : where do you store the bars ? Do they store in the fridge or freezer ?

  3. I was not a big fan of tahini when I first tried it. WAY too bitter for my liking, plus it wasn’t creamy enough! However, I started integrating it in salad dressings and dips, so I’ve become more of a fan. Plus, it tastes pretty lovely with toasted sesame seeds and on top of a baked sweet potato or roasted vegetables. Oh yeah, and it’s DELICIOUS in desserts like these or with chocolate! These bars look so decadent and lovely. I can’t imagine them tasting bad!

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      I’ve used date syrup with tahini many times and I agree they go perfect together, but this time I fancied chocolate 🙂

  4. These look so yummy, can’t wait to make them.

    Have to mention I laughed when I saw the instructions said “over a pan of boring water” ,I assume you meant ‘boiling water’ LOL

  5. When using chocolate in the recipe, is it like baking chocolate (unsweetened) vs. chocolate chips? I tried another recipe the other day with tahini and choc. chips and could not believe how good is was! I can’t wait to make this.

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      I used a 70% chocolate bar, but chocolate chips should work just as well. I wouldn’t recommend anything higher than 70% unless you would prefer them to be less sweet. Tahini and chocolate are such a yummy combo 😀

  6. Please tell me these are somewhat healthy for you…Just the oat crumble is delicious with the flavor of the coconut oil coming through. However, the tahini/chocolate/date syrup filling is divine. My teen son exclaimed, “Oh boy!” when he tasted this. High praise from him. These are simple to make and I love all the ingredients. Thanks for sharing! – from the U.S. by the way 🙂
    We have a delightful place here called, “House of Halva”. For one thing they have delightful halva, but I’ve also purchased their fresh made tahini and date syrup. This is one of many delicious recipes I’ve found to use them in.

  7. I made these today. Oh my gosh. I could eat the entire batch. They are so delicious. I love the cardamom. It’s not overpowering, but is really a great touch. My teenage daughter loves them too. Thank you!

  8. Hey! Which oats do u use please. If your picture the base looks quite crumbly.. Mine just looked like large oats and quite a wet mixture! Where did i go wrong?

  9. THESE ARE SOOO GOOD!! I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for so long and finally made them. I love the hint of cardamom in the oat mixture. And that chocolate tahini filling?!! woah!! I could have eaten that all on its own. Next time I would make more of the oat mixture as I felt there wasn’t enough to quite fit my pan. Fantastic recipe! Thank you!

  10. This smelled really delicious as I was making it. I used agave nectar instead of date syrup because it’s what I had. Only used 1 tablespoon but this still turned out very sweet!

    Also, don’t forget to set down parchment paper before making this because it gets really stuck to glassware!

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