Chocolate Tahini Energy Bars (Gluten Free)

Gluten-Free, Snacks

First things first: I had no idea it was so easy to make homemade energy bars! That being said, I have to confess that this recipe took AGES to perfect, a rather humbling experience.  I mean, creating an energy bar should be so simple, right?  After five (yes, FIVE) failed attempts, these one-step beauties were created and were a crowd favourite by a landslide.  Let’s just say that I was a frequent flyer at Nature’s Fare Markets, they have the best selection of healthy ingredients for making energy bars (over and over again).  And hey, the ‘fails’ made for an awesome cereal!

Since having our little guy Max, I’ve started to hit the gym again and am paying more attention to what I eat surrounding my workouts.  Staying properly fueled before and after workouts helps us get the most out of our time exercising and speeds up recovery.  These bars are perfect if you want to snack on one 45-60 minutes before a workout or immediately after to refuel.  They’re also awesome if you just want a snack. Do you really need an excuse?

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Like most foods, portion control is still important here. If you are making 18 bars each bar has around 190 calories, 6.5 g protein, 10 g fat and 28 g of carbohydrate.  These bars are rich in healthy fats, loaded with fibre, sweetened mostly from nutritious dates, and are gluten-free for those who need to avoid it!   Of course, if you are needing to avoid gluten entirely be sure to use gluten-free versions of all of these ingredients (ie: gluten-free oats).

Makes 15-18 bars

 

Ingredients:

  • ½ c. tahini
  • ¼ c. cocoa (I used Green & Blacks)
  • ½ c. hemp seeds
  • 2 c. large flake rolled oats
  • 1 c. shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 10 pitted Medjool dates
  • 3 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt

 

Directions:

  1. Prepare a 9×9” square pan by greasing the pan and lining it with parchment paper.
  2. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the ingredients are fine and the mixture sticks together.
  3. Pour the ingredients into the prepared pan and pat down evenly and firmly (use another small piece of parchment paper to press it down so that the bars don’t stick to your hands).
  4. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight before removing the bars from the pan and cutting into rectangle pieces.

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Thank you Nature’s Fare Markets for making this healthy post happen!

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12 Comments on “Chocolate Tahini Energy Bars (Gluten Free)”

  1. Margaret

    Thanks for the awesome recipe Tori! I can’t wait to make these and love that they use tahini. I love your hummus recipe and use my tahini for that all the time but so nice to have another staple. Yum!

  2. Amanda

    These look delicious! Do you have a recommendation for substituting the coconut. I know I’m likely in the minority when I say I’m simply not a fan of coconut. Thanks!

  3. Liane Walker

    I just made these with my kids! Delicious. Definitely a recipe I’ll be bookmarking and making again (I’m also a big fan of your strawberry frozen yogurt too). Thank you!

  4. Kim Moore

    I tried to make these yesterday, but found it all got clumped together in my food processor when I put all the ingredients in at once. Any recommendations for thinning it out so it will process better? (They were still delicious, btw.)

    1. Tori Wesszer

      Hi Kim! You could try blending the dry ingredients first just to pulse it, then add the dates a few at a time and then the rest of the ingredients? I will have to try it and see if it makes a difference! Thanks for trying the recipe and for the feedback! Tori

  5. Christina

    Hi Tori, these sound delicious. Is there something I could use instead of oats? Even gluten free oats bother my digestive system. Thanks in advance!

    1. Tori Wesszer

      Hi Christina! You could try another rolled grain such as spelt, or something similar that you can tolerate better. I’m not sure how it would turn out as I haven’t tried it!

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