These vegan chocolate tahini energy bars are made with just a handful of simple, whole food ingredients and they don’t require any baking.

Stack of 5 no-bake vegan chocolate tahini protein bars.

You’ll need tahini, dates, cacao powder, hemp seeds and plant-based protein powder. These wholesome ingredients combine into the most delicious homemade energy bars that are a breeze to make and will have you looking forward to snack time day after day. With such a rich, fudge-like texture, it’s hard to believe these bars made with just a few healthy ingredients!  

You can also use protein powder in these No-Bake Hemp Protein Bars, Salted Mocha Coconut Protein Bars and 5-Ingredient Vegan Protein Brownies.


  • Vegan.
  • Gluten-free and nut-free.
  • No-bake recipe.
  • Decadent and delicious.
  • Freezer-friendly.
  • 11g protein per bar.
Nut-free gluten-free Vegan Chocolate Tahini Energy Bars

These bars are definitely closer to dessert than energy bar. The texture is very rich and fudge-like so they tastes much more decadent than they are.


  1. Tahini for flavour, nutrition and holding it all together.
  2. Soft, fresh dates for natural sweetness, fibre and the base of the recipe.
  3. Cacao powder for chocolate flavour and nutrition (you can use processed cocoa powder if needed).
  4. Plant-based protein powder for the added protein. I used Vega Performance Protein.
  5. Hemp seeds for healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and protein.
  6. Sea salt for that perfect sweet and salty flavour.

I also added a little cinnamon and pure vanilla extract but they’re both optional.

How to Store

These bars need to be stored in the freezer as they’ll melt at room temperature. They should be okay in the fridge but I always keep them in the freezer. They don’t freeze solid and they’re amazing straight from the freezer. So. dang. fudgy.

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Nut-free gluten-free Vegan Chocolate Tahini Energy Bars

Vegan Chocolate Tahini Energy Bars

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  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 14 bars
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free
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Rich, chocolately, fudgy tahini bars with hemp seeds! You will love these simple but decadent bars.


  • 2 cups lightly packed, soft pitted dates (350 g, see notes)
  • 1/2 cup tahini (120 g)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate or vanilla vegan protein powder of choice (50 g)
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder (24 g)
  • 1 cup hemp seeds (160 g)
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 1/2 tbsp almond milk or water


  1. Add everything to a food processor and mix until it forms a thick dough. It will take a little bit but it should form into one big dough ball, once it’s does, it’s ready to go.
  2. Press the dough (you may need to use wet hands, it can be sticky) into a parchment paper, wax paper or saran wrap-lined square baking pan. Take a few moments to press it down into the corners and work it all together. It will be a little sticky and messy.
  3. Place in the freezer for 4 hours up to overnight to set.
  4. Lift the bars out of the pan and cut into 14 bars.
  5. Store the bars in the freezer for up to 3 months. I love them straight from the freezer for the best fudgy consistency. They won’t freeze solid and they’re so good this way!


It’s important to use soft dates in no-bake recipes like this. I would recommend medjool, sayer, honey or deglect noor but as long as they’re moist and fresh, any kind should work. Medjool dates have the best flavour and texture in my opinion but I often use sayer dates. If you only have hard, dry dates, soak them in hot water for 15 minutes and thoroughly drain before using.

For best results, use a kitchen scale and weigh your ingredients according to my measurements.


  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 231
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Carbohydrates: 24 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 11 g