{Recipe; Vegan MoFo} Almond Carob Tahini Bars

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These gluten-free, no-bake bars are reminiscent of tahini-based halva. They consist of a base and frosting.

Ingredients

1 cup raw almonds

1/2 cup raw pecans

2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk

2 Tbsp coconut sugar or brown sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup tahini (sesame paste)

for the frosting:

1 cup medjool dates, pitted (about 10 large)

1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 tsp pure maple syrup

3 tsp carob powder

Method

1. For the base: In a food processor, process the almonds and pecans for about 45 seconds. Add the tahini, coconut sugar, almond milk and vanilla. Process until well combined, stopping to scrape the mixture from the sides of the jug with a spatula if necessary. The mixture should stick together when you press a small amount between your fingers. It should not be grainy or crumbly.

2. Press the mixture into a loaf tin lined with baking paper or foil. Smooth and flatten the surface of the mixture with the back of a spoon or your fingers. Put the base into the freezer for 30 minutes.

3. For the frosting: In a food processor, process the dates for about 20 seconds. Add the almond milk, vanilla, maple syrup and carob powder, and process until smooth.

4. Spread the frosting evenly across the base. Refrigerate for an hour.

5. Slice into bars, and serve. Store the leftovers in the freezer or fridge.

almondbars2The Tiny Vegans’ Verdicts

The tiny vegans enjoy date and nut-based treats, so there was never any doubt that they would enjoy this one.

The frosting is a little bit sticky, so you could make the bars without frosting if giving them to toddlers or young children, or if packing them in lunchboxes.

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I’ll see you back here tomorrow for the last day of Vegan MoFo 2013. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the journey with me.

Ally

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About Ally
Mamma. Vegan. I blog at Made of Stars.

12 Responses to {Recipe; Vegan MoFo} Almond Carob Tahini Bars

  1. sophiazerg says:

    These look fantastic. I absolutely love halva so I’d love to try these!
    Sophia 🙂

  2. Poppy says:

    Wow, love the look of these, they look like a cross between a flapjack and fudge! 😀

  3. narf77 says:

    (now I am scared…how did she know I just made tahini and have lots left over?!!! I am going to spend today looking for the bug…) Seriously though, these look scrumptious Ally. They look like something that you could cut any size and feel virtuous about eating. I am having to stop myself from licking the screen just looking at them. I actually feel adoration when looking at them. It might be because I got up an hour early today to make sure I am ready for the dreaded “Daylight Savings” (cue the danger music…) on Friday/Saturday (not sure which but ONE of them is harbouring my arch nemesis 😦 ) and I may, or may not be feeling a bit spacy as Steve set the alarm and when I checked the clock it was 2.45am! Looks like narf7 is going to spend the day wandering around thinking her hands are HUGE 😉 at least I will have a batch of these babies to nurse me through this week. Not sure I am ready for D.S. (can’t bear to type the words…) but at least I am fortified now! Cheers ma’am, you are a true star 🙂

  4. Yummy! These look fantastic!

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  6. Sophie33 says:

    Hey Ally,
    I made these delectable tasty bars with the frosting & my husband, me & some vegan friends all tasted them & loved them too. We all loved them so much & Normally I don’t love tahin that much! I think this way, I am converter. ☺️

  7. I’ve never had halva or made goodies with tahini, so these would be a new taste for me. They look yummy – I just might give them a go! Celeste 🙂

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