These no bake tahini fig bars are chewy, nutty (without any nuts) and loaded with powerhouse ingredients. Make a batch on the weekend and have a delicious, healthy snack all week long. Nut free and dairy-free.

Slices of tahini fig bars topped with chocolate, slices on a cutting board and surrounded by pumpkin seeds and dried figs.

I think I’m most successful with my health goals when I have food prepped and ready for the week. Even as a health coach, it can be difficult to resist temptations when I don’t have healthy options on hand. I tend to reach for easy, convenience foods that don’t make me feel as well. But lately I’ve been really good with my batch cooking on Sundays, which is my favorite way to meal prep. I prep a bunch of different items — like grilled chicken, a quinoa salad and some roasted veggies — so when it comes time to eat, I can throw together all the components and make a quick salad or bowl. Healthy eating is really that simple!

When it comes to snacks, I have become hooked on fresh veggies (like carrot chips, mini bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and celery) with dip (usually hummus or Bolthouse Farm’s cilantro avocado dressing). It’s amazing how satisfying crunchy veggies with dip can be. I typically chop some of the veggies in advance and place them front and center at eye level in the fridge so when I open it up, it’s the first thing I see and grab. This little trick works like a charm for healthy snacking.

Hand picking up a tahini fig bar topped with chocolate. Other slices are on the cutting board. Oats and pumpkin seeds are sprinkled around.

However, I’ll admit sometimes I’m craving something a little more substantial and errr… chocolatey. So recently I created these tahini fig bars, which are basically like the fruit and nut granola bars you’d find at the store, but homemade (no yucky additives!) and filled with fig tahini goodness. They are the perfect bar to prep on the weekend and have all week long. Plus, they’re no bake and can be whipped up in no time.

Tahini Fig Bar Ingredients

Let’s break down the key ingredients in the recipe:

  • Old fashioned rolled oats – Rolled oats are my oat of choice for these bars because they absorb a good amount of liquid and hold their shape during the mixing process. All oats are naturally gluten-free, but they are also one of the top foods that are contaminated in processing, so look for designated gluten-free oats if needed. I usually buy the Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free rolled oats.
  • Dried figs – You can find dried figs in most major grocery stores (even Target and Costco). If you can’t find them at your usual store, look for them at a natural foods store. Tip: they are typically found by the dried fruit. Figs are high in fiber and packed with powerhouse antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
  • Pepitas – Also known as pumpkin seeds, pepitas are a great source of healthy fats and protein. Again, these should be at most major grocery stores in the seed and nut aisle or in the bulk bins, but if you have trouble, head to your local health foods store!
  • Tahini – If you saw my tahini recipe post, you’ll know that I’m in love with tahini and I love making recipes with it — everything from this garlicky kale salad to these chocolate chip tahini cookies.  My favorite tahini is the organic Whole Foods brand, but I also regularly buy the Trader Joe’s brand tahini. Tahini is rich, creamy and nutty while also being a great source of iron, calcium, fiber as well as healthy fats and amino acids. It also makes these bars nut-free so they’re school-friendly!
  • Honey – I love honey and think the flavor works wonderfully in these bars! Look for local, organic honey if you can. Did you know that eating local honey could help with seasonal allergies? Worth trying out!
  • Flaxseed – Flaxseed has a ton of health benefits — like healthy fats and fiber — which are both imperative to the standard American diet. Use ground flaxseeds (or grind them before using) to help make them easier to digest.
  • Chia seeds Chia seeds are another powerhouse seed! They have a ton of nutrients but not a lot of calories, which is what the health world calls “nutrient dense”. Chia seeds absorb liquid and gel up which helps hold these bars together!

Slices of tahini fig bars, topped with chocolate on a marble and wood cutting board. Oats, dried fruit, and pumpkin seeds are sprinkled around.

If you make these tahini fig bars be sure to let me know how they turn out by leaving a comment and star rating below. Your feedback helps me create the best heatlthy recipes for you and helps other EBF readers who are planning to try the recipe. 

