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Tahini Pumpkin Bars

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These are not your standard pumpkin bars. As should be obvious from the title, these are tahini pumpkin bars. They strongly feature that unique tahini flavor, but it marries excellently with pumpkin, making these bars a total winner.

How do you describe tahini? Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds (think sunflower seed butter, but with sesame seeds). Like many nut butters, it’s quite rich. As far as the flavor…I’ll be honest, I googled a way to describe it. The best result that gave me is “strong sesame flavor”. Oooookay. As long as you know exactly what sesame tastes like, that’s a great descriptor. Unlike most nut butters, tahini doesn’t have a hint of sweet and is instead quite bitter. Many people dislike tahini when they first try it because they’re expecting something akin to almond butter.

But if you’re willing to experiment, tahini can be an excellent pantry addition. I’ve already used it to make halvah cookies (which are amazing and you should definitely make them!). You can also make an exotic salad dressing with tahini and citrus. Or, obviously, modded phat fudge. Basically, there are a lot of delicious ways to use tahini!

With very little sweetener involved, these pumpkin bars aren’t that sweet. That might be the reason that my immediate thought after tasting them was “I need ice cream with this.” And then…heavenly pictures of tahini pumpkin bars á la mode were born.

Tahini Pumpkin Bars | DoYouEvenPaleo.net

You certainly don’t need to serve these bars with ice cream (I used Coconut Bliss ice cream, which is dairy-free and has pretty clean ingredients), but serving these warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream definitely put me over the moon. I mean, it’s the kind of after-dinner treat where you take a bite, smile, and cinematically utter “mmMMM”.

Tahini Pumpkin Bars | DoYouEvenPaleo.net

Without ice cream, these tahini pumpkin bars taste just fine straight from the fridge — that’s my preferred method instead of warming them plain. But if you have ice cream, do what the pictures tell you. You won’t regret it!

Oh — and if you don’t want to spend an exorbitant amount of money on a jar of tahini, you can always make your own. Toast some raw (hulled) sesame seeds over low heat in a large skillet, then blend them in a high-powered blender or food processor. Add a little EVOO or sesame oil if necessary to thin it out. Easy! Someday, I’ll make that a separate recipe and post it. Today is not that day.

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Tahini Pumpkin Bars - not super sweet, but strangely addicting paleo treats. Top with ice cream for bonus points! | DoYouEvenPaleo.net


I'm Chelsea, the author behind Do You Even Paleo! I believe life should be full of flavor. I enjoy creating recipes that are nourishing, flavorful, and satisfying. When not experimenting in the kitchen, I usually have a camera, barbell, or mug of coffee in hand. My posts may include affiliate links, which means if you click through a purchase something, I make a small commission at no cost to you. It helps me fuel my coffee habit and pay rent!

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