These no-bake bars are the perfect treat to hit the spot, when it’s hot outside, you want something sweet, but also something wholesome. Prep was really easy, and a child could easily help with the stirring parts. I added mini chocolate chips on half, to make it more appealing to little ones, because I think it’s going to be hard to convince a toddler to eat a dessert with tahini, if they’ve never tried it before. These are perfectly sweet, and the hit of salt, is just what they need to make them really good. Now to think what else I can add in other than dried cherries…
No-Bake Tahini Cherry Bars
adapted from One Part Plant
makes 8-24 bars depending on how you cut them
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp pure maple syrup
1/3 cup tahini, stirred well
1 1/4 cups gluten-free rolled oats (not the instant/quick cooking kind)
pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup dried cherries
handful of Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips (optional)
Line a 4×8 loaf pan with parchment paper.
On low heat, melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan. Once melted, remove from heat immediately and stir in vanilla and syrup. Stir in the tahini. Once combined, add oats and salt. Stir until all the oats are coated. Stir in the cherries.
Pour mixture into loaf pan and spread evenly. If desired, sprinkle on chocolate chips, lightly pressing them in with your fingers.
Put in freezer for at least 45 minutes. Cut and serve immediately. Store any leftovers, covered, in the freezer.