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Hand grabbing a slice of tahini fig bars topped with chocolate, slices on a cutting board and surrounded by pumpkin seeds and dried figs.

Tahini Fig Bars


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 10

Description

These no bake tahini fig bars are chewy, nutty (without any nuts) and loaded with powerhouse ingredients. Make a batch on the weekend and have a delicious, healthy snack all week long. Nut and dairy-free.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried figs (black mission or smyrna work great)
  • 1/2 cup raw or toasted pepitas (also referred to as pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (dairy-free, if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Add oats, figs, pepitas, tahini, honey, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, vanilla, cinnamon and sea salt in a large bowl.
  2. Once the mixture is holding together, transfer into the loaf pan lined with parchment. Fold the parchment over top and press the mixture firmly and evenly into the pan. Place in fridge for a few minutes while melting the chocolate.
  3. Add chocolate chips and coconut oil to a microwave safe bowl and heat in 30-second intervals until melted. Pour melted chocolate over the bars and spread using the back of a spoon.
  4. Place the bars back in the fridge to harden (about 30 minutes). Remove from the pan and cut into 8 bars.
  5. Store bars in fridge for up to 1 week. Enjoy cold or at room temperature (I’ve found that they hold together best when chilled and they taste delicious straight from the fridge).
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 241
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Sodium: 48mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 7g

Keywords: tahini fig bars, tahini granola bars

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    68 comments
    1. Adrienn
      March 17, 2021 AT 11:22 am

      Very easy, quick recipe. Result is very tasty. My boyfriend does not love at all tahini, but he did not make any complaint, simply ate a big part of it at one go 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 17, 2021 AT 5:48 pm

        Ahh yay! That makes me so happy to hear, Adrienn. So glad these bars were a hit. Thanks for making them and for the review. I so appreciate it!

    2. TRice
      March 13, 2021 AT 7:10 am

      These were so yummy! Will make them for the next gathering. Thank you always for your Healthy recipes.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 15, 2021 AT 3:23 pm

        So glad you loved this recipe! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it, Tara.

    3. Jill
      February 24, 2021 AT 1:18 am

      I love these! They are so simple to make and really delicious. I follow the recipe exactly. Thank you for sharing these!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 24, 2021 AT 3:51 pm

        So glad you’re loving these bars, Jill!! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    4. Mallory Evans
      January 19, 2021 AT 12:49 pm

      Oh my goodness- these bars are DELICIOUS!!! I don’t think I’ve made a batch that has lasted longer than a couple of days. The only thing I would recommend is doubling the amount of chocolate you melt for the topping (no need to double the coconut oil). YUM. Thank you so much for sharing!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 20, 2021 AT 12:09 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear!! I’m so glad you’ve been loving this recipe. Thanks for the review, I so appreciate it!!

    5. Christy
      October 6, 2020 AT 7:37 pm

      Amazing! I am starting my 8th week on a plant based eating lifestyle and recent convert to the love of tahini. Thank you for this yummy recipe! It will be our “dessert” this week. Your recipes are great and I sure appreciate the little video tutorials.

      Xoxo,
      Christy H.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 7, 2020 AT 9:55 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Christy! I’m so glad these bars were a hit. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    6. Lisa
      October 5, 2020 AT 12:52 pm

      WOW! Made these last week. THEY ARE DELICIOUS!!! I too will try adding a little more oats, because mine were “wet”, but didn’t care. I am also going to make these into balls, using a hinged cookie scoop to stretch the recipe! THANK YOU SO MUCH! (and my husband even tried them and LOVED THEM!)

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 7, 2020 AT 10:03 pm

        Ahh yay, that makes me so happy to hear, Lisa. I’m so glad these bars were a hit! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment – I appreciate it!

