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Dark Chocolate Tahini Bars (Vegan + Gluten Free)

Dark Chocolate Tahini Bars Vegan Gluten Free

Three layers of indulgent goodness – crunchy chocolate oat crust, creamy salted tahini filling, and a layer of dark chocolate on top (GF + VEGAN).

Dark Chocolate Tahini Bars Vegan Gluten Free

I present to you a superfood dessert.

One that is so indulgent and delicious, no one will believe you that it is on the healthier side. Well, unless you clear out the whole batch in one day 😳 (don’t judge me, these bars are addicting!)

Dark Chocolate Tahini Bars Vegan Gluten Free

So, about these Dark Chocolate Tahini Bars.

They are so easy, taste like pure bliss, the best snack.

And they are made with simple, natural ingredients.

Dark Chocolate Tahini Bars Vegan Gluten Free

I’m pretty much convinced that chocolate and any type of nut/seed butter (peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, etc.) can solve any problems.

OK, all of my problems, at least.

Dark Chocolate Tahini Bars Vegan Gluten Free

Tahini is something that I have eaten all my life. It is popular in Greece and more so in Cyprus. In Cyprus, tahini (or tashi as the they call it) is served as a dip in a traditional meze table, in hummus, in soups, in pita souvlaki (instead of tzatziki which is customary in Greece), and in desserts. So, I’m pretty experienced when it comes to this delicious ground sesame paste.

Dark Chocolate Tahini Bars Vegan Gluten Free

Tahini paired with dark chocolate is heavenly. If you’ve never tried it before, you are in for a bigggg treat.

Plus, they are both good for you. Tahini is loaded with healthy fats, amino acids, and essential vitamins and minerals. Dark chocolate is a great source of powerful antioxidants and minerals. The bars are sweetened with pure maple syrup and dates so they contain no refined sugars.

Dark Chocolate Tahini Bars Vegan Gluten Free

The bars are not quite “no-bake”, but with only 10 minutes of oven time, they are totally worth it. The bottom layer is baked to create a perfect crunchy crust. Then a salted tahini filling is poured on top. A quick set in the freezer with firm up the tahini just enough to pour the final dark chocolate later over top.

I store these bars in the freezer because the tahini tends to get pretty soft in the ridge. Just pop them out 5-10 minutes before you are ready to eat them and they will be the perfect consistency!

Dark Chocolate Tahini Bars Vegan Gluten Free

Dark Chocolate Tahini Bars (Vegan + Gluten Free)
 
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Three layers of indulgent goodness - crunchy chocolate oat crust, creamy salted tahini filling, and a layer of dark chocolate on top (GF + VEGAN).
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 16 bars
Ingredients
Base Layer
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 6 pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup oats

Filling
  • 1 cup tahini
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 oz high quality dark chocolate
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and line an 8 x 8 inch pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Combine almond flour, cocoa powder, dates, maple syrup, coconut oil, and salt in a food processor until well combined. Add oats and pulse 2-3 times. Evenly pour mixture into prepared baking pan, pressing down firmly. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove base from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  3. While base is cooling, prepare the filling by stirring tahini, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and salt in a medium size bowl. Pour tahini mixture over cooled base and spread evenly. Freeze for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Chop the dark chocolate and melt over a double boiler. Pour evenly over set tahini layer.
  5. Return to freezer for at least 1 hour. Once completely set, cut into bars and enjoy!

Dark Chocolate Tahini Bars Vegan Gluten Free

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Cora
    May 24, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Mmmmmm. So I’m not a big tahini fan, but I’ve been seeing it pop up more and more in the dessert world, usually paired with chocolate. So I’m totally curious and wonder if this would be a way I could actually make use of my tahini stash. These look incredible.

    • Reply
      Angelina
      May 24, 2017 at 11:42 pm

      Thank you Cora! It’s worth a try, I hope these bars convert you into a tahini fan!!

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