No Bake Tahini Granola Bars are naturally sweetened with sweet Medjool dates and agave for a truly delicious granola bar you can feel good about! The addition of cashews and brown rice crisps give these bars a crunchy, yet soft, texture, and it’s all drizzled with chocolate!
This is the only granola bar recipe you’ll ever need! I swear it!
I made these No Bake Tahini Granola Bars last year, but never got around to posting them because the photos were SO bad. So bad. Back before I knew anything about photography. The recipe was good back then, but with a few modifications, it’s FABULOUS now!
If you aren’t a tahini lover, don’t worry – the flavor is definitely not overwhelming. It’s just enough tahini to taste it and give it that beautiful sesame flavor, but not enough to feel like you’re just eating an entire jar of the stuff. Hey, I don’t judge…
One of my favorite bloggers ever, Molly Yeh, got me turned on to tahini a couple years ago. I had never heard of it until I started reading her recipes, and now I’m literally putting it in everything. Sweet Potato Falafels, Pistachio Chicken Tenders with Tahini Dip, Za’atar White Bean Hummus. You just can’t go wrong when tahini is involved.
Tahini can be a bit of an acquired taste; I wasn’t sure about it at first, but the more I cook and bake with it, the more I love it! Next up: tahini and chocolate everything and anything. It pairs well with so many different flavors. In these No Bake Tahini Granola Bars, it’s combined with oats, chopped cashews, desiccated coconut, and sweet, sweet Medjool dates! And then it’s all drizzled with a bit (okay, a lot) of dark chocolate.
QUICK BAKING TIP! Since these bars are no-bake, I have a baking hack to make sure your bars don’t fall to pieces! After you’ve poured the batter into the 8×8 pan, tear off a sheet of parchment paper as wide as your pan and lay it over top the bars. Press the bars down FIRMLY with a layer of parchment between the batter and your hands. This allows you to pack the bars together REALLY tightly without any mixture sticking to your hands. Peel off the parchment, and viola!
Speaking of dates, that’s the other amazing thing about these bars: they’re refined-sugar free! No brown sugar in these guys at all. And they’re also free from oil, butter, and dairy! I mean, seriously! How could you not be in love already and itching to get into the kitchen?!
I’ve definitely come across my fair share of store-bought granola bars that are loaded with brown sugar, additives, and preservatives. Of course, you can find all natural bars and occasionally, I’ll purchase those. But these No Bake Tahini Granola Bars are so simple to make at home, saving you a little extra cash and time not reading ingredient labels at the store.
I’m slowly learning the benefits of a slow morning. A couple weeks ago (I’m writing this before we headed to Italy!), for instance, I woke up anxious, worrying about every single little thing, and totally unable to come down from it. My thoughts were incredibly disorganized: a home, finances, the blog and website changes, errands to be run that day… I just couldn’t shut my brain off. So at 4:15 a.m., there I sat at the breakfast table, already feeling the impending downward spiral.
On a normal day, I’d roll out of bed, chug a bunch of water, get dressed really fast, and get my butt to the gym (if I don’t get a morning workout in, I won’t workout at all!). But that day was different. I had planned on the typical in-a-rush morning but I was exhausted. Anxious and exhausted, feeling the overwhelm of daily life, the future, decision-making… So my loving husband wrapped me up in a blanket, hugged me, and told me to stay home. “Because sometimes you have to take care of your brain before your body,” he said.
At first, I wanted to shrug him off, go to the gym, and do my own thing, but deep down I knew he was right. In the last few months, I hadn’t taken any time for myself. I worked during the day, came home, and worked some more at night. I couldn’t remember what it felt like to relax. Plus, I knew I had been stress-eating.
So I made a cup of coffee, stayed in my PJs for another couple hours, did a LOT of writing and even more thinking.
Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” And Matthew 6:34: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
So if you’re anxious and feeling overwhelmed, I really encourage you to just take some time for yourself. Get up a little earlier to journal, practice yoga, sip on coffee. Skip the gym once in a while, go for walks, and talk about your stress! Josh is always on me about bottling up my anxiety – it’s a work in progress.
I want to hear about your morning routine and how you slow down!
So let’s get snacking on these No Bake Tahini Granola Bars now, OK?
You NEED (yes, need!) these granola bars in your life! They’re…
- Refined sugar free
- Gluten free & vegan
- Dairy free
- Oil and butter-free!
- No bake (AKA the easiest thing you’ll ever do)
- Um, definitely free from preservatives!
- Drizzled with chocolate, I mean COME ON, that’s the selling point right there!
- AND OMG THAT TAHINI FLAVOR THOUGH!
I cannot get enough of these bars!!!
Wrap them up individually for snacks or even crumble them over yogurt, like my husband! They’re great to have on hand for your kids to grab on the go, too. Can you tell I’m super excited about these?!
Whew, thanks for sticking with me through that! Sometimes you just have to get a lot off your chest, ya know?! Now get baking!
Pin these super easy, incredibly delicious, chocolatey and healthy No Bake Tahini Granola Bars for later!
These no bake granola bars are a quick and easy, refined sugar free healthy snack! The flavor combination is out of this world, especially when a chocolate drizzle is added to the mix!
- 1 1/2 c. gluten free rolled oats
- 1 c. puffed brown rice crisps (such as One Degree Organics)
- 1/2 c. roasted cashews, chopped
- 1/4 c. shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 heaping c. pitted Medjool dates (10-12 dates)
- 1/2 c. tahini, well-stirred
- 1/3 c. agave or maple syrup (may sub honey if not vegan)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 c. dark chocolate
- 2 tsp coconut oil
Line an 8x8" baking pan with parchment paper, leaving enough paper overhanging two opposites sides to allow for easy removal. Lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, brown rice crisps, cashews, coconut, chia seeds, cinnamon, and salt.
Add the dates to a small saucepan and fill the pan with just enough water to cover the dates. Heat over high heat until boiling. Boil 1-2 minutes until dates have softened. Drain and add the dates to a food processor along with the tahini, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Process/puree until smooth and creamy. The mixture will be quite thick and sticky.
Pour the date and tahini mixture into the oat mixture. Using a sturdy spatula or wooden spoon, stir to combine. It will take a couple minutes to integrate everything completely!
Pour the granola bars into the prepared 8x8 pan, spreading into an even layer. Press very firmly to pack the granola bars - the more firmly you press, the better the bars will stay together.
*Tip: tear off a sheet of parchment paper as wide as the pan and lay it over top the bars. Press very firmly into the parchment paper to pack the bars down. Then simply peel away the parchment paper.
Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours. When set, remove the bars and slice into 16 pieces.
Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl on high in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until smooth and melted. For a thinner consistency, add more coconut oil. Drizzle chocolate over top the bars.
Refrigerate to harden the chocolate. At this point, you can also wrap them individually and keep them refrigerated or freeze them!
Nutrition Information per Bar:
Calories: 250 Protein: 6g Carbs: 36g Fat: 11g Fiber: 5g