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Irresistible Tahini Dessert Bars (Vegan & Paleo)

4.10 from 70 votes

What’s Inside: These homemade tahini dessert bars are inspired by classic Twix chocolate bars, but made healthier! The nut-free shortbread crust is topped with naturally sweetened tahini caramel and a layer of dark chocolate. This recipe is dairy-free and Paleo, with an AIP option

Easy Homemade Twix Bars with Tahini (Paleo, Nut-free) via Food by Mars

Easy Tahini Dessert Bars will taste familiar…

Twix chocolate bars were one of my favorite candies as a kid, what’s not to love? It’s got all the texture and flavor (x2). But cut to growing up and growing food sensitivities, I couldn’t tell you the last time I even had one or registered one as food (hahah!) But alas, mama is only human, and suddenly had a craving for a shortbread cookie crust, sticky caramel center and smooth dark chocolate recently. 

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Easy Homemade Twix Bars with Tahini (Paleo, Nut-free) via Food by Mars

When holidays or events creep up, homemade candy is just the activity I want and recently that’s what gave me the idea to whip this up. The result with these… a hit. When my husband even likes a dessert I make (Mr. “It’s good but could be sweeter”)… you know it’s extra special!

Easy Homemade Twix Bars with Tahini (Paleo, Nut-free) via Food by Mars

Because I’m operating with whatever’s in my pantry… I added a little twist of TAHINI. To be honest, I probably would have added it anyway because Bon Appetit posted these shortbread millionaire bars with Tahini which subliminally told me to. And, if you know me, tahini often works its way into my baking because it’s the best! But, by all means, use any nut/seed butter you love.

Easy Homemade Twix Bars with Tahini (Paleo, Nut-free) via Food by Mars

Prep + Storage Tips

  • Using parchment paper in your loaf tin helps this not stick, so don’t skip out on that part.
  • These will keep freshest stored in the freezer, but you could also store them in the fridge.
Easy Homemade Twix Bars with Tahini (Paleo, Nut-free) via Food by Mars

Whether you’re always making homemade holiday candy or this is your first Easter at home while social distancing… (I’m writing this in the time of COVID-19)… you will LOVE these and if you have some kiddos looking to get involved, take them up on the process. 

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Easy Homemade Twix Bars with Tahini (Paleo, Nut-free) via Food by Mars
Easy Homemade Twix Bars with Tahini (Paleo, Nut-free) via Food by Mars

Irresistible Tahini Dessert Bars (Vegan & Paleo)

4.10 from 70 votes
A nut-free shortbread crust topped with naturally-sweetened tahini caramel and drizzled with dark chocolate makes a healthier homemade Twix Bar of your dreams! It’s Paleo, Vegan, and Nut-free, with an AIP option.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 8


Shortbread cookie crust:

  • 1/2 cup tigernut flour
  • 3 Tbsp avocado or melted coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup

Tahini Caramel Filling:

  • 5 soaked dates
  • 1/4 cup tahini or tigernut butter for an AIP substitute
  • ½ tsp Vanilla extract omit for AIP
  • Pinch Sea salt


  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate 1/4 cup carob powder for AIP
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil or ghee coconut oil for AIP
  • Flakey sea salt to top


  • Soak pitted dates in boiling hot water for 20-30 minutes at least until soft.
  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line and lightly grease a 8-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, set aside.
  • Mix all shortbread ingredients together until a smooth batter forms, press it evenly into the lined loaf pan in a single layer. Bake it for 11-12 minutes or until cooked, it may still be soft which is okay. Pop it into the freezer (carefully) when it’s out.
  • Meanwhile, make the caramel filling by combining all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Once the shortbread layer is cooled to handle, you can drizzle the filling and spread it over top with the back of a spoon, pop it into the freezer to set.
  • Lastly, combine the chocolate and oil/ghee in a small saucepan (or you can zap in the microwave for 30 seconds). Melt the ingredients together until you have a smooth chocolate.
  • Pour the melted chocolate over the filling of your bars and spread it evenly by moving your loaf tin around so it’s evenly distributed. Finish off with some flakey sea salt and let it finish setting in tthe freezer for 5 mins or so.
  • Remove from the freezer and use parchment paper to remove the chocolate bars from the loaf tin. Using a serrated sharp knife, cut 8 pieces out.
  • Serve/store in the fridge or freezer in a container or back in your loaf tin and covered with the parchment paper. Enjoy!
Diet: American
Keywords: healthy desserts, paleo
Course: Dessert
-Alison Marras
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  1. This is a favourite since last Christmas and I only really make it for special occasions. It is amazing. I made it again this weekend for an early family Christmas do, and accidentally read the recipe wrong and doubled the tahini. It still worked really well, and was still sweet, the layer of caramel was just thicker. I can’t get tigernut flour in my local supermarket any more, but almond meal worked just as well. This is the most successful sweet recipe I’ve found that caters for low sugar, gluten free and dairy free. They taste even more luxurious than a real Twix.

  2. These are so flipping delicious and my ENTIRE family loves them – so much, that they want to hide them from other guests! GAME CHANGER!!!! Excellent masterpiece, Alison!

  3. Tried these today and they were soooooo good! I didn’t have tigernut flour, so I used almond + gf baking flour and it worked great!

  4. I always struggle with what treats to make my paleo friends, but this looks like just the one! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. I love Twix bars but they’re such a guilty indulgence for me! These sound great, so delicious and homemade and healthy too!

  6. Oh, wow! These look really great – I love tahini, so I’m sure flavorful, too. Glad you could get yourself such a memorable and loved treat!

  7. These turned absolutely delicious, even my husband loved them and he isn’t usually a fan of  “healthy” desserts! Thank you 🙂 

  8. These have mine and my entire family’s stamp of approval! Easy to make and delicious! Nice to have a sweet treat that I can eat! 

  9. These turned out incredibly! I used almond flour and admittedly had to cook my shortbread longer/it was very bubbly in the oven but it settled down nicely in the freezer. Definitely a fan favorite!

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