1/2 cup tahini*
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
1/4 cup non-dairy milk (ie rice, almond, hemp or you can use dairy milk too)
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 cups oats - my preference is Old Fashioned Oats
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup seeds of choice (sunflower, sesame, hemp, pumpkin) - optional
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
* See cook's notes below
Preheat your oven to 350 F.
Using a 9x9 baking dish, line the dish with parchment paper for easy removal and cutting after it has baked.
In a large bowl, add the tahini, honey, milk, vanilla, cocoa and salt. Mix this together using a spoon. Then add in the remaining dry ingredients and stir until completely mixed. Pour into the lined baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Allow to cool and slice into bars. Makes about 16 bars or 20 if you cut them smaller. This recipe would double nicely and bake in a 9x13 pan (they may just be a little thicker).
Tahini - this is a sesame seed paste that is used in many Middle Eastern dishes. It is also a key ingredient used in making hummus. You can find it in Bulk Food stores (in a cooler section) and most likely in an Ethnic store or Ethnic section of a grocery store. It has a consistency a little thinner than peanut butter.