    7. sam
      October 4, 2020 AT 10:12 am

      So easy to make… didn’t last long enough to try them after a week! Gobbled up so quickly. Will definitely be making these again 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 4, 2020 AT 7:47 pm

        Yay! So glad these bars were a hit, Sam. They never seem to last long around here either. I appreciate you coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    8. Carolyn
      October 3, 2020 AT 1:53 pm

      These are awesome and totally caught me off guard! While I often make snacks for my son with nuts in them I love that these are nut free so when we can’t have nuts I know what to make! I will say mine turned out a bit “wet” so I might use less tahini next time. Thank you for your fabulous recipes!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 4, 2020 AT 7:54 pm

        So glad this recipe was a hit, Carolyn! Some tahini can definitely be super liquidy so that could have been the reason for it being a bit wet. You could either use less tahini like you mentioned or add a few more oats in.

    9. Erin Booth
      September 30, 2020 AT 11:56 am

      Looks great, I don’t tolerate chia seeds- any ideas for substitutions since I know they help absorb liquid?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 30, 2020 AT 5:29 pm

        You can swap in hemp seeds or more flaxseed instead of the chia seeds.

        1. ERIN BOOTH
          October 7, 2020 AT 11:46 am

          Thanks, love these bars, worked OK with out Chia, will try and sub next time because a little wet (likely because chia helps absorb some)!

          1. Brittany Mullins
            October 7, 2020 AT 9:50 pm

            Hey Erin – Thanks for coming back to share. Yes, the chia seeds to help absorb some of the liquid. You can always replace it with more flax or oats if you don’t have chia seeds on hand.

    10. Amber
      September 30, 2020 AT 11:18 am

      I love these bars! Made a few of adjustemts by using Almond butter instead of tahini and majool dates instead of figs. They are absolutely delicious! Definitely will make them again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 30, 2020 AT 5:30 pm

        Yay!! So glad these bars turned out for you, Amber. Thanks for sharing what subs you made, it’s super helpful for other readers. 🙂

    11. Walaa
      September 27, 2020 AT 11:21 pm

      Soo good and yummy! 👌 glad I tried making these bars! My husband and I love them

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 28, 2020 AT 2:43 pm

        Yay! So glad these bars are a hit. Thanks for making them + for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it!

    12. Emily
      September 27, 2020 AT 3:05 pm

      So delicious! I think tahini makes a great bonding agent for granola bars. After pouring the chocolate glaze I topped my bars with some toasted coconut I had left over from the Samoa energy bites I made at the same time. My fridge is now stocked with lots of goodies for the week 😋

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 28, 2020 AT 2:50 pm

        Ohh I bet the toasted coconut addition was so delicious! So glad you’re loving these bars, Emily. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    13. Donna Ilie
      September 12, 2020 AT 5:24 am

      Since I found this recipes I am making them regularly and I love them. So good and since I have diabetes and am sweet toot, this are perfect. Thank you.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 14, 2020 AT 3:30 pm

        So glad you’re loving these bars, Donna! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    14. Alanna Cockburn
      April 5, 2020 AT 3:31 am

      A friend introduced me to these a few months ago and just had my first try…delicious! Have passed on the recipe to my family.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 5, 2020 AT 11:55 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Alanna! I’m so glad you enjoyed these bars. Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    15. Elizabeth
      March 30, 2020 AT 7:08 pm

      I was so excited when I saw this recipe because I love using tahini in different ways! I followed the recipe exactly except for the pepitas & dried figs—didn’t have either on hand so instead I did a combo of sunflower seeds, slivered almonds, pistachios, dates & dried cranberries! Turned out amazing and it was sooo easy! I love eating halva, and this reminds me of it so much. It’s like eating halva with all your favorite granola ingredients in one bite 😍thank you for the recipe!

    16. diane
      March 29, 2020 AT 5:48 pm

      OMG! just make these.. Absoutly delicious! I will be making these again & again.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 30, 2020 AT 2:32 pm

        Yay!! So glad you enjoyed these bars, Diane!! Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    17. Carrie
      March 25, 2020 AT 2:03 am

      Made these today with a couple of changes to accommodate self isolation. Used apricots instead of dates, added some sunflower seeds, and had to leave out the flaxseed. Still held together really well and is super delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 25, 2020 AT 1:42 pm

        Yay!! So glad these bars turned out for you, Carrie. Thanks so much for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating, it means the world to me!

    18. Ashley
      March 24, 2020 AT 11:40 pm

      Amazing frozen!

    19. brinacyl
      March 21, 2020 AT 9:12 pm

      Is it possible to use 1/4 cup milk/water and 1/4 cup tahini paste? Maybe reduce honey/maple syrup to 1/8-1/4 cup? Because of the coronavirus pandemic I don’t have enough ingredients. Many thanks

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 22, 2020 AT 8:19 pm

        Do you have another nut butter that you could use to replace some of the tahini? I would just worry that using almond milk or water would make it too liquidy. And you can definitely use less honey/maple syrup if that’s all you have on hand.

    20. Nancy Lee
      February 29, 2020 AT 2:55 pm

      They turned out very scrumptious! I made this formula this week. These are soo flavorful and fulfilling, and I didn’t make the chocolate beating. I utilized dates rather than figs since that is the thing that I had. Btw Have you taken a stab at freezing this formula? I’d love to have something like this to snatch and go.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 2, 2020 AT 10:43 pm

        I think these bars would work well if you freeze them!

        1. Michelle Longo
          November 16, 2020 AT 5:26 am

          These freeze amazing well, in fact they taste better when they come out of the freezer. Also helps to eat less of them, out of sight, out of mind. This bar is amazing, best bar ever!

          1. Brittany Mullins
            November 16, 2020 AT 3:56 pm

            Haha right?! That’s always my motto especially when it comes to snacks! So glad you’re loving these, Michelle. 🙂

    21. Purity Lopez
      January 29, 2020 AT 11:24 am

      Made this with apricots, figs and pineapple. Used Teff instead of chia.Used granola instead of oatmeal. Also added almond meal to hold it together better as I used a higher proportion of dried fruit, plus a little more coconut oil. I also ground up the pepitas into flour consistency.

      It was excellent, thanks for the inspiration. Was easy to make, I incorporated the chips into the mix rather than melt them, so this makes a really easy one bowl dessert for me.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 29, 2020 AT 11:37 pm

        I’m so glad you made this recipe your own and that it turned out for you! 🙂 Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It means the world to me!

    22. Linda
      November 11, 2019 AT 3:15 pm

      Had to come back and rate 5 stars! Make these often and have had many requests for your recipe. Have made with figs, when no figs, made with medjool dates. Fabulous both ways.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 11, 2019 AT 4:19 pm

        Yay!! I’m so happy to hear that these bars are a hit! Thank you so much for coming back to leave a comment and star rating, Linda. I really appreciate it! <3

    23. Lynn
      September 14, 2019 AT 4:56 pm

      I love these ! Making on a regular basis to have at home or to share at work or with friends. Keep them in the freezer for quick gran snack. Sharing recipe with my sisters and nieces too. Huge hit !!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 14, 2019 AT 7:29 pm

        Hi Lynn! I am so happy to hear that you’ve been loving these Tahini Fig Bars! Thank you so much for coming back to leave a review (and star rating). Your feedback is so helpful to the EBF community and it means the world to me!

    24. Elizabeth
      May 17, 2019 AT 11:21 am

      Just made today for the weekend ahead. Took a “sneak test” on the spoon and man,this will not disappoint. Did not have figs on hand,used dates instead. THANK YOU for speaking to my taste buds in craving something salty and chocolatey:) This is it!

    25. Lauren
      April 17, 2019 AT 7:46 pm

      Amazing! Had to make a second batch 2 days later. Kids and hubby loved them so much!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 18, 2019 AT 8:39 am

        So glad everyone loved them! 🙂 Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating.

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