03 Mar Chocolate Tahini Bars
Popping in today to share a simple yet delicious snack bar recipe. Valentine’s Day is over and I am sure we all need something sweet sometimes, so I guess you never need a special occasion to really enjoy a nice treat. I am going to be posting new recipes in the weeks to come and am hoping I will be able to find a rhythmn of posting regularly and now I feel like can actually get this going. Without some kind of plan or system, I feel as those there is less clarity and I have been working on getting that clarity without being overwhelmed. Generally, overthinking things is a big habit of mine and I will also try to be open to sharing some of my struggles and also post simpler and less high-maintenance recipes. I always feel like I have to go all out to produce high-quality recipes but that is not at all the case. Most of the time when things are simple and things flow, then the results are great.
These chocolate tahini bars were my attempt to make chocolate bars à la ‘Snickers’ or ‘Mars’ in less than 30 minutes. I had a strong craving for something with a chocolate and tahini combo and I was not dissapointed. The two are a magical pairing and the addition of date caramel makes it even more delicious.
The base comes together quite quickly. It is made of a combination of rolled oats, almonds, coconut flakes and rice syrup. Since I have been struggling lately with rashes on my faces I have removed gluten from my diet and am trying to sweeten with dates and less processed sweeteners. This recipe is pretty sweet though. It is a chocolate bar after all. For a less sweet chocolate topping, you can make your own chocolate with cocoa butter, cocao powder and a sweetener of your choice but I went for a 72% chocolate.
The base comes together quickly. It’s made of a combination of rolled oats, almonds, coconut flakes and rice syrup. Since I have been struggling lately with rashes on my faces I have removed gluten from my diet and am trying to sweeten with dates and less processed sweeteners. This recipe is pretty sweet though. It is a chocolate bar after all. For a less sweet chocolate topping, you can make your own chocolate with cocoa butter, cacao powder and a sweetener of your choice but I went for a 72% chocolate.
After you make the base it sets in the freezer while you make the filling. Then comes the fun part: assembling the chocolate bars. I had so much fun making the bars and licking the bowl with the remains of the melted chocolate. Then the get another 20 minutes of cooling time and then you can eat them right away. How about that? I was lying, probably the best part is being a superhero in my kids eyes. A candybar that is actually healthy? Yeeeesss!!!!
Are you on board? Get into the kitchen and whip these delicious bars up and get your kids involved or partners, husbands etc. Everyone will love you for it!
Chocolate Tahini Bars
120g certified gluten-free oats
50 g almonds
30 g coconut flakes
a pinch of sea salt
60 g coconut oil
3 Tbsp rice syrup
4 Tbsp tahini
200 g dates
a couple of tablespoons of water
200 g bittersweet chocolate(70% or more)
- To make the base, combine all the dry ingredients in a food processor and pulse until it forms a fine flour, up to 20 seconds.
- Add the coconut oil and rice syrup and pulse again until the mixture is holding when you pinch the mixture with your fingers. If not, add 1 Tbsp of rice syrup at a time until it holds.
- Press the base into a rectangular from lined with parchment paper.
- Place the base in your freezer to set while you make the caramel.
- For the tahini caramel, soak the dates in some warm water for about 10-20 minutes. If your dates are soft, you can skip this step.
- Combine all the ingredients and mix until it turns into a smooth paste.
- Spread the caramel onto the base and then place it in the freezer again.
- Melt the chocolate in a bain marie.
- Remove the bars from the form and pour the melted chocolate over the bars. Using a spatula, spread the chocolate over the whole bars.