Raw, vegan, refined sugar free, and yet somehow still tasting like dessert, these raw tahini granola bars are THE next best thing!

Raw, vegan, refined sugar free, and yet somehow still tasting like dessert, these raw tahini granola bars are THE next best thing!

Tahini is the much lesser known second cousin, once removed to Peanut Butter.

At family reunions, while everyone stands in a circle around Peanut butter wanting to know how the star of the Nut family is, Tahini sits near the edge of the party on a lawn chair, alone but content. He know’s he’s just as cool as PB. It’s just that no one else knows it… yet.

Sometimes I’m in a weird story mood. This is one of those times.

What is Tahini? It’s a nut butter made from sesame seeds. It tastes remarkably similar to, though more delicate than, peanut butter. 

Raw, vegan, refined sugar free, and yet somehow still tasting like dessert, these raw tahini granola bars are THE next best thing!

I first discovered it when I worked at a Middle Eastern bakery/cafe in college. They had this Tahini Toast that was TO DIE FOR.

Like, I will make it for my children one day and they will call it “heeny toast” or something like that because they’re too young to pronounce Tahini correctly.

And on that note, I will also make them these bars, because they’re so ridiculously good that I never want to not eat them again.

Seriously. They taste like dessert. And they have such depth of flavor!

Raw, vegan, refined sugar free, and yet somehow still tasting like dessert, these raw tahini granola bars are THE next best thing!

The popped quinoa is also awesome. It gives things a great crunch.

OK, I’m off to play with the cats because they’ve been needy ever since Alex and I were away last week. Enjoy, loves!

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Raw Tahini, Popped Quinoa + Cacao Nib Granola Bars

Raw, vegan, refined sugar free, and yet somehow still tasting like dessert, these raw tahini granola bars are THE next best thing!
  • Author: Sarah Fennel
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup popped quinoa
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips, melted

Instructions

  1. Line an 8″x8″ pan with parchment paper.
  2. Mix all ingredients except for chocolate chips in a large bowl until combined. Spread evenly into pan, then push down hard so bars come together.
  3. Chill for 30 minutes in fridge before removing and drizzling with melted chocolate chips and more coconut!

 

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Erica
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Hahaha “heeny toast” I just thought that was the cutest. These look so good and I can imagine the texture with the quinoa and cacao nibs! Love it.

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Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire
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I need to get on the heeny toast train, for real! And can we just agree that tahini should just be called “heeny” from now on? It makes me unreasonably happy for some reason! The popped quinoa is a brilliant choice here

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Laura (A Beautiful Plate)
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These look so awesome! Love the popped quinoa and the tahini. I really need to bake more things with tahini…like yesterday.

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Vicki
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What is popped quinoa? Where do you get it or is it how you cook it?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hi Vicki! Popped quinoa is like popped corn– look it up online to see the various ways of cooking/buying it!

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Medha @ Whisk & Shout
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These bars look awesome! I love tahini so much- I only use it in savory dishes, but obviously that’s got to change 🙂

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Debs @ Wilde Orchard
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Love these Sarah. That styling is gorgeous!

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Gaby Dalkin
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OMG. I need these in my life!